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					INTRODUCTORY TOUR OF WASHINGTON, DC
  Three Days/Two Nights

Visiting Washington, DC for the first time can be an overwhelming adventure. Be sure to plan your
    time wisely and decide what you want to see first. Then come back and visit for many different
    themed itineraries. To start your visit, be sure to stop by the Visitors Center located in the Ronald
    Reagan Building to pick up your guidebooks, maps and everything else you need for a fun and
    hassle-free visit. Location: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004. For more
    information please call (202) 328-4748 or visit their website www.itcdc.com

Day One

Morning

US Capitol- Seat of the legislative branch of the United States government; the Capitol Guide Service
offers a free 45-minute guided tour. Tours are from 9 am until 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday. Free
tickets can be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis at the Capitol Guide Service Kiosk located at
First Street and Independence Avenue SW. Ticket distribution begins at 9 am.

US Supreme Court- Home of the judicial branch of government.

Library of Congress- The world's largest library with 26 million books, films, documents and
photographs.

Lunch

Union Station- This visually stunning, immense and historic train station houses shops, restaurants, a
nine-screen movie complex and both Amtrak train and Metrorail stations. Located on Metro's red
line or by car at 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE.

Afternoon

National Gallery of Art- The West Wing features a collection of international masterpieces from the
13th to the 19th century, while the East Wing houses a modern collection of 20th century art.

Smithsonian Institution Museums- Since it is impossible to visit all of the 15 fascinating museums in a
single visit, pick a few and save the rest for your next trip. Some of the museums include: National Air
& Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of African Art and the
National Postal Museum.

Evening
Adams Morgan- Dine in one of Washington DC's most colorful neighborhoods and you're sure to find a
cuisine to suite all taste buds

Day Two

Morning

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Trace the story of Jewish persecution under the Nazi
regime from its beginnings in 1933 to liberation in 1945. Timed passes are required to view the
permanent exhibition. Free passes are given out daily on a first- come, first-served basis. Advance
passes may be purchased by calling (800) 400-9373 or by visiting www.tickets.com. A service fee
applies.

Lunch

Southwest Waterfront- Choose from one of the many restaurants along Maine Avenue and Water
Street.

Afternoon

Jefferson Memorial- A 19-foot bronze statue of the third President of the United States.

FDR Memorial- Four outdoor "gallery" rooms featuring 10 bronze sculptures depicting the life and
times of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt—and his beloved dog, Fala!

National Mall- Visit the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, WWII
Memorial and the Washington Monument. While you're in the neighborhood, be sure to stop and take a
photo of the White House.

Arlington National Cemetery- a 500-acre site containing the graves of President John F. Kennedy, his
wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and his brother Robert, as well as the Arlington House and the
Women in the Military Memorial.

Evening

Georgetown-This historic area is a shopper's and diner's paradise, home to many fine restaurants, cafés
and charming shops.

Day Three

Morning

Washington National Cathedral- The sixth largest cathedral in the world offering magnificent views of
Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia from its 57-acre site.

Lunch and Afternoon

Dupont Circle - This neighborhood is a wonderful mix of grand mansions, art galleries, sidewalk cafés
and unique museums, including the Textile Museum, Woodrow Wilson House and the Phillips
Collection.

International Spy Museum - Explore the craft, practice, history and contemporary role of espionage in
one of Washington's newest museums. Located at 800 F Street, NW, one block from the Gallery
Place-Chinatown Metro station. Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for seniors, $11 for children and
children 4 and under are admitted FREE. For more information, visit www.spymuseum.org.

Evening

Verizon Center - Take in a professional sporting event or concert at this downtown arena. Or enjoy an
evening of theatre at one of Washington DC's finest: the Kennedy Center, National Theatre, Arena
Stage, Ford's Theatre or Warner Theatre




WASHINGTON, DC AND CAPITAL REGION USA
  (Maryland * Virginia * Washington, DC)
  Ten Days/Nine Nights

Washington, DC and Capital Region USA is the ideal destination for visitors. The following 10-day
   itinerary provides an introduction to the nation's capital and, using Washington, DC as a base, a
   chance to explore the beautiful and historic mountains, valleys, cities and towns of western
   Maryland and Virginia. For other exciting attractions in the Capital Region, visit the Attractions
   section of this site.

