This is Washington D.C. like you've never experienced it before! Get a behind the scenes look into the world of our former Presidents and what life was like during their era. Enjoy time exploring the DuPont Circle Area Embassies and visiting some of the less "touristy" sites in Washington D.C. including Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office & Museum and Ford's Theatre, and drive the Inauguration Route along Pennsylvania Avenue. Of course no trip to D.C. is complete without a visit to Arlington National Cemetery and a driving tour of some of the most iconic monuments and memorials in the country.
Deluxe Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation
On-board Friendly Host
9 Nights Hotel Accommodations
14 Meals Plus 2 Kickback Receptions Including:
- Michie Tavern
- Wood Grill Buffet*
- The Mad Hatter*
- Cracker Barrel
- Benders Tavern
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum
Free Time in Old Downtown Alexandria
James Madisons Montpelier
White House Visitors Center
Tour of Lafayette Square
Drive Pennsylvania Avenue, along the Inauguration Route
Woodrow Wilson House
National Portrait Gallery
President Lincolns Cottage
Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
Dupont Circle Area Embassies
Illuminated Monument Driving Tour:
- Marine Corps Memorial
- Air Force Memorial
- Washington Monument
- National World War II Memorial
- Other Memorials as Time Permits
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Arlington National Cemetery
Pentagon City Shopping Mall
Dwight D. Eisenhower Home & Farm
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitors Center
National First Ladies Historic Site
Harding Home Presidential Site
William Howard Taft National Historic Site
$2075 per person Double
$2300 per person Single
Non-members add $25
Activity Level 3:
This tour requires average physical activity. Participants should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly on uneven ground or unpaved trails.
Deposit & Final Payment:
A $300 deposit per person is required within one week of reservation. Must be paid in full by March 23, 2022. No refunds will be issued after March 23, 2022.
Please call to inquire about travel protection coverages available.
Day 1: Monday, May 9, 2022
Join us this morning from the available departure location of your choice and meet your friendly, on-board host. Enjoy rest and refresh breaks along the way today, as needed, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own.
Arrive at the Drury Inn and Suites this evening in Dayton, Ohio for an overnight stay. Arrive in time to enjoy dinner, on your own, at a nearby restaurant. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy, on your own.
Day 2: Tuesday, May 10, 2022
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel this morning, depart for Staunton, Virginia. Enjoy rest and refresh breaks along the way today, as needed, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own. Arrive at Hotel 24 South (formerly known as the Stonewall Jackson Hotel) in time to enjoy dinner, on your own, this evening in the hotel, or one of the surrounding restaurants.
Day 3: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
After breakfast, depart for the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. The complex that houses the President’s birthplace, known as the “Manse,” is a museum that explores his life and times, a research library and gift shop. The Manse was constructed in 1846 by the Staunton First Presbyterian Church. It has twelve rooms with twelve fireplaces, and cost about $4,000. The Wilson family moved into the house in 1855 as his father was ordained as a Presbyterian priest and assigned to serve as a pastor in Staunton.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in what is now called the “birth room” on December 28, 1856. The Wilsons left The Manse in 1858 when Joseph Wilson accepted a call from a congregation in Augusta, Georgia. Wilson continued to visit Staunton throughout his life and often called Staunton his home.
We depart the museum for Michie Tavern, in Charlottesville to enjoy an included lunch. This is one of the oldest homesteads remaining in Virginia. The Tavern and its outbuildings offer a glimpse of 18th-century life through the exhibit of handcrafted furnishings and artifacts. It contains one of the largest and finest collections of pre-Revolutionary furniture and is expanding its exhibit through the historical restoration of 18th-century structures. Hearty, typical colonial fare is served in “The Ordinary.”
After enjoying lunch, arrive at Monticello, the mountaintop home of Thomas Jefferson. The house is a remarkable integration of classical architecture and modern innovation designed by Jefferson and built on the mountain top where he had played as a boy. Mr. Jefferson named his home Monticello, meaning Little Mountain and always used the Italian pronunciation of Monticello (mon-ti-chel-oh). We’ll also visit the spectacular Gardens and Mulberry Row, the plantation “street” along which Monticello slaves lived and labored.
The Visitor Center is built around an open courtyard with a fountain that, upon opening, visitors immediately began tossing Jefferson nickels into. The green energy saving buildings include galleries, educational facilities, theatre, gift shop, and a great café with indoor and outdoor seating. Mr. Jefferson would be so proud!
See Thomas Jefferson’s World, in the Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center, a 14-minute introductory film that dramatically presents Jefferson’s ideals and accomplishments and illustrates Monticello’s central importance to his life and work. The film is shown on a 16-by-9-foot screen in a 2,400-square-foot theater with 125 seats.
