The Washington DC experiential tour introduces students to the history that the United States is built upon, taking their learning beyond the lesson plan and creating memories that will last a lifetime. With sightseeing tours of national landmarks, a viewing of the documents that shape our rights and freedoms, and following the hints on scavenger hunt to experience history in action.
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.
Arrive at our nation’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 afternoon and put history lessons into context.
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. Then stop by historic Old Town Alexandria. Reflect on our nation's past on visits to Arlington National Cemetery and U.S. Marine Corps Memorial.
By appointment, visit Ford's Theatre and The Petersen House, the site where President Lincoln was assassinated, to end the journey through our nation's heritage.
Experience U.S. history firsthand on tours of national monuments and memorials, integrating curricular knowledge with cultural context.
Private transportation provided throughout the program.
All scheduled activities and experiences are included in the cost.
Local hotel (quad occupancy) lodging, with a night chaperone to ensure security.
Two meals are provided daily: breakfast 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.