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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.

On The Road Again: College Road Trips

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Aug 21, 2020 11:00:00 AM

For many high school students, the college road trip is a rite of passage. Like learning to drive, researching and visiting colleges is a huge step towards adulthood. It's inspiring to tour the halls of a university and imagine yourself as a student there.

 

Even though the traditional Washington, D.C. trip is associated with 8th grade, our nation's capital can serve as a great launching point for a college road trip for older students. 

 

Here's an example of a simple four-day trip to historic Virginia that includes visits to universities in the surrounding areas.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Aug 3, 2020 11:00:00 AM

When it comes to learning about the Holocaust, many middle and high school students are usually introduced to it by reading the Diary of Anne Frank, watching the Boy in the Striped Pajamas, or reading Elie Wiesel’s Night.

 

A visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum brings one of the most horrific events of the 20th Century to life.

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

Highlighting African American History on a Washington, D.C. Trip

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jun 19, 2020 11:00:00 AM

We've been asking ourselves for the last few weeks how we can bring awareness and educate students about African American history. While we are currently working on all new itineraries, we know that many of our current destinations have historic sites dedicated to African American history.

 

Here are a few of the historic sites in Virginia that feature exhibits that can teach students about African American history.

 

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

Must See Attractions for Student Trips to Washington, D.C.

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jun 3, 2020 11:15:00 AM

While planning a school trip to Washington, D.C., the number of museums, memorials, and monuments can seem overwhelming. While you could let a NationsClassroom representative create an itinerary for you, most teachers like the ability to customize and select itinerary items that best suit their students. 

 

Out of all the attractions in Washington, D.C., here are the top ten we think all student groups should experience while on tour.

 

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

The Best 8th Grade School Trip Destinations

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jun 1, 2020 11:15:00 AM

With the end of the school year just around the corner, most students are looking forward to their next big steps. For our twelve to thirteen year old students, that means thinking about moving on to their final year of middle school.

 

The summer is the perfect time to start planning for next years eighth grade trip. Celebrate your eighth graders by putting together a special itinerary to one of the top 8th Grade School Trip Destinations.

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Topics: School Trip to NYC, School Trip to D.C., School Trips to Boston, Planning Student Travel, School Trip to Philadelphia

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.

National World War One Memorial Opening in Late 2020

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Apr 15, 2020 10:59:00 AM

Did you know there was no National WWI Memorial in Washington D.C.?

 

This is the question that greets you when you visit the National World War One Memorial Centennial Commission's website. But now, over 100 years after the end of the Great War, the Commission has finally broken ground and begun construction on D.C.’s newest memorial just one block east of the White House. The memorial isn’t due to be completed until late this year, but here are a few things we already know that will get you excited to visit.

 

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

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