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Discover Washington, D.C.: Our Nation’s Capital

Program Number: 2833RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/28/2014 - 10/3/2014; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 4/26/2015 - 5/1/2015; 5/10/2015 - 5/15/2015; 5/31/2015 - 6/5/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/23/2015; 10/25/2015 - 10/30/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Price starting at: $1,199.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; National Parks; Political Science
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Enter the invigorating political and cultural scene of America’s capital as knowledgeable instructors share an insider’s look at the memorials and fascinating neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. During specially arranged meetings with members of Congress or staff (as available) and seminars with Washington insiders, discuss history and learn about public policy with a fresh perspective. Delight in an introduction to Washington’s cultural life as local experts lead you to many of the city’s renowned museums and eclectic eateries.




Highlights

• Discuss international relations with experts, then go inside a Washington, D.C., embassy to add context.
• Meet members of Congress on Capitol Hill and visit the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress.
• Deepen your insights with walks to Washington highlights and monuments, and enjoy an evening performance in a local theater.



Activity Particulars

Walking 1-2 miles per day, including to/from motor coaches; some standing.




Date Specific Information

9-28-2014, 4-12-2015, 4-26-2015, 5-10-2015, 5-31-2015

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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 5 nights
 Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport, Arlington, just 1 mile from the Reagan National Airport, is within walking distance of many attractions such as the Crystal City Metro Station and 1 mile away from the Pentagon. The Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport is also within a couple of miles of all Washington, D.C. attractions.
  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: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please call hotel direct.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: N/A Please call hotel direct.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in begins at 3pm. Questions - stop by info desk 5:00pm to 6:15pm. 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 in the hotel ends around 10:30am. 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. Participants should always carry a form of picture I.D.
  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, D.C.
  Nearest airport:  Ronald Reagan National
  From End of Program
  Location: Virginia
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Hotel from Reagan National

 

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 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.

 

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.

 
Driving Directions
  Directions are 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.
  Directions are 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.
  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.
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/Dinner and Orientation
(Sunday, September 28)
   
 Arrive To: Registration materials will be provided upon check-in at the hotel beginning at 3pm. Info desk open from 4pm to 6pm.
 Dinner: 6:45 pm Dinner at the hotel will be followed by a staff-led orientation of the program and Washington, D.C.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Seminar/Jefferson Memorial/Kennedy Center Tour/Embassy Visit/White House neighborhood
(Monday, September 29)
   
 Breakfast: A buffet will be served at the hotel.
 Morning: A seminar with possible topics such as the media, international relations, current issues and the judiciary will be followed by a visit to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
 Lunch: Lunch at KC Cafe, the John F. Kennedy Center's rooftop cafe.
 Afternoon: Experience an embassy in Washington and explore one of the many famous memorials along the National Mall.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at a Southern-themed restaurant in the hotel neighborhood.
 Evening: Enjoy an exploration of the White House neighborhood.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Policy Seminar/Lincoln Memorial/National Gallery of Art
(Tuesday, September 30)
   
 Breakfast: A buffet will be provided at the hotel.
 Morning: After a seminar with possible topics including the media, international relations, current issues and the judiciary, enjoy a field trip to the Abraham Lincoln Memorial.
 Lunch: Lunch at the National Gallery of Art's Cascafe Cafe.
 Afternoon: Explore the National Gallery of Art's collections. The West Building contains more traditional art while the East Building speaks to all that is modern.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local eatery.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: U.S. Capitol/Congressional Meetings/Library of Congress/Supreme Court/Free Evening
(Wednesday, October 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be a buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: An orientation to Capitol Hill will be followed by visits to the Capitol and the Library of Congress.
 Lunch: Lunch will be on your own on Capitol Hill.
 Afternoon: Sit in the Supreme Court and hear about its history and traditions. Meetings with congressmen or their staff can be arranged on your behalf. A Smithsonian Museum option will be offered.
 Dinner: You are on your own for dinner this evening. Our staff can make suggestions in the hotel neighborhood or downtown.
 Evening: After an envigorating day on Capitol Hill or at the Smithsonian museums, enjoy some free time.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Politics Seminar/FDR Memorial/MLK Memorial /Smithsonians/Theatre
(Thursday, October 2)
   
 Breakfast: A breakfast buffet will be served at the hotel.
 Morning: A seminar on a current political issue is followed by a visit to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at one of the Smithsonian museum cafes.
 Afternoon: Free time will be provided for exploration of two Smithsonian Institution museums.
 Dinner: Tonight, the group will dine at a neighborhood bistro famous for its wood-fired grill.
 Evening: Enjoy a live performance at a local theater (Arena Stage, National Theater, Ford's Theatre, Signature Theater) on your final night in the nation's capital.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Seminar and Departure
(Friday, October 3)
   
 Breakfast: A breakfast buffet will be provided at the hotel.
 Morning: A seminar at the hotel will be followed by closing remarks. Checkout is generally 12 p.m., and luggage storage is available if your departure is later in the day.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Virginia Mall/Smithsonian Free Time
Most of the potential free time is spent at the Smithsonian Museums or the National Mall area. Program staff will try to accommodate participant requests for transportation to un-scheduled activities. We will often have a drop off and pick-up in the National Mall/Smithsonian area for participants. Staff will also try to direct participants to the best method of public transportation.
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 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.



Washington


Author: Meg Greenfield


Description: An instant classic on the way Washington works-and a witty, provocative portrayal of the tribes that run it-by a revered Washington writer and editor. Meg Greenfield, the illustrious long-time editorial page editor of the Washington Post, has written an instant classic that is as wise as it is wry. Greenfield came to Washington in 1961 at the beginning of the Kennedy administration and joined the Washington Post in 1968. Her editorials at the Post and her columns in Newsweek were universally admired in Washington for their insight and style. Here Greenfield provides a portrait of the United States capital at the end of the American century. Washington is an eccentric, tribal, provincial place where the primary currency is power. For all the scandal and politics of Washington, its real culture is surprisingly little known, and Meg Greenfield explains the place with an insider's knowledge and an observer's cool perspective.





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