Washington DC at Cherry Blossom Time and Gettysburg
April 3-13, 2024
Washington DC at Cherry Blossom Time and Gettysburg April 3-13, 2024
$2259 Per Person Double . $1989 PP Triple . $1879 PP Quad . $2959 Single
It’s no wonder that over a million visitors travel annually to visit our Nation’s Capital to Washington DC with all its monuments, museums, art galleries, libraries, shrines, churches, parks and monumental buildings, squares and more. It’s an honor for Happy Trails Tours to bring groups to this magnificent city richly endowed with American history. We’ve been taking groups to DC for 30 years! Needless to say… we know what our customers want to see. We’ve included FIVE wonderful nights in Vienna, Virginia at the Hilton Garden Inn Tyson's Corner AND one night in Gettysburg, PA to include Civil War history. Read on for more details on this patriotic 11- day package to Washington DC.
This 11 Day Washington DC Tour Includes: Round-trip Motorcoach Transportation- Iron Range; Duluth /Superior; Little Falls, Rice, Sartell, Twin Cities Along 94 and Eau Clair, WI 10 nights of great accommodations- Five nights at the Hilton Garden Inn Tyson's Corner in Vienna, VA (30-40 minutes from DC) Other overnights: Romeoville, Illinois (2X); Columbus, Ohio; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Grove City, Ohio 15 Meals- Breakfast each morning at the hotels, Two Lunches, One Dinner and Two Light Dinners w/ Cocktails at the Drury Inn Memorials & Monuments: Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam, Korean, Iwo Jima, WW II, Air Force and FDR, MKL, Police & Air Force Memorial Smithsonian’s: Natural History & American History, Steven F. Udvar Hazey Air & Space (Length of stay at the Smithsonian’s are as time allows) United States Capitol-(If available to the general public and if we can secure a reservation that fits our schedule) Ford’s Theater, Peterson House, Mount Vernon Estate and Plantation in Alexandria Side Trip to Quantico, VA to see the United States Marine Corp Museum Arlington National Cemetery – Tour-mobile, Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier & Kennedy Gravesites. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania- Overnight in Gettysburg, National Battlefield Tour, Cyclorama /Museum & Dinner @ Historic Dobbin House. Flight 93 New Memorial in Shanksville, PA and the Pentagon’s 9-11 Memorial Washington DC Historian throughout our five days in Washington DC (including tip) and Gettysburg Guide All Taxes, Most Tips and Luggage Handling, Fully Escorted with a Happy Trails Tours Representative
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Day 1-April 3 (Wednesday) Travel to Elgin, Illinois 445 miles from Duluth
Below is the boarding schedule for our 2023 Washington DC Tour. 2024 may look a little different depending on where folks are from and how many at each stop. The transportation we charter is a beautiful deluxe motor coach with reclining seats, huge windows, restroom on board, window shades, foot and arm rests, TV, CD and DVD player, sound system, #110 outlets, WiFi, cup holders and seat belts.
Northeast Minnesota- The Main Motorcoach will begin boarding on the Iron Range and travel to Duluth/ Superior continuing to Eau Clair. ____6:00 am- Hibbing Hampton Inn – 4225 9th Ave. West (218-262-0000) ____6:20 am- Chisholm McDonalds 710 Iron Miner Memorial Drive (218-254-4227) ____6:40 am- Virginia Village Inn -1500 13th St South (218-749-8289) ____7:00 am- Eveleth Super Eight -1080 Industrial Park Dr (218-744-1661) ____8:00 am-H ermantown Menards Parking Lot (4809 Miller Trunk Highway) (218-722-0078) (Breakfast break, paying on own, at Perkins in Superior from 8:25 – 9:25 am) ____9:15 am- Superior – Perkins Restaurant –103 E 2nd Street (715-392-8544)
11:30-11:45 am- All will meet in Eau Clair (or a little earlier) at the Oakwood Mall. This is a great venue to grab a quick lunch before we continue on.
______ 12:30 pm- Eau Clair Wisconsin at the Oakwood Mall – Main Entrance Food Court Location We do not recommend leaving a car in the mall parking lot. Let us know your parking, travel and/or overnight lodging plans.
12:45 pm- Bus departs. Other stops will be made as we go along ~ Enjoy your day getting acquainted with each other. We'll begin early morning motor coach departures in Northeast and Central Minnesota .Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Virginia, Eveleth, Virginia, Duluth and Superior will be convenient boarding locations in Northeast state of Minnesota. Here you will be greeted by a friendly tour Director with a friendly smile. Likewise, a warm greeting awaits those from Central Minnesota...where you can expect to board the coach in Little Falls, Rice and Sartell. Other areas along our journey southeast to Illinois will be offered as we receive requests, if possible. Sit back and relax as you get acquainted with fellow travelers. Comfort stops will be made as the day progresses.