Day One

Evening

Downtown Washington, DC - After settling into your hotel, dine at one of the many award-winning
restaurants located in downtown Washington, DC

Days Two & Three
National Mall - Visit the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial. Take a
tour of the U.S. Capitol (tickets are required) and stop for a photo in front of the White House.

Smithsonian Institution Museums - Since it is impossible to visit all of the 15 museums in a single visit,
pick a few and save the rest for your next trip. Some of the Smithsonian experiences include the Arthur
M. Sackler Gallery, National Museum of American History and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture
Garden.

Union Station - This beautifully restored train station houses shops, restaurants, a nine-screen movie
complex and both Amtrak and Metrorail train stations.

Georgetown, Adams Morgan, Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle - These trendy neighborhoods are popular for
their taverns, restaurants, shopping and clubs.

Day Four

Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, VA - Collect your rental car and drive west on I-66 to Front
Royal, the gateway to Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway for a day of beautiful vistas (approx.
70 miles). Stop at the scenic overlooks for great views and photos.

Appalachian Trail - Enjoy hiking, the lush foliage and wildlife.

Return to Washington, DC or choose to spend the night in a rustic mountain cabin.

Day Five

Alexandria, VA - Stroll the quaint cobblestone streets and visit shops, art galleries and historic sites
including Washington's "town house" and Robert E. Lee's boyhood home.

Mount Vernon - Plantation home of the first President, George Washington.

Woodlawn Plantation - Plantation home of Washington's granddaughter. Return to Alexandria for a
drink in an 18th century tavern and then dinner in one of the many local restaurants.

Day Six

Head north on the scenic Route 295 to the lovely Inner Harbor Area in Baltimore, MD (35 miles). Visit
the shops, take a harbor cruise and sample seafood at one of the many restaurants overlooking the
harbor.

National Aquarium - One of the best in the nation.

Baltimore Orioles - Take in a baseball game at Camden Yards
Day Seven

Arlington National Cemetery - a 500-acre site containing the graves President John F. Kennedy, his
wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and his brother Robert, as well as the Arlington House and the
Women in the Military Memorial.

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air & Space Museum - Opened in 2003 near Dulles
airport, this museum houses the Enola Gay, the Space Shuttle Enterprise, and other space and
aviation artifacts.

Great Falls Park - Continue northwest for hiking and picnicking in this 800-acre park located along the
Potomac River in McLean, VA. (10 miles).

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts - An outdoor performing arts center in Vienna, VA
featuring jazz, blues, folk and open-air theatre from June to September (15 miles).

Day Eight

Drive northeast on Route 50 to the charming sailing town of Annapolis, MD (30 miles). Visit the U.S.
Naval Academy, the epitome of nautical tradition established in 1845.

Savor a seafood lunch overlooking the harbor and then enjoy some boutique shopping in this quaint
town.

Dinner cruise - Enjoy dinner, dancing and a memorable view of the U.S. Capitol and the memorials
aboard one of Washington DC's dinner cruise ships on the Potomac River.

Day Nine

Shopping and souvenirs - From outlets and boutique shops to elegant malls and department stores,
Washington, DC and Capital Region USA have excellent shopping opportunitues.

Day Ten

Spend the morning packing and buying another suitcase to carry home all of your new purchases.
Return your rental car before boarding your flight. We look forward to your return to Washington, DC
and Capital Region USA.




SHOPPING AND SIGHTSEEING IN WASHINGTON, DC
  Three Days/Two Nights

Discover the wealth of brand-name retail and outlet shopping venues located in the metropolitan
    Washington, DC area. Washington, DC presents an exciting alternative for shoppers searching for
    a bargain or looking for a unique holiday gift. Combined with numerous "must-see" attractions and
    museums, shopping in the nation's capital offers endless possibilities. Here's a sample itinerary for
    individuals visitors to get you "shopping" in the right direction.

