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Monumental DC

Program Number: 12392RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/7/2013 - 10/11/2013; 4/20/2015 - 4/24/2015; 5/4/2015 - 5/8/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Price starting at: $1,045.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 10; 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The capital of the United States is truly “monumental” as you’ll discover in this exciting experiential learning program. Explore major monuments, memorials, museums and historic sites on and off the National Mall. Through seminars with memorial founders and policy experts, learn what Washington’s monuments tell about those who created them, the people and events they memorialize, their eras, and how our nation’s sons and daughters are remembered. Daily discussions and field trips provide keen insights into historic and current issues.




Highlights

• Delve into George Washington's life as a pioneering farmer, businessman, fearless soldier and leader at Mount Vernon.
• Witness the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery and visit the grave of President John F. Kennedy.
• Enjoy an introduction to the vibrant Washington, D.C. cultural and dining scene.



Activity Particulars

Walking 2-3 miles per day during field trips over level terrain; extended standing. Monuments accessible by elevator.



Coordinated by American Civics Center.




Washington

From the sophisticated ambiance of Georgetown to the bohemian rush of Adams Morgan, D.C. is a world-class city offering visitors an unparalleled blend of history, politics and culture. One of our nation's magnificent metropolitan creations, it is home to grand monuments, humbling memorials, and some of the country’s most visionary architecture.



Accommodations
Newly renovated hotel convenient to public transportation.
Meals and Lodgings
   Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
  Virginia 4 nights
 Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 2020 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202 USA
phone: 703-920-8600
web: www.radisson.com/arlingtonva
  Room amenities: In-room amenities at the Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport include Complimentary High-Speed Internet Access, coffee makers, hair dryers and iron/ironing boards.
  Facility amenities: High-Speed Internet Pool Fitness Center Airport Shuttle
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Price varies by hotel. Please call the hotel directly to make extra day reservations.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Price varies by hotel. Please call the hotel directly to make extra day reservations.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in at the hotel begins at 3pm. Program information desk is open from 4pm to 6pm. Dinner and orientation begin at 6:45pm. You will be staying at Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport that night.
  End of Program:
After the concluding seminar around 10am Hotel check out is 12pm. You will be staying at Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Depending on demand, the fee for parking is $10 to 20 per day.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Virginia
  Nearest city or town:  Washington, DC
  Nearest airport:  Reagan National
  From End of Program
  Location: Virginia
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Hotel from Reagan National Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Radisson Van
phone: 703-920-8600

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary 6am-Midnight
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

1 mile

   

After claiming baggage, call hotel and ask to be picked up.

 

Hotel from Marshall Baltimore Washington

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$48 first person/$12 each additional to same destination
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

29 miles

   

Super shuttle van may make several stops between airport and hotel dropping other passengers at their destinations. Reservations suggested by not required.

 

Hotel from Dulles International

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$29 first person/$10 each additional to same destination
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

26 miles

   

Super shuttle van may make several stops between airport and hotel dropping other passengers at their destinations. Reservations suggested but not required.

 
Driving Directions
  From New York NY I-95S/NJ Turnpike NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE S becomes I-295 S (Portions toll). Merge onto I-95 S via the exit on the LEFT toward BALTIMORE (Portions toll). Take the BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON PARKWAY exit- EXIT 22B- toward WASHINGTON Merge onto MD-295 S. Merge onto US-50 W/NEW YORK AVE NE toward WASHINGTON Take I-395 S toward TUNNEL for 4 miles. Take exit 8C (left exit) merging onto U.S. 1 South. U.S.1 South is Jefferson Davis Hwy. Hotel is 1 mile down on your right.
  From North Carolina I-95 N toward RICHMOND Merge onto I-395 N toward Washington Take exit 8C. Go straight onto S. Hayes Street. S. Hayes Street turns into 18th Street after 8 blocks. Turn right onto S. Eads Street and go one block. Turn left onto 20th St and then quick right onto Jefferson Davis Hwy and then hotel driveway is another quick right.
  From West Virginia I-270 S via EXIT 53 toward WASHINGTON Take I-270 SPUR S toward I-495 S/NORTHERN VIRGINIA Merge onto CAPITAL BELTWAY/I-495 S Merge onto VA-267 E via EXIT 45B on the LEFT toward I-66 E/WASHINGTON VA-267 E becomes I-66 E. Take Exit 75 to merge onto VA 110 S toward I-395 which turns into Jefferson Davis Hwy.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration, Washington DC Overview & Program Orientation
(Monday, October 7)
   
