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Washington D.C.

Monumental D.C.

Explore Washington D.C. with experts and learn the stories behind the monuments, memorials and historic sites that pay testament to our national identity.
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Program No. 12392RJ
Length
5 days
Starts at
1,349
Washington D.C.

Monumental D.C.

Explore Washington D.C. with experts and learn the stories behind the monuments, memorials and historic sites that pay testament to our national identity.
Length
5 days
Starts at
1,349
Program No. 12392 RJ
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May 3 - May 7, 2021
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May 3 - May 7, 2021
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At a Glance

The capital of the United States is truly “monumental” as you’ll discover in this exciting experiential learning program with American Civics Center. 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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 2-3 miles per day during field trips over level terrain; extended standing. Monuments accessible by elevator.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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.
Featured Expert
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Gary Regan
Gary Regan is a former U.S. Army officer who has worked at the Library of Congress and the U.S. Treasury. Since retiring in the mid-1990s, Gary has volunteered with Washington, D.C.-area organizations devoted to the performing arts and Americans with disabilities, and he is active in men's chorus and is an avid gardener. His expertise is in American history, modern European history, philosophy, French and Spanish.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Gary Regan is a former U.S. Army officer who has worked at the Library of Congress and the U.S. Treasury. Since retiring in the mid-1990s, Gary has volunteered with Washington, D.C.-area organizations devoted to the performing arts and Americans with disabilities, and he is active in men's chorus and is an avid gardener. His expertise is in American history, modern European history, philosophy, French and Spanish.
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Anna Patton joined the staff of the American Civics Center in 2016 and has worked with thousands of participants on our Washington D.C. programs. Originally from Colorado, she graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Anna spent two years with the U.S. Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan where she worked with teachers from across that nation and a disability rights organization. Anna enjoys following global events, engaging students in history and helping participants of all ages explore Washington D.C.
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The Mall in Washington, 1791-1991
by Richard Longstreth
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
by Peter R. Penczer
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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5 days
4 nights
10 meals
4 B 2 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Welcome Dinner, Program/DC Orientation
Virginia
D
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

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.

DAY
2
Mount Vernon, Holocaust Memorial Museum & White House
Virginia
B,L,D
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

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.)

DAY
3
Arlington Nat Cemetery, Gallery of Art, FDR & WWII Memorials
Virginia
B,L,D
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

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. Many enjoy visiting this site at night when the memorial's lights and water fountains give it a more majestic appearance.

DAY
4
Nat Mall, Jefferson, Lincoln & War Memorials, Smithsonians
Virginia
B,D
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

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.

DAY
5
Seminar on Development of National Mall, Program Concludes
Virginia
B

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.






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