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Saturday Activities

Saturday, April 25, 2020


We have arranged a variety of group activities for you and your significant other (if applicable). Please choose your activity below. You will be prompted later to register your significant other (if applicable).

All activities will conclude in time for you to return to the hotel between 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. All tours leave from the Mandarin Oriental. Roundtrip shuttles will be provided.

Washington Mall

A SPECIAL LOOK AT WASHINGTON TOUR

TIME: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

This tour will provide guests with a complete overview of our capital city! The riding tour, narrated by a licensed Capital City Events tour guide will include views of Lafayette Park and the White House, the Inaugural Parade Route along Pennsylvania Avenue, the Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol Building. Guests will pass the Smithsonian Museums and National Gallery of Art prior to making a stop on the National Mall to view the Lincoln Memorial. A special look at Washington would not be complete without also visiting the nearby Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and Korean War Memorial.

Mount Vernon - George Washington's Estate

MOUNT VERNON ~ GEORGE WASHINGTON’S ESTATE

TIME: 1:00–4:30 p.m.

Mount Vernon was the plantation home of George Washington, first President of the United States, and his wife, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington. The historic estate includes not only the Mount Vernon Mansion—George and Martha’s home—but also a host of colonial-era buildings, beautiful gardens, a working distillery and gristmill, and a museum and interactive education center. Guests will tour the mansion and the surrounding service buildings, the interactive education center, and the Washington family museum, where personal effects of George and Martha are on display. Located 15 miles south of Washington, D.C., along the scenic Potomac River, Mount Vernon is a true national treasure guests will enjoy exploring.

Ben’s Chili Bowl in the U Street Corridor, Washington, D.C.

TASTE OF DC TOUR

TIME: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Celebrate the diversity of D.C.’s neighborhoods through food! Guests will have the opportunity to explore the culinary landscape of our Nation’s capital through its distinct array of neighborhoods: U Street, Chinatown, and Georgetown. Guests will indulge in a “tasting,” of sorts, in each of the neighborhoods. Stops will include Ben’s Chili Bowl in the U Street Corridor for a famous half-smoke, China Chilcano in Chinatown, and Georgetown Cupcake for one of their famous cupcakes! A Capital City Events licensed tour guide will give a narrative of neighborhoods while guests enjoy all the local cuisines this tour has to offer.

Arlington National Cemetery

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY TOUR

TIME: 1:00–3:30 p.m.

Arlington National Cemetery is the country’s most revered burial ground and one of the capital’s most poignant sights. Guests will visit the Kennedy gravesites, including the eternal flame where President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline are interred. Memorial markers for Kennedy brothers Robert, Teddy, and Joe are also near the area of the Eternal Flame. Guests will have the opportunity to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The ceremony is an unforgettable experience conducted by Sentinels with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). The elaborate ritual lasts around seven minutes and is a sight not to be missed as the Sentinels salute the Unknown who have been symbolically given the Medal of Honor. The Old Guard is proud to honor all American service members who are “Known but to God.” Significant walking—plan appropriately.

The First Ladies Exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

WOMEN OF WASHINGTON TOUR

Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Starting at the world-renowned Smithsonian National Museum of American History, guests will enjoy The First Ladies exhibit. The First Ladies exhibition has been one of the most popular attractions at the Smithsonian Institution. It is beloved by visitors who come to admire the famous collection of gowns and to learn about the contributions made by the women who wore them. This exhibit explores the unofficial but important position of the first ladies and the ways these women have shaped the role and contributed to the presidential administrations and the Nation. Following their tour of the exhibit, guest will travel to the National Museum of Women in the Arts for a docent-led tour of the collections. The museum features contributions of 16th- to 21st-century women artists. The tour provides an overview of the collections, emphasizing discovery, interpretation, and conversation. Time spent exploring both of these museums will highlight the important role of women in Washington.

Museum of African American History & Culture

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE TOUR

TIME: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

The National Museum of African American History & Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the museum, visiting collections that span topics from Civil Rights and Slavery, to Music, Photography, and Athletics.