5:00 pm- Estimated arrival to our hotel to Romeville, Illinois. Hotel: Holiday Inn Express– 722 North Blvd, Romeoville, Illinois # 630-229-6445 This property has an indoor pool. Also, we will take you by coach to dinner, paying on own to the Cracker Barrel The rooms include coffeemakers, irons & ironing boards in the rooms as well as hair dryers. They also offer a complimentary breakfast in the morning. Hopefully, they will have ample help to handle our luggage for us. But it is possible, we may have to handle our own.
Day 2: April 4 (Thursday) Travel to Columbus, Ohio 349 miles 6:00 -8:00 am – Breakfast is served. – Hopefully, the hotel will offer porters to pick up our luggage at 6:30 or please bring them to the lobby. 8:00 am- The bus departs Romeoville, Illinois for Columbus, Ohio This is another day dedicated to travel … so set your seats back, enjoy the company of fellow travelers on board, stops will be made every 2 ½ - 3 hours for meals and restroom stops. We will travel through the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio today. We will lose an hour as we move into the Eastern Time Zone today. 5:00 pm- (Eastern Time) – Arrive to our hotel. Light Dinner / Drinks begins at 5:30 - 7:00 pm, included. Hotel: Drury Inn Columbus NW – 6170 Park Center Circle, Columbus, OH # 614-789-8802 This Drury Inn will offer a wonderful hot buffet of appetizers, snacks, and hot & cold beverages upon our arrival. Many people tell us they are satisfied with what is offered. However, there is a nice restaurant within walking distance. This property also offers two beds in the room, coffee makers, microwaves, hair dryers, irons & ironing boards.
Day 3: April 5 (Friday) Travel to Washington DC 414 miles 6:00 – 7:30 am – Breakfast is served in the hotel – Set your luggage outside your doors at 6:30 am when you go to eat. 7:30 am- The bus departs Ohio for Vienna, Virginia. Stops will be made as they day goes along. Set your seats back and enjoy the scenery! You’ll begin to see spring come alive as we travel through the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Some of the spring trees and shrubs you will see are dogwoods, redbuds, Ornamental crab, rhododendrons, azaleas, witch hazel, wisteria, forsythia plus tulips, daffodils and more. 4:00 pm- Estimated arrival to Vienna – Take the rest of the evening at our leisure ~ with dinner, paying on own. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn - Tyson's Corner - 8301 Boone Blvd, Vienna, VA (5 Nights) #703-336-5373
The beautiful Hilton Garden Inn Tyson's Corner is in a fabulous location in Vienna, Virginia (About 40 minutes from downtown Washington DC.) The property has a, fitness-center, free- WI, a lounge and cafe. They also provide a hot breakfast each morning. There are coffee makers, microwaves, hair dryers, irons & ironing boards in the rooms. They have coin operated guest laundry. We are awfully close to the Tyson's Corner Shopping Mall and they will offer free shuttles to anyone who would enjoy going there. (300 Stores, Anchor stores such as Macy's, Bloomingdales, and Nordstrom’s plus fabulous restaurants. They are open until 9:30 pm every night.)
Day 4: April 6 (Saturday) Exploring our Nation’s Capitol in Washington DC 6:30-7:30- Breakfast is served in the restaurant at the hotel. Help yourselves. Meet our Washington DC Tour Guide at the hotel. Our guide will be with us throughout the next four days while we are in the Federal City. 7:30 am – Will travel into the city to get in line at Ford’s Theater. 8:30 am – Ford’s Theater & Peterson House. (We are confirmed for a 9 am appointment.) 11:20 am- Depart for Mount Vernon, make a special stop for a group photo on our way to Mount Vernon. 11:40 am- Group photo stop in front of Grant’s Memorial with capitol building behind us. This is an 8X 10 colored photo. 12:30 pm- Lunch, included, at the Mount Vernon Inn (Restaurant is located on the grounds-several plated entrée’s to pick from). Enjoy our time at Mount Vernon, home of George Washington and Estate – Here’s where we’ll spend the remainder of the day. We have a 2:20 pm appointment for the mansion. Please be in line by 2 pm for your tour. 4:30 pm – Board the coach and make our way back to DC. (Time may vary according to local DC guide suggestions) Next:Pentagon 911 Memorial (outdoors only) This is a new stop for our Washington DC travelers. It was an extra in 2022 and was a hit. 6:30 pm – Arrive at the Hotel. The rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy.
