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Popular School Trip Destination Makes New York Times' 52 Places to Go in 2019 List

The New York Times just put out its annual “52 Places to Go in 2019” list.  And guess which popular NationsClassroom school trip destination made the list at #12?

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Topics: Colonial Williamsburg

Study Links Personal Development with Student Travel

A survey of almost 1,500 U.S.-based teachers, commissioned by the Student and Youth Travel Association (SYTA), found what we at NationsClassroom already know to be true: teachers believe that travel is instrumental to a child’s growth and development.   

Travel tied to curriculum will naturally result in academic gains and increased knowledge retention.  In fact, we have an entire blog post dedicated to how students can exceed curriculum standards on a school trip.   

But aside from curriculum gains, the study reported in Travel and Leisure Magazine found that 74 percent of educators believed that travel has “a very positive impact on students’ personal development.”  

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens

Teacher Shares Experiences on School Trips with NationsClassroom

Posted by John Wheeler, Trip Leader and Middle School Teacher on Jan 15, 2019 10:19:35 AM

Curious what it's like to be a teacher trip leader while on a class trip with NationsClassroom?  Middle School teacher John Wheeler first started taking students to Washington, D.C. in 1993 - and has never looked back.  In today's blog post, John shares his experiences traveling with students and NationsClassroom tour guides:


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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

Traveling to D.C. During the Government Shutdown?  Here's What You Need to Know

What can you expect when traveling to Washington, D.C. during a federal government shutdown?  Rest assured, your itinerary should remain relatively unchanged. In today’s blog, we have the answers to which attractions in D.C. remain open and which attractions are temporarily closed.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

Increased Tour Bus Parking Coming to D.C. in Spring 2019

The New Year has brought new changes to the D.C. parking scene, which is good news for our tour groups traveling via motorcoaches.  Did you know that according to the National Park Service, 1,200 motorcoaches arrive each day in D.C. during peak travel season.  Luckily for our student tour groups, traveling D.C. by motorcoach just got easier.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

An English Teacher's Review of Newseum's Today's Front Pages App

As a high school AP Language and Composition English teacher, the Newseum’s free app Today's Front Pages caught my attention.  I’m always looking for new ways for my students to analyze non-fiction texts in my classroom.  The app claims to bring the front pages of hundreds of newspapers worldwide daily to your phone or tablet.  The best part? It’s free. So could it live up to its claim? I had to see for myself.



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Our Most-Read Blog Posts from 2018

2018 was a whirlwind year for NationsClassroom!  And we love sharing our experiences, tips, advice, and love of travel with you on our blog.  As we reflect on our most favorite experiences of 2018, we’ve compiled a list of our most popular blog posts - as dictated by YOU.


Comment below on what you’d like to read more about in 2019 and we’ll keep ‘em coming!


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Happy New Year from NationsClassroom

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jan 1, 2019 3:32:44 PM

Thank you for your support and partnership this year. We hope that you enjoy a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends. 

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Winter in Washington, D.C.:  A List of Must-Sees

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Dec 19, 2018 11:29:33 AM

Washington, D.C. is a popular spring-time destination, but many travelers are discovering how magical winter can be in our nation’s capital.  In fact, Destination D.C. has come out with a list of top attractions to visit in Washington, D.C. this winter.  And as a bonus, most of them are free. So which of your favorite D.C. attractions made the list?


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Topics: Christmas in D,C., Capitol Christmas Tree

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: L'Enfant Plaza Food Court

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Dec 17, 2018 12:14:11 PM

Located inside a mixed-use commercial building complex two blocks away from the vicinity of the National Mall and adjacent Smithsonian museums, the L’Enfant Plaza Food Court makes for an excellent and suitable lunchtime destination for NationsClassroom school groups.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

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