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Surprises:
-Gettysburg is so small and peaceful.

-Gettysburg became the home for President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower after his term as President.

-Of the over 51,000 casualties in the three day Battle of Gettysburg, only one civilian in the town of Gettysburg was killed - 20 year old Jenny Wade.



Surprises:
-Due to codes, all the buildings in Washington, D.C. are lower than the height of the Capitol dome.  The only exception is the Washington Monument - which is not considered a building.

-Seeing how large the memorials are in real life, especially the Marine Corps Memorial

-Finding out that the Smithsonian Institution consists of 17 separate museums and the National Zoo in the Washington, D.C. area.
Standing 180 feet under the dome of the United State's Capitol in the Rotunda.
Standing  at the black iron fence that surrounds the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Watching the Changing of the Guard Ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery.
Exploring the vast treasures of the Smithsonian Institution Museums.
Washington, District of Columbia
This is American Christian Tours CORE Education Program. 

Almost all American Christian Tours Education Programs to Washington, D.C., including short ones, will typically include:











Trips of moderate length will also typically include:





Trips of optimal length might also add most or all of the following:
United States Capitol Building
Supreme Court
Library of Congress
Night Illumination Tour of the national monuments and memorials (Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR, MLK, Jr., World War II, Vietnam and Korean War)
Smithsonian Museums
Ford's Theater and the Petersen House
Arlington National Cemetery
 
The National Archives
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate
White House Photo Stop
Full visit of the Holocaust Museum or the Newseum or the International Spy Museum
White House Tour - (dependent on approval of request)
National Cathedral Tour
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Be Prepared:
Watch:
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939, Columbia Pictures.
National Treasure,  2004, Touchstone Pictures.

Read:
Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17 of the United States Constitution.  This is where the Constitution establishes a district that will later be known as the District of Columbia - the capital of our nation.

Listen:
Patriotic marches;
President's Inaugural Addresses;
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech;
Marian Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial.

Eat:
Being a capital city, Washington, D.C. is home to people from all over the world.  Be adventurous and try some ethnic food.

Also Washington is close to the Chesapeake Bay.  There is good seafood around Washington.  We recommend the clam chowder at the Fish Market in Alexandria.

Drink:
A lot of water.
Washington is surrounded by the states of Virginia (on its southwest side, and a small part of its northwest one) and Maryland (on its southeast and northeast sides, and most of its northwest one).  It interrupts those states' common border, which is the Potomac River both upstream and downstream from the District.  The land ceded from Virginia was returned by Congress in 1846, so what remains of the modern District was all once part of Maryland.

The District has three natural flowing bodies of water: the Potomac River,  the Anacostia River, and Rock Creek.  Both Anacostia River and Rock Creek are tributaries of the Potomac.  The famous Tidal Basin was actually man-made in the early 1900's.

Essentials:
Climate
Washington, D.C. climate varies greatly.  In the winter it is cold and bitter - temperatures rarely go above freezing.  In the summer it is hot and extremely humid.  The best time to visit is in the spring and fall when the air is clear and the weather mild.

It is almost impossible to miss rain on a trip to Washington.  The heaviest rain is in the summer - between May and August.  However the rain usually does not stay long.

Geography