1st Day: This morning we head to our Nation’s Capital. After lunch we will visit the spectacular Smithsonian Institution, where you can look at all the wonders. The Smithsonian Institute is the world’s largest museum complex with 19 museums. About three percent of the museum’s 143 million objects are on display at any one time. Some of the museums at The National Mall are: Air and Space Museum; American History Museum; Natural History Museum; American Indian Museum; National Gallery of Art; and more. After visiting the Smithsonians, we will check into our home for the next two nights. The evening is free so we can get ready for a full day of Cherry Blossom Festivities.
2nd Day: Welcome to the Nation’s Greatest Springtime Celebration! Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The Festival produces and coordinates daily events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional, and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. The highlight of the event is the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade®, one of the largest annual spectator events in Washington. The Parade takes place in downtown DC along historic Constitution Avenue. A two-hour, televised procession of original floats, giant character helium balloons, and other fun Parade fanfare. Marching bands, specialty units, youth choir members, and tap dancers are all part of this energy-filled spectacle. You are free today to sightsee as you wish. (Note: Grand Stand seating is available for the parade. Reservations and admission is each individual’s responsibility. You may stand along the route and there is no charge.) (CB)
3rd Day: This morning we will visit Arlington National Cemetery, America’s largest national burial ground with more than 500 acres of landscaped hills. Explore the rich history found within the cemetery grounds on an interpretive bus tour. You will see the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, President John F. Kennedy’s gravesite, U.S. Coast Guard Memorial, U.S. Army Gen. John J. Pershing’s gravesite, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Arlington House (The Robert E. Lee Memorial). Also, witness the changing of the guards. Later this afternoon we will head for home, arriving approximately 9:30 PM. (CB)
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