Cross-Curricular School Trip To Washington, DC
America’s seat of political power, Washington, DC has important institutions, monuments and museums which makes it a great destination for mixed subject school tours.
Visitor centre at The White House
Guided tour of the Capitol
Epic collections at the Smithsonian Museums
The International Spy Museum
*Please note, entrance fees and tips where applicable are not included in typical price – contact us for more details
Meeting place of The Senate and the House of Representatives, The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. Guided tours here begin with a short film and include stops at the Rotunda and National Statuary Hall. The Exhibition Hall displays documents, artifacts, and interactive exhibits.
The White House is the official residence of the President of the United States, recognized worldwide as a symbol of the prestige of the presidency. Built between 1792 and 1800, the sprawling 132-room mansion has been home to every President except George Washington. Groups can visit the nearby visitors centre with a video and exhibits relating to the White House and First Families.
Students can visit the courtroom, with its velvet drapes and marble pillars, where the nine court justices hear some of the 6,500 cases submitted to the Supreme Court each year. The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with nearly 128 million items, including historically significant manuscripts on around 530 miles of bookshelves.
The Smithsonian Institution – the world’s largest museum and research complex – includes 19 museums and galleries and a zoo. It’s dubbed ‘the nation’s attic’ for its eclectic holdings of 137m items. Take a museum tour or book activities from elephant baths at the zoo to tarantula feedings at Natural History or scavenger hunts at American Art.
Get your students reaching for the stars with a visit to the National Air and Space Museum. This celebration of all things airborne includes exhibits such as the 1903 Wright flyer right up to the Apollo Lunar Module. They can zoom through the cosmos at the Albert Einstein Planetarium, or experience a flight simulator, see an Imax show or take a guided tour. [Please note it is currently under renovation and parts of the museum are not accessible.]
Visit some of the monuments that honour those who helped shape the US nation. The Washington Monument is a towering 555-feet high marble obelisk, The Lincoln Memorial is a symbol of freedom, the Martin Luther King Jnr Monument promotes love and tolerance, while monuments to the Vietnam War, the Korean War, World War II commemorate those that died.
This military cemetery was established during the Civil War, and since then deceased veterans of America’s conflicts have been buried here, and their white headstones stretch out over 624 acres or rolling hills. A tour here can bring the military history of the United States to life. Don’t miss the elaborate Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
For any super-sleuths in your party, a visit to the International Spy Museum should reveal some interesting secrets. A huge collection of espionage artefacts illuminates the work of famous spies and pivotal espionage actions. Uncover the strategies and techniques of the people behind some of the most secretive espionage missions in history.
A great introduction to the city, the indoor and outdoor viewing platforms afford 360 degree views across DC and Virginia including the National Mall, The Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery. Interactive touch screens give information about American History and a Holographic display allows historical figures to tell their stories. Educational material is available.
Why groups like it:
Why groups like it:
Why groups like it:
- Experience learning outside the classroom in another country – the culture, history, politics, geography and art
- Gain a deeper understanding of American history and politics and the links to European history
- Develop an understanding of the USA’s economic and political role in the modern world
- Build confidence and learn to value the skills and techniques needed for personal and team success
- Broaden the mind through the study of another culture
- Discover, explore and have fun with fellow students and teachers
Students will have had an opportunity to:
- Visit a foreign country and experience another culture
- Consider a range of issues around citizenship, politics and history
- Gain a better understanding of the USA’s role in the modern world
- Gain independence and self-confidence
- Strengthen existing friendships and make new friends
- Gain personal organisation skills, co-operation skills and work with others in a variety of environments