The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation’s greatest springtime celebration in the heart of the capital! Join us for a long weekend of patriotism, pageantry and fun in Washington, DC!
Day 1 – Welcome to Washington (D)
Arrive in DC to a capital greeting during a welcome reception with a complimentary glass of wine or beer. The Hilton Garden Inn in Arlington will be our home for three nights, located just across the Potomac with easy access to the city’s biggest attractions. Tonight, the celebration begins with a group dinner at Nick’s Riverside Grill.
Day 2 – Telecast Seating, Parade and Festival (B)
The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is a vibrant, springtime tradition set against the backdrop of DC’s most iconic landmarks along Constitution Avenue. Enjoy the parade from reserved, exclusive seats in the grandstand, the prime performance location. Giant balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands, celebrity entertainers and performers of all kinds burst down the parade route, presenting a grand spectacle of pageantry directly in front of our seats! After the parade, the day is yours to enjoy Downtown DC. With the festival in full swing, many areas will be closed to traffic, making it the perfect time for you to stroll The National Mall, visit the National Archives and any of the Smithsonian Museums including the Air & Space Museum, The Museum of American History, Museum of African American History, Natural History Museum, all with complimentary access!
Day 3 – A Monumental Day (B, D)
Today, see DC from three perspectives, from land, water and moonlight! Begin with a driving tour featuring the Lincoln, Korean, Vietnam, Martin Luther King and World War II Memorials. We’ll make several stops for photos, as these are moving scenes not to be forgotten. After time for lunch on the waterfront, cruise the Potomac River with reflective views of the Jefferson Memorial, the Kennedy Center, the Washington Monument, ArlingtonMemorial Bridge and more! This cruise is even
more special thanks to the cherry blossoms! Tuck into an early dinner at Tony and Joe’s, overlooking the water. Following dessert, we have a special piece de resistance: a moonlight monument tour under what experts predict will be an almost full moon! Witness monuments and landmarks against the night sky, including the White House, the US Capitol, a must-see evening viewing of the World War II Memorial and more. We’ll disembark for visits into the Jefferson Memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial.
Day 4 – Arlington & Georgetown (B)
This morning, be moved during a visit to Arlington National Cemetery. On a guided tour, witness a poignant tribute during the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and be inspired by the Eternal Flame at the Kennedy Gravesite. After such a touching morning, we’ll head to the bustling and chic neighborhood of Georgetown with plenty of time for lunch and shopping on your own. Soak in the ambience of this charming area’s Federal-style architecture,
cobblestone streets, restaurants, pubs and boutiques before heading home this afternoon.