While here, tour the new Robert H. and Clarice Smith Gallery:
• The Words of Thomas Jefferson, an innovative exhibition in which quotations by and about Jefferson are projected in light.
• Thomas Jefferson and ‘the Boisterous Sea of Liberty,’ an exhibition tracing the development and ongoing influence of Jefferson’s ideas about liberty through an interactive presentation on a wall of high-definition screens.
• Monticello as Experiment: ‘To Try All Things,’ an exhibition that explores Jefferson’s use of Monticello as a laboratory for his belief that “useful knowledge” could make life more efficient and convenient.
• Making Monticello: Jefferson’s ‘Essay in Architecture,’ an exhibition covering the architectural origins, construction and 40-year evolution of the iconic Monticello house.
Arrive at your Charlottesville hotel for the evening with enough time to get settled and refresh before departing for an included dinner at the Wood Grill Buffet. Enjoy this casual eatery offering an American buffet with carving stations, fresh-baked bread and more.
Day 4: Thursday, May 12, 2022
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel this morning, depart for Ash-Lawn Highland. The home of Jefferson’s good friend and fellow President James Monroe is a 535-acre estate where visitors can find the atmosphere of an early 19th-century working plantation. Monroe held more major offices than any other President. After, depart for the Downtown Pedestrian Mall.
One of the longest pedestrian malls in the United States, it extends for eight blocks. The mall is home to a vibrant collection of more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants located in the historic buldings on and around old East Main Street in Charlottesville. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch, on your own at one of the many restaurants.
After enjoying some lunch and shopping, we depart mid-afternoon for James Madison’s Montpelier. This is the home of the 4th President of the United States and Father of the Constitution, James and Dolly Madison. Enjoy a 1-hour tour of the mansion including information on Madison the man, The Constitution & Bill of Rights, Slavery – Madison’s big regret, and his wife, Dolley – America’s first First Lady.
We depart this evening for Washington, DC, and check in to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor. Enjoy free time and dinner on your own at the resort or at the MGM Casino’s Restaurants. National Harbor is a community unlike any other in the D.C. region, designed to take full advantage of the most historic river in the nation. Rising from the banks of the Potomac River, just south of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Prince George’s County, MD, National Harbor is a 350-acre resort destination.
Day 5: Friday, May 13, 2022
After enjoying your first breakfast in D.C. this morning, we join our local guide and arrive at the White House Visitor’s Center on the famed Pennsylvania Avenue. Visitors can explore an interactive touchscreen tour of the White House, view over 90 artifacts from the White House collection, shop at the White House Historical Association retail store, and view the film, “White House: Reflections from Within.” Stop for a photo opportunity of the White House, and then tour Lafayette Square.
Lafayette Square is a seven-acre public park located directly north of the White House on H Street between 15th and 17th Streets, NW. It has been used as a racetrack, a graveyard, a zoo, an encampment for soldiers during the War of 1812, and many political protests and celebrations. The surrounding neighborhood became the city’s most fashionable 18th-century residential area – home to several Washington personalities including Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William Henry Seward, and South Carolina Senator, John C. Calhoun. Andrew Jackson Downing landscaped Lafayette Square in 1851 in the picturesque style. Today’s plan, with its five large statues, dates from the 1930’s. In the center stands Clark Mills’ equestrian statue of President Andrew Jackson, erected in 1853; in the four corners are statues of Revolutionary War heroes: France’s General Marquis Gilbert de Lafayette and Major General Comte Jean de Rochambeau; Poland’s General Tadeusz Koscjuszko; and Prussia’s Major General Baron Frederich Wilhelm von Steuben. Drive along Pennsylvania Avenue, along the Inauguration route.
Mid-morning, arrive at the Woodrow Wilson House. Tour the home where President Woodrow Wilson lived after his retirement at the end of his second term. Filled with memorabilia from the Wilson era, this Georgian-style red brick house reflects the mode of life of Wilson’s last year. Their house was filled with clutter and an unusual number of photographs and familiar objects were liberally scattered about.
After the President’s death in 1924, Mrs. Wilson dabbled in the occult to try to reach him, so check out the Ouija board and typed transcripts of séance sessions in the sewing room.
After, depart for the National Portrait Gallery. Housed in the magnificent “Old Patent Office Building,” this museum features a unique collection of portraits of famous Americans from the worlds of politics, sports, literature, stage and screen. The Gallery includes the Hall of Presidents, which has several official portraits of United States Presidents. Enjoy lunch, on your own, in the National Portrait Gallery Café.
