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SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Gettysburg National Military Park

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Jul 1, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Even those who know little of the Civil War have heard of the formative Battle of Gettysburg. On July 1,1863, in a small Pennsylvania hamlet, the Battle of Gettysburg began. The Union Army successfully countered the last Confederate invasion of the North.

 

Today, it is a place that memorializes the challenges of living out our nation’s founded principles, making Gettysburg a popular stop for school groups visiting the historic East Coast. 

 
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Topics: Historic Attractions, School Trip to Gettysburg

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Arlington National Cemetery

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on May 25, 2020 11:30:00 AM

On a class trip to D.C., there is no place which inspires more humility and awe than the burial ground at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). Here the nation has lain-to-rest more than 424,000 servicemen and women in honored glory. It is here that groups come to connect with an understanding of America’s hard-earned freedom.

 

In honor of Memorial Day, here are some guidelines for your school's next trip to Arlington National Cemetery. 

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Topics: Historic Attractions, School Trip to D.C.

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Visiting the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Sep 11, 2018 11:09:41 PM

Today’s high school and middle school students have no memory of September 11, 2001. A visit to the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial is important because it connects youth with recent history. There are deep discussions and meaningful connections to be made on a school trip to Washington, D.C. 

 

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SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: The Supreme Court of the United States

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Aug 6, 2018 3:14:03 PM

So many groups get caught up with visiting the White House and Capitol Building that the Supreme Court often gets lost in the shuffle.  It’s hidden in plain site atop Capitol Hill beside the Library of Congress (LOC). The court is easy to spot once you know what to look for - it’s big, gleaming white, and has monumental statues out front that guard the imposing stairs. Dare you challenge them?

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Jul 25, 2018 11:09:37 AM

Curious about how much time to allot when your group visits the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.?  Or what other memorials to do alongside it? Or where the best group photo spot is? Read on for licensed tour guide Aaron Killian’s school trip spotlight on visiting the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

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Topics: Historic Attractions, School Trip to D.C.

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: The White House

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Jul 20, 2018 3:44:32 PM

No trip to D.C. is complete without a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The White House serves as the president’s home and a symbol of the nation’s enduring strength. Plus, it’s got a movie theater and a swimming pool. 

 

Read below for tips on the best photo spot at the White House and learn how to get your group access inside.

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School Trip Spotlight: Ford's Theatre and the Petersen House

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Jul 11, 2018 1:50:21 PM

 

On the night of April 14th, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was mortally wounded by a gunshot to the head. The assassin was John Wilkes Booth.  The scene of the attack was Ford’s Theatre. Honest Abe would die the next morning inside the back bedroom of the Petersen Boarding House, located across the street from the theater. If you’d like to learn more about the complex and riveting series of events that led to Lincoln’s demise, there’s no better place than the actual historic site!

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: 5 Things Not to Miss at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Jun 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Welcome to the one place in Washington, D.C. where you can touch an actual moon rock before buying a bag of freeze dried, astronaut ice cream (which we recommend eating AFTER you ride in the flight simulators.)  Here are five highlights not to be missed at the D.C. museum.

 

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SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: The Pentagon

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Jun 6, 2018 9:54:44 AM

 

The Pentagon Tour is a special event for any school group visiting Washington, D.C. After all, it’s not every day that we get an inside look at the headquarters of the Department of Defense. In order to clear security, planning must begin well in advance.

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Topics: Historic Attractions, School Trip to D.C., STEM Attractions

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on May 21, 2018 3:42:03 PM

 

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery are two art collections housed in the same gallery. Despite the building's history and impressive collections, it is often an underutilized gem and worth a visit on a school trip to Washington, D.C.

 

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Topics: School Trip to D.C., Evening Activities, Arts & Theater Attractions

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