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Memorial Day in Washington, DC


Our nation’s capital is yours to explore from top to bottom.


  • 5 nights at the Hilton Hotel Arlington
  • Tour Washington, DC by day and night
  • Visit Arlington National Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, the U.S.Capitol, Ford’s Theatre and Kennedy Center
  • Explore the Smithsonian Institution and National Museums on the Mall
  • See National Monuments including Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR, MLK, WWII, Vietnam, Korea and more'
  • Tour Director: Clayton Whitehead


Those making reservations at least three months prior to the trip (before February 23) will be submitted for a thorough security screening to visit The White House. This will require your full name, citizenship, birthday, city of residence and Social Security number. Please be advised those making reservations after this date are less likely to receive clearance. Questions? Please contact tour planner/escort Clayton Whitehead.




Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Take a morning flight bound for Washington’s Reagan National Airport. From this in-town airport, it’s only a short drive to your hotel – a welcomed relief after a long day of travel! Hilton Hotel Arlington – 5 nights

Day 2

Embark on a comprehensive city tour with a local guide extraordinaire who will spin tales of Washington’s dynamic past and present while orienting you to the Mall (important for later in the itinerary when you have free time for Smithsonian and National Museums). You’ll see countless National Monuments, impressive governmental buildings both historic and modern (your tax dollars at work!), and the expansive parks and public spaces that make Washington, DC the striking city it is. (FB,L)

Day 3

Begin your exploration of the Smithsonian Institution and National Museums today with a full day on the Mall. Your coach will operate “shuttle style” to facilitate easy movement and breaks. “D.C. After Dark” features selected beautifully illuminated monuments and the Kennedy Center after dinner. (FB,D)

Day 4

A morning visit to Arlington National Cemetery includes a narrated tram tour with stops at the Tomb of the Unknowns for the Changing of the Guard ceremony and the home of General and Mrs. Robert E. Lee – no, that’s not a mausoleum on the hill! In the afternoon, take a ride into the country to visit the estate of George and Martha Washington, Mount Vernon. Tonight, dinner at Filomena Ristorante in Georgetown is a Sports Leisure favorite and sure to please. (FB,D)

Day 5

Memorial Day offers a host of poignant opportunities along our National Mall. Start the day with a visit to Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House to relive President Lincoln’s final days. A new interpretative center offers insight into this turbulent time in American history. From there your choices begin. Take your place along Constitution Avenue for the National Memorial Day Parade or use the time to continue your exploration of the Smithsonian Institution and National Museums. (FB,D)

Day 6

A guided tour of the United States Capitol brings your vacation to a monumental end. (FB)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


Thursday, May 23, 2019 to Tuesday, May 28, 2019

6 Days, 9 Meals

Daily breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners


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