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, and Philadelphia. We partner with teachers to offer students and their families all-inclusive trips that are educational, safe, affordable, and fun. To date, 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!
Red-eye overnight flight from your departure airport to a Washington, D.C. area airport.
Morning arrival in Washington, D.C. Meet your NationsClassroom Tour Guide. Board your tour coach bus and your tour begins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
White House - The“People’s House” is a great place for selfies and group photos.
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.
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.
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.
Travel to New York City.
Statue Cruise - Take a harbor cruise with stops at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Statue of Liberty National Monument on Liberty Island - Climb the stairs to a balcony located at the top of the statue's pedestal and visit the museum’s Statue of Liberty exhibit that traces the history and symbolism of the Statue through museum objects, photographs, prints, videos, and oral histories. Also on display are full-scale replicas of the Statue's face and foot, which provide a sense of scale and influence.
Ellis Island - More than 100 million Americans can trace their ancestry to immigrants who passed through Ellis Island. This historic station is home to interactive exhibits that personalize the immigrant experience.
National September 11 Memorial Plaza - The Memorial is a “tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future.”
Financial District - At the heart of American government and capitalism, this district is home to historic sites, new buildings, and important memorials, including Federal Hall, the Wall Street Bull, the U.S. Customs House, and the 9/11 Memorial.
Times Square - Be energized by the lights, sounds, and people who make this part of New York so iconic.
Broadway - Offering more than 40 professional theaters, you can choose a show that best fits your needs for an unforgettable night out.
Overnight in your New York City area hotel.
Midtown - Take in the sights on a walking tour of the largest commercial, entertainment, and media center in the U.S. that includes Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NBC Studios, and the Chrysler Building.
5th Avenue - Historic landmarks and stylish retailers such as Tiffany & Co. await your group in one of America’s most expensive shopping districts.
Central Park - Stroll through the oldest landscaped park in the U.S. and the iconic shooting location of more than 300 movies.
Choose one of the follow for your group to visit:
Top of the Rock Observatory - Ascend more than 850 feet up to the three-tiered observation platform at 30 Rockefeller Center for an unforgettable experience includes a panoramic 360-degree, unobstructed view.
Empire State Building Observatory - Your visit begins in an elegant art deco lobby with murals adorning the stone walls. Visit the observation deck on the 86th floor for a bird's-eye view of the city.
Travel to Boston, Massachusetts.
Boston Duck Tour - Both entertaining and educational, your group will travel through history along the streets of Boston and then splash into the Charles River in a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle along this narrated tour of Boston and Cambridge.
Overnight in Boston area hotel.
Minute Man National Park - Begin at the Visitor’s Center with a multimedia program that depicts Paul Revere's Ride and the battles at Lexington Green, North Bridge and along the Battle Road. Broaden your group’s knowledge of the opening battles of the American Revolution and this momentous era while touring the historic sites, monuments, and structures, including Concord's North Bridge, which was the site of “the shot heard ‘round the world.”
Afternoon tour choice for you group:
Plymouth, Massachusetts - The first English colonists made war and then peace with the Natives here, and later celebrated their friendship with the first Thanksgiving dinner. Visit the landmarks that honor this piece of American history, including Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower II, and Burial Hill.
Your group also will visit the Plimoth Plantation. The Plantation’s permanent, outdoor exhibits near the site of the original settlement recreate the sights, sounds, and stories of the 17th century. This living museum complex tells the interwoven stories of two distinct cultures, English and Native. Recreated from historical records, you will learn by exploring a 17th-Century English village and a Wampanoag home site.
Salem, Massachusetts - Well known as the site of the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, this coastal city has a rich maritime heritage and four centuries of historic architecture and landmarks to explore.
Learn about global trade in post-Colonial America by touring the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Visit the 1819 Custom House, 1804 West India Goods Store, and the nearby Friendship of Salem, which is a reconstruction of a 171-foot, three-masted Tall Ship.
Tour Pioneer Village, which is the oldest living history museum in America and is designed to represent Salem in the year 1630.Educational programs and a museum tour also teach about the importance of tolerance and other lessons learned from the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 - 1693.
Overnight in Boston area hotel.
Bunker Hill Monument - Start in the Bunker Hill Lodge that adjoins the Monument to learn more about the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill. View images, a statue of Joseph Warren, and a Revolutionary War cannon before ascending 294 stairs to the top for a bird’s eye view of the city.
Bunker Hill Museum - Located across the street from the Monument grounds, the exhibits teach about the Battle of Bunker Hill, the construction of the Bunker Hill Monument, the memory of the battle, and the history of the Charlestown neighborhood.
U.S.S. Constitution - Nicknamed “Old Ironsides,” this war ship has remained undefeated since being launched in 1797. Tour this historic ship to learn about its construction, history, and life on the high seas during the 1700s.
Old North Church - Founded in 1722, Christ Church was founded in 1722 and it’s been remembered through history as the Old North Church. It is Boston’s oldest surviving church building and it consists of five notable locations for educational tours, including The Old North Church, Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop, the Printing Office of Edes & Gill, the Gardens, and the Gift Shop.
Quincy Market Shops - This historic market area was constructed in 1824 and it is designated a National Historic Landmark. Open spaces at both the east and west ends of the marketplace are a common venue for various street performers and vendors. Adjacent to the market is Faneuil Hall, which has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1743. It was the site of speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis, and other revolutionaries who encouraged independence from Great Britain.
Tea Party Ship - An 18th Century host will lead your group through an interactive colonial town meeting before going on deck of a full-scale sailing vessel to recreate an act of defiance that fueled a revolution. Learn from historical interpreters, artifacts, and interactive exhibits at the Tea Party Ship “museum experience.”
Late afternoon departure to your home airport.
*This tour also is available as a 7 Days and 6 Nights School Trip to Washington, D.C., New York City, and Boston.