Our five-day program to Washington D.C. brings the city and learning to life with visits to the capital’s famous monuments and museums, plus activities aimed at young people to help students fully engage with the city and experience.
Engage students in the evolution of U.S. history to now on a customized scavenger hunt at the Smithsonian Museums. This experiential learning program transforms curriculum into a game of teamwork and discovery. Guide the learning journey through the origins of our nation's independence and what ensures our basic freedoms at the National Archives, viewing the Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
On an architectural journey, students will learn about the artistic and foundational frames of U.S. history. At the U.S. Capitol Building, the Crypt has 13 statues that represent the original colonies, the domed Rotunda impresses with the frescoed frieze and the two-story National Statuary Hall is designed to imitate an ancient Greek amphitheater. The Library of Congress inspires creatives and intellectuals alike from the gold-leaf pinnacle "Flame of Knowledge" all the way into its core of courtyards filled with compendious tomes. Setting a solid example of the nation's third branch of government in stone, the U.S. Supreme Court resembles a Roman temple, with its columned entrance set between two u-shaped wings and symbols of justice in sculpted art.
History comes to life on a Memorial tour. The World War II Memorial honors the sacrifice of the millions who have served and the hundreds of thousands who have given their lives. At the Lincoln Memorial, two of Lincoln's most famous speeches are inscribed on the north and south walls, dedicating his memory to equality and freedom for all. With this commitment in mind, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Other historical memorials and monuments that students experience here include the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Tidal Basin and Washington Monument.
The tales of our previous presidents are preserved in time. At Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate is still a pristine example of U.S. colonial life from the mansion to the farms. Nearby, Old Town Alexandria is still keep history alive throughout its cobblestone streets. At Ford's Theatre, get into the dramatization of history where John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln and go to Peterson's House, where Lincoln was surrounded by support in his final hours.
Interactive and educational, this trip offers a comprehensive overview of U.S. history firsthand as well as opportunities to shop, play games, and get to know what makes this one of the world's greatest nations.
Students arrive and settle into hotel accommodations.
Tour the National Mall, visiting some of the nation’s most iconic memorials, then spend the afternoon following the clues through American history and culture on a team scavenger hunt through the Smithsonian Museums.
Start the day with photos in front of the White House, followed by a tour of the fateful Ford’s Theater and nearby Petersen House where President Lincoln was shot and died. The day continues with an insightful visit to the Capitol Building and visitor center, followed by photos at the Supreme Court and Library Congress.
Explore George Washington’s famous plantation estate, then enjoy lunch in charming Historic Alexandria before proceeding to Arlington National Cemetery to witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier.
Visit the National Archives to see and learn about the nation’s founding documents (Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights), then explore the interactive and popular International Spy Museum before heading to the airport to fly home.
Note: Activities are subject to change based on availability.
Experience U.S. history firsthand on tours of national monuments and memorials, integrating curricular knowledge with cultural context.
At Experience we make sure everything is covered — from housing to technology and beyond — to provide the best experience for our students.
Public and private transportation provided throughout the program.
All scheduled activities and experiences are included in the cost.
Local hotel (quad occupancy) accommodations.
Three meals are provided daily: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.
Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.
Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.
Tour Directors create a fun and engaging learning experience for students.
5 Days / 4 Nights
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