A class trip to Washington, D.C. is a great starting point for an educational experience of a lifetime. Going beyond the city to add another stop to your itinerary can offer new opportunities without adding much travel time.
Deepen your curricular connections, add science and technology experiences, or simply have a day of fun in these great cities.
The highlights of most educational tours of Washington, D.C. can be covered in three or four days. If your group will drive through any of these cities or if you have an extra day, you should consider one of these options. An experienced student travel company like NationsClassroom will know how to route your group and will help coordinate all of the details to make the most of your time and resources.
Here are five options to consider...
Distance from Washington DC: 80 miles
Walking on the battlefield of Gettysburg puts students in the footsteps of history. Expert guides lead your group through the park and the sights of this city that was home to dramatic events of the Civil War.
- Gettysburg Museum and Visitor’s Center
- Battlefield Guided Tour
- Gettysburg National Cemetery
- Gettysburg Cyclorama
- The David Wills House
Distance from Washington DC: 40 miles
The city of Baltimore offers history, science, and the arts. Visit Fort McHenry, which will forever be associated with Francis Scott Key and "The Star-Spangled Banner" that he penned while watching the British bombardment of Baltimore during the War of 1812.
Art enthusiasts will appreciate the Museum of Art that features the works of Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh, and Monet. The city also is home to the American Visionary Art Museum that has been designated by Congress as America's national museum for self-taught art.
The National Aquarium and Maryland Science Center both offer programming that will enrich any science curriculum.
- Fort McHenry
- The Flag House & Star-Spangled Banner Museum
- National Aquarium
- Maryland Science Center
- American Visionary Art Museum
- Camden Yards
- Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum
- B&O Railroad Museum
- Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Cape Henlopen State Park
Distance from Washington DC: 120 miles
Cape Henlopen State Park along the Delaware coast offers programs that will get students outdoors for hands-on learning about coastal ecology, maritime forestry, and geocaching with a historical twist. Particularly exciting for students who live inland, educational programming by the Delaware State Parks offers the chance to learn in new, coastal habitats.
Middle School Program Options
- Seining the Bay
- Sand Dune Dynamics
- Adaptations Night Hike
- Creatures of the Coast
- Geocaching the Cape: Histories Treasure
- Horseshoe Crab Ecology
- Marine Ecology
- Coastal Wetland Ecology
- Reptiles: Snakes & Turtles
Distance from Washington DC: 140 miles
A new nation was declared here and students will never forget seeing the places that preserve our nation's first chapter. The Liberty Tour and Independence Park Institute offer programs and resources about the 18th Century that use primary sources for inquiry and historical analysis.
New to Philadelphia is the Museum of the American Revolution where visitors can discover "how the American Colonists became Revolutionaries as the roots of rebellion took hold."
Philadelphia's most celebrated statesman, Benjamin Franklin, also was a well respected scientist and inventor. The city honors his legacy by providing many places to explore STEM concepts, including a world-renowned scientific institute and museum that bears his name.
Philadelphia also shows its love for the arts in its historic architecture, performance venues, and renowned museums, including the oldest art institute and museum in the United States.
- Independence National Park
- Museum of the American Revolution
- Franklin Court
- U.S. Mint
- Betsy Ross House
- Franklin Institute of Science
Distance from Washington DC: 150 miles
Take students on a journey into the past with a tour of Colonial Virginia that can include historic Williamsburg, the Jamestown Settlement, and the Yorktown Victory Center. Experience the cultural exchanges, strained relations, and decisive battles that changed history.
Colonial Virginia offers more than lessons in history. Times of war are often times of advancements in science, engineering, and technology. Presenting STEM concepts in a historical context allows students to discover how problems are solved and the different ways modern advancements are made through the application of science and math.
- Jamestown Capitol
- Jamestown Settlement Gallery
- Bruton Parish Church
- Powder Magazine and Guardhouse
- Wythe House
- Powhatan Indian Village
- James Fort
- Governor’s Palace
- Discovery, Godspeed and Susan Constant Sailing Ships
- Busch Gardens
Our team at NationsClassroom can help you make the most of your Washington, D.C.tour and beyond. All of our trips are customized to meet the specific needs of each student travel group and we are ready to do the same for you. Please Browse Our Tours, or be in touch if we can help in any way.