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Washington Trips - USA School Tours

 

5 day tour

Take your students on a school trip to Washington DC and inspire them in the heart of historical and political America.

  • Washington Memorial
  • Washington Monument
  • Statue of Abraham Lincoln
  • Capitol Building

The capital of modern democracy

Washington contrasts with other North American destinations such as New York or Boston - it was built to be the capital city of the USA so its buildings, parks and monuments are beautifully presented and manicured to perfection. Our Washington school tour is a favourite with history and politics students, with itineraries that can include visits to the US Capitol Building and even the White House.

Capitol Hill and the other imposing government buildings are complemented by an impressive selection of museums, many offering free admission. The majority of the famous sites can be visited on foot or using the Metro-Rail rapid transit system. Many of our school tours also include a visit to one of the local outlet shopping malls which can only be reached by coach.

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Washington School Tour (5 days)

  • Excursions
The White House

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The White House

The White House is world famous as the official residency of the President of the USA and has been ever since President John Adams was inaugurated in 1797 as the second President of the USA. It was built between the years of 1792 and 1800 and these days the White House complex boasts 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms! The East Wing is reserved for the First Lady and her staff, whilst the West Wing is used by the President and the Executive team. The First Family lives on the second and third floors, which allows them some time away from the spotlight. The White House is the only head of state's private home that is open to the public but you need to book in advance to see inside the world's most recognised administrative centre.


Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, featuring the names of over 58,000 Americans who died in military service for their country during the Vietnam War, is a poignant reminder of the tragedy of battle. A black wall, designed by a Yale University student, Maya Ying Lin, is inscribed with the names of the casualties. The vast wall of glossy black granite is striking in terms of its size and beauty, as well as in the way that it fits in so seamlessly with its natural surroundings. The reflective material that the wall is made with, reminds visitors of how the people who died were just like us.


Lincoln Memorial

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The Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial celebrates the life of the USA's most famous president, Abraham Lincoln, who won the Civil War of Independence and abolished slavery throughout the United States. Lincoln's story is one that mirrors the American philosophy entirely; despite coming from a poor family on the Western frontier, he was self-educated and managed to become the country's most powerful and revered man. Owing to his huge success, the American people wanted to find an appropriate way to immortalise his memory. In the style of one of the most prosperous civilisations, the Lincoln Memorial was built to reflect Greek architecture, with Doric columns and a clean white marble finish. Ever since its completion in 1920, the Lincoln Memorial has been an important site for many political speeches including Martin Luther King's, 'I Have a Dream.' Within the memorial building there is an impressive statue of the man himself along with inscriptions of two well-known speeches delivered by Lincoln, 'The Gettysburg Address,' and his Second Inaugural Address.


The Washington Monument

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The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument commemorates the life of George Washington, the first president of the United States, who triumphantly declared the country independent after the American Revolution. The monument was finished many years after his death in 1884. The Egyptian-style obelisk stretches 169.294 metres into the sky and is the tallest stone structure in the world. In 2011 the monument was damaged by Hurricane Irene and the Virginia earthquake so had to be closed to the public but it was reopened in spring 2014 and is as popular as ever. Visitors can go to the top and enjoy the fabulous views of Washington through the pyramidion windows.


The US Capitol Building

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Capitol Building

The most impressive of the US government sites, is undoubtedly the Capitol Building, which houses the meeting chambers for the House of Senate, the House of Representatives and the US Supreme Court. Together these three political wings are more powerful than the president and his administrative power at the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The building is enormous, covering over 6.7 ha, with 540 rooms, 648 windows (108 of which are in its crowning dome) and 850 doorways. It is partially open to the public as an art gallery but reservations must be made in advance.


The Jefferson Memorial

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Jefferson Memorial

Thomas Jefferson's speeches helped to shape the America we know today and so the Jefferson Memorial exists to remind us of the man and his words. Thomas Jefferson was considered so great that a Greek style acropolis was built in his name and much of what he said and wrote is inscribed on the memorial walls.


The Supreme Court

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Supreme Court

Despite the importance of the Supreme Court in the American political system, it was not granted its own building until 1935. A visit to the Supreme Court, the White House and Capitol Hill on the Washington School Tour gives your students a great overview of the American political institutions and where they carry out their important work.


National WWII Memorial

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National WWII Memorial

The World War II Memorial is in honour of the 16 million troops who served in war, the 400,000 of those who died and all those who supported the war effort during the devastating World War II. It symbolises the defining event of the 20th century and is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice and commitment of the American people. Furthermore, it the only 20th-century event immortalised on the National Mall's central axis.


Arlington Cemetery

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Arlington Cemetery

On the Arlington Cemetery website they describe the vision of the memorial as, 'A National Shrine - A Living History of Freedom - Where dignity and honour rest in solemn repose.' No-one who visits the cemetery can remain unmoved by the rows upon rows of graves that commemorate the lives of the people who died to serve the American people.


The Pentagon

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The Pentagon

The Pentagon is the headquarters of the US Department of Defense and is one of the largest office buildings in the world. The National Capitol would fit into any one of the 5 wedge-shaped portions that make up the whole building. Tours must be booked in advance and are conducted by military personnel. There are numerous displays that highlight and depict significant moments in US military history.


The Federal Bureau of Investigation

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation

More widely known as the FBI, a tour round one of the world's most famous institutions is bound to excite your students. As you would expect, the FBI tour is not always open to the public so please check in advance if you hope to do this as part of your Washington school tour.



  •   Subjects: 
  • Business & Economics,
  • General Studies,
  • History,
  • Politics
  •   Destinations: 
  • North America,
  •   Destinations: 
  • USA

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