Start at the Arlington National Cemetery, a sobering reminder of the realities of war. Its a beautiful tribute to over 400,000 service members and their families buried there. Learn about the more famous tombs, like those of President John F. Kennedy or of military genius General William Sheridan. Well even explore a few surprising graves, like that of famed boxer Joe Louis. The cemetery is even home to memorials commemorating the disasters of space shuttles Columbia and Challenger.
Along with a few carefully selected residents like Audie Murphy, your engaging guide will take you to the Tomb of the Unknowns, you may even witness a Changing of the Guard ceremony. Walk these hallowed grounds to learn how the home of Robert E. Lee, whose Arlington House well visit, became one of the countrys largest national cemeteries.
After a break for lunch, follow your guide to the National Museum of American History. From a ragtag group of colonists to one of the worlds super powers, the United States has made quite a name for itself. The National Museum of American History traces this path through a unique collection of objects including the actual banner that inspired the countrys national anthem. Learn about the first president, George Washington, while viewing his sword and discover how Hollywood has helped shape this country when you check out Dorothys ruby red slippers. Visit the extensive collection of first ladies gowns to the Greensboro lunch counter that embodies the Civil Rights Movement. This tour will help you to understand the exciting and oftentimes controversial history behind this vast country.
Highlightsof this tour combination generally include:
Tomb of the Unknowns
Gravesite of John F. Kennedy
Arlington House, home of Robert E. Lee
George Washington's Sword
The Star Spangled Banner
First Ladies Gowns
Dorothys Ruby Red Slippers