As an incredibly difficult school year draws to a close, many teachers are looking forward to finally getting back to traveling with their students!

If you haven’t been on tour since 2019, get ready to explore some brand new attractions! Despite the pandemic, new memorials and museums continued to open in the Washington, D.C. area. Since we’ve been running tours since March, we’ve been able to visit and explore these new opportunities to share with you.

Here are five of the newest attractions in Washington, D.C. that we think will be a great fit for your student group!

Ready to start planning a school trip to Washington, D.C.? We can help you make this your best trip ever. Check out our school trip itineraries, or contact us to learn more about leading a trip!

1. World War One Memorial

Touring Time: 20-30 minutes   |   Price: Free

Did you know that until 2020, there was no dedicated World War One Memorial in Washington, D.C.? The new World War One Memorial is located in Pershing Park, close to the White House Visitor’s Center. The memorial’s lead designer, Joe Weishaar, wanted to balance the park by continuing to memorialize General Pershing, while also honoring the thousands of everyday men and women who sacrificed their lives during World War One.

Read more in the full blog post: National World War One Memorial

2. The Native American Veterans Memorial

Touring Time: 20-30 minutes   |   Price: Free

The Native American Veterans Memorial officially opened to the public on November 11, 2020. Just outside of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, the new memorial honors the thousands of American Indian men and women who have served and continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces.

Read more in the full blog post: The National Native American Veterans Memorial

3. Planet Word

Touring Time: 1-1.5 hours   |   Price: Free (Suggested donation of $15.00 per person)

Even though most of our school trips to Washington, D.C. focus on history or science, there are other subjects that you can highlight on your next tour. Planet Word opened in the Fall of 2020 and is the only museum dedicated to linguistics and the English language in the D.C. area. This interactive museum aims to connect students with language entertainingly and educationally, and the fun begins as soon as you arrive.

Read more in the full blog post: Planet Word

4. National Museum of the U.S. Army

Touring Time: 1.5-2.5 hours   |   Price: Free (VR Experiences additional cost per person)

The National Museum of the U.S. Army opened to the public on November 11, 2020, in honor of Veterans Day. Just a few miles from Mount Vernon, the museum is located on Fort Belvoir near Washington, D.C. and it offers an immersive experience students will definitely enjoy. Students can explore the history of the U.S. Army and enjoy hands-on learning opportunities at the Experiential Learning Center.

Read more in the full blog post: National Museum of the U.S. Army

5. Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial

Touring Time: 20-30 hours   |   Price: Free

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial opened to the public on September 17, 2020. Student groups will be welcome to explore the small memorial park to discover more about the 34th President of the United States. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial site “bears a close and unique relationship to his life-long public service.” The memorial is located in downtown Washington, D.C. right in front of the Department of Education building.

Read more in the full blog post: Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial


Ready to start planning a school trip to Washington, D.C.? We can help you make this your best trip ever. Check out our school trip itineraries, or contact us to learn more about leading a trip!