Day 5: April 7 (Sunday) More Sights and Sounds of Washington DC 7:00 am-Board the coach and begin exploring this amazing historic city. (12 pm-1:45 pm – Lunch, paying on own.) Arrive to downtown DC for our visit to the Vietnam, Korean, Lincoln, Police, and World War II Memorials. 11:00 am- 2:00 pm- Visit the Museum of American History Smithsonian. They have a cafeteria here. 3:00 pm – Arrive to the Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center for our 3 pm appointment. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is the companion facility of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, located near our hotel. Its two huge hangars — the Boeing Aviation Hangar and the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar — display thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and the Space Shuttle Discovery. You will LOVE this museum! 6:00 pm - Dinner at Carmines! included tonight - Italian Restaurant - a local favorite. (Please let us know if you have any dietary concerns) 7:30 pm- Dinner Concludes. Next: Expect to be “Wowed” on a delightful Night Tour where you'll see Jefferson, FDR and MLK Memorials to end your day. 9:30 pm – Return to the hotel.
Day 6: April 8 (Monday) More Sights and Sounds of Washington DC 6:30-8:00-. Breakfast is served in the restaurant at the hotel. Explore more wonderful attractions in the Federal City. We’ll visit the White House Museum/ Gift Shop. 11:30 am – 2:30 pm – Reserved time for possible visit to our Capitol Building. (Waiting to see what times become available. Stay tuned) If a visit is not possible, there are many other wonderful attractions we can arrange. Lunch, paying on own, at the venue yet to be announced. 2:30 – 5:30 pm- Visit the National Museum of Natural History. They have a cafeteria on site.
5:30 pm- Board the coach and travel to the hotel, catching other sites as time permits.
6:30 pm- Estimated return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.
Day 7: April 9 (Tuesday) More Sights and Sounds of Washington DC 6:30-8:00 am -Breakfast is served in the restaurant at the hotel. Help yourselves. 8:15 am- (Or earlier if our DC guides recommends it) We're off bright this morning for another wonderful day! We will travel to Quantico 35 miles away- arriving at 9am. Spend a couple of hours in Quantico, Virginia –to the USMC Museum. This is probably one of most impressive museums we have ever visited. It is AMAZING. You can see the actual flag that was flown on Iwo Jima (That is just one exhibit that will leave you in awe) Not many groups visit Quantico, but Happy Trails Tours does, and you’ll see why we love adding it to our itinerary. You will be able to get lunch, paying on own, in their cafeteria at the museum. 12:30 pm- Depart and return to DC. 3:30 pm- Arrive to Arlington National Cemetery. Here, you’ll board a “Tourmobile Tram” and see the Kennedy Grave Sites and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This tour is fully narrated. On our way to Arlington, we’ll also stop by the Iwo Jima Memorial and drive by the National Cathedral and Embassy Row. 6:30 pm- Estimated arrival to the hotel ~ take the rest of the evening at your leisure.
Day 8: April 10 (Wednesday) Travel to Gettysburg, PA 80 Miles 6:30-8:00-Enjoy Breakfast, included. 7:00 am- Set your luggage outside your doors for the porter. 9:00 am Board the coach and we will reserve this time for any other DC sites that we may not have had an opportunity to visit. ______ Travel to Gettysburg – (We are leaving the morning open in case there are attractions we didn’t get to visit) Stay tuned. 2:00 pm- Re-board the coach for your visit to the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum, Cyclorama Film Following the Cyclorama Film we'll begin our narrated drive through the National Park Drive with a Park Ranger. 2:30 pm- Cylcorama Film with a little time to walk through the facility/ gift shop. 3:30 pm- Battlefield Tour Begins (2 hours) 6:00 pm- Check into our hotel tonight. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn – 1061 York Rd, Gettysburg, PA # 717-334-2040 Note: The "Cyclorama" was a very popular form of entertainment in the late 1800's, both in America and Europe. Most cycloramas depicted dramatic events such as great battles, religious epics, or scenes from great works of literature. Hundreds were in the early1800's, yet most were lost or destroyed as their popularity died out with the introduction of a more entertaining art form, motion pictures. The "Battle of Gettysburg" Cyclorama at Gettysburg National Military Park, painted by the French artist Paul Philippoteaux, is one that has survived. This fantastic painting brings the fury of the final Confederate assault on July 3, 1863 to life, providing the viewer with a sense of what occurred at the battle long touted as the turning point of the Civil War.
