Washington DC and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania March 30-April 9, 2020
$1999 Per Person Double . $ 1899 PP Triple . $ 1799 PP Quad . $ 2659 Single Occupancy
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 motor coach transportation by Trobec’s Bus Company- Grand Rapids; Iron Range; Duluth /Superior; Brainerd, Little Falls, Rice, Sartell, Anoka 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: Elgin, Illinois (2X); Columbus, Ohio; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Grove City, Ohio 13 Meals- Breakfast each morning at the hotels and Three Dinners Memorials & Monuments: Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam, Korean, Iwo Jima, WW II, Air Force and FDR , MKL, Police & Air Force Memorial Smithsonian’s: Visit the Natural History & American History, Air & Space (Length of stay at the Smithsonian’s are as time allows) United States Capitol- To Include a Film, the Great Rotunda Hall and Statuary Hall. Nat’l Archives, Ford’s Theater, Mount Vernon Plantation / Estate in Alexandria Side Trip to Quantico, VA to see the new United States Marine Corp Museum Arlington National Cemetery – Tourmobile, Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier & Kennedy Gravesites. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania- Includes overnight in Gettysburg, National Battlefield tour and the new Cyclorama /Museum & Dinner. Flight 93 New Memorial in Shanksville, PA 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
Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservation is considered secure without a deposit paid.
Deposit of $150 per person is due when registering. Final balance is due Feb 20, 2020. Final documents will arrive mid- March.
Full refunds available with cancellations made no later December 1, 2019. Money orders, personal checks, credit card accepted.
Monies returned with cancellations from 12/01/19 to 02/20/20 are contingent on what Happy Trails Tours receives back from hotels, tour companies, charters, restaurants, and other attractions. No refunds with cancellations after 02/20/20.
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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. Dinners included are sit-down style where 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 new 56 passenger motorcoach with reclining seats, big windows, restroom, TV’, CD & DVD and chartered through Trobec’s Bus Company, St Stephens. 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 or not 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”.
Holocaust Smithsonian: We do not generally include the Holocaust Museum because it’s very sad and graphic and many of our customers have a difficult time going there. We will tell you it’s 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. However, the schedule we have listed here may change and your ticket may not fit our schedule. It may be best to try to obtain the tickets once you arrive to DC just in case. 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 that you can enjoy the things you are seeing. Generally, we leave the hotel after breakfast about 8:30 am and then return in time for dinner (between 6-7 pm). On occasion, we’ll take an evening drive back into the city to see some of the monuments lit up at night. (They are really beautiful). 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 the 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’s 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 be in need of extra help.
Disclaimer: Happy Trails Tours acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, theater, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Happy Trails Tours, INC and their respective employees, agents, representatives accept no liability what-so-ever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws or other causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of country in which they are provided. Happy Trails Tours INC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours/trips arranged by Happy Trails Tours. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.
Day 1-March 30 (Monday) Travel to Elgin, Illinois 445 miles from Duluth
Trobec Bus Company is our charter company. They offer beautiful new deluxe motor coaches 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. Trobec Bus Company(Northeast MN) 5:30 am- Gr Rapids Super Eight - 1702 S Pokegama (218-327-1108) 6:30 am- Hibbing Park Hotel (4225 9th Ave W- #218-262-0000) 6:45 am- Virginia Village Inn (1500 13th St S -749-8289) 6:50 am- Eveleth Super Eight (1080 Industrial Park Dr-744-1661) 8:15– 9:15 am- Breakfast, paying on own at Perkins in Duluth / Miller Hill Mall 9:00 am-Duluth Perkins Miller Hill Mall (Bus departs from Duluth at 9:15 am and continues our journey southeast)
Trobec Bus Company – (Central MN/ Woodbury) 7:15 am- Little Falls Walmart- 15091 18th St NE (320-632-9268) 7:45 am- Sartell AmericInn – (119 Lesaulk Drive - #320-259-0877) 8:45 am - 9:45 am- Breakfast break at Perkins in Anoka, paying on own. 10:30 am- Woodbury Walmart - Off i_94 / 10240 Hudson Drive (651-735-5181) 12:00 pm - All will meet in Eau Clair at the Oakwood Mall–This is a great venue to grab a quick lunch before we continue on. 1:00 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 with our friends from the Trobec Bus Company of St. Stephens, Minnesota. Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Virginia, Eveleth, Virginia, Duluth and Superior will be convenient cities in Northeast Minnesota where you'll be greeted with a friendly smile. Likewise, a warm greeting await those from Central Minnesota...where you can expect to board the coach in Baxter, Little Falls, Rice and Sartell. Other areas along our journey southeast to Illinois will be offered as we receive requests. Sit back and relax as you get acquainted with fellow travelers. Comfort stops will be made as the day progresses.
