Washington D.C., District of Columbia
The Washington DC in a Day Tour was not entirely what I expected but still worth the money. I met the coach at the busy Union Station and once everyone was on board, we were taken straight to the US Capitol Visitor Centre. We were left on our own to take pictures of the various buildings in the area then go in to the visitor centre and book our own places on the guided tour of the building. It was a very interesting and informative tour once inside but very crowded. There was a lot to see including huge statues and wonderful artwork. There was so much history to learn about. There were tickets available also to sit in on a debate in the Senate or House of Representatives Chambers although at the time there were no debates taking place. We also had brunch in the lovely restaurant.
After the tour of the US Capitol, we were back on the coach and taken to the museums where you could choose whether to visit the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, American History Museum or the Natural History Museum. You are given approximately two hours to spend there and have lunch.
Next stop was the White House where we got lots of opportunities to take pictures outside the White House (from in front of the railings). There was a lot of security around due to the sheer volume of people trying to take pictures but it was a good experience.
The last stop was the Martin Luther King and Jefferson Memorials. I was taken aback by the huge memorials that this city has to offer and these two were no exception. If you have more time, try to see the other memorials around the city too as this tour only stopped at these two.
The coach then took us back to Union Station at around 4pm. All in all it did feel a little bit like the coach was just a bus taking us to the next stop with the driver pointing out a few famous sights. If you want more of a historical tour I would choose the guided tour. Hopefully that would offer a greater experience than this tour.
This tour was a great one overall however the tour bus did not pick up from my hotel which meant I had to pay for a cab to take me to a nearby hotel where the tour bus did come by. I had to wait around for a while before the bus came along and when it did there was no one to meet and greet. I had to go and inquire if the bus parked up was the correct one for my tour. Once I established it was, they welcomed me onboard and took us to another meeting point where smaller mini vans picked up different groups of people doing different tours. This tour began with a general drive around the city of Orlando with the driver pointing out various attractions. We made many stops along the way and had many photo opportunities. One of the highlights was the scenic boat tour along some of Orlando's many lakes which was very interesting. The other highlight of course was the House of Blues Gospel brunch in Downtown Disney. You are seated in huge dining hall and treated to a wonderful selection of breakfast and lunch items (all you can eat) and then the Gospel show began which was fun and uplifting. Overall this tour involves a lot of driving around and stop offs which can become tedious after a few hours driving around in a bumpy minivan but I would recommend this to anyone who wants to see the city of Orlando in a nutshell and who wants to enjoy some Gospel music and soul food. The tour finished around 4pm which left plenty of time for evening activities. Great weather in Orlando made it even more enjoyable.
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