6:30 pm- Dinner, included, at the historic Dobbin House. This 1700’s home is charming and filled with slave / underground railroad history. Be sure to walk up the winding staircase to the upper level. MENU: Salad bar, fresh breads, Chicken, Baked Ham, Penne Pasta, starch and vegetables, and dessert, coffee, tea and Iced tea.
Day 9: April 11 (Thursday) Travel to Grove City, Ohio 360 Miles Enjoy the early morning as per your own agenda. Breakfast is served at the hotel. 6:30 am- Set your luggage out. 7:30 am- We’ll check out of the hotel begin our journey homeward through Pennsylvania and Ohio. 10:00- We are so close to the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA, that we have decided to visit this touching memorial. We have been stopping at this sight for many years and have been watching this work in progress. We hope you find it as touching as we do. 12:30 – Board the coach. Travel through the lovely states of Ohio before arriving to Grove City, Ohio. 6:00 pm- Estimated arrival to Grove City. Light dinner and drinks begin at 5:30 and go until 7 pm. Hotel: Drury Inn Columbus South–4109 Parkway Centre Drive, Grove City, OH # 614-875-7000 The Drury Inn will offer a wonderful hot buffet of appetizers, snacks and hot & cold beverages upon our arrival. Many people tell us they are satisfied with what is offered. However, there is a nice restaurant within walking distance. This property also offers two beds in the room, coffee makers, microwaves, hair dryers, irons & ironing boards.
Day 10: April 12 (Friday) Travel to Romeoville, Illinois 394 Miles 6:00 am-The breakfast room opens-Hot Breakfast is served included. Set your luggage outside your door for the porter when you go to breakfast no later than 7 am. 8:00 am- The bus departs. We'll make stops throughout the day as needed. Our estimated arrival will be 6:00 pm. We'll gain our hour back today as we return to central time. 6:00 pm- (Central Time) – Arrive to Romeoville, Illinois. Hotel: Holiday Inn Express– 722 North Blvd, Romeoville, Illinois # 630-229-6445 This property has an indoor pool. Also, we will take you by coach to dinner, paying on own to the Cracker Barrell. The rooms include coffeemakers, irons & ironing boards in the rooms as well as hair dryers. They also offer a complimentary breakfast in the morning. Hopefully, they will have ample help to handle our luggage for us. But it is possible, we may have to handle our own.
Day 11: April 13 (Saturday) Homeward Bound 372 miles to Eau Clair, WI (+ 159 to Duluth) or (+167 to Sartell) A Hot breakfast is served at the hotel. 6:45 am- Set your luggage outside your doors. 7:45 am- The bus departs for home. 11:30 am- Estimated arrival to Madison, Wi (Lunch break); 3:30 pm- Estimated arrival to Eau Clair, WI – Oakdale Mall. Meet our Driver/Shuttle. 1:45 pm- We’ll depart Eau Clair. At this time we’ll also say good-bye to our west-central friends as here is where they will meet their shuttle ride. Estimated: Central Minnesota will arrive home between 4:30 pm to Blaine, 5:30 to Sartell, 6:00 to Little Falls. Duluth / Superior area will arrive home between 5 pm/5:30 pm/ Iron Range Cities – 7:30 pm to Eveleth; 7:45 to Virginia; 8:30 to Hibbing.