6:00 pm- Estimated arrival to our hotel to Elgin, Illinois. Hotel: Country Inn by Carlson 2270 Point Blvd, Elgin, Illinois # 847-426-6400 This property has an indoor pool, coffeemakers, irons & ironing boards in the rooms as well as hair dryers. They also offer a very good breakfast in the morning. There are great restaurants within walking distance of this property.
Day 2: March 31 (Tuesday) Travel to Columbus, Ohio 349 miles 6:00 -8:00 am – Breakfast is served in the hotel – Set your luggage outside your doors at 6:30 am when you go to eat. 8:00 am- The bus departs Elgin, 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'll travel through the states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio today. We’ll 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 1 (Wednesday) 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 Dublin for Vienna, Virginia. Stops will be made as they day goes along. Set your seats back and enjoy the scenery! The state of Pennsylvania is absolutely beautiful~ 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 very close to the Tyson's Corner Shopping Mall and they'll 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 2 (Thursday) Exploring our Nation’s Capitol in Washington DC
6:30-8:00- Breakfast is served in the restaurant at the hotel. Help yourselves. 8:00 AM- Meet our Washington DC Tour Guide at the hotel. Our guide will be with us throughout the next four days that we are in the Federal City. Board the coach and we’ll tour a variety of historic DC attractions prior to visiting the capitol building... Vietnam, Korean, Lincoln Memorials and the World War II Memorials. 10:20 am- Arrive to Grant's Statue for our group photo shoot appointment at 10:30 am Afterwards, we'll board the coach and travel a short distance to our Nation’s Capitol Building for our 12:10 pm appointment. A brief introductory film begins our tour and then we’ll walk with our tour guide through Statuary Hall and the Great Rotunda. This is about a two- hour tour. We’ll be wearing head-sets so that we can hear the guide as we walk. 2:00 pm- Travel 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. On our return to the hotel, we'll stop by the Air Force Memorial and the Police Memorial. 7:00 pm- Estimated arrival to the hotel ~ take the rest of the evening at your leisure.
Day 5: April 3 (Friday) More Sights and Sounds of Washington DC
6:30-8:00-Enjoy the early morning as per your own agenda. Breakfast is served at the hotel. 8:00 am- Board the bus. We are going to explore more sights and sounds of this magnificent city, as per our Washington DC guide. 10:15 am- Arrive to the National Archives for our 11:15 am appointment. Our tour here will conclude around 1:15 pm. Places to eat close by. After our tour concludes, we'll make a few more stops for other attractions before taking to the Natural Museum ofNatural History Smithsonian and the National Museum of American History Smithsonian. You can divide your time between these two Smithsonians as they are both next to each other. (We'll be here until they close which is 5:30 pm). 5:30 pm- Board the coach and travel to the restaurant for dinner. 6:30 pm - Dinner is included tonight at Italian Restaurant - a local favorite .... Carmine's. (Please let us know if you have any dietary concerns) Menu : Mixed Greens; Penne Alla Vodka Pasta; Eggplant Parmigiana; Chicken Marsala & Mushrooms; Garlic Bread; Dessert; Coffee; Soda; Tea After dinner, we'll take you on a delightful Night Tour where you'll see Jefferson, FDR and MLK Memorials before returning to the hotel. 9:30 pm- Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening as per your own agenda.
Day 6: April 4 (Saturday) More Sights and Sounds of Washington DC
6:30-8:00-Enjoy the early morning as per your own agenda. Breakfast is served in the restaurant at the hotel. 8:30 am- We're off bright and early this morning for another wonderful day! We'll travel to Quantico. We’ll spend a couple of hours in Quantico, Virginia –to the United States Marine Corps Museum. This is probably one of most impressive museums we’ve ever visited. It is AMAZING. You can see the actual flag that was flown on Iwo Jima (That’s 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 in their cafeteria at the museum. 12:30 pm- Board the coach and begin our return to the city. 1:30 pm -5:30 pm- Our afternoon will include a visit to the visit the National Air & Space Museum Smithsonian. Our time today can be divided between the Air & Space Smithsonian and the National Gallery of Art and the Native American Smithsonian since they are all next to each other. 6:00 pm- Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening as per your own agenda.
Day 7: April 5 (Sunday) More Sights and Sounds of Washington DC
6:30-8:30 am -Breakfast is served in the restaurant at the hotel. Help yourselves. 8:30 am- Board the coach and we’ll begin another great day in the city! We had hoped for a later departure this morning but the only appointment time we could get for Ford's Theater was 10 am. If you need assistance in locating a church with an early morning service, we'll try to help you find one. 9:15 am- Arrive to downtown DC for our visit to the Ford’s Theater - We were finally able to secure tickets for a 10 am appointment/tour. After our Ford's Theater visit, we'll continue to explore DC If time permits, we'll have lunch in Olde Towne Alexandria, today. 1:30 pm- 6:00 pm- Travel to Mount Vernon, home of George Washington – Here’s where we’ll spend the remainder of the day. 2:55 pm- This is your appointment time for Mount Vernon Mansion Tour - Be in line early! 5:15 pm- Dinner, included, at the Mount Vernon Inn (Restaurant is located on the grounds-several plated entrée’s to pick from). 7:00 pm- Return to the hotel for the rest of the day to enjoy as per your own agenda.
