Washington DC Trip

DC ImageHello Pack Parents –

At our December pack meeting, we raised the idea of a pack trip to Washington DC in April, 2014.  Sue Pipal gave a short presentation, including  an overview of the logistics and likely highlights.  The Pipals are professional tour planners, and we are grateful for their assistance in preparing all this information for pack 24.  This trip would be open for the entire family.

We are planning an informational meeting in early January to go into the details of the trip in more detail.  In the meantime, we would like to know how many families may be interested in this opportunity.  Please email pack24riverside@gmail.com if you are interested.


Washington, D. C., 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014 – This will be our travel day.

TBA  – late after school/work departure via air

After arriving in DC, if a large enough group travels at approximately the same time, a private motor coach/van will pick us up and take us to the hotel.  Otherwise, each family will be on their own to travel to the hotel.

Evening            Check into hotel

Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • 7:30 am           Wake up
  • 8:00-8:30 am   Breakfast
  • 9:00 am           This morning we will begin our first day of touring our nation’s capital with a local guide.  We will start with a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where we will see the thousands of graves of soldiers, sailors and marines, who have served our country.  We’ll visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, known for its ceremonial changing of the guard, and the eternal flame marking the grave of John F. Kennedy.
  • 11:30 am         We will enjoy lunch at Union Station (designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham).
  • 12:45 pm         We’ll walk to the United States Capitol for an afternoon tour.  Here we will get to tour the building where the Legislative branch meets to decide law.
  • 3:00 pm           We will then proceed to the Supreme Court Building, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives (home of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution).
  • 6:00 pm           Group Dinner at a local restaurant
  • 7:30 pm           Weather permitting, evening walking tour on the Mall.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • 7:30 am           Wake up
  • 8:00-8:30 am   Breakfast
  • 9:00 am           Today we will depart for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
  • 11:30 am         Following a visit to the museum, we will enjoy lunch at the Old Post Office food court just off the Mall.
  • 1:15 pm           After lunch we
  • return to the Mall to explore museum possibilities in smaller chaperone-led groups.  Options include the Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Gallery of Art.
  • 4:30 pm           We will stop for photos at the Washington Monument, the White House, the iconic Jefferson Memorial and the relatively new Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.  We will also take pictures in front of the White House!
  • TBA                Dinner tonight will be an as a group at a local restaurant.

Monday, April 28, 2014

  • 7:30 am           Wake up
  • 8:00 am           Breakfast
  • 8:30 am           Hotel to hold bags until departure for group
  • 8:45 am           We will continue our tour by visiting the monuments in the South Mall, including the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial.
  • We will stop for a quick lunch, and continue directly to the airport to check-in for our flight home.
  • TBA If a large enough group chooses flights that will depart Washington, D.C. for Chicago at a similar time, then we can leave for the airport together in a private coach/van.

See attached for a cost estimate for this trip:  WASHINGTON DC COSTS


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