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Cherry Blossom Festival/Washington, DC

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Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The Festival produces and coordinates daily events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.  One of DC’s largest spectator events, the energy-filled Cherry Blossom Parade that runs along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets, NW, and is televised live. Vibrant costumes and blossom-inspired décor create the look of nation’s premier springtime parade. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, and performers burst down Constitution Avenue in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the festival.   At the heart of any trip to Washington, DC is a visit to the National Mall, a two-mile green expanse from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial.  Along the way, visitors see the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.  The Smithsonian Institution is sometimes referred to as America’s treasure chest because of the diverse artifacts it houses. Whether you’re interested in American history or Asian art, giant pandas or stamp collecting, there’s a Smithsonian museum for you. By attendance, the most popular Smithsonian museums are the Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, and American History Museum.  This is a trip you will not want to miss!!

April 15, 2023

1 DAY

Activity Level for this tour:

            Adults                  Children

               $98                 $88

                            

                                                           Children (under 12)

DEPOSIT

$50.00 per person

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Round-trip Motorcoach Transportation

  • Admission to All Listed Attractions

  • Memorials and Monuments Tour

  • DC Guide Services

  • AAD Tour Manager

  • All Touring Venues

MEETING LOCATION

Elkins Wal-Mart Parking Lot

TRAVEL DISTANCE (ONE-WAY)

212 Miles from Elkins to lunch cruise

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Day 1 (Lunch/Dinner)


Morning motorcoach departure from Elkins, WV (5:00am) (additional pick-up locations are possible) to begin a wonderful two-day tour that offers a unique experience in our nation's capitol. Upon arrival in Washington D.C., we will watch the National Cherry Blossom Parade! This parade is one of DC’s largest spectator events, the high-energy National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is a vibrant springtime tradition set against the backdrop of DC’s most iconic landmarks along Constitution Avenue. The Parade is rain or shine.  Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival.

 

The afternoon finds you in The National Mall for lunch (on your own) and time to visit several of the Smithsonian Museums. The Smithsonian Museums are world class attractions with a variety of exhibits ranging from a 3.5 billion-year-old fossil to the Apollo lunar landing module.  Visitors enjoy examining more than 137 million objects, including many irreplaceable historic artifacts, works of art, scientific specimens and cultural exhibits. Admission to all of the Smithsonian museums is free. With 19 museums and galleries, there truly is something for everyone. Before departing for home, we experience the Memorials and Monuments Tour with a licensed Washington, DC tour guide.  This is the classic Washington walk.  You’ll visit a selection of the city’s famous memorials: National World War II Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial (the Washington Monument and Thomas Jefferson Memorial are seen and discussed from a distance.) There’s something for everyone--neoclassical architecture, modern sculpture, haunting remembrances of war, historical insights, and even funny tales.

 

Your return trip aboard the motorcoach takes in the beautiful scenery along the way, while you reminisce on two exceptional days of tour and travel to our nation's capitol and the beautiful cherry blossoms!  A stop will be made for dinner on your own.  Estimated time of return is 11:55pm.

Includes round-trip transportation from the Elkins, WV (other pick-up locations possible) National Cherry Blossom Parade, Smithsonian Museums, Memorials and Monuments Guided Tour, and all taxes and fees.  Lunch and Dinner are not included.

Trip cost based on a minimum of 45 participants.  All About Destinations reserves the right to cancel trip (with a full refund) if the minimum number of participants has not been reached within 10-5 days of the trip date.  Travel Insurance is not available for day-trips.

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