This afternoon, arrive at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Located on a picturesque hilltop in Washington, DC, President Lincoln’s Cottage is the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln’s presidency aside from the White House. During the Civil War, President Lincoln and his family resided here from June to November of 1862, 1863 and 1864. All totaled, Lincoln lived here for a quarter of his presidency.
Our next stop is at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum. Tour Clara Barton’s home base as she braved the battlefield as a Civil War nurse, then spearheaded the search for missing soldiers.
This evening, enjoy dinner on your own at the resort, or any of the restaurants in the National Harbor.
Day 6: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before departing for Dupont Circle Area Embassies. The circle is named for Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont and the traffic circle contains the Dupont Circle Fountain in its center. The neighborhood is known for its high concentration of embassies and think tanks. Be sure to have your passport available for stamping as you enter each country! Enjoy lunch, on your own, and then continue to discover the secrets and unique cultural traditions inside DC’s Embassies.
After, arrive at the Ford’s Theatre. Restored as it was the night John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln, Ford’s is still an active theater. Reopened in 1968, Ford’s Theatre is one of the most visited sites in Washington DC. Visit the lower-level museum that paints a picture of Washington DC during the 1860s and exhibits Lincoln Memorabilia.
Visit the Center for Education and Leadership. This museum features two floors of permanent exhibits, one floor of rotating exhibits and two floors of state-of-the-art education studios for distance-learning and on-site activities. The story of the Abraham Lincoln assassination continues in the Aftermath and Legacies galleries of the new Center, taking visitors back to 1865 in the weeks and months immediately following Lincoln’s death. Visitors can see the route of Lincoln’s funeral train, learn which president wore a ring containing a lock of Lincoln’s hair, explore Lincoln’s international influence, examine how Lincoln’s image has been adopted for use in pop culture and much more.
Late this afternoon arrive at the Mad Hatter. A lively tavern known for pub fare that channels Alice’s Wonderland with an upside-down room and more. The origin of the Madhatter comes from England and the story goes like this: In 17th century England, there was a group of men known as hatters who made hats for a living. Hatters labored day and night to produce quality head wear. They were also in the business of cleaning the hats they made and mercury was used in the process. After several years of breathing the mercury fumes, the hatters gradually went mad.
After dinner this evening, enjoy an illuminated monument driving tour.
Washington’s grand buildings, memorials, and monuments sparkle and are impressive during the day; but in the evenings they are illuminated, soft, focusing the solid stones and bronzes; fountains and water features shimmer in reflection; shadows darken highlighting the floodlit detail. Impressive during the day – stunning at night!
Walk through The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a spectacular view of the city from the terrace, and see the famous bronze bust of John F. Kennedy in the grand foyer. Two months after President Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963, Congress designated the National Cultural Center as a “living memorial” to Kennedy, and authorized $23 million to help build what is now known as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
You’ll drive by the Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue), the Air Force Memorial, the Washington Monument, and stop at the National World War II Memorial. Drive by other memorials and monuments as time permits.
Day 7: Sunday, May 15, 2022
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before setting out for Arlington National Cemetery with our local guide. No land in America is more sacred than this square mile. It is America’s shrine to valor and sacrifice. This is the final resting place for President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward Moore (Ted) Kennedy, Audie Murphy, prizefighter Joe Louis, and thousands of soldiers from every major U.S. war. The Cemetery is the former plantation and home of Civil War General Robert E. Lee. Arlington House, Space Shuttle Challenger Astronauts’ Memorial, and monuments to nearly every major sacrifice that affected our country are located within these 624+ acres. The Tomb of the Unknowns speaks of a nation’s debt to the many whose ultimate sacrifice helped make a nation free. Arlington averages 27 to 30 funerals, including interments and inurnments, each weekday, and six to eight services on Saturday. The crews, service members, and groundskeepers follow an elaborate choreography to ensure each funeral feels like it is the only one taking place.
Tour Arlington using the Tram system which has six stops including the President John F. Kennedy gravesite, the U.S. Coast Guard memorial, U.S. Army Gen. John J. Pershing’s gravesite, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Memorial Amphitheater, The Arlington House, and the Ord & Weitzel walking gate to see the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima). Catch the changing of the guard occuring every half hour.
This afternoon brings us to the Pentagon City Shopping Mall. Enjoy lunch, on your own, at the sky lit food court featuring international specialties from the familiar to the exotic. A scenic glass elevator ride to the third level reveals more than 170 fascinating stores and restaurants.