Day One

Morning

Smithsonian Institution Museums & Shops- Visit a few of these world-renowned museums and be sure
to visit their shops where you'll discover a world of fascinating gifts, crafts, books, posters, jewelry and
other treasures.

Afternoon

Seventh Street District- This stylish up-and-coming district is lined with hip galleries, theatres,
restaurants and serves as a gateway into DC's vibrant Chinatown neighborhood.

Fourteenth & U Streets - One of DC's trendiest neighborhoods is home to hip home furnishing stores
and vintage clothing retailers.

Evening

Georgetown- This historic area is a shopper's and diner's paradise, home to many fine restaurants,
cafés and charming shops.

Day Two

Morning

Old Town Alexandria - Take Metrorail's blue or yellow line to this once colonial part of town, now a
charming village of shops and art galleries.

Lunch and Afternoon

Fashion Centre at Pentagon City- Go two more stops further on Metrorail's blue line to this retail
shopping center of over 100 shops and a wide variety of eateries, from full-service dining to a food court
for those looking for a quick meal.

Evening

Enjoy an evening of theatre at one of Washington's finest: Shakespeare Theatre, Woolly Mammoth
Theatre Company, Studio Theatre or Gala Hispanic Theatre.

Day Three
Eastern Market - Visiting on a weekend? Join in a Washington, DC tradition and shop for antiques,
hand crafted jewelry, flowers and more at this open-air market on Capitol Hill.

Outlet Shopping- Incredible outlet shopping abounds in the metropolitan Washington, DC area.
Several of these venues offer shuttle transportation or are accessible by public transportation. Others
are only a short ride away in a rental car. For a complete listing of malls, see our shoppingsection of
this site.




CIVIL WAR TO CIVIL RIGHTS
   Three Days/Two Nights

From the earliest days of the development of our nation's capital, African Americans have played a
   significant role in its evolution from a swampy southern town to a cosmopolitan city. Washington,
   DC is home to numerous attractions of great significance to African American heritage. Self-guided
   walking tours created by Cultural Tourism DC. The trail has been divided into three parts, each of
   which takes about 60 minutes to walk. Each stop is marked by an illustrated sign. Cultural
   Tourism DC also publishes a print brochure outlining Washington's African-American heritage
   sites. For details call 202-661-7581 or visit culturaltourismdc.org

Day One

Morning

Start your day with a photo opportunity at the Benjamin Banneker Memorial Circle and Fountain in
southwest Washington. Banneker is most remembered as a major contributor to the surveying and
design of the nation's capital.

Continue your tour at the National Museum of American History, featuring over 25,000 objects related
to African American contributions to politics, social history, education and sports. Or, tour the National
Air and Space Museum's permanent collection "Black Wings: The American Black in Aviation" as well
as the in-flight suit of astronaut Guion "Guy" Bluford, the first African American in space.

Lunch

Have lunch in historic Union Station, where full-service restaurants and a food court are available.
Before leaving Union Station, take another group photo at the statue of A. Philip Randolph, founder of
the Sleeping Car Porters Union and an organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, DC.

Afternoon

Head to the National Museum of African Art, the only US museum devoted to the collection, study and
exhibition of traditional arts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Your next stop can be the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, dedicated to the slain civil rights
leader. The library's Black Studies Division contains the nation's finest collection of Washington, DC
history, as well as a dramatic mural depicting the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

En route back to your hotel, drive past Freedom Plaza, site of the Martin Luther King, Jr. time capsule
planted on January 15, 1988. The capsule contains Dr. King's bible, robe and other memorabilia, and
will be opened on January 15, 2008.

Evening

End your day by strolling along the U Street corridor and stop in at one of the many restaurants and
clubs.

Day Two

Morning

First stop is Cedar Hill, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, located in Anacostia. View the
Visitor's Center film that documents the life and times of this famous abolitionist, presidential
appointee, Ambassador, U.S. Marshall and orator, before touring the house and grounds.

Before crossing the Frederick Douglass Bridge back toward Capitol Hill, stop for lunch at a
neighborhood cafe.

Afternoon

Visit the US Capitol and view the bust of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Capitol
Guide Service offers a free 45-minute guided tour.

