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Washington, D.C.: Inauguration 2013

Tour length: 4 - 5 Days
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Overview

Travel to Washington, D.C., the heart of American politics and be part of the this once-in-a-lifetime event. Our nation's capital during the presidential inauguration is 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— a perfect tour for students interested in history and government.

Highlights:

  • Inaugural Day Events
  • Library of Congress
  • Capitol Building
  • National Archives.
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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
    • Make a photo stop at the White House
  • 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.

  • Experience the events of Inauguration Day
    • Oath of Office
    • Presidential Inaugural Address
    • Inaugural Parade
    • Inaugural Ball
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Day 4: 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 National Archives
  • Visit the U.S. Supreme Court
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Day 5: Washington, D.C. (optional extension day)

  • 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
  • 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
  • 3, 4 or 5 overnight stays in hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Full-time Smithsonian Student Travel tour director
  • Sightseeing tour led by a licensed guide
  • Visits to special attractions per itinerary
  • Educational materials developed by the Smithsonian
  • Overnight security
  • Gratuities
  • Smithsonian Membership


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