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Free Admission and Special Events at Mount Vernon in Honor of Presidents' Day

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Feb 19, 2018 11:00:00 AM


Every day is a great day to visit Mount Vernon, the beautiful and historic estate of George and Martha Washington, but on Presidents' Day, guest enjoy free admission and special events.


Events include a wreathlaying at the Washington's Tomb, a military demonstration on the bowling green with costumed characters, a rare tour of Washington's reading room, and an Old Guard gun salute to the first president.


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Topics: Mount Vernon, Presidents' Day

Presidents' Day Signals School Break for Some, Time to Honor Chief Executives

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Feb 16, 2018 10:42:10 AM


Celebrated on the third Monday of February, Presidents’ Day celebrates the legacies of all U.S. presidents. The holiday was originally established in 1885 to honor President George Washington, which is why it was celebrated on his birthday every year on February 22. That is, until the government decided workers needed more three-day weekends and Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1971.

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Topics: Presidents' Day

5 Things You’ll Love About Leading a Student Tour

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Feb 14, 2018 3:23:00 PM


Leading an educational tour will help you impact and inspire your students in so many ways. There may be circumstances that have been holding you back, but if you’re looking for the encouragement you need to go for it, here are five reasons you’ll love leading an educational student tour. 


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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT:  National Museum of African American History and Culture

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Feb 6, 2018 1:28:09 PM


A favorite with school groups since opening in September 2016, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has welcomed more than 2.5 million visitors and is now ranked among the top five most popular museums in D.C., and for good reason. 


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2018 Scholarships and Grants to Help Pay for Student Travel

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jan 30, 2018 3:05:14 PM


Teachers who lead school trips want to make sure every child has access to the opportunity, which means being resourceful when it comes to finding financial support.


These 2018 scholarship and grant opportunities can help you raise the money needed for your next student travel experience.

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Topics: Affordable Student Travel, Scholarships, How to Pay for Student Trips

Expert Advice for Navigating Times Square on a School Trip to NYC


Visiting the iconic sights of the Big Apple is an education unto itself, with most first-timers experiencing a rush of adrenaline and nerves about what to expect.


Here is my advice for teachers and students about how to best experience one of the most popular attractions on a school trip to New York City: Times Square.



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Topics: Times Square, School Trip to NYC, New York City

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT:  The NEW American Revolution Museum at Yorktown


School groups touring the “Historic Triangle” in Colonial Virginia often visit three educational and commemorative sites, including Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown, to learn about the early history, settlement, and development of the U.S.


New for groups in 2018 is an immersive history experience at the American Revolution Museum in Yorktown that completes the story of the birth of our nation. 


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Topics: Colonial Virginia, Yorktown, Historic Triangle



New York City is a bastion of massive buildings which work in unison to completely confound your sense of direction. The best way to get a true sense of the mass of concrete and steel is from above.


Enter Top of the Rock, which offers groups the best vantage point on a school trip to NYC.

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New Rules for Coach Bus Drivers May Impact Student Group Travel

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jan 18, 2018 12:43:42 PM


Most school groups who travel to Washington, D.C., New York, and other popular destinations along the historic East Coast enjoy the convenience and comfort of touring on a coach bus. 


Understanding new requirements from the Federal Motorcoach Safety Administration (FMSA) will help trip leaders work effectively with drivers to maximize touring time while ensuring the safety of the group.


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"Documents of Gettysburg" FB Live Series Begins February 7th

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jan 16, 2018 10:00:00 AM

This ranger-lead education series is hosted by Gettysburg National Park. Your students will hear stories of honor and character, study original documents such as the Gettysburg Address, and discover careers related to historical national parks. 

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Topics: Gettysburg

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