Upon arrival to Washington D.C., you will will meet your tour manager and dive right in! Your first capital city experience will be a guided tour of some of the quintessential D.C. memorials including visits to the FDR Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
After lunch, you will visit Arlington National Cemetery, the resting ground to lives lost in battle dating before the civil war. Here, you will experience the expansiveness of this 624 acre cemetery as you visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument to American soldiers who died but have not been identified, and the changing of the guard Ceremony; the Challenger Memorial, a memorial to the seven crew members who were killed in the 1986 space shuttle explosion; and the Kennedy Grave Sites.
Your next stop will be the Iwo Jima Memorial, a war memorial for all those that served in the U.S. Marine Corps and gave their lives for this country.
Before this evening's dinner, you will visit Mount Vernon, the estate and gardens of our first president, George Washington. The estate had been in Washington's family since 1674, became his lifelong country home, and recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1960. You will have time to see a film at the visitor center, tour his home, and explore the grounds.
Today is inauguration day! After an early breakfast, you will take the metro into downtown Washington D.C. arriving at the Smithsonian area on the National Mall. Inauguration events include the swearing in ceremony of the President and Vice Present, the presidential inaugural address, the inaugural parade, and an exclusive inaugural ball.
This evening we will have our official Inaugural Ball with dinner and Dancing!
Get your camera's out this morning as we head to Lafayette Park for views of The White House, the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. The White House was first occupied by John Adams in 1800, and every president since has resided in this executive mansion.
Next, you will take a guided tour of the some of the Capital's most iconic memorials including the World War II Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.
You will also see the Albert Einstein Memorial situated in an elm and holly tree grove in the southwest corner of the National Academy of Sciences' grounds. The memorial was unveiled at the Academy's annual meeting on April 22, 1979, in honor of the centennial of the great scientist's birth.
You'll have a meal in the cafeteria at the National Air & Space Museum.
This afternoon you will have time to visit the Smithsonian Museums of your choice such as the National Air & Space Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of American History, and the American Art Museum.
Next, you will visit the United States Air Force Memorial. Since its formal dedication on October 14, 2006, the Memorial has been a place of pride and honor for all the men and women who served and continue to serve the United States Air Force and its heritage organizations.
For your final visit, you will discover the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon. This is an outdoor memorial dedicated to the 184 people who died here on September 11, 2001.
Your tour of the capital will end and you'll begin your journey home.