The Washington DC Educational Tour engages students in the evolution of U.S. history. On a customized scavenger hunt at the Smithsonian Museums, curriculum transforms into a game of teamwork and discovery. Guide the learning journey through the basic freedoms of U.S. citizens at the National Archives, viewing the Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. On an architectural journey at the U.S. Capitol Building, see the 13 statues in the Crypt, stand in the domed Rotunda, and compare the National Statuary Hall to the ancient Greek amphitheater. Setting a solid example of the nation’s third branch of government in stone, the U.S. Supreme Court resembles a Roman temple.
Reflect on the history and memories of leaders and citizens who forged U.S. freedoms. See where the English settlers began to colonize America and experience traditional craftsmanship at Colonial Williamsburg. Honor the sacrifice of the millions who have served and the hundreds of thousands who have given their lives at the World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Korean War Memorial. Discover two of Lincoln’s most famous speeches at the Lincoln Memorial, which dedicate his memory to equality and freedom for all. At Mount Vernon explore George Washington’s estate, which is still a pristine example of U.S. colonial life from the mansion to the farms. Nearby, Old Town Alexandria still keeps history alive throughout its cobblestone streets. On a visit to 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. Throughout the trip, take time to reflect with visits to the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Journey to the Jacksonville airport by motorcoach from Pierce County Middle School with time for lunch on own at the airport. Fly to Washington DC, meet the Tour Director on arrival, eat dinner at Buca di Beppo and then go see the memorials lit up at night before checking in to local accommodations.
Begin the day with continental breakfast at the hotel. Take a guided tour of the memorials by bus and on foot, including the World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Korean War Memorial. Snap some photos in front of the White House and then visit the White House Visitor Center. Nearby, go to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cafeteria for lunch. Explore the narrative history of the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Spend the evening at the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament for dinner and to watch a jousting competition.
By appointment, visit Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House, the site where President Lincoln was assassinated. Tour the U.S. Capitol Building, taking in grand architecture in the Crypt, Rotunda and National Statuary Hall, followed by lunch at the Capitol Cafe. View the National Archives to see the documents that U.S. independence and rights are built upon, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights. This evening, take a dinner cruise on the Potomac River with live DJ entertainment.
After breakfast at the hotel, travel to Colonial Williamsburg for a guided tour. Step back in time to the 18th century at the world’s largest living history museum to learn from costumed storytellers about the colonial way of life before the American Revolution. For lunch, dine at the King’s Arms Tavern, an authentic reproduction of a public house from 1772. Spend the rest of the afternoon in Fredericksburg, exploring with free time. Return to Washington DC in time for dinner and games at Dave & Buster’s.
First thing in the morning, stop at the Iwo Jima Memorial, also known as the Marine Corps Memorial. Go to Arlington National Cemetery to watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, view Arlington House and see the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame. While here, participate in a wreath laying ceremony to honor the sacrifices of U.S. veterans. Make a lunch selection from the food court in the Pentagon City mall. Reflect on our nation’s past on a visit to the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. For another glimpse into colonial life, visit George Washington’s preserved estate, Mount Vernon. Begin the journey home from Arlington airport in time for dinner and the flight to Jacksonville, and then travel back to Pierce County Middle School by motorcoach.
Note: Activities are subject to change based on availability.
On this Washington DC educational tour, students gain a deeper understanding of U.S. history and culture. Get a firsthand look into U.S. history on tours of the memorials, Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House, Arlington National Cemetery and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Guide the learning journey through U.S. independence and basic freedoms at the National Archives, viewing the Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Learn about the wonders of the world and the amazing creatures that inhabit it at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Go on a guided tour through 18th-century U.S. history and social sciences in Colonial Williamsburg.
At Experience, we make sure everything is covered – from housing to technology and beyond – to provide the best experience for our students.
Quality, safe hotels with quad occupancy corresponding to the destination.
All transportation is provided throughout the program.
A night chaperone is on site to ensure security.
Meals provided as stated in itineraries, featuring local cuisine.
Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.
Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included.
Customized experiences developed by travel experts to promote learning and engagement.
Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.
Tips for bus drivers, guides, Tour Directors and meals.
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.
A 2.9% credit card processing fee will be added to all credit card payments.
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Public health authorities are focusing on prevention efforts and actively testing anyone whose symptoms are compatible with COVID-19. It is important to note that for travel and community settings, the CDC reports a low risk of exposure for those who are in the same environment for a prolonged period of time and without close contact as someone with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. Learn more about the CDC Exposure Risk Categories.
To alleviate any uncertainty, Experience is implementing an Upcoming and Future Travel Policy for 2020. This policy allows our programs to adjust their travel dates and plans to provide more flexibility for travelers and relieve any immediate concerns. As the situation evolves, we will remain in contact with group leaders to keep them informed and adjust any travel plans as needed. We want to assure all group leaders, parents and travelers that we will not send programs to destinations that are deemed unsafe by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) or the U.S. Department of State. The health and safety of our travelers is of the utmost importance and always a main concern on our educational tours. We will continue to stay informed and safely navigate the situation.