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Our travels to the Nation’s Capital brings us to our home base for three nights in Old Towne Alexandria, the Holiday Inn & Suites. Old Towne Alexandria is just minutes from Washington, DC on the Potomac River. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America.
Each evening you can pick your choice of dining from the many amazing restaurants on King Street and Restaurant options will be provided with tour documents.
Following breakfast we set out for a tour of the Nation’s Capital with our local tour guide. Highlights will include the Capitol Building, The Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorials, the World War II Memorial, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and more.
This afternoon we enjoy a guided tour of the Capitol Building. This iconic landmark serves as a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world. After dinner, we enjoy a twilight tour of D.C. with its many monuments lit up at night. (B)
Following breakfast we head to the Smithsonian Institution. Enjoy the National Air & Space Museum’s collection of the famous Wright 2903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis and the Apollo 11 command module. The National Museum of American History showcases national treasures including the many gowns worn by American’s First Ladies.
This afternoon is free to continue exploring the many museums at the Smithsonian Institute and visit one of the following. (Transportation will be provided to each of these museums; admissions are not included in tour price.*
*International Spy Museum: The only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage. The Spy Museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display.
*Newseum: Considered one of the most interactive museums in the world. This unique museum increases public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment.
*New Bible Museum: The exciting new Bible Museum showcases over 3,500 artifacts of ancient Bible lands and the impact of the Bible on the world. (advance ticket purchase is recommended)
*United States Holocaust Museum: Spanning three floors, the self-guided Permanent Exhibition, The Holocaust, offers a chronological narrative of the Holocaust through historical artifacts, photographs, and film footage. Visitors will also encounter personal objects and the eyewitness testimonies of individual survivors.
Returning to the hotel later in the afternoon will allow us free time to explore Old Towne Alexandria. (B)
Following breakfast we’re off for a guided tour of the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world containing over. The outstanding architecture both inside and out will fascinate you as you visit the largest collection of books in the world in over 450 languages.
On our way home, we will stop at the Baltimore Harborplace Inner Harbor with its many shops and restaurants to enjoy. (B)