September 10, 2020
Travel with Our State aboard a comfortable Amtrak train for an exciting excursion to Washington, D.C.!
September 10-13, 2020.
Day 1: Thursday, September 10:
This morning you will board an Amtrak train in Cary, NC, for a relaxing ride to our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Lunch (on your own) will be aboard the train. Upon arrival at the historic Union Station, you will be transferred to your hotel by guided motor coach. Along the way, enjoy a ride down Embassy Row. How many countries will you be able to identify from their flags? Take in a few more sites as you make your way to the historic and elegant Omni Shoreham Hotel which will be your home for the next three nights (porterage included). The hotel has played host to presidents, world leaders, and inaugural balls. Dinner this evening is at the opulent Robert’s restaurant in the hotel, making for a relaxing evening. (D)
Day 2: Friday, September 11:
An exciting day is in store for you today! You will be discovering the celebrated history of America’s capital on a tour with a local expert. So many sites you will see! Marvel at a view of the White House and the Washington Monument; delight in the wonderful views of our capital’s amazing architecture and many museums. Following your breakfast (included) at the hotel, you will board your motor coach for a scenic drive to our first stop of the day, our National Capitol. We will tour the Capitol with an experienced docent in small groups. As you walk through the Rotunda, you will be immersed in events and the history of our great nation. The five levels and 540 rooms include the meeting rooms of the Senate and House of Representatives. Following the tour you will lunch at the Capitol’s restaurant. After lunch we will have a guided tour of the moving World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial. Dinner will be on your own this evening. (B, L)
Day 3: Saturday, September 12:
Following your breakfast (included) this morning, you will continue your discovery of Washington D.C. First, you will visit Arlington National Cemetery, where we will have a guided tour with transportation through the cemetery, including the famous Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Changing of the Guard ceremony. We will also visit the grave site of President John F. Kennedy.
We continue our tour with a guided visit to Washington National Cathedral. This magnificent church took 83 years to complete (the only cathedral in the world built in one century!), and has been host to such poignant moments in America’s history as state funerals, Presidential inaugural masses, and Martin Luther King’s last sermon. You will be sure to admire the beautiful craftsmanship of the cathedral as you learn more about its history during a docent-led tour. The rest of the day is left for you to explore the Smithsonian museums – lunch is on your own today with recommendations provided. We will return to the hotel in the late afternoon. This evening there will be a special farewell dinner at Carmine’s, a family-style Italian restaurant with wonderful food, where no one leaves hungry. (B,D)
Day 4: Sunday, September 13:
This morning you will have breakfast at the hotel (included) at your leisure before boarding a coach for your ride back to Cary. Our coach will make several convenience stops as well as a scheduled stop for lunch (on your own). (B)