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Washington, D.C.: The Capital Tour

Tour length: 3 - 5 Days
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Overview

Travel to Washington, D.C., the heart of American politics and the ideal destination for teachers and students to connect with our nation’s history and culture. Trace the steps of our country's founders as you witness the modern-day marvels of our nation’s capital. This is a perfect tour for students interested in history and government.

Highlights:

  • Library of Congress
  • Capitol Building
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Day 1: Washington, D.C.

  • Arrive in Washington, D.C.
  • Learn about the Smithsonian Institution during an introduction by your tour director
  • Visit the Smithsonian museum of your choice, which may include:
    • National Air and Space Museum
    • National Museum of Natural History
    • National Museum of African Art
    • National Museum of American History
    • Smithsonian American Art Museum
    • National Portrait Gallery
  • Take a night tour of Washington
    • Lincoln Memorial
    • WWII Memorial
    • Korean War Veterans Memorial
    • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Day 2: Washington, D.C.

  • Visit Arlington National Cemetery
    • Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier
    • Kennedy gravesites
  • Make a photo stop at the Marine Corps War Memorial
  • Take a guided tour of Washington
    • Washington Monument
    • FDR Memorial
    • Martin Luther King, Jr National Memorial
    • Jefferson Memorial
  • Visit Mt. Vernon
    • Explore the estate and gardens of George Washington's home, including the Georgian mansion, Ford Orientation Center and Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center
  • Enjoy an evening activity
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Day 3: Washington, D.C.

  • Visit Capitol Hill
    • U.S. Capitol and Visitor Center
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • Library of Congress
  • Take a guided tour of the Library of Congress
  • Visit the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Visit the National Archives
  • Visit the Smithsonian museum of your choice, which may include:
    • National Air and Space Museum
    • National Museum of Natural History
    • National Museum of African Art
    • National Museum of American History
    • Smithsonian American Art Museum
    • National Portrait Gallery
  • Optional: Potomac River Cruise (Mar-Sep)
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Day 4: Washington, D.C. (optional extension day)

  • Visit the exhibit Daniel's Story at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Visit the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
  • Optional: Theater performance
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Day 5: Washington, D.C. (optional extension day)

  • Visit the Newseum
  • Depart for home
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No matter where you go with EF Explore America, no matter your length of tour, you are guaranteed an all-inclusive experience. All of our tours feature round-trip transportation, hotel accommodations with professional overnight security, breakfast and dinner daily, air-conditioned motorcoach and gratuities.

  • Round-trip transportation
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach while on tour
  • 2 overnight stays in hotels (3 or 4 nights with our 4- or 5-day tours)
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Full-time Tour Director
  • Sightseeing tour led by a licensed guide
  • Visits to special attractions per itinerary
  • Opportunity to earn high school credit for students
  • Overnight security
  • Gratuities
  • Illness and Accident Coverage


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