NationsClassroom is a trusted educational travel company specializing in school trips to our nation’s historic corridor, including class trips to Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and neighboring areas. We partner with teachers to offer students and families all-inclusive trips that are educational, safe, affordable, and fun. More than 50,000 students have walked in the footsteps of history and made lasting memories on a school trip with NationsClassroom.
Below is a sample itinerary that may be customized to meet the needs of your group. We look forward to working with you!
Morning departure from local airport to a Washington, D.C. area airport.
Afternoon arrival in Washington, D.C. Meet your NationsClassroom Tour Guide. Board your tour coach bus and your tour begins.
Smithsonian Institution Museums - Groups may choose two museums of the greatest interest from the Smithsonian Museums, including:
American History Museum - Artifacts that we hold dear proudly tell the story of what it means to be an American.
Natural History Museum - Exhibits showcase unrivaled scientific collections such as fossils, moon rocks, and crown jewels, including the mysterious Hope Diamond.
Air and Space Museum - This is the world's largest collection of aviation and space artifacts where you can trace the importance of scientific discovery in air and space.
National Museum of African American History and Culture - Tickets are required for one of the newest museums in the Smithsonian complex that “seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African experience.”
National Portrait Gallery - This prestigious art museum tells the American story through portraits of leaders and prominent personalities who shaped our culture.
White House - The“People’s House” is a great place for selfies and group photos.
Lincoln Memorial - Be humbled by Lincoln’s grandeur and reminded of the relevance of his words today. This memorial has long been a tribute to the 16th President’s efforts to keep the country united as well as a symbol for the fight of equality in America. Read more about the Lincoln Memorial >>>
Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Listed in chronological order are the names of the more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in service to their country during the Vietnam War.
Korean Memorial - Walk over to appreciate the symbolism of the memorial that commemorates the sacrifices of the 5.8 million Americans who served in the U.S. armed services during the three-year period of the Korean War.
Overnight at your Washington D.C. area hotel.
Group photo in front of the U.S. Capitol
Capitol Hill - Go to the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center and Gallery to begin a tour by appointment of the home of the legislative branch. Walk across to First Street to tour The Library of Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mount Vernon - Homestead of America's first President and his final resting place, Mount Vernon is George and Martha Washington’s Potomac riverfront plantation. Explore the grounds that include a guided home tour, an active pioneer farm site, slave quarters, and Washington’s Tomb. The Education Center includes exhibits and artifacts about the Washington family and life during colonial times.
Pentagon 9/11 Memorial - Walk among the 184 benches that symbolize the lives lost at the Pentagon on September 1, 2001.
Martin Luther King JR. Memorial - The Stone of Hope sculpture and four acre park space are a place to pay respect and contemplate the meaning of the Civil Rights movement. Read more about the MLK Memorial >>>
Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial - This expansive memorial is a tribute to the 12 years of American history during the time of FDR’s presidency. A sequence of four outdoor rooms, representing each of his terms in office, teach about the life and times of this influential era. .
Jefferson Memorial - This memorial features the iconic words of a revered president that remind us “a nation cannot be ignorant and free.”
Overnight at your Washington D.C. area hotel.
Arlington National Cemetery - Statesmen and soldiers of the United States Armed Services are buried here. Witness the Changing of the Guard at The Tomb of the Unknowns and pay your respects at Kennedy’s eternal flame. The Memorial Amphitheater, Arlington House, and Challenger Space Shuttle Memorial also will be visited on your guided tour of the grounds.
Iwo Jima Memorial - U. S. Marine Corps Memorial - Also referred to as the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Memorial is located just outside Arlington National Cemetery and it is dedicated to the U.S. Marines who have lost their lives in defense of our country since 1775.
Travel to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Dinner at the Dobbin House - This historic tavern stood at the time of the Civil War and it was a station stop on the underground railroad.
Evening program of your choice for your group.
Overnight at your hotel in Gettysburg, PA.
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center - A great place to begin your tour of Gettysburg, your group will uncover battlefield stories and better understand the role that Gettysburg played in this transformative chapter in our nation’s history. The center also features The Battle of Gettysburg film and Cyclorama painting that is enhanced by a sound and light program and a three dimensional diorama foreground that thrusts viewers into the fury of Pickett's Charge.
Gettysburg Driving Battlefield Tour - Extensively trained, licensed guides will lead your group through the battlefield to tell the stories that add meaning to the fields, monuments, and landmarks of Gettysburg.
Travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
U.S. Mint - - There are so many curriculum connections at the Mint, from manufacturing to economics. View the actual coining operations from 40 feet above the factory floor. Exhibits and artifacts explain more about the history of U.S. currency and the Mint.
Museum of the American Revolution - This recently opened museum is dedicated to the story of the American Revolution and teaching visitors "how the American Colonists became Revolutionaries as the roots of rebellion took hold."
An evening program will be customized for your group.
Overnight at your Philadelphia area hotel.
Liberty Bell - Read the inscription that conveys a message of liberty while taking pictures of this remarkable symbol of the American Revolution.
Independence Hall - A new nation was declared here and students will never forget seeing the places that preserve our nation's first chapter. Tour this historic building where the Declaration of independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed.
Franklin Court - The Print Shop was used to print important written works of the day, including books, newspapers, and posters known as broadsides. Many of Franklin’s own books were printed here that included some of his best-known lines, such as “Fish and visitors smell after three days.” Still open for business, the Franklin Post Office is a tribute to the man who organized America’s first public postal service.
National Constitution Center - Congress established this museum and educational center to "disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people." It features interactive exhibits, engaging theatrical performances, and original documents of freedom to encourage active citizenship.
Additional sightseeing based on departure flight.
Afternoon flight to your home airport.