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School Trips to Washington, D.C.

The Heart of the American Experience

Our nation's capital is a place where you can feel a part of something bigger than yourself. From the monuments and documents that represent the ideals of the Founding Fathers to memorials honoring soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice, visiting the sights of Washington, D.C. will put you and your students at the heart of the American experience.

NationsClassroom's licensed guides will make it an experience to remember when you visit the city’s most inspiring attractions, including:

  • Capitol Hill
  • Museum of American History
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Ford’s Theatre
  • National WWII Memorial
  • Mount Vernon
  • The Lincoln Memorial, and much more

EDUCATORS

Are you ready to provide a hands on learning experience for your students?

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Sample Washington, D.C. Itineraries

Browse our sample itineraries and suggested sites for school trips to Washington D.C. and the East Coast. These itineraries lay the groundwork for a customized tour itinerary that will be designed to meet the needs of your group.

Air Travel Available

Your flights will be convenient to maximize your tour time. Whenever possible, flights are direct to and from your gateway city.

Bus Travel Available

Friendly, safety-minded drivers and deluxe motor coaches equipped with TV's, DVD players, and lavatory.

Points of interest to cater to all class types

History

History helps us build connections between the past, present, and future. Nothing does that better for students than experiencing the sights that represent the people, ideas, and events that have shaped our great nation.

  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Washington Monument
  • National WWII Memorial
  • U.S. Capitol Building
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
  • National Museum of American History
  • Mount Vernon
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • National Archives
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Steam

Ground-breaking research and scientific advancements have been celebrated in Washington, D.C. since Congress approved the National Academy of Sciences in 1863. From military science to aerophysics, your students will appreciate the importance of scientific discovery in D.C.

  • National Air and Space Museum
  • U.S. National Arboretum
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Building Museum
  • International Spy Museum
  • U.S. Navy Museum
  • Wilderness Society Gallery
  • Marian Koshland Science Museum
  • National Zoological Park
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Arts

Class trips to Washington D.C. are some of the best ways for your students to experience the arts outside of the classroom. Home to the most infamous theatre in the country, D.C. also is second to New York in number of theatre seats in the U.S. This cultural hub offers many places for students to perform and develop their artistic talents. 

  • Ford's Theatre
  • National Gallery of Art
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • The Phillips Collection
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • African Continuum Theatre Company
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Lincoln Memorial
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Who is this trip for?

Middle School:

Reaching Middle School Minds

At NationsClassroom, we know the minds of tweens are busy trying to figure out the world while getting side tracked by hormones and emotions. Reaching them through experiences that offer the thrill of adventure with the security of trusted adults is the key to a great educational travel experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

High School:

A Time of Self-Discovery

The high school years are a time of self discovery. Educational tours with NationsClassroom provide new experiences that will open the minds of yours students and help them dream of new opportunities that they had never conceived before.

STEM:

When Experience is Everything

Think of any job you've ever had. What training served you well? Best guess is that it was what you experienced on the job. NationsClassroom will give your students hands-on experiences that apply your STEM-based curriculum in meaningful ways. These will be lessons learned that students will be able to build upon for years to come.

Performance:

Build The Cultural Fabric of Their Lives

When students perform and experience the arts in new places, they build self-esteem, motivation, and self-expression. They also gain cultural exposure, witness social harmony, and develop an appreciation of diversity. A performance tour with NationsClassroom allows students to weave their own experiences into the cultural fabric of their lives.

Teachers, parents, and students rave about NationsClassroom tours

 

"I have thought about providing our students with a Washington, DC tour for many years. However, I was very concerned with the time commitment and support it would take to make a trip happen. From our first phone call, to your help with my Parent Night, handling all parent payments and finally running our tour I could not be happier. The NationsClassroom staff made my role so much simpler than I could have imagined. As a result, we had 160 students on our first tour that had a great experience. I am sure that the tour will now be a yearly highlight for our school. Thank you."

 

- Tom N., Social Studies Department Head, Connecticut

 

 

"Thank you for an amazing trip to Washington, DC. My friends and I had a great time. My favorite parts were the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery and going up in the Washington Monument. This was my best trip by far and I have been on a lot."

 

- Sam D., Student, Wisconsin

 

 

"I have planned my Washington, DC and New York City tour with just about every student tour company that there is. Hands down, NationsClassroom is the best. Your staff really cares about doing things great and providing my kids with a great trip, year, after year. Every part of the process is done right-your company simply gets it."  

 

- Susan Q., History Teacher, Texas

 

"I just returned from an amazing experience with my daughter on her Washington, DC and East Coast school trip with NationsClassroom. I have to say I am very pleased and frankly quite surprised. Companies in other fields can take note of your attention to detail, dedication to providing great service and the passion of your employees. Our tour was very well thought out, the meals were better than I expected and the hotels were very nice. Our check in and check out were both very smooth. Most importantly, your Tour Guide was phenomenal. I don’t know how he was able to relate to everyone so well. He had the students really get involved in what they were seeing and didn’t just talk non-stop. Thank you for a wonderful lifelong memory."

 

- Dawn M., Parent, California