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Alabama Military: Alabama is a southeastern U.S. state that’s home to significant military landmarks and events from the Civil War, World War I and World War II, all the way through history to space travel.
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum: This Museum is operated by the Alabama Center of Military History and is dedicated to promoting and disseminating the accomplishments of American military men and women. The emphasis is on participants of World War I and subsequent conflicts. The survivors and families can use the Museum facilities to reminisce on their own experiences and those of parents, grandparents, and other close relatives. There are displays – more than 30 historical military vehicles from World War I to the present, as well as tableaus, artifacts, and other memorabilia dating back to the Revolutionary War. Supporting organizations include the 19th Alabama Infantry which sponsors exhibits from 18th and 19th Century conflicts, and the 8th Air Force Historical Society, which sponsors a Bomb Group briefing room. Both organizations support ‘living history’ presentations on many Saturdays. At the Museum is a reference library, in addition to published material such as the Seventh Army After Action Report from World War II. The library offers written and oral reminiscences of Alabama veterans. In this vein, veterans and their families are invited to send written material or audio cassette tapes to the Museum for inclusion in the library. A narrative by the veteran, or an interview by a relative, will provide a legacy of the contribution. The Museum welcomes the participation of military and veterans’ groups and individuals in making this a valued educational piece of history in Huntsville.
USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park: At this Battleship Memorial Park, you don’t have to look very far to find heroes. From the Battleship USS ALABAMA to the Submarine USS DRUM and over 25 aircraft, the spirit of military pride is alive and well. Aboard the battleship you will be able to explore 12 decks. Among those, you can climb inside gun turrets, get locked in the Brig, man a 12mm gun and much more. Also at the park, you will be able to go below and explore the oldest Submarine on display, the USS DRUM. In the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion as well as in the park, you will be able to view many rare and historic aircraft. A few in the collection include a A-12 Blackbird Spy Plane, OS2U Kingfisher, F-86L Sabre Jet, and B-52 Bomber, just to name a few. While in the pavilion, don’t forget to take a ride on the Flight Simulator and experience flight without ever leaving the ground. It’s an unforgettable experience for the entire family. All tours are self-guided. Allow approx. 2.5 hours to really see what it was like to be on this battleship when on active duty in Mobile.
United States Army Aviation Museum: The U.S. Army Aviation Museum maintains a collection of over 160 military aircraft, including one of the largest collections of military helicopters in the world. Approximately 50 beautifully restored, historic, and one-of-a-kind aircraft are proudly displayed both inside the Museum exhibit space and outside on the grounds. The collection includes many significant examples of early research efforts and developments in rotary wing technology and the evolution of the helicopter. Represented is the Army’s involvement in military aviation from the Wright brothers, the early combat aircraft of WW I, and today’s technological machines such as the AH-64 Apache and the UH-60 Blackhawk. You’ll find this in Ft Rucker.
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC): This is a Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. On Display, they have one of the largest collections of rockets and space memorabilia anywhere in the world. Guests journey through America’s Space Race and NASA’s plan to put man on the moon. Witness the development of the space shuttle program and the International Space Station, get a glimpse of the future in commercial space ventures, and the latest technological innovations. The Rocket Center regularly features traveling exhibits from around the world. Also, enjoy daily films on the 67-foot screen in Huntsville’s only full-dome IMAX® Theater or in the 52-foot, high-definition screen in the National Geographic Theater. Finally, plan a ride on the motorcoach tour of Redstone Arsenal, headquarters to the Army Material Command and home of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Travel to Huntsville to enjoy.
Crooked Creek Civil War Museum: This is a must see if you are a Civil War buff. It’s small but it makes this time in our history come alive in Vinemont.
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Washington D.C. Museums:
Washington D.C. Museums – It goes without saying that a tremendous number of museums are located in our Nation’s Capital. Don’t forget about the Smithsonian Museums. Here are just a few.