Smithsonian Museum

“MUST SEE” SMITHSONIAN TOUR

TIME: 1:15–4:00 p.m.

It is estimated that there are more than 141 million total objects, works of art, and specimens displayed at the various Smithsonian Museums located in the heart of Washington. Today, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy an in-depth tour of two favorite museums within the Smithsonian Institution. For example, guests will first enjoy a guided tour of the Natural History Museum, experiencing the newly renovated David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time! Here they will journey through time from the beginning of life on Earth through the reign of the dinosaurs to the present, a time of immense planetary changes. Then, guests will pay a visit to the American History Museum, a museum dedicated to inspiring a broader understanding of our Nation and its many people. Guests will see such items as first ladies’ inaugural gowns, Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz, a fragment of Plymouth Rock, and Julia Child’s kitchen—just to name a few!

National Gallery of Art

THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART TOUR

TIME: 1:15–4:00 p.m.

In this docent-led tour of the National Gallery of Art, guests will see highlights of the nearly 100,000-piece collection of Western art from the 13th to the early 20th centuries. On display are masterpieces of Italian painting and sculpture, including the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Western Hemisphere, and major works by Bierstadt, Goya, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Botticelli, Cassatt, and Monet. The National Gallery of Art was conceived and given to the people of the United States by Andrew W. Mellon. Mellon was a financier and art collector from Pittsburgh who came to believe that the United States should have a national art museum equal to those of other great nations. This tour allows guests to enjoy Mellon’s vision come to life.

Capitol building

TOUR OF THE CAPITOL

TIME: 1:15–3:45 p.m.

No building in the country exudes such an aura of power and drama as the United States Capitol. Guests will gather at the base of the Capitol Building where they will begin their tour of the United States Capitol. On the stroll from the base of Capitol Hill to the entry door, guests will learn about the architecture of the building and will be able to see which portions are original structure and what has been added on over the years. Once inside, guests will enjoy a very rare opportunity to pass through the Rotunda for a closer look at its magnificent architecture and stunning murals depicting early America and its growth as a democracy. Leaving the Rotunda, guests walk the Hall of Statues and see the remaining donated statues of each state’s famous citizens. This is truly a spectacular experience.

Kayaking at the District Wharf

KAYAKING AT THE WHARF WITH A SWEET TREAT

TIME: 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Capital City Events will provide guests with a fun excursion on the water at the newly renovated District Wharf. Guests will enjoy kayaking along the Potomac River while taking in all the sights and sounds the Wharf has to offer. Before returning to the hotel, guests will indulge in one of the famous treats at local, award-winning District Doughnut.

Bike the Sites bicycle tour

BIKE THE SITES TOUR

TIME: 1:45– 4:00 p.m.

A Bike the Sites tour is an easy, two-hour ride and a unique, active, and environmentally friendly way to enjoy Washington, D.C. Guests will ride around the National Mall and the Potomac’s Tidal Basin, featuring more than 50 of the most famous attractions. This tour makes frequent stops along the way and allows guests time to walk around the memorials. Participants will visit the grounds surrounding the White House; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial; the Washington Monument; and the Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam Veterans, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorials, just to name a few. Bikes and helmets will be provided. Meet in the hotel lobby.

Tidal Basin, D.C.

POWER WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PRESIDENTS TOUR

TIME: 2:00–3:30 p.m.

Guests will join in a brisk power walk or light jog from the hotel to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt (“FDR”) Memorial. Located along the Tidal Basin, the memorial traces twelve years of American history through a sequence of four outdoor rooms—each devoted to one of FDR’s terms of office. Guests will enjoy cascading waterfalls and sculptures inspired by photographs that depict the 32nd President and the challenges he overcame. Next, guests will walk/jog to visit the Lincoln Memorial and learn of President Lincoln’s obstacles in preserving the unity of America during the Civil War. Finally, guests will walk/jog to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to take in the sights before heading back to the hotel.