Event description

Travel with Our State aboard a comfortable Amtrak train for an exciting excursion to Washington, D.C.!

September 10-13, 2020.


  • • Transportation by Amtrak and motor coach
  • • Motor coach transportation while in Washington, D.C.
  • • Three nights accommodations at the luxurious Omni Shoreham Hotel
  • • Six meals
  • • All sightseeing as listed
  • Our State and AAA hosts
  • • Gratuity for guide and motor coach driver

Itinerary Highlights:

  • • Guided tours of the Lincoln Memorial, National WWII Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • • Arlington National Cemetery — private, guided tour; changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; and John F. Kennedy gravesite
  • • Tour of the U.S. Capitol
  • • Tour of the Washington National Cathedral
  • • Farewell dinner at Carmine’s


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)



$1,350 per person, based on double occupancy
$1,600 single rate
To make reservations, contact Vicki Balk with AAA Vacations by phone at 1-800-933-2621 ext. 16003 or by email at vvbalk@aaacarolinas.com
Cancellation insurance is not included (it is optional but recommended). Ask your travel agent about insurance when booking.


What to expect on an Our State trip:  Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful. We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. You can choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day. Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided. Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops. One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people. Physical requirements: Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous. Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you. Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs. We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it. If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.