Washington, D.C. | September 21 - September 24, 2023

N.C. to D.C. Train Trip

Visit the iconic memorials, museums, and major D.C. landmarks on our nation’s capital tour.

Join Our State as we visit the iconic memorials, museums, and major D.C. landmarks on our nation’s capital tour. From Arlington Cemetery to the Smithsonian Museums to the National Cathedral, every sight along the way delights the patriotic soul in us all. You might even try the famous White Bean Soup in the Capitol Cafeteria where we dine for lunch.

September 21 – 24, 2023

 

Package Includes:

  • Transportation by Amtrak and motor coach
  • Motor coach transportation while in Washington
  • Hotel accommodations for three nights at Omni Shoreham Hotel
  • Six meals – two dinners, one lunch, and three breakfasts
  • All sightseeing excursions as listed
  • Tips for guides and motor coach driver
  • Our State host
  • AAA host

 

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Old Ebbitt Inn dinner
  • U.S. Capitol tour
  • Lunch in the Capitol cafeteria
  • National Cathedral – guided tour
  • Arlington National Cemetery – guided tour
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Changing of the Guard ceremony
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • Carmines Italian Restaurant – farewell dinner

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: September 21

In the morning, we will board an Amtrak train in Cary, NC, for a relaxing ride to our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Lunch (on your own) will be aboard the train. Upon arrival at the historic Union Station, we will meet a local guide for a panoramic tour by motor coach. Along the way, we will enjoy a ride down Embassy Row. How many countries will you be able to identify from their flags? Before we check into the hotel, we will stop for dinner at the Old Ebbitt Grill. Old Ebbitt Grill was founded in 1856 and has quite an interesting history. After dinner, we’ll take in a few more sites as we make our way to the luxurious and elegant Omni Shoreham Hotel, which will be our home for the next three nights.

The hotel has played host to presidents, world leaders, and celebrities. The Beatles stayed at the hotel in 1964. Be sure to find their concert play list written by John Lennon on hotel stationary and displayed in the lobby.

Meals: D

 

Day 2: September 22

After breakfast (included), we will discover the celebrated history of Washington, D.C., on a tour with a local expert. So many sites you will see! Marvel at views of the White House and the Washington Monument, and delight in the views of our capital’s amazing architecture and many museums. Our first stop of the day is the U.S. Capitol. As you walk through the Rotunda, you will be immersed in the history of our great nation. The five levels and 540 rooms include the meeting rooms of the Senate and House of Representatives. Following the tour, we will have lunch (included) at the Capitol’s restaurant. Try the famous white bean soup. After lunch, we will embark on a guided tour of the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, and Korean War Memorial. Dinner will be on your own this evening in the eclectic neighborhood surrounding the Omni Shoreham.

Meals: B, L

 

Day 3: September 23

Following breakfast (included), we will continue to discover our nation’s capital. Our first stop will be Arlington National Cemetery, where we will board a tram for a guided tour through the cemetery. We will see the famous Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and we will visit the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy to see the Eternal Flame. Then, we will travel to Washington National Cathedral. This magnificent church took 83 years to complete (the only cathedral in the world built in one century) and has been host to state funerals, presidential inaugural masses, and Martin Luther King’s last sermon. As we admire the beautiful craftsmanship of the cathedral, we will learn more about its history during a docent-led tour.

Lunch is on your own today with recommendations in the Smithsonian Museum area. The rest of the day is yours to explore the various Smithsonian museums. We will return to the hotel in the late afternoon. This evening there will be a special farewell dinner at Carmine’s, a family style Italian restaurant with wonderful food. Nobody will leave hungry!

Meals: B, D

 

Day 4: September 24

This morning, we will have breakfast at the hotel (included) before boarding a coach for our ride back to Cary. Our coach will make several convenience stops, as well as a scheduled stop for lunch (on your own).

Meals: B

 

Tour rates:

$1,575 per person, double or single

 

Included:

  • Transportation by Amtrak and motor coach
  • Motor coach transportation while in Washington
  • Hotel accommodations for three nights at Omni Shoreham Hotel
  • Six meals
  • All sightseeing excursions as listed
  • Tips for guides and motor coach driver

 

Not included:

  • Cancellation insurance (optional but recommended). Ask your travel agent about insurance when booking.

 

For reservations and more information:

AAA Vacations
Beth Rackham
(919) 832-0543 ext. 16012
barackham@aaacarolinas.com

 

Additional Information:

What to expect on an Our State trip:

Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful.

We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own.

You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day.

Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided.

Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops.

One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people.
 

Physical requirements:

Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous.

Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you.

Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs.

We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.

 

COVID-19 Travel Precautions – Update:

Effective January 1, 2023, Our State highly encourages, but no longer requires COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters for travelers on our domestic tours. This policy goes into effect for international travelers on April 30, 2023. We will keep all participants updated of any changes to these requirements.