You have to be there. You can marvel at pictures of the Japanese cherry trees in full bloom at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., but you just have to be there in person to get the full effect: thousands of trees, heavy with blossoms in a range of colors from pure white to a deep, rosy pink, surrounding the classical architecture of the Jefferson Memorial, all reflected in the crystal waters of the Tidal Basin. But what no picture can ever convey is the heavenly fragrance that wafts through our Nation’s Capital each April. For that, you have to be there.
Standard Bank customers can enjoy this must-see event with no worries about traffic, crowds, or reservations. This 8-day motor coach tour, which also includes Mount Vernon, Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg, is sponsored by our Travel Club, and every detail is taken care of by the travel professionals at Mayflower Tours. Starting when they pick you up at your home, all you have to do is relax and enjoy this remarkable adventure.
Next year’s National Cherry Blossom festival will be especially festive, because 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the gift of the cherry trees from the Japanese people. You’ll wander among the blossoms, and view the fabulous Festival Parade from reserved grandstand seats on Constitution Avenue. Thanks to your experienced guide and carefully planned itinerary, you won’t miss any of Washington’s legendary sights: Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknowns, the Smithsonian, The National Mall, including the WWII Memorial—even a guided tour of the US Capitol Building.
You’ll go back to our country’s beginnings as you visit George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, and tour a recreated fort and Powhatan Indian Village at the Jamestown Settlement. At Colonial Williamsburg, America’s largest living history museum, you can stroll the streets of the 1700s, visit with costumed interpreters, and enjoy a traditional colonial tavern dinner. Driving home through Pennsylvania’s scenic Laurel Highlands, you’ll have time to reflect and chat with your traveling companions about the heroic history and astonishing beauty of our country.
Click here for more information, including a day-by-day itinerary, or call (866) 499-2265 and ask to speak to one of our Travel Club coordinators.