Continue to Lincoln Park, site of the Emancipation Statue. Dedicated in 1876, the statue was paid for
solely with funds donated by freed slaves. Also located in the park is the Mary McLeod Bethune
Memorial, the first memorial honoring a black American in the nation's capital.

Day Three

Morning

Visit two of Washington DC's notable historic churches. The Ebenezer Methodist Church, a Capitol Hill
historic landmark, opened the first public school for Washington blacks in 1863, and the church now
houses the school's archives. The Metropolitan AME Church, built by black artisans in 1886, was
founded as a result of two churches merging. The impressive red brick Gothic church is the oldest
continuously black-owned property in downtown Washington, DC. Its parishioners have included such
notables as abolitionist Frederick Douglass and educator Francis Cardoza.

Tour at the Mary McLeod Bethune House at Logan Circle. Continue to Howard University, one of the
most prestigious, historically black universities in the country. The Oliver Howard House, the only
remaining original campus building, is listed as a National Historic Landmark.

The private home of composer Edward "Duke" Ellington is located on a residential street in the nearby
historic Shaw neighborhood, home to respectable and hard-working middle class African Americans in
the early 1900s.

Continue on to U Street, known between the 1920s and the 1950s as Washington's "Black Broadway."

Afternoon

Visit the historic Lincoln Theatre, built in 1921, which featured all of the great performing talents from
Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Cab Calloway to Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Pearl Bailey. The
theater re-opened in 1994 after being beautifully renovated and now serves as a performing arts center.

After visiting the theater, head next door to Ben's Chili Bowl, a Washington landmark, for a late lunch.

Also nearby is the Black Fashion Museum, an annex to the Harlem Institute of Fashion in New York.
The museum serves as a repository for antique and recent garments designed, made and worn by
African Americans. Open by appointment only from 11 am until 4 pm. Closed Sundays and Thursdays.

Evening

Celebrate your final evening in Washington, DC with an evening of jazz that will stir your soul at the
renowned Blues Alley in Georgetown or at Bohemian Caverns in the U Street Corridor.

ARTS AND CULTURE TOUR
  3 days, 2 nights



Day One

Morning

Begin your day with a tour of the stunning National Gallery of Art on the National Mall, home to an
impressive collection of European and American paintings, including the only Leonardo da Vinci work
in North America.
Lunch

Enjoy a light lunch in an elegant marble courtyard at the Gallery's café.

Afternoon

After lunch, stroll through the National Gallery's outdoor sculpture garden, featuring bright and
vibrant works and an ice-skating rink, open November-April.

For a taste of modern art, duck into the National Gallery's east wing or the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn
Museum and Sculpture Garden. Next, venture downtown to the hip Seventh Street arts district, where
posh galleries and upscale eateries intermingle.

Evening

Stop for tapas or a pre-theatre meal, then take in a performance at the world-renowned Shakespeare
Theatre, where Artistic Director Michael Kahn brings celebrated classics to this Washington, DC stage.

Enjoy a soothing glass of wine or a martini at a nearby restaurant, then turn in for a restful night.

Day Two

Morning

Begin your day early at The Phillips Collection, the first modern art museum in the United States,
featuring works by Cezanne, Renoir, Picasso and others.

Browse Dupont Circle's countless galleries and marvel at the glorious houses and embassies that line
Massachusetts Avenue. Stop for lunch at a bistro.

Afternoon

Continue to Georgetown, browsing in the quaint boutiques, then pay a visit to the Hillwood Museum
and Gardens, the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, renowned for its collection of decorative
and fine arts and its lavish gardens (reservations required).

Later, stop by Tudor Place, a Georgetown mansion that was once the home of Martha Custis Peter,
granddaughter of Martha Washington.

Evening

Pause for dinner in one of Georgetown's inviting restaurants, then take in a world-class performance at
the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Day Three

Morning

Begin your day with a visit to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, a little-known Washington,
DC venue that features the works of over 400 women artists from 28 countries.

Afternoon

Stop for lunch in the Museum's tranquil café, then stroll over to Ford's Theatre for a matinee
performance in one of the world's most historic venues.

				
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