The Washington DC Democracy in Action program 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. Get inspired by the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress and see the golden Flame of Knowledge. 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. 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. Discover two of Lincoln’s most famous speeches at the Lincoln Memorial, which dedicate his memory to equality and freedom for all. Additionally, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 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.
Arrive at the U.S. capital, starting off with sightseeing along Embassy Row and stopping for a photo op in front of the White House. Tour the memorials in the evening, including World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Tidal Basin and Washington Monument. Check in to local accommodations, where students stay for the next four nights.
Explore the historical landmarks of the National Mall. Start at the Capitol, taking in grand architecture in the Crypt, Rotunda and National Statuary Hall. Tour Capitol Hill, stopping in at the Visitor Center by appointment, see the Library of Congress and climb the steps of the Supreme Court. 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. Discover history hands-on in a scavenger hunt at the Smithsonian Museums. End the day with dinner and souvenir shopping in Georgetown.
For a glimpse into colonial life, visit George Washington’s preserved estate, Mount Vernon. Afterwards, make a stop in historic Old Town Alexandria. Reflect on the nation’s past on visits to Arlington National Cemetery and U.S. Marine Corps Memorial. Follow a costumed guide on a stroll through the Colonial seaport town of Alexandria to discover U.S. history from the Revolutionary War to the Reconstruction era.
By appointment, visit Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House, the site where President Lincoln was assassinated, to end the journey through U.S. history.
The Washington DC Democracy in Action program introduces students to the history that the United States is built on through tours of national monuments and memorials, integrating curricular knowledge with cultural context and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Experience history on sightseeing tours of national landmarks, a viewing of the documents that shape U.S. rights and freedoms, and following the hints on scavenger hunt. With a curated curriculum for educators to apply with the program, students are empowered to put their learning into practice before, during and after the trip.
Quality, safe hotels with quad occupancy corresponding to the destination.
A night chaperone is on site to ensure security.
All transportation is provided throughout the program.
Airfare covers round-trip flights from major airports.
Two meals are provided daily, breakfast and dinner, featuring local cuisine.
Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.
Customized experiences developed by travel experts to promote learning and engagement.
Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included.
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.
Experience understands there is a growing concern over the COVID-19 outbreak and travel. We are attentively monitoring the situation and following updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Department of State.
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.