Things to “Know before you go on your Washington DC Tour” How to Dress: Pack light. Bring casual clothing, comfortable shoes & a lightweight jacket as well as warm jacket. Everything we are doing or places we eat are casual. No need to pack a suitcoat & tie or dress outfits. We sugget layering your clothing - if it's rainy, it can be bone chilling cold! Be prepared. It can also be HOT. Luggage: Pack one suitcase each. This suitcase is delivered each night to your rooms by the porter. (Tips are included so no need to tip twice). You may bring a carry-on bag, as well, on board. Carry-on bags are handled by yourself. Do not make them heavier than what you can carrry. Pack a swimming suit if you enjoy the pool, bring a camera, a raincoat, & an umbrella. It is wise to pack an alarm clock, too, as sometimes a glitch occurs for wake-up calls from the front desk. Hotels: The hotels are very nice throughout the entire tour. Most have indoor pools, coffeemakers, irons, ironing boards and fitness centers. Read the day-by-day about each property. The Drury Inn offers a “Quick Start” hot and cold appetizers and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) from 5 – 7 pm each day. Meals: There are many nice meals included in this tour. Most breakfasts are deluxe continental breakfast (which are very complete) and some are full hot style breakfasts. The meals included are sit-down style, some of which you’ll have several entrée’s to select from in advance of the event. Be sure to put any special diet requests on your final invoices included in this envelope. Tips for the waiters/waitresses are inlcuded for the meals we pre-packaged. Tips are not included for other meals that you pay for on own. The Coach/ Seat Rotation: The coach is a 56 passenger motorcoach with reclining seats, big windows, restroom, TV’, CD & DVD. They are beautiful coaches and they have fantastic drivers. We do NOT rotate seats so you will keep the seat you have throughout the tour. If you have a special need for seating, kindly let us know in advance. Special requests for seating cannot be promised and are taken on a first-come, first served basis. All seating is preassigned prior to departure. Any special reqeusts must be noted in writing on your application forms in advance of the tour. We stop every 2 - 3 hours for breaks. PLEASE NOTE: Sometimes we end up on a stretch of interstate that may prevent us from stopping exactly at 2.5 or 3 hours. We do our best to accommodate but remember…there’s also a restroom on board IF you need it. Thank you for your understanding. Special Needs: Be sure to let us know of any special needs...such as diet, walking, stairs, allergies or motion sickness, etc…. Any special reqeusts must be noted in writing on your application forms in advance of the tour. If you use a wheelchair, walker (one with a seat is best) or a scooter, please let us know. Please refrain from using strong cologns or perfumes while on board the coach. So many folks have allergies and we want everyone comfortable while traveling. Diabetics are encouraged to bring along some little snacks as we cannot always promise meal breaks on schedule though we do our best to. Remember we are also on eastern time zone. So pack accordingly. Tipping: The tour includes tips for luggage handling, meals and step-on-guides while touring Washington DC and Gettysburg. Tips are NOT included for your driver & on board travel host. Standard tip recommended is several dollars per day per person but it is entirely up to the individual. Schedule Changes: We reserve the right to adjust this schedule for the benefit of all traveling. Sometimes changes occur beyond our control. If a change occurs, we will let you know and TRY to adjust the schudule with something of equal value or better. We have no control over any of the attractions listed in this flyer nor can we control our Nation’s Government. Changes can occur especially during now with the world events that are occurring. Travel Protection Insurance: Travel protection insurance is available to folks for many different types of emergencies that may result in a personal cancellation on this tour. However, many factors may apply in whether coverage would apply. Please read through the enclosed brochure and decide if you are interested in travel protection insurance at an additional charge. Many people think it’s just a medical insurance policy (and it’s not) and some even believe that their homeowners insurance covers last minute cancellations, which is does not. Most of our clientele are seniors so many of those registering for tours may have medical situations that arise. Travel protection insurance offers financial security as well as, “peace of mind”. Travel Insurance does NOT cover “Fear of Travel”. Covid-19 Mandates & Restrictions: For the safety of both customers and staff, Happy Trail Tours will be following all CDC and individual state guidelines and mandates that are in place at the time of travel. We are moving in the “Endemic” season of this virus so many places have softened their restrictions and are fully open. Holocaust Smithsonian: We do not include the Holocaust Museum because it is graphic and emotional and many of our customers have a difficult time going there. We will tell you it is an amazing museum and if this is something you wish to do, no problem…we can direct you there. There is one thing that makes this museum a bit more challenging. You must have a ticket in advance (especially during Cherry Blossom time) and they are timed (cost is minimal). These can be obtained over the internet. If you should decide to secure a ticket over the internet, call us first so that we may advise you in a good time to secure the ticket. It may be best to try to obtain the tickets once you arrive to DC just in case, but during such a busy time of year, tickets may simply not be available. Please let us know if you want to go there and we’ll try our best to make this happen for you!
Please note: There’s NEVER enough time to see everything in this magnificent city…and everyone’s interests vary. We do promise a wonderful well-scheduled tour so you can enjoy the things you are seeing. Generally, we leave the hotel after breakfast about 8:00 am and then return in time for dinner (between 6-7 pm). We try to get folks back to their hotel rooms in the early evening whenever possible, so they have time to unwind and relax before retiring for bed. Hopefully, you start the next morning refreshed and ready to begin another great day of sightseeing. Keep in mind…when you think DC…. think “pavement” and “walking”. Buses cannot drop off at front doors here. When we say "next to" or "near by" ... it may mean a space as big as a parking lot. The buses cannot stay running in the city, either. They must leave immediately after unloading passengers and return only minutes before it is time to re-board. Because we have a full-time historian / guide on board while in the city, it allows our Happy Trails host to help those with special needs who may need extra help.
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