Ford’s Theatre: The site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, this is a working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center. The theatre produces musicals and plays reflecting the unique, diverse character of American life. With its inspiring theatrical productions, live historic interpretation, and rich collection of artifacts, Ford’s Theatre is the premier destination in the nation’s capital to explore and celebrate the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. A daytime visit to the Ford’s campus traces the story of Lincoln’s presidency, assassination and legacy. The campus includes the museum, theatre, Petersen House (the house where Lincoln died) and the new Center for Education and Leadership. Tickets are required but admission is free. In the evenings and on weekends, Ford’s presents dynamic productions of renowned plays, vibrant musicals, and newly commissioned works that captivate and entertain while examining political and social issues related to Lincoln’s legacy. In the spring and summer, Ford’s produces one-act plays and walking tours exploring Civil War Washington. In addition, Ford’s provides engaging educational programs for students, teachers and life-long learners, using Lincoln’s speeches and legacy to build speech, writing and leadership skills. You learn a lot about the United States in that period, and of course, Abraham Lincoln and his assassination.
Museum of the Bible: A Museum providing guests with an immersive and personalized experience as they explore the history, narrative, and impact of the Bible. Using cutting-edge technology, the Bible comes to life before your eyes. Complete with a world stage theater, a Fly Board ride experience, and personalized digital guides. The First Floor also has a permanent exhibition from the Vatican Museums and Library and other offerings. The Second Floor focuses on The Impact of the Bible exploring the Bible’s global influence in music, fashion, government, and American culture. The Third Floor offers creatively presented Stories of the Bible in three venues that are separate theatres with imagined walls that are caves and interiors of rooms as they would have been 2000-3000 years ago. The three are the Hebrew Bible Experience, the New Testament Theatre, and the World of Jesus of Nazareth. The Fourth Floor is the History of the Bible and it is a rich, engrossing, spectacular offering. The Fifth Floor has the World Stage Theater with an immersive multi-media Bible reading experience, and the permanent exhibit of 800 artifacts from archaeological digs provided by the Israel Antiquities Authority. At their invitation you can touch a two-ton stone from Herod’s Palace. There are over800 artifacts, some of which are more than 3500 years old. The Sixth Floor has a viewing garden, the Manna Restaurant and seating to view the skyline of Washington, DC.
National Law Enforcement Museum: Discover artifacts from the nation’s most infamous true crime cases such as the O.J. Simpson Trial, Boston Marathon bombing, and the D.C. area Sniper attacks. Revisit major historical events such as the Seal Team Six raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound, or Eliot Ness’ investigation into Al Capone’s illicit bootlegging operation. Take on the vital role of a 911 Emergency Operator by answering calls and making tough decisions; or challenge your split-second decision making in our training simulator used in the field and led by former law enforcement professionals. Experience all this and more at DC’s newest and most interactive museum perfect for all ages and interests.
Newseum: Find out for yourself why everyone is calling the Newseum the best experience. Each of the seven levels in this magnificent building is packed with interactive exhibits that increase understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. Visitors experience the story of news, the role of a free press in major events in history, and how the core freedoms of the First Amendment – religion, speech, press, assembly and petition – apply to our lives. Whether you have just a few hours or want to spend all day, you’ll find something for everyone in the family in the Newseum’s 15 theaters and 15 galleries.
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Washington DC Festivals
You can find amazing festivals and events taking place all year long in Washington, DC. With a wide variety of things to do spread across the city’s many neighborhoods, visitors and locals can enjoy everything from annual festivals and holiday celebrations to new museum exhibits, concerts and so much more. Discover Washington, DC’s must-see events and festivals and start planning your trip today.
Washington Auto Show: Even if you’re not a car aficionado, there are still plenty of reasons to enjoy the springtime extravaganza that is the Washington Auto Show, which happens to be the city’s largest annual indoor event. Discover new car models, drive on stunt courses, meet celebrities and even win a car – all within the confines of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Jan. 24 – Feb. 2
National Cherry Blossom Festival: Nothing signifies the arrival of spring in DC quite like the blooming of the cherry blossom trees to celebrate the occasion. More than 1.5 million visitors descend upon the nation’s capital each year to admire the 3,000-plus trees. The annual festival held in March and April is full of events that honor both American and Japanese cultures and represents a close bond forged between the two countries that began with Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki’s gift of the trees back in 1912. March 20 – April 14
Passport DC: This is a month-long festival in May that pays tribute to Washington, DC’s thriving international culture. As part of the festival, the first two Saturdays in May are devoted to embassy open houses. Thanks to this only-in-DC experience, you can step inside a foreign embassy with the Around the World Embassy Tour and the EU Open House. The whole month of May
American Veterans Center: There’s no better place to spend Memorial Day weekend than Washington, DC. Memorials are our specialty, and the city celebrates with unique and meaningful events and exhibits designed to recognize the selfless service of our active duty military and veterans. Experience the country’s largest Memorial Day parade and more during this start-of-summer holiday. Memorial Day weekend.
