Visit our Nations Capitol with your students on our tour of Washington, D.C. Educate your students about the history of our country’s founders and the requirements of policymakers with visits to educational sites in our nation’s capital. The perfect tour for teachers and students interested in history and government. What better way to convince your students that government isn’t a spectator sport than to immerse them in the lively political and cultural life of our nation’s magnificent capital? Come explore the grand monuments that are at once inspiring and humbling. Discover the political and historical significance of the city’s architecture and memorials, and see our government in action.

Sample Itinerary


Program Overview

Let our experienced trip leaders weave the story of our nation’s founding during daily excursions, and engage your students in discussions about democracy and the interaction of our three branches of government. Help your students appreciate the challenges we have faced in the past, and continue to confront today. Enjoy some of our greatest cultural treasures, most renowned museums, and moving historical sites. There has never been a more important time to visit our capital and to instill in our young people an understanding of government.

Rocket at the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC

Program Requirements

Minimum 35 paying participants on each bus; 1:15 complimentary traveler
Some destinations require pre-approval or a written letter from your institution
Payment plans; as low as $150/mo
Early Registration discounts available

Plan your Washington DC school trip in Capitol Hill

Day 1

  • Mount Vernon – What better way is there for students to understand the importance of President George Washington than to walk in his footsteps at his home! Your group will arrive with questions about Washington’s role in the founding of our country. They will leave with answers and a memorable experience integral to their Washington, D.C. journey. You’ll have the chance to pay your respects to our nation’s first president and the original “first” lady at Washington’s tomb and explore the beautiful grounds that overlook the Potomac River. >>[Read More](http://www.mountvernon.org/)
  • Smithsonian Museums – (Teacher’s Choice) The Smithsonian museums are the most widely visible part of the United States’ Smithsonian Institution and consist of nineteen museums and galleries as well as the National Zoological Park. Seventeen of these collections are located in Washington D.C., with eleven of those located on the National Mall. >>[Read More](http://www.si.edu/museums/)
  • Evening Monuments & Memorials Tour – When the sun goes down, Washington turns into a different city. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this truly magnificent city’s anecdotes and historical information Experience the beauty and awe of our country’s most stirring monuments in a whole new way… by moonlight. Your students will be transported to many of the city’s most famous sights, while enjoying the tranquil night and amazing monuments.

Arlington National Cemetery Washington DC School trip

DAY 2

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Plan your Washington DC school trip in Capitol Hill

DAY 4

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DAY 5

  • Hotel Check-out – As the trip starts to wind down, students will have a light day on the last day of the trip.
  • Mount Vernon or Gunston Hall – Mount Vernon, located near Alexandria, Virginia, was the plantation home of the first President of the United States, George Washington. Gunston Hall is the home of George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and one of our founding fathers.
  • Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum displays the thousands of aviation and space artifacts that cannot be exhibited on the National Mall. Everything from airplanes, space shuttles and more can be seen at this rich-with-education, museum.
  • Depart for Home

Whashigton DC Trips for High School Students

DAY 6

  • Visit Colonial Williamsburg – Give an 18th-century revolutionary adventure to your class. Experience a colonial city and meet the citizens who helped build a nation. Colonial Williamsburg offers a variety of ways for groups to explore the 301-acre Historic Area. You will have a chance to visit world-class museums, and discover something new about the creation of America.
  • Jamestown Settlement – America’s first permanent English colony in Virginia was established in 1607 – 13 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in Massachusetts – sparked a series of cultural encounters that helped shape the nation and the world. The government, language, customs, beliefs and aspirations of these early Virginians are all part of the United States’ heritage today. This historic site is a great way to open the minds of young students.
  • Historic Yorktown – Take your classroom back in time and meet with costumed locals that presents how life was lived. Students enjoy asking questions and connecting with your curriculum through the living history presenters.
  • Depart for Home

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