After lunch, arrive at Mount Vernon in Alexandria. Here, George Washington escaped the rigors of public office and enjoyed the life of a successful Virginia planter. America’s most visited historic house, Mount Vernon sits on a grassy, shaded slope overlooking the Potomac River. Many of the furnishings are original pieces acquired by Washington himself. Mount Vernon is both George Washington’s home and final resting place. This Southern plantation, standing on the banks of the Potomac River, details the life of the “Father of Our Country” while providing fascinating insights into Colonial times.
Visit the Ford Orientation Center & Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center at Mount Vernon. The center contains sculptures, paintings, portraits, models, photos, films, documents and diverse artifacts, with succinct descriptions and pithy quotations describing the life, times and accomplishments of our nation’s first president. With 25 state-of-the-art galleries, the museum displays many objects shown at Mount Vernon for the first time.
This evening, you may choose to be dropped off in Old Town Alexandria where you can explore the Colonial Streets and enjoy dining in one of many restaurants offered there, on King Street, and at the Waterfront. Take the Water Taxi back to the hotel, on your own afterwards, which docks right at the Gaylord Hotel.
For those that wish to skip out on Old Town Alexandria, enjoy a free evening with dinner, on your own, at the resort or on the National Harbor.
Day 8: Monday, May 16, 2022
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing this morning for the Dwight Eisenhower Home & Farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This National Historic Site preserves the farm of General and 34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Purchased in 1950 after a 30-year military career which took Mr. and Mrs. Eisenhower around the world, Eisenhower used the farm as a weekend retreat and “temporary White House.” World leaders and foreign dignitaries visited here, and after his terms of office ended, the farm became his retirement home where he raised prize-winning Angus cattle and pursued other hobbies.
Next, visit the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor’s Center and view one of the world’s largest collections of artifacts and memorabilia from the American Civil War.
See the Cyclorama Center at the Gettysburg National Military Park - the center features a breathtaking panorama of Pickett’s charge, measuring 356 feet by 26 feet. A sound and light program recreates scenes of the fighting. Enjoy lunch, on your own, before departing for Ohio this afternoon.
Enjoy rest and refresh breaks along the way this afternoon, as needed, as well as an included dinner at Cracker Barrel before we arrive at our Canton, Ohio hotel this evening.
Day 9: Tuesday, May 17, 2022
After breakfast this morning, arrive at the National First Ladies Historic Site in Canton. This site’s mission is to preserve, promote and educate about the significant role of First Ladies of the United States and their contributions throughout history.
Then, depart for Bender’s Tavern. For over 95 long years these rooms have witnessed the procession of men and women, and the old marble and paneled oak walls hold all the memories of the past: the echoes of shouts of acclaim for the victorious, as glasses are raised on high; the secrets of hushed voices of lovers, and the remembrance of the soft touch of their hands across the table; the oldster’ words of legal strategy is mapped and political plans are laid; the political opinions, voiced in louder tones; the bold and aggressive words of those in business, as future growth and destiny are designed; and the recounting of medical tales, as joys and sorrows of doctors and nurses are shared.
All this from the past has created the Bender’s heritage; and today, the “spirit of Bender’s” is carried on under the guidance of the fourth generation of the Jacob family. The same memorable and satisfying blend of food, drink, and hospitality for the nourishment of body and soul can still be found within the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Canton’s oldest and finest restaurant and tavern.
After lunch, head for the Harding Home Presidential Site in Marion. Visit this historic house museum where Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States lived. He and his wife designed the house in 1890, a year before their marriage.
This evening arrive at the Drury Inn & Suites in Cincinnati in time to enjoy the included kickback reception. You may also choose to have dinner, on your own, at a nearby restaurant.
Day 10: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before a visit to the William Howard Taft National Historic Site. Sitting high atop one of Cincinnati’s most prominent hilltops stands the two-story Greek Revival house where William Howard Taft was born and grew up. Hard work, a good education, and an interest in civic duty are attributes that made the Taft family outstanding leaders over the years. The environment that shaped Taft’s character and philosophy is highlighted.
Depart mid-morning and head for home! Enjoy rest and refresh breaks along the way, as needed, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own. Arrive home this evening.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Davenport, IA CASI|| 1035 W Kimberly Road |
Center for Active Seniors
|Ft. Madison, IA|| Ft. Madison Prison Industries Parking Lot |
1st Street & Avenue E
|Mediapolis, IA|| Mediapolis, IA - Mepo. Foods |
111 N. Wapello Rd.
|Muscatine, IA|| Muscatine - Wal*Mart 3003 US-61 |
|Wapello, IA|| Wapello, Jack N Jill on Hwy 61 |
503 US 61, Wapello, IA
|West Burlington|| West Burlington, IA Westland Mall |
South Lot by AmericInn
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