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Winter in Washington, DC:  A List of Must-Sees in 2020

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Dec 18, 2020 11:00:00 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.  Even after a year of lock-downs and quarantines, Washington, D.C. still has some safe, wintery activities for your family or class to enjoy!

 

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Topics: School Trip to D.C., Evening Activities

New Nightly Holiday Light Show at the Empire State Building

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Dec 18, 2019 10:38:17 PM

 

Visitors traveling to New York City this week will be treated to a nightly holiday light show at the iconic Empire State Building from December 19-25.  The Empire State Building will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Mariah Carey's famous holiday song, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" with a music-to-light show.   We've got all the details for what you need to know about the nightly display.

 

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Topics: School Trip to NYC, Evening Activities

Washington Monument Lights Up for Apollo 11 Anniversary

The Washington Monument was ready to launch Tuesday night - or at least it appeared to be!  In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the east face of the famous D.C. monument will be illuminated every night this week with the 363-foot image of the Saturn V rocket, complete with a 40-foot-wide re-creation of the famous Kennedy Space Center countdown clock at the monument's base.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C., Evening Activities

Empire State Building to Honor Police with Special Lights Display

Tonight the Empire State Building in New York City will light up the iconic skyline in blue and purple in honor of Police Memorial Week.  

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Topics: School Trip to NYC, Evening Activities

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Smokey Glen Farm

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Sep 19, 2018 2:38:13 PM

After several days exploring the sights and sounds of Washington, D.C., walking an average of 20,000 steps a day, taking hundreds of selfies, and creating memorable experiences with friends and teachers, school trip leaders often incorporate a pleasure-filled activity to reward themselves for a successful trip to the Nation’s Capital.  Enter Smokey Glen Farm.

 

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Topics: School Trip to D.C., Evening Activities

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Washington Nationals Park

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Apr 5, 2018 10:04:40 AM

 

Located in the fast growing Capital Riverfront neighborhood, Nationals Park is an awesome, state-of-the-art, 41,000-seat venue where NationsClassroom student groups experience America’s favorite pastime and cheer on one of Major League Baseball’s youngest and most exciting teams, the Washington Nationals.

 

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Topics: School Trip to D.C., Evening Activities

Empire State Building Lights Up the NYC Skyline With a New, Hourly Light Display

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Mar 21, 2018 12:16:30 PM

School groups visiting NYC this spring will be treated to a new, sparkling light display atop one of the city's most iconic buildings, the Empire State Building. Every night, beginning at sunset until 2 A.M., the building’s tower lights will sparkle every hour, on the hour, for five minutes.

 

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Topics: School Trip to NYC, Evening Activities

Expert Advice for Navigating Times Square on a School Trip to NYC

 

Visiting the iconic sights of the Big Apple is an education unto itself, with most first-timers experiencing a rush of adrenaline and nerves about what to expect.

 

Here is my advice for teachers and students about how to best experience one of the most popular attractions on a school trip to New York City: Times Square.

 

 

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Topics: School Trip to NYC, Travel Safety, Evening Activities

'The People's Tree' Celebrates the Holidays and Our National Forests

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Dec 19, 2017 12:26:55 PM

 

The tradition of the Capitol Christmas Tree, lovingly referred to as "The People’s Tree," began in 1964 when Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John W. McCormack (D-MA) placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. After three years, the tree was ravaged by winds, so the Capitol Architect asked the U.S. Forest Service to provide a Christmas tree as a replacement, and the tradition continues. 

 
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Topics: School Trip to D.C., Evening Activities

10 Fun Evening Activities and Curricular Connections for a Class Trip to Washington, D.C.

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jul 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

 

Like many leaders of ovenight class trips, my level of alertness goes up when the sun goes
down. The kids often have had their fill of amazingly well-planned, educational experiences during the day and they are ready to let loose. And, while they won’t admit it, most are usually tired, emotional, and running on fumes - not the best combo for making  “wise choices.”


Planning well-supervised nighttime activities that allow the kids to blow off steam and enjoy time with their friends will help you make the most of the evening hours of your tour.

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Topics: Evening Activities

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