 Afternoon: Receive your final program materials upon check in at the hotel. Explore eclectic neighborhood around the hotel before dinner. Access to convenience store, pharmacy, subway (metro) and fantastic mix of local and national chain restaurants all within two blocks of hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner buffet at hotel featuring roast beef, pasta primavera, oven roasted potatoes, fresh vegetable medley, green salad, dinner rolls, assorted cakes, coffee, tea and iced tea.
 Evening: Orientation to Washington, D.C and Monumental DC program. Updated schedules will be reviewed along with program participation guidelines, safety procedures and transportation plans.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Mount Vernon, Holocaust Memorial Museum and White House
(Tuesday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet at hotel followed by daily briefing about events and sites.
 Morning: Travel south to George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. Maintained as a memorial to our nation's first President by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, the estate provides insights into Washington's life as a pioneering farmer, entrepreneurial businessman, fearless soldier and unconventional leader.
 Lunch: Meal at Mount Vernon Inn or Gadsby's Tavern. Enjoy a delicious served lunch in a colonial era atmosphere.
 Afternoon: Explore the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a living memorial that inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, promote human dignity, and prevent genocide.
 Dinner: Enjoy some homestyle cooking and Southern hospitality at a neighborhood restaurant.
 Evening: Evening exploration of Washington DC including a visit to the neighborhood surrounding the White House, the epicenter of Executive Branch power in Washington DC. Learn about the mansion's beginnings, history and present day uses. (If you wish to visit the interior of the White House, please contact one of your members of Congress well in advance of your visit dates.)
   
