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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 three Smithsonian museums and a live show at a local theater!
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Program No. 2833RJ
Length
6 days
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1,629
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 three Smithsonian museums and a live show at a local theater!
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,629
Program No. 2833 RJ
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May 9 - May 14, 2021
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May 9 - May 14, 2021
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At a Glance

Experience the invigorating environment of America’s capital city with American Civics Center as knowledgeable instructors immerse you in a wide-ranging exploration of Washington D.C.’s iconic memorials, eclectic neighborhoods and topical conversations. During meetings with members of Congress (as available) and seminars with D.C. insiders, discuss policy issues and explore vital history. Delight in an introduction to Washington’s vibrant cultural institutions as you venture into the Smithsonian Museums, National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, Kennedy Center 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.

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 on visits to the White House, U.S. Capitol and U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Visit a working embassy to explore another nation’s identity and their government’s view of America and the wider world.
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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Brendan Quinn is the outreach and media coordinator for the Center for Responsive Politics, a research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Brendan, who joined the Center in the fall of 2016, is responsible for outreach as well as the Center's social media presence. Previously, Brendan worked for a number of institutions including the Irish Consulate in New York City. He holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
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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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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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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Information Desk, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Virginia
D
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

Afternoon: 4:00 pm - hotel check in begins. Program materials will be provided upon check in at the hotel. Explore the hotel neighborhood. 5:00 pm - program information desk opens on Mezzanine Level. If you have questions - please visit desk which is open until 6:00 pm.

Dinner: 6:45 pm - buffet dinner at the hotel. Meet and enjoy a meal with your fellow participants.

Evening: 7:45 pm - staff led orientation of the program and Washington, DC. Usually concludes around 8:45 pm.

DAY
2
Jefferson Memorial, Kennedy Center, Embassy, White House
Virginia
B,L,D
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

Breakfast: A buffet will be served at the hotel.

Morning: A seminar (possible topics include the media, international relations, current issues and the judiciary) will be followed by visit to Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

Lunch: Lunch at KC Cafe, the John F. Kennedy Center's rooftop cafe.

Afternoon: Tour of the Kennedy Center is followed by visit to an embassy in Washington DC. Exploration of a memorial along the National Mall.

Dinner: Dinner will be at a local eatery in the White House neighborhood.

Evening: Visit to the White House (exterior) and learn about the executive mansion and it's surrounding neighborhood. (Please note, interior White House tours must be scheduled personally through your member of congress. Requests must be made no less than 21 days prior to arrival.)

DAY
3
Policy Seminar, Lincoln Memorial, National Gallery of Art
Virginia
B,L,D
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

Breakfast: A buffet will be provided at the hotel.

Morning: A seminar (possible topics include the media, international relations, current issues and the judiciary) will be followed by visits to the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Korean War Veterans Memorial.

Lunch: Lunch at the National Gallery of Art's Cascade 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: Enjoy a meal with group at a neighborhood eatery in Arlington.

DAY
4
Capitol, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, Free Evening
Virginia
B,L
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

Breakfast: Breakfast will be a buffet at the hotel.

Morning: An orientation to Capitol Hill will be followed by a visit to the Library of Congress and a tour of the Capitol Building.

Lunch: Lunch with the group on Capitol Hill.

Afternoon: Sit in the Supreme Court and hear about its history and traditions. Meetings with Representatives (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 in downtown DC.

Evening: This is your free evening. After a long day on Capitol Hill and at the Smithsonian museums, enjoy some time on your own.

DAY
5
Politics Seminar, FDR & MLK Memorials, Smithsonians, Theatre
Virginia
B,D
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

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 FDR and MLK memorials.

Lunch: Lunch on your own, eateries are available in the Smithsonian Museums.

Afternoon: Free time will be provided for exploration of two Smithsonian Institution Museums.

Dinner: Tonight, group will dine at a neighborhood grill in Arlington.

Evening: Enjoy a performance of Guys and Dolls at historic Ford's Theatre on your final night in the nation's capital.

DAY
6
Seminar, Program Concludes
Virginia
B

Breakfast: A breakfast buffet will be provided at the hotel.

Morning: A seminar at the hotel will be followed by closing remarks which are generally concluded by 10:45 am. Hotel check out is 12:00 pm, but luggage storage is available if your departure is later in the day.






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