History School Trips to New York and Washington, USA
For centuries, large numbers of Europeans left their home countries for the New World and in doing so they created the American Dream. However, in their pursuit they developed new societies and cities which displaced and almost destroyed the native population, their civilisation, lands and way of life.
Take to the streets of Washington and New York to explore the very best of America’s modern history and understand aspects of the role that Britain had in this development.
Vibrant, thriving and rich in cultural markers, the cities of New York and Washington are steeped in social, military and political history. With American history regularly featuring on the exam board and more time being given to the Cold War, a two centre tour to the USA is becoming increasingly useful for budding historians.
Washington offers a host of impressive sights, allowing students to explore everything from the years of political history within the White House and its visitor centre, to the moving stories of those who served the American nation and laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
Teamed with the fascinating history and world-renowned sights of New York, a diverse melting pot of cultures, students will enjoy a history trip like no other with that All-American experience.
Students of American political history may also fancy a visit to Philadelphia to get to grips with the harsh reality of the Civil War, or alternatively a day trip to Gettysburg.
How does a two-centre tour work?
Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group, but just to get you inspired, we have outlined a sample itinerary.
Our quick, online quote form allows our specialists to provide you with a bespoke quotation for a trip tailor-made to your group’s individual requirements.
New York Fact File
KS4, KS5 and may be suitable for KS3 (or equivalent) (may be suitable for KS3 pupils)
New York – JFK International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, LaGuardia Airport
- British imperial history and governance
- The founding of the US
- The American War of Independece
- The Declaration of Independence
- The American Civil War
- The USA and the First World War
- The 1920s’ economic crash, depression and the new deal
- The Second World War
- The Cold War and American Soviet Relations
- The Civil Rights era
- The US policies 1990-2010
New York and Washington Sample Itineraries
Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group, but just to get you inspired, we have outlined an itinerary of what your group could get up to.
Dates: 20th – 24th April
Departure airport: London Heathrow
Passengers: 22 students and 3 teachers
Accommodation: Broadway Hotel and Hostel New York & Comfort Inn Downtown DC
Board Basis: Bed and Breakfast
Overview of visits: United Nations HQ, Empire State Building, Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Memorial Museum, Tenement Museum, Rockefeller Centre, White House Visitor Centre, National Archives, Capitol Hill, National Mall, Ford’s Theatre, African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, Vietnam Memorial, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Pentagon Visitor Centre Arlington Cemetery, US Marine Corps War Memorial.
After a morning flight, the group arrived in New York around lunchtime to board their transfer and check in to their hotel. Once unpacked, they travelled to the United Nations building where they were met by one of the organisation’s multilingual guides for a behind the scenes tour.
The group then moved on to the Empire State Building which offered a number of immersive experiences and exhibits, as well as its impressive architecture. After a busy first day, the group enjoyed an evening meal in a local restaurant.View the full day-by-day itinerary
After breakfast at the hotel, the group set off for Ellis Island, the once most active immigration station in America. This was also teamed with a trip to the Statue of Liberty (if doing both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the trip will last all morning).
Following lunch, they travelled to Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial Museum to witness its moving Remembrance display and insightful museum. The group then explored the Tenement Museum, learning about the generations of immigrants who built lives on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In the evening, the group had the option to ascend Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Centre before their final meal in New York.
Having eaten breakfast and checked out of the hotel, the group boarded the coach for their transfer to Washington. Arriving in the afternoon, they checked in to their hotel and relaxed with a spot of lunch.
The White House Visitor Centre was the first trip of the day, followed by the National Archives, home to an impressive collection of America’s original political documents. The group then enjoyed an evening meal at a local restaurant.
Following breakfast at the hotel, the group enjoyed a walking tour of central Washington to help familiarise themselves with their new surroundings. After stopping for lunch, they headed to Capitol Hill and spent the rest of the day exploring the National Mall via Ford’s Theatre, visiting all of the key memorials including the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, the Vietnam Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
Opening in 2016, groups will also be able to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture for a deep insight into the Civil Rights era.
As the final day of the tour, the group enjoyed breakfast before checking out of the hotel and loading the coach for the Pentagon Visitor’s Centre. Afterwards, they made their way to Arlington Cemetery, later visiting the US Marine Corps War Memorial.
Finally, it was time to travel to the airport for their afternoon/evening flight home to the UK.
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