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Arlington National Cemetery, National Gallery of Art, FDR Memorial & World War II Memorial
(Wednesday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Full American buffet at hotel followed by daily briefing about events and sites.
 Morning: Extended visit of Arlington National Cemetery. On these hallowed grounds, visit the grave of President John F Kennedy, witness the solemn changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns and visit Arlington House, home to descendants of America's 1st first family and Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Due to amount of walking involved and topography of Arlington National Cemetery, participants can choose to travel through the site via foot or by motorized tram service.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Cascade Cafe at the National Gallery of Art. Following lunch, participants can explore the galleries at their own pace or take a brief docent led tour of the museum's treasures.
 Afternoon: Explore the tumultuous period in American History that paralleled Franklin Roosevelt's twelve years as President of the United States at the FDR memorial in West Potomac Park. From challenging conventional thinking about the role of the federal government in the nation's economy to confronting the evils of fascism, Roosevelt led America in trying times. The FDR memorial, a series of outdoor rooms in a park setting, memorializes the nation's efforts to overcome the Great Depression at home and defeat tyranny around the world.
 Dinner: Enjoy served American fare at a neighborhood restaurant.
 Evening: Visit one of Washington DC's newest memorials, the National World War II memorial. Learn about America's struggle against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan at the dawn of the age of weapons of mass destruction.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Seminar on history of National Mall, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Marine Corps Memorial and Air Force Memorial
(Thursday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet at hotel followed by seminar about the National Mall. Listen to an expert on the history of the National Mall describe 200 years of efforts to make this space meaningful to our nation and the larger goal of a democratic world.
 Morning: Learn about Thomas Jefferson's role in crafting the Declaration of Independence, forming a more perfect union and expanding America during a visit to the Jefferson Memorial near the tidal basin. Explore Abraham Lincoln's life, principles and civil war presidency at the Lincoln Memorial on the west end of the National Mall. Examine America's cold war history through the prism of the Korean War Veterans Memorial and reflect on the tragic consequences of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own at eateries located within the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum (food court) or National Museum of the American Indian (cafeteria featuring authentic American Indian cuisine).
 Afternoon: Take three hours to enjoy all that the Smithsonian Institution has to offer. Most of the museum's are located along the National Mall within two blocks of today's lunch location. Check out the 1903 Wright Flyer at the National Air & Space Museum. Explore American Indian history and culture at the Smithsonian's newest museum. Walk two blocks to the National Museum of Natural History and check out the just re-opened Ocean Hall. If natural history isn't your thing, maybe the National Museum of American History right next door will be more to your liking - it recently underwent a two year renovation. Make sure you visit the "Star-Spangled Banner" gallery which features the flag that inspired the lyrics of our national anthem.
 Dinner: Enjoy a steak or seafood meal off the wood fired grill at a popular local restaurant.
 Evening: Spend your last night in DC visiting memorials to those who have served their country in the U.S. Marine Corps or U.S. Air Force. Offering a commanding view of the Capital's monumental core from the Virginia side of the Potomac River, the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial (more popularly known as the Iwo Jimo Memorial) honors those who have served as Marines going back to the beginnings of our nation. One of Washington's newest additions, the U.S. Air Force Memorial adds a modern element to the DC area's skyline. At 227 feet tall, it evokes a feeling of flight while honoring the service given by the men and women of the U.S. Air Force.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Seminar on Development of National Mall, Program Evaluation & Departure
(Friday, October 11)
   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet at hotel.
 Morning: Seminar at hotel focusing on future development and preservation of the National Mall and other areas in the Washington DC area. Learn about memorials still in the planning process. Hear from representatives of entities endeavoring to preserve our current memorials, plan our future monuments, protect our civic space and manage our National Capital region's growth.
 Afternoon: Check out is generally at noon. Luggage storage is available upon request.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Virginia Other Programs
The focus of this program is Washington’s great monuments and memorials. Other Road Scholar programs offered by the American Civics Center study our institutions of government in depth. If you would like to learn more about the U.S. Congress, Supreme Court, or Presidency, please consider taking another of our Road Scholar programs. For additional information, visit www.roadscholar.org/programs/search_res.asp?keyword=American+Civics+Center
  White House
To request a tour of the interior of the White House, you must contact the offices of your members of Congress. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your member's office. Please do so as soon as you enroll as availability of White House tours is very limited. For additional information, visit www.whitehouse.gov
  U.S. Capitol
The Capitol Visitor Center offers timed entry visits to the historic U.S. Capitol. For additional information, visit www.VisitTheCapitol.gov
  Smithsonian Institution Museums
While some program lunches are held within Smithsonian Institution museums, participants should set aside some time to visit these magnificent places on their own. For additional information, visit www.si.edu/museums/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Mall in Washington, 1791-1991


Author: Richard Longstreth


Description: As the most important public space in the United States, the Mall in Washington, DC, has been a vital emblem of national spirit and ideals ever since Major Pierre Charles L'Enfant first envisioned it over 200 years ago. Although the Mall has undergone numerous changes since its conception, it has retained centrality within the life of the capital and has emerged as an essential symbol of American national identity and an influential model of city planning worldwide. Featuring 14 essays by prominent historians, architects, and leaders of some of Washington, DC's most important institutions, this volume explores the Mall's origins and growth, as well as the shifting political forces and cultural values that have shaped it. Over 140 illustrations help to tell the story of the site, including vintage maps, prints and drawings, in addition to numerous contemporary documentary and historical photographs. This edition features a new introduction discussing developments on the Mall since the first edition was published in 1991.



The Washington National Mall


Author: Peter R. Penczer


Description: The Washington National Mall" is the first general history of America's greatest urban park. Learn the fascinating stories behind the monuments and museums, from the best known to the most obscure. The Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial are all here, as are forgotten landmarks such as the Fish Commission, the Redwood Tree House, and Braddock's Rock. This amply illustrated volume has more than 100 archival photographs, many never before published, as well as recent color photographs of the monuments and museums. A detailed two-page map of the Mall and the surrounding area serve as a handy reference guide for visitors.





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