Day 03 - Philadelphia – Washington DC
In the morning, visit Philadelphia, well-known as the birthplace of American democracy. At the Independence National Historical Park, you will have a special moment of standing exactly where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed inside the Independence Hall. You also won’t miss the Liberty Bell which is recognized for its famous crack. Go beyond the iconic crack to learn how this State House bell was transformed into an extraordinary symbol. You will also see the Statue of Washington, Congress Hall, and many other great attractions.
Afterwards, head to Washington D.C. and visit the Lincoln Memorial. This grand monument overlooks the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol. Inside, the 19-foot marble statue of the 16th president is flanked by inscriptions of his Second Inaugural Address and the famous Gettysburg Address. We will also stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. The two monuments honor members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the wars. Next, we will go to Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum which is located on the National Mall (also known as the Capitol Hill). We will take a glance at the human aviation and space heritage as well as have a vision of space travel in the future through
thousands of objects on display, including the 1903 Wright Flyer, Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, and a lunar rock you can touch. Later we can take photos with backdrops of the White House and the U.S. Capitol. The two buildings compose the nerve political center of Washington D.C. and the nation. Don’t miss the opportunity to take our exclusive DC cruise (during summer only) for sightseeing of the town along the Potomac River.
If DC Cruise is closed, we will visit the International Spy Museum. This museum explores the craft, practice, history, and contemporary role of espionage. It is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession. It also features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Along the way, you will also see and pass by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, WWII Memorial and more.
While the U.S. federal government is partially closed, all Smithsonian museums will be closed starting Jan. 2, 2019. Instead, we will visit Fashion Centre at Pentagon City during the close of all Smithsonian museums.