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Washington D.C.

Discover Washington, D.C.: The Best of the Capital

Discover D.C. through expert-led explorations of Capitol Hill, the memorials and topical issues. Plus, enjoy visits to historical institutions and a live show at a local theater!
Rating (5)
Program No. 2833RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,749
Washington D.C.

Discover Washington, D.C.: The Best of the Capital

Discover D.C. through expert-led explorations of Capitol Hill, the memorials and topical issues. Plus, enjoy visits to historical institutions and a live show at a local theater!
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,749
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,749
Program No. 2833RJ

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2022
Starting at
1,749
Itinerary Note

This departure will attend the following performance at the Kennedy Center: "Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan: 13 Tongues"

Oct 30 - Nov 4, 2022
Starting at
1,749
Itinerary Note

This departure will attend the following performance at the Kennedy Center: "Noseda conducts a Symphonic Surprise!"

Apr 9 - Apr 14, 2023
Starting at
1,999
Apr 23 - Apr 28, 2023
Starting at
1,999
May 7 - May 12, 2023
Starting at
1,999
May 21 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
1,999
Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
Starting at
1,999
Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
Starting at
1,999
Oct 15 - Oct 20, 2023
Starting at
1,999
Oct 29 - Nov 3, 2023
Starting at
1,999
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2022
Starting at
2,329
Itinerary Note

This departure will attend the following performance at the Kennedy Center: "Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan: 13 Tongues"

Oct 30 - Nov 4, 2022
Starting at
2,329
Itinerary Note

This departure will attend the following performance at the Kennedy Center: "Noseda conducts a Symphonic Surprise!"

Apr 9 - Apr 14, 2023
Starting at
2,579
Apr 23 - Apr 28, 2023
Starting at
2,579
May 7 - May 12, 2023
Starting at
2,579
May 21 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
2,579
Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
Starting at
2,579
Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
Starting at
2,579
Oct 15 - Oct 20, 2023
Starting at
2,579
Oct 29 - Nov 3, 2023
Starting at
2,579

At a Glance

Experience the invigorating environment of America’s capital city as knowledgeable instructors immerse you in a wide-ranging exploration of Washington D.C.’s iconic memorials, eclectic neighborhoods and topical conversations. During lectures with D.C. experts, discuss policy issues, explore vital history, and learn about famous figures throughout the capital. Delight in an introduction to Washington’s vibrant cultural institutions as you venture into the Smithsonian Museums, Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, National Cathedral and attend a live performance at a local theater.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 1-2 miles per day, including to/from motor coaches; some standing.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Gain historical insights while visiting Washington’s most treasured monuments and its newest memorials.
  • Explore America’s unique political system with expert lectures and visits to the U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, and the White House.
  • Go behind the scenes at the Kennedy Center, learn about the many extraordinary gifts from the governments of more than 60 countries that make this a truly international destination.
Featured Expert
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Ann McClellan
Ann McClellan is author of “The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration,” and “Cherry Blossoms, The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.” She has held executive positions at the Smithsonian Institution, World Wildlife Fund, the American Lung Association, the American Association of Museums, and the George Washington University Law School. Ann has viewed cherry blossoms in Japan, giving her even more of an appreciation for Washington’s sublime blooming season.

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

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Ann McClellan View biography
Ann McClellan is author of “The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration,” and “Cherry Blossoms, The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.” She has held executive positions at the Smithsonian Institution, World Wildlife Fund, the American Lung Association, the American Association of Museums, and the George Washington University Law School. Ann has viewed cherry blossoms in Japan, giving her even more of an appreciation for Washington’s sublime blooming season.
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Jackie Holt View biography
Jackie Holt was a primary classroom teacher for 25 years, serving students from all over the world, most just learning English. She is now is a licensed Washington D.C. Guide, a member of the Washington D.C. Guild of Professional Guides, and a greater D.C. area resident. She recently expanded her work to include Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. Group leading is her second career. Each program and each site on the journey sparks her desire to learn and to enrich the minds of participants.
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Steve Flynn View biography
Steve Flynn was raised in Oregon. He pursued graduate work in intercultural studies and has extensive experience leading educational groups for students and adults both within and outside the U.S. A current resident of Washington, D.C., he has spent his professional career working in international student exchange programs for the University of North Carolina system.
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Raymond Batvinis View biography
Dr. Raymond J. Batvinis is the Historian for the Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For 25 years, he was a Special FBI Agent concentrating on counterintelligence and counterterrorism. Dr. Batvinis operates fbistudies.com, a website focused on the FBI. In addition to authoring scholarly articles, he has contributed to the Oxford History of Intelligence and has produced two books on the history of the FBI’s counterintelligence program: "The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence" and "Hoover’s Secret War Against Axis Spies."
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Donald Daniel View biography
Donald C.F. Daniel is Professor Emeritus at Georgetown University and Milton E. Miles Professor Emeritus at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He was Special Assistant to the Chairman, US Intelligence Council in Washington; Ford Foundation Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington; Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London; researcher-in-residence for the UN Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva; and Associate Fellow at the Swedish National Defense College, Stockholm. He has directed political-military simulations involving participants worldwide.
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Gautham Rao View biography
Gautham Rao, Associate Professor of History at American University, is Editor-in-Chief of “Law and History Review.” He did his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Chicago and has been a fellow at the New York University School of Law and the University of Wisconsin Law School. His first book was “National Duties: Custom Houses and the Making of the American State” with the University of Chicago Press. His current book is “Slavery's Leviathan: Fugitive Slaves and the Making of the American Police State.”
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Eric Arnesen View biography
Eric Arnesen is the Teamsters Professor of History at George Washington University. He earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. in African-American Studies and a Ph.D. in history from Yale University. A specialist in the history of race, labor, politics, and civil rights, he has written two award-winning books: “Brotherhoods of Color: Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality” (2001) and “Waterfront Workers of New Orleans: Race, Class, and Politics, 1863-1923” (1991). He has written, edited, or co-edited five other books.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Washington
by Meg Greenfield
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.
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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