Wed, Apr 3: Depart Indianapolis via deluxe motorcoach. Stop at Fort Necessity National Battlefield near Farmington in southwestern Pennsylvania. The confrontation at Fort Necessity in 1754 was the prelude to the war fought by England and France for control of the North American continent. The struggle known as the French and Indian War ended in 1763 with the removal of French power from North America and India. The action at Fort Necessity was the first major event in the military career of George Washington and the only time he ever surrendered to an enemy. Stop for a Group Dinner before arriving at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cumberland, Maryland for the night. (Meal: Dinner)
Thu, Apr 4: Depart for Washington, D.C., arriving in time for lunch on your own. Meet your local guide for a tour around the National Mall, visiting the Lincoln, Vietnam Veterans, WWII and Korean War Veterans Memorials. If time permits, stop outside the White House for photos before checking in to the St. Gregory Hotel for four nights. Dinner and evening are at leisure. (B)
Fri, Apr 5: Join your local guide and tour the Tidal Basin Monuments. Spend the afternoon at your leisure exploring the Smithsonian Institute, where there are 19 museums and galleries from which to choose. (B)
Sat, Apr 6: Visit the U.S. Capitol Building before lunch at Gadsby's Tavern in Old Town Alexandria, a historic landmark dating back to the 18th century. The tavern was frequented by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, and James Monroe. Continue on to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home on the Potomac River. Get a glimpse into plantation life in the 18th century by exploring the slave quarters and outbuildings, beautiful gardens, intriguing museum exhibits and the impressive 21-room mansion. (B,L)
Sun, Apr 7: Take a delightful Cherry Blossom brunch cruise along the Potomac River. Visit Arlington National Cemetery and watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns and John F. Kennedy gravesite. (B,L)
Mon, Apr 8: Depart for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Take a Battlefield Tour and explore the museum and visitor’s center. See the film A New Birth of Freedom and Cyclorama painting, an 1880s canvas that measures 377 feet in circumference and 42 feet high with a three-dimensional diorama foreground that depicts the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Learn about the life of our country’s 34th president and 1950s-era America at Eisenhower National Historic Site. Have dinner at the historic Farnsworth House Inn in Gettysburg before continuing to Bedford, Pennsylvania to check in to the Fairfield Inn & Suites for one night. (B,D)
Tue, Apr 9: En route to Indianapolis, stop in western Pennsylvania at the Flight 93 National Memorial, which serves as a permanent memorial to the 40 heroes on United Flight 93 who courageously gave their lives thwarting a planned attack on the nation’s capital on September 11, 2001. Arrive home early evening. (B)
Fairfield Inn & Suites, Cumberland, Maryland.
Located in the heart of Cumberland, this newly renovated hotel is a short walk to Canal Place. Highlights: in-room coffee maker, mini refrigerator and microwave • complimentary high-speed Internet • fitness center • indoor pool • whirlpool.
St. Gregory Hotel, Washington, D.C.
An ideal hotel in the coveted Dupont Circle neighborhood, the St. Gregory Hotel sits near the National Mall, Embassy Row and boutique-filled Georgetown. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker and refrigerator • complimentary high-speed Internet access • restaurant/bar • fitness center.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Bedford, Pennsylvania.
Surrounded by tranquil landscaping, the hotel is designed with all the comforts of home. Highlights: in-room coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator • complimentary high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi access • fitness center • indoor pool • hot tub.