The DC Jazz Festival: This is a can’t-miss event on the District’s cultural calendar, inviting visitors of all ages to celebrate all things jazz each summer. As the city’s premier jazz festival, the event serves up a diverse selection of national and international masterclass jazz artists, performing in a wide array of venues reaching every quadrant and corner of the city. Like much of DC, many concerts during the festival are free, so there’s no need to worry about costs piling up to catch a great show! June 7th – 16th.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Each summer, the National Mall plays host to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a massive, kid-friendly celebration of cultures across the globe. This free festival is a can’t-miss event in the nation’s capital filled with only-in-DC activities and offerings. June 24-28 and July 1-5
Fourth of July: Each year, DC celebrates the Fourth of July with a bang. Along with viewing the dynamic fireworks show on the National Mall and attending the free A Capitol Fourth concert, visitors can celebrate America’s birthday in dozens of venues and in a multitude of ways. Don’t miss the chance to savor summer’s biggest holiday in the nation’s capital. July 4
Our nation’s capital is a great place to spend your vacation this coming year. We at Travelkatz will put a wonderful time together for you and your family. Call us at 352-277-7300.
PLACE OF INTEREST
Washington, DC: The signing of the Residence Act on July 16, 1790, approved the creation of a capital district located along the Potomac River on the country’s East Coast. The U.S. Constitution provided for a federal district under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Congress and the District is therefore not a part of any state. The states of Maryland and Virginia each donated land to form the federal district, which included the pre-existing settlements of Georgetown and Alexandria. Named in honor of President George Washington, the City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital. In 1846, Congress returned the land originally ceded by Virginia; in 1871, it created a single municipal government for the remaining portion of the District. It’s one of America’s most recognizable historical and political symbols is also the home and office of the President of the United States. “Washington”, “the District”, or simply “D.C.”, are the common names for the capital of the United States.
White House: One of America’s most recognizable historical and political symbols is also the home and office of the President of the United States. Get tickets ahead of time through your local representative. DO NOT FORGET YOUR ID! White House Visitor Center is worth a stop. Most really enjoy the film in the visitor center. The security personnel in each room were very knowledgeable. Just ask them. To enter and walk through halls that have housed our Presidents is an emotional travel through time. The elaborate décor and architecture is complimented by period furniture and portraits.
Hillwood Museum & Gardens: Hillwood, the grand estate of Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, sits on 25 acres overlooking Rock Creek Park in northwest Washington DC. Along with a world-renowned collection of Russian and French decorative arts, Hillwood also features extensive gardens and special exhibitions. This house and special exhibit is sheer eye candy the house with its Russian collection is spectacular the grounds and Japanese garden is wonderful. Be sure to find the video on Posts life on line under their web site its surprising and informative We come here again and again when in DC, worth every penny to see this cool home and gardens.
Viator VIP: Best of DC Including US Capitol and National Archives Reserved Access, the White House and Lincoln Memorial: Beat the long entrance lines and experience some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC like an insider on this full-day sightseeing tour. Enjoy priority entry into the United States Capitol, the home of Congress. Then visit the National Archives Building, where the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are on display. In between, see the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and more. Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group at the US Capitol Visitor Center to begin this VIP tour — a full-day tour of the US Capitol, a National Archives tour and a best of DC tour rolled into one.
Enjoy reserved entry into the United States Capitol for a guided walking tour of this historic building, home to the Senate and the House of Representatives. Watch a film on the history of government in the US, then continue exploring the building to learn about the country’s legislature. Along the way, see the Crypt, the large circular area on the first floor that supports the Rotunda, as well as National Statuary Hall, a chamber devoted to sculptures of prominent Americans and more. Then return to the shuttle to look around and through the nation’s capital. See the outside of the United States Capitol and the White House, with stops at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the US Navy Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
TravelKatz can help you plan for this trip to our nation’s capital. Give us a call and visit these places as well as the Museum of the Bible. Call either Kathryn or Sandra at 352-277-7300
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