Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossoms
Our Nation’s Capital in Bloom
Sit back, relax and hit the open road as you head to our nation’s capital via motorcoach. Watch the scenery roll by at a leisurely pace to Washington, D.C., arriving to see spring in full swing and the city abloom with cherry blossoms and festivities. The famous trees, a gift from Japan in 1912, ignite the city with a sea of pale pink and white blossoms. A brunch cruise on the Potomac River is sure to impress with its views of these trees and several monuments.
You’ll also visit favorite sites in the area, including Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, National Mall Monuments, and the U.S. Capitol Building. See a performance at the historic Ford’s Theatre. Stops en route include the John & Annie Glenn Museum, Gettysburg National Military Park, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania.
This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required. Some of the most unique sightseeing can be restrictive to motorcoaches.
Wed, Mar 22: Depart Indianapolis via motorcoach. Stop at the John & Annie Glenn Museum, Astronaut and Senator John Glenn’s boyhood home, which has been moved back to Main Street in New Concord, Ohio. Learn about life during the Great Depression and the Home Front during WWII through a captivating living history presentation. Enjoy a group dinner before arriving in Cumberland, Maryland for the night. (Meal: Dinner)
Thu, Mar 23: 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, Mar 24: Join your local guide and tour the Tidal Basin Monuments. Spend the afternoon at your leisure exploring the Smithsonian museums and galleries on the National Mall. This evening see a performance at the historical Ford’s Theatre, the site of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! is a new musical that tells the story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, an ambitious and courageous musician who became one of America’s most influential rock, R&B, and gospel singers and guitarists. (B)
Sat, Mar 25: 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, Mar 26: Today take a delightful cherry blossom brunch cruise along the Potomac River. Later visit Arlington National Cemetery and see the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and John F. Kennedy gravesite. This evening take an optional guided tour of the charming Georgetown neighborhood or enjoy free time to explore. (B,L)
Mon, Mar 27: Depart Washington D.C. for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Visit the Eisenhower National Historic Site before heading to the Gettysburg Museum & Visitor’s Center to see the film A New Birth of Freedom and Cyclorama painting, a 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. Take a Battlefield Tour of the historic landscape that looks very much like it did in 1863. Have dinner at the historic Farnsworth House Inn in Gettysburg before continuing to Bedford, Pennsylvania to check into your hotel for one night. (B,D)
Tue, Mar 28: Check out of the hotel and head 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)
Hampton Inn, Cumberland, Maryland. Perched on a hill with great views of Cumberland and the surrounding area Highlights: in-room coffee maker, mini refrigerator and microwave • complimentary high-speed Internet access • fitness center • indoor saline pool.
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.
*Subject to change due to increase in fuel surcharge