20969
Washington D.C.

The Capital’s Classics: Hotspots of D.C. With Your Family

Learn who George Washington really was and find out what spies really do, as you explore the curiosities of our capital with your family. Visit Mount Vernon, a spy museum and more!
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Program No. 20969RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399 / ADULT
799 / CHILD
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Virginia
D
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Registration materials will be provided upon check-in at the hotel. If you have any questions you would like answered prior to orientation this evening, our program information desk will be open on mezzanine level today from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a buffet meal with meat and vegetarian entrees and green salad. Sides are chef’s choice with cake or pie for dessert. Coffee, hot and iced tea, water are included; other beverages available for purchase from the hotel bar.

Evening: Orientation: 7:45 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Family program. Families are responsible for their children. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Minors are never to be left unsupervised. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Old Town Alexandria, Mount Vernon, Udvar-Hazy Space Center
Virginia
B,L,D
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking two miles throughout the day; outdoor trails in the morning and inside museums in the afternoon.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll choose from the breakfast buffet featuring hot items, fruit, cereal, coffee, tea, water, milk, and orange juice.

Morning: We’ll head to Old Town Alexandria, Virginia – George Washington's "downtown." As a young man, Washington surveyed Alexandria. Later, as President, he would incorporate this bustling colonial port into the new nation's capital city. We’ll then pay a visit to Washington's home at Mount Vernon. Step into the 18th century and experience life as our founders did. Recent additions to the estate grounds include a state-of-the-art Education Center and museum.

Lunch: At a local eatery in Virginia, we’ll pick from a barbecue buffet of chicken, pork, and vegetarian options. Coffee, hot and iced tea, and water are included. Other beverages available for purchase from the bar.

Afternoon: We'll spend most of the afternoon at the National Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Udvar-Hazy is home to some of America's largest contributions to flight and space exploration, including the Space Shuttle Discovery.

Dinner: At a neighborhood Italian restaurant, we’ll select from the menu of pizza, chicken parmesan, and pasta options. Coffee, hot and cold tea, and water are included. Other beverages available for purchase from the bar.

Evening: At leisure. The hotel’s pool is open until 10:00 p.m.

DAY
3
Presidential Memorials, American History Museum, Spy Museum
Virginia
B,L,D
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking 2 miles throughout the day; around memorial sites in the morning and through museums in the afternoon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board the motorcoach and drive to the National Mall. Our group leaders will take us on an exploration of presidential monuments including the neoclassical memorial to Thomas Jefferson and the more contemporary park devoted to Franklin Roosevelt. At the FDR Memorial, grandparents will hear an extended talk from a Group Leader. Grandchildren will hear several shorter talks on Jefferson, FDR, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial next door.

Lunch: We’ll head to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, where vouchers for lunch will be handed out to order on your own at museum cafe.

Afternoon: Opened in 1964, the National Museum of American History attempts to answer the question, “How did we become US?” Objects on display at the museum include the original Star Spangled Banner, a sculpture of Washington, the lunch counter from the Greensboro civil rights sit-in, Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the film ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ and so much more. Then, journey into the world of international espionage and intrigue at the International Spy Museum. First opened in 2002, the museum built its own state-of-the-art facility in L’Enfant Plaza for opening in spring 2019. We’ll examine the secret history of spies in the only public museum in the United States dedicated to espionage, one of the world’s oldest professions.

Dinner: At a neighborhood eatery, we’ll enjoy a plated meal with chicken, fish, beef, and vegetarian options. Coffee, hot and iced tea, and water are included. Other beverages available for purchase from the bar.

Evening: After returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
4
U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, Smithsonian Museums
Virginia
B
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

Activity note: Taking Metrorail rapid transit; all stations are accessible. Walking 2 miles throughout the day. The extent and duration of elective walking during independent exploration depend on personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll take the Metro subway to Capitol Hill, where we’ll pay visits to the Library of Congress, U.S. Capitol, and Supreme Court buildings. At the Capitol, a guide from the Capitol Visitor Center will lead us through the Rotunda, Crypt, and Statuary Hall. In the courtroom at the Supreme Court building, we’ll sit for a 30-minute lecture on the high court’s history. Then, our Group Leader will take us through the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, an institution built upon the private book collection of one American: Thomas Jefferson himself.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Explore more of the Smithsonian Institution museums at your own pace this afternoon. The American Indian Museum and the Air and Space Museum are located within one block of each other on Independence Avenue west of the Capitol.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy local fare.

Evening: At leisure. The hotel's pool is available until 10:00 p.m. If you prefer not to transfer back to the hotel with the group, our staff will provide you a list of museums that are open tonight.

DAY
5
Memorials, Ford's Theatre, Natural Hist. Museum, White House
Virginia
B,L,D
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking two miles throughout the day; outdoors at memorials in the morning, around museums in the afternoon, and outdoors at memorials in the evening.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll explore conflicts in American History as we participate in staff-led visits to the Lincoln, Vietnam Veterans, and Korean War Veterans Memorials. Afterward, we’ll take some time to explore the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, with a new Hall of Fossils exploring the history of life on earth going back to “deep time,” as far back as 3.7 billion years ago. Here, we can meet the skeleton of “the Nation’s T. rex.”

Lunch: We will hand out lunch vouchers for a café at one of the museums we visit today.

Afternoon: Explore Ford's Theatre, Peterson House and the recently added education center. While at this historic site, you will step back in time to learn about the events of April 14, 1865, and the lasting impact of President Lincoln’s assassination on the United States.

Dinner: At a kid-friendly restaurant, grandchildren will enjoy a plated meal with options of burgers, chicken sandwiches, salad, fries, and soft drinks. Meanwhile, grandparents will dine at a neighborhood eatery with more adult fare; coffee, hot and iced tea, water available.

Evening: We’ll regroup after dinner and take the motorcoach to the neighborhood surrounding the White House. During a walk, we’ll learn about the history of the presidential home and the role of the President in the federal government. We’ll then head to the World War II Memorial, a visual delight in the evening when its lights and water fountains heighten its majestic presence between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. There, we’ll hear about the conflict’s human losses and its role in bringing the U.S. to superpower status.

DAY
6
Wrap-up Activity, Program Concludes
Virginia
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon. Luggage storage available on request.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll wrap up the week with a review session during which grandchildren can share their thoughts about their experiences in Washington and what they’ve learned about American history. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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