President Barack Obama
Swearing In Ceremony
Thank you for your interest in traveling with us to the 2013 Inaugural Swearing-In at the U.S. Capitol.
We welcome you to join us and witness history at President Barack Obama’s 2nd Inauguration Ceremony This is the last opportunity to be a part of history. We will depart on Jan 17, 2013 and return on Jan 22, 2013. We encourage you to reflect and celebrate both the King Holiday and the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony while in Washington, DC.
Buses will leave from Lansing, IL
You and your party will enjoy comfortable and luxury accommodations at the Hilton Hotel Washington
- o Includes round trip coach bus from Chicago to DC with comfortable seating. This is the largest bus in our fleet and it features Wi-Fi, entertainment systems, large lavatory, and multiplevideo monitors with Satellite and DVD players for your movie enjoyment.
- o Enjoy your historic and relaxing experience at the Hilton a 4 star hotel (ratings from actual customer reviews on trip advisor)
(We are still working on securing other activities)
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Pack a lunch
9:30 AM– Bus Check in
10:00 AM – Load Bus
11:00 AM – Depart Chicago for Washington, D.C.
11:00 PM – Hilton – Washington
Friday, January 18, 2013
7:00 AM – Depart for Washington, D.C.
11:00AM – Optional Tours ^^See below tour options
6:30 PM – Return to Hotel
Saturday, January 19, 2013
8:00 AM – Depart for Washington, D.C.
Optional Tours **See below tour options
6:30 PM – Return to Hotel
Goodnight – Relax Sunday – Monday will require harmony, joy, and patience. It will be challenging.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Please indicate your Meal Time preference** (max 50 people per time slot)
1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (one time slot per person)
Commuting to DC via Metro on Monday may be the best option.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Pack and reload bus for prompt departure after Swearing in Ceremony ends
4:00 AM – Depart for Washington, DC
12:00 Noon – Presidential Swearing In Ceremony
**Some Tour Options:
There are many other great places to visit in the city, too!
Public tours of the Library of Congress are offered without reservations and are meant for individuals and families. The Jefferson building of the Library of Congress is one of the most beautiful buildings in Washington – I highly recommend a visit. You can inquire at the Jefferson Building, Ground Floor Information Desk for availability.
They are offered Monday through Saturday:
The Supreme Court offers a varying schedule depending on the actual courtroom schedule of the Supreme Court. There is not a guided walking tour of the Court, but they offer Courtroom Lectures and the first two floors are always open to the public. The lectures are very informative and building is gorgeous, so if you have the time, I would recommend a stop. When the court is not hearing oral arguments, lectures are generally every hour on the half hour beginning at 9:30 am with the last lecture at 3:30 pm. If the Court is in session, the lectures only begin after they finish oral arguments.
You can get more information and check the constantly changing schedule here.
The Kennedy Center has guided tours beginning approximately every ten minutes from 10 AM until 5 PM daily. If you are interested in taking a tour, just visit the Tour Desk on the A level of the center. For directions to the Kennedy Center, you can visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/visitor/directions.html
The Holocaust Museum is a really interesting museum to visit. Please see the museum’s website for more information on visiting. Between March and August, timed passes are needed to enter the museum. Passes are distributed on a first come first served basis when the museum opens at 10 am. Since you are coming during a busy time of the year, I would suggest trying to get to the museum as early as possible.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing offers walk-up tours on a first-come first-served basis. You may find more information here. As the website notes, timed passes are given out each morning, and you must line up early to ensure that you receive a pass.
Tours of the National Archives are offered daily and do not require advance reservations or timed passes. If you wish to avoid waiting in line outside, you can purchase advance reservations for $1.50 per person here. During popular times of year (Spring Break, summer vacations, etc), the wait to get into the building can take up to one hour or more, so the passes are an easy way to skip the line.
These are only a few of the many places you can go! I’d definitely recommend checking out some of the Smithsonian Museums. They are free to visit and have some really cool things to see!
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Please note: We reserve the right to cancel this trip due to low participation, all funds will be refunded in the event ForwardtoDC cancels the trip.
Early Bird Special Nov 12-23, 2012
*A non-refundable deposit of 50% (of the total) will hold your seat and hotel room (due immediately). First Payment is due by November 23, 2012
*1st payment amount of 1/3 of the remaining balance is due on Dec, 1. 2012.
*2nd payment amount of 2/3 of the remaining balance is due on Dec 8, 2012
*3rd and final payment paid in full is due on Dec 15, 2012
Late registration: – After Nov 27, 2012
^A non-refundable deposit of 50% (of the total) will hold your seat and hotel room (due immediately). First Payment is due by Nov 30, 2012,
*1st payment amount of 1/2 of the remaining balance is due on Dec, 8. 2012.
*2nd and final payment paid in full is due on Dec 15, 2012
Refund: No refunds will be issued after Dec 8, 2012
**Tour of the White House(optional)
Send all White House tour inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
White House Security instructions (Please do not submit any confidential information during your initial purchase)
All visitors requesting a visit to the White House must submit the following information to Secret Service:
This should be your middle initial. It can also be your full middle name. This field cannot be left blank – if you have no middle name, please enter NMN (for No Middle Name).
Date of birth must be entered in the following format: MM/DD/YYYY
Your Social Security number should be entered with no dashes and must be 9 digits. (e.g. 012345678)
Y/N – If you are a US citizen, put Y – if not, put N.
This is the country where you were born. Please use the 2 letter Country Code from the list found below.
M/F – This should match what is on your government issued ID
City and State:
This is the individual’s primary residence. The city and state of residence for foreign visitors should match the location where they are currently residing in the United States during their stay.
**Please note that the spreadsheet should contain no punctuation and no spaces except for slashes in the date field**
Identification Requirements Reminder
All guests 18 years of age or older will be required to present government issued photo identification at the gate. Acceptable forms of ID include:
Valid Government issued United States drivers license
Valid Government issued United States identification card
Valid United States or other official government issued passport
Valid United States State Department Diplomatic ID
Valid PIV card
All foreign nationals must present their passport. All other forms of foreign identification will not be accepted.
Please understands that purchasing a seat on the bus does not imply you will receive a ticket to the Inaugural Swearing-In at the U.S. Capitol. Please contact your congressman to find out if you can obtain tickets to the inauguration. Each Congressional office receives a limited number of tickets for the ceremony as determined by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
Please note that we cannot provide tickets to private inauguration events such as the balls, etc.
For additional information on private events, follow the links below.
The inaugural parade is open to the public. For more information, please visit www.inaugural.senate.gov.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) plans the official Presidential Inaugural Balls. These events require tickets that will be available only through the PIC. Please visit www.inaugural.senate.gov for more information.