Our Nation’s Capital, Back by Popular Demand!

February 4th, 2013 Posted in Alumni News & Events

“We walked, we rode, we toured, we ate — and then, we did it all over again.”  This was overheard after our last trip to Washington, D.C. in 2011.  It was unanimous that the fifty people on the trip were looking forward to a return visit to our nation’s exciting capital city.

So, “Back by Popular Demand” it’s D.C. again this April!  With most sights, attractions and museums free of charge, this is one trip you can’t afford to miss.  Our motor coach will depart from CCC’s Auburn campus at 6 a.m. Friday, April 19.  A private tour of the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is scheduled for that afternoon.

Accommodations will be at the Crystal City Marriott, again by popular demand.  The hotel received much praise for the comfortable rooms as well as its convenient location and will be even better this time due to a major renovation project that is now complete.  The hotel is located directly above a major Metro (subway) stop, which enables you to simply take the escalator down to the Metro.  From there, you have the choice of dozens of historical as well as entertaining points of interest.  This three-day, two-night experience will leave you wanting for more.

It came as no surprise that this was such a popular trip.  No matter how many times you visit this city, there is always something new to experience.  We thought we would share some of our personal D.C. favorites.

  • WASHINGTON MONUMENT– constructed of 36,000 pieces of marble and granite, remains one of the most recognizable monuments in the world.
  • LINCOLN MEMORIAL– 19-foot-high seated statue of Lincoln in deep contemplation is a moving testament to the great Civil War president.
  • JEFFERSON MEMORIAL– 19-foot-high bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president, sits in a domed interior.
  • KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL– lifelike almost surreal in appearance statues of 19 poncho-clad soldiers was erected in gratitude to those 1.5 million American military personnel who served in Korea 1950-53.
  • VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL- 492-foot-long sunken black granite wall, inscribed with the names of nearly 60,000 American men and women who gave their lives or remain missing, in the longest war in our nation’s history.
  • NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL– features fifty-six 17-foot-high granite pillars representing each state and territory, standing to either side of a central plaza and the Rainbow Pool.
  • THE WHITE HOUSE– serves as both the home of the U.S. President and a museum of American history.
  • OLD POST OFFICE PAVILION– the 315-foot Clock Tower and unparalleled vistas, offer a sweeping 360 degree view.
  • US CAPITOL BUILDING– a symbol of the American people and their government, the meeting place of the nation’s legislature.
  • NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY– a collection of artifacts from our nation’s past.
  • NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY– preserves artifacts from the earth’s diverse cultures and collects samples of fossils and living creatures from land and sea.
  • UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM– bears witness to the systematic persecution and murder of six million Jews and others deemed undesirable by the Third Reich.
  • NATIONAL AIR & SPACE MUSEUM- chronicles the story of man’s mastery of flight.  In addition, Stephen F. Udvar-Haze Center in Washington-Dulles Airport holds many more exhibits than the one located directly in Washington, D.C.
  • UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN- grand conservatory devotes half of its space to exhibits that focus on the importance of plants and people, and half to exhibits that focus on ecology and the evolution biology of plants.
  • ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY– simple headstones mark the graves of these veterans who died in every major conflict from the Revolutionary War to the present.  The focus of the cemetery is the Tomb of the Unknowns, which honors the thousands who have died in battle but have no known resting place.  The Changing of the Guard is an elaborate, moving ritual.  From April 1 through September 30, the guard is changed every half hour and the cemetery closing time moves from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • IWO JIMA MEMORIAL– a 78-foot, 100-ton portrayal of Joseph Rosenthal’s photograph of the raising of the American Flag on Mt. Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima.
  • TIDAL BASIN– a man-made inlet adjacent to the Potomac River, with over 3,700 cherry trees along its bank.  The date when the blossoms reach peak bloom varies from year to year, depending on weather conditions.

Everything mentioned above is free of charge, and there are so many other points of interest that we did not include.  Of course, we would love to have you join us.  So, here are a few websites to help you start planning your trip:

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