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OverviewBring your family to Washington, D.C. for an unforgettable summertime visit to the Smithsonian and other top sites in the nation’s capital. Explore the Smithsonian’s most popular museums where you’ll see the Star-Spangled Banner, the Wright Brothers Flyer, and other cherished icons of America’s amazing past. You’ll also visit the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, home to the beloved Giant Pandas, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. At the Smithsonian’s original “Castle” Building, discover how a mysterious gift from a British benefactor grew into the world’s largest museum complex. Take part in a fun-filled hunt for fascinating facts about the Smithsonian and Washington, D.C. Everyone goes home a winner as you and your family uncover clues and compete for prizes!
During this exciting tour of Washington, D.C. and its environs, your expert guide will explain how Washington, D.C. was planned nearly 200 years ago, and provide engaging background on the important monuments, memorials, and sites that reflect American democracy and way of life.
Enjoy accommodations at the Washington Hilton Hotel, with its spacious rooms, family-friendly restaurants, and inviting pool. Throughout your tour you can relax, knowing that your licensed D.C. escort guide will take care of the details and bring Washington, D.C.’s fascinating past and present to life for you and your family. (This tour is designed for families with children aged 8-17.)
Smithsonian Guides/EscortsThroughout your tour, travel in the company of your expert Tour Guide/Escort. David G. Moore was born, raised, educated, and resides in Washington, D.C. He has led and guided tours along the East Coast of the United States for more than 30 years. David will lead the July 18, 2013 departure. Linda Mason, a third generation Washingtonian and life-long resident, has devoted herself for the last 20 years to sharing her city with visitors from around the globe. Linda will lead the August 10, 2013 departure.
Special HighlightsEnjoy exclusive highlights tours, by museum guides, of Smithsonian’s most popular museums: the National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum, and the National Museum of Natural History. See famous treasures such as the Star-Spangled Banner that inspired the U.S. National Anthem, Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, and the Hope Diamond and other pieces from the national gem and mineral collection. You’ll also experience an IMAX film at the National Air and Space Museum.Explore the National Zoo—with its Giant Pandas, magnificent Clouded Leopards, and other rare species—and learn how Smithsonian scientists are contributing to conservation efforts worldwide.Visit George Washington’s beautifully restored home, Mount Vernon, and learn more about America’s first president as you tour the estate’s extensive educational exhibitions.Enjoy private motorcoach tours of historic neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill, Embassy Row, and Old Town Alexandria.Visit Arlington National Cemetery, home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and John F. Kennedy’s gravesite with its eternal flame.Receive Smithsonian publications geared specially for families.Collect intriguing facts about the Smithsonian and Washington, D.C. throughout your stay and take part in a fun-filled "quiz" with prizes at your farewell dinner.
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