We’ve just returned from a very successful Washington DC tour. In 2013, the AKREA board first proposed a collaborative venture with Collette Tours. Although many of us had been to D.C. before, we decided that this might be a great way to break the ice and see how such a venture might work. As it turned out, Washington DC was at the height of the tourist season as it welcomed in spring with the tulip and cherry tree blossoms. It was a delightful time to go and Collette did a wonderful job of easing us into the wonderful historic sites including the oft visited along with some very special visits. Topping off the more familiar stops of the Capitol Building, the Smithsonian, the Washington National Cathedral, we were given a wonderful history tour starting with George Washington’s Mt Vernon, the National Anthem beginnings at Fort McHenry, and a personalized tour of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, as well as the National Cemetery. Our first group tour with Collette Tours. We were delighted with the variety and wonderful sites added to make this a very worthwhile experience. The tour leader was extremely personable and eased the way for a memorable trip for the entire group.