We know certain attractions are a must for Washington D.C. educational tours. We want you to visit as many of the Smithsonian museums as you can and that suit the interests of your group. We may even convince you to try one or two you hadn’t thought of; there are so many amazing things to learn in each of these unique museums. You’ll also include in your itinerary time to explore the Lincoln Memorial and those for World War II, Vietnam, and the Korean War. Perhaps you’ll go to the top of the Washington Monument or visit the Jefferson Memorial and the largest presidential memorial in the city, the one for Franklin D. Roosevelt.
And, of course, you can’t visit Washington D.C. without touring at least some of the government buildings. This city is the best choice for educational tours of every kind, and certainly for those with a theme in government or civics. So hopefully your D.C. tour will include a visit and private tour with your own member of congress on Capitol Hill. Perhaps you’ll even get a chance at the somewhat elusive White House. And please consider Mt. Vernon as well, home for many years to our first President, a man with profound contributions to our nation.
Every educational tour, though, needs a little breathing room. The museums can be overwhelming with their extensive literature and varied exhibits. And the walking in D.C. can be brutal if the weather’s warm. How about a little reprieve by the beautiful Potomac?
National Harbor is a small resort area right on the river. It offers hotels, restaurants and shopping, festivals, movies, and entertainment like the new Cirque du Soleil performance debuting September 2010. National Harbor offers something for any time of day, perfect for a meal, an afternoon of shopping, or perhaps a movie in the evening. Groups also enjoy The Awakening, a fascinating sculpture by the water that offers a great beginning to any day in Washington D.C.
Designed by John Seward Johnson, the Awakening depicts in several larger-than-life pieces, a giant rising from the sand on which the sculpture sits. The pieces are situated on a small man-made beach by the Potomac, its water lapping at the giant’s ears in the sand. Wide steps offer a place to sit and enjoy the view, which your group will probably share with various photographers as they capture the massive work of art.
National Harbor and the Awakening are the perfect something different for any Washington D.C. tour, and we’d love to add this attraction to any customized itinerary.