Day 8: April 6 (Monday) Travel to Gettysburg, PA 80 Miles
6:30-9:00-Enjoy Breakfast, included. 7:00 am- Set your luggage outside your doors for the porter. 9:00 am Board the coach and begin traveling to Gettysburg – arriving to the downtown area where you can lunch, paying on own. 1:15 pm- Re-board the coach for your visit to the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum, Cyclorama Film and take our National Park Drive. 4:45 pm- Check into our hotel tonight. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn – 1061 York Rd, Gettysburg, PA # 717-334-2040 5:30 pm- Dinner, included, at the historic Dobbin House tonight. (Several plated entrée’s to pick from). This property dates back to the 1700’s and is charming and filled with history. (The food is delicious, too!) Be sure to walk up the winding staircase to the upper level.
Day 9: April 7 (Tuesday) Travel to Grove City, Ohio 360 Miles
Enjoy the early morning as per your own agenda. Breakfast is served at the hotel. 7:00 am- Set your luggage out. 8:00 am- We’ll check out of the hotel begin our journey homeward through Pennsylvania and Ohio. 10:30- 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 the past few 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 8 (Wednesday) Travel to Elgin, 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. 8:00 am- The bus departs. We'll make stops throughout the day as needed. Our estimated arrival home tonight will be 6:00 pm (Central). We'll gain our hour back today as we return to central time. 6:00 pm- (Central Time) – Arrive to Normal, Illinois. Hotel: Country Inn & Suites - 2270 Point Blvd, Elgin, IL # 847-426-6410 This property has an indoor pool, coffeemakers, irons & ironing boards in the rooms as well as hair dryers. They also offer a very good breakfast in the morning and nearby a great restaurant for dinner “Jimmy’s Char House” (within walking distance).
Day 11: April 9 (Thursday) Homeward Bou 372 miles to Eau Clair, WI (+ 159 to Duluth) or (+236 to Baxter) A Hot breakfast is served at the hotel. 6:45 am- Set your luggage outside your doors this morning. 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. Our friends from Central Minnesota will arrive home between 8 pm to Baxter. Our friends from the Duluth / Superior area will arrive home between 6:45 - 7:00 pm. Our friends from the Iron Range Cities - 8:15 pm to Eveleth; 8:30 to Virginia; 9:00 to Hibbing; 9:45 pm to Grand Rapids.
Washington DC at Cherry Blossom Time and Gettysburg March 30-April 9, 2020
Thank you for inquiring about our Washington DC and Gettysburg Tour. We've been bringing groups to our Nation's Capitol for almost as many years as we've been in business ... and that's a long time!
Last year the Cherry Blossoms were at peak during the time we were there and what a thrill it was to see them! This year, we will continue to keep our DC tour set for the end of March because it allows us another wonderful opportunity to hit it about the time the National Park Service says they'll be at peak season. Though they cannot guarantee it, we can certainly hope for the best.
We have decided to stay at a different property this year. Because of our hotel change, we can offer our 2020 prices LESS than the 2019 rate in spite of the general increase in restaurants, admissions and other related attractions listed. So lucky YOU!!!
We would also like to confirm the amount of hours a driver can drive within a day. Happy Trails Tours has always been very attentive to that. More recently, the laws have become even tighter. To meet this requirement, we may have to fly a relief driver into DC to allow our regular driver a day off. So don't be too surprised if once you arrive to DC, you meet another driver for our group. To be honest... our driver deserves the day off!The driving can be very intense. This is going to become more and more common on tours over seven days long. It's all about safety and we all agree on that!
You can save $75.00 per person on this tour with early registration! Get your deposit in no later than November 1, 2019 and take advantage of this savings. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first- served basis. No seats are held without a deposit paid. We've mailed out 20 brochures to those wh have been waiting for them so don't delay.
One last thing before closing, travel protection insurance is very important. It not only helps protect your travel investment should a cancellation occur after the deadline date (Dec. 1, 2019), but it also offers covers weather delays and peace of mind. Minnesota winters and springs can be brutal. Several years ago, we actually left the day ahead and rerouted the tour to avoid a huge winter storm! All stayed safe and we made it to DC just fine. The travel insurance helped to defray the added expense of the extra hotel nights. A travel brochure should be included in your brochure packet. If not,be sure to ask for one by calling us at 800-635-7779. We'll get one off to you ASAP!
Thank you and we hope to see you on our Washington DC tour in the Spring of 2020!