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SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: The White House

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Oct 12, 2020 11:00:00 AM

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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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 Oct 5, 2020 11:00:00 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.

 

Or, check out our video adaption here.

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

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

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

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

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Aug 28, 2020 11:00:00 AM
After opening in 2011, The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial became one of the most-visited stops on Washington, D.C. school trips. Visiting his memorial is one way that we can teach our students more about the life and work of Dr. King. 
 
In today's blog, licensed D.C. Tour Guide Aaron Killian gives us his review and advice for visiting this historic memorial.
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Topics: Historic Attractions, School Trip to D.C.

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: The U.S. Capitol

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Aug 24, 2020 11:00:00 AM
The Capitol building is rightly  ca lled the te mple of American democracy.  The home of the legislative branch offers an excellent guided tour and its steps are the perfect backdrop for group photos and selfies. 
 
For  some, it’s the highlight of their entire school trip to Washin gton, D.C.

 

Read more about why your group should visit, or watch our short video here.

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

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: National WWII Memorial

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Aug 14, 2020 11:00:00 AM

As Americans observe VJ Day tomorrow, August 15th, they reflect upon the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in World War II.

 

We've enlisted licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide Aaron Killian to give us his perspective on taking students to visit the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Read on for his travel tips and insights.

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Topics: Historic Attractions

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.

 

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: 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: 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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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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