Day 1: Arrive Washington DC
On arrival in Washington DC, you’ll make your own way into the city where you’ll check into your hotel for four nights.
Days 2 & 3: Washington DC
With two days to explore the city you’ll need to make a plan beforehand of where you definitely don’t want to miss! We recommend starting on the Mall, where you can gaze at the wise face of Abraham Lincoln before strolling past the reflecting pool, taking in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the Constitution Gardens as you make your way towards the Washington Monument. From here you’ll need to decide which parts of the Smithsonian Institution you want to visit – whether you’re interested in African American history, Native American history or even the National Archives, this huge museum spread over several buildings will keep you busy for hours.
On your second day, you could take in some more of the hits – the White House and the US Capitol before grabbing lunch at Ben’s Chili Bowl, a DC landmark that has been serving chili to the country’s lawmakers since 1958. In the afternoon take a stroll through the pretty streets of Georgetown or wander along the Tidal Basin under the cherry trees. In the evening why not find an Ethiopian restaurant for dinner – DC has the largest population of Ethiopians and their delicious cuisine is represented in lots of restaurants throughout the city.
Day 4: Gettysburg
Today we’ve included a day tour to Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, where you will learn about this bloody battle and learn about the daily life of soldiers in the Civil War. You’ll visit the site where Lincoln gave his famous address and gain insight into the war that split America and still has ramifications today. The tour will last all day but why not venture out in the evening for dinner and drinks in a quiet bar in Georgetown to celebrate your time in DC.
Day 5: Depart Washington DC
Your time in Washington DC has come to an end, so today you’ll make your own way to the airport in time to catch your onwards flight.