Tours are booked
separately from other conference offerings and are outsourced this year to CSI Baltimore.
transportation, admissions, guides, and taxes. If you prefer to explore the
area on your own, browse through the Visitor Center in the convention center,
or stop by the Host Desk for advice.
Please note: tours cannot be booked by clicking on the boxes below.
The United States Capital: Washington, D.C.
Saturday, September 22 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday, September 24 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
monuments and famous sites are on display on this driving tour of the nation’s
capital. Traveling along the National Mall, you’ll pass the Smithsonian
Museums, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Bureau of Engraving and
Printing. For a lunch break and time on your own, explore the American History
Museum. Afterwards, climb the marble steps at the Lincoln Memorial; pass by the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Memorial; and conclude with a view of the White House. Travel time is about 90
minutes each way.
Historic Waterways: Annapolis, Maryland
Monday, September 24 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
The vibrant Annapolis waterfront
is rife with echoes from four centuries of history. On this walking tour,
explore the city’s colonial influence, its architecture, and the impact of its
seafaring habitants, as well as the Maryland State House. After lunch on your
own, visit the U.S. Naval Academy, where 4,000 future naval officers live
and learn. Travel time is about 60 minutes each way.
Monday, September 24 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
of Baltimore’s most charming neighborhoods, Little Italy is rich with history
and authentic Italian culture. Led by an expert guide, you’ll meander through
the neighborhood and talk with the residents to learn what makes Little Italy
so special. Along the way, you’ll sample Italian specialties and taste recipes,
passed down through generations, that will make you think you’re in Rome. Bring your walking shoes.
The Other White House: Mount Vernon, Virginia
Tuesday, September 25 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
in time to the 18th century and the home of George and Martha Washington. From
the visitor’s center, you’ll proceed along the garden path to Washington’s
home, where docents will describe the rich history and significant events that
occurred in the mansion as well as the life that George and Martha lived.
You’ll also see the tombs where the two are buried. Then, after lunch on your
own at the Mount Vernon food court or the Mount Vernon Inn restaurant, you’ll
tour Washington’s Gristmill, which still makes whiskey today. Bring your
walking shoes. Travel time is about 90 minutes each way.
Historical Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Tuesday, September 25 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
than 1,450 monuments, markers, and plaques and over 39 miles of battlefield
avenues, the 10,000-acre Gettysburg Battlefield deserves the ultimate tour.
Starting at the base of Cemetery Hill, it proceeds through town (just like the
first Union Cavalry forces did) onto Seminary Ridge, through Reynolds’ Woods,
and across to Railroad Cut to view Oak Hill and the valley beyond. It then
heads back through town following the route of the Union retreat. After lunch on
your own, visit East Cemetery Hill, directly adjacent to the National Cemetery
where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Travel time is about 90
minutes each way.
Baltimore’s Classic Architecture
Tuesday, September 25 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Discover the charm of
Baltimore’s neighborhoods and traditions. First stop will be the Baltimore
Basilica, which underwent a major restoration in 2005; built from 1806 to 1821,
the Basilica is considered America’s First Cathedral. You’ll then head to
Corpus Christi Church; its consecration in 1891 was a major social and
liturgical event that lasted more than 14 hours. It is home to five Florentine
mosaics on glass depicting the life of Christ, the likes of which can be seen
only at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice and the Vatican.
The Nation’s Freedom: Philadelphia
Wednesday, September 26 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
one of the nation’s most historic cities on this trip to the “City of Brotherly
Love.” Delve into Philadelphia’s legendary sites, pop culture, and foodie
scene. At the birthplace of American freedom, visit Independence Hall and snap
a selfie in front of the Liberty Bell; then take a guided tour of the National
Constitution Center. Climb the steps that brought Rocky to fame, and enjoy
lunch and shopping at Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market. Bring your
walking shoes. Travel time is about
1 hour and 50 minutes each way.