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History School Trips to Washington, USA

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An exciting modern capital, Washington will take you to the incredible sights of the Lincoln Memorial, Capitol Hill, the Library of Congress and the mighty White House. While the Smithsonian Institute offers a number of engaging museums, including the new museum on African American history, Arlington National Cemetery is a just a short distance away and a clear reminder to us all of the American sacrifice in wars of the 20th and early 21st century.

As such a powerful capital, its many monuments bear tribute to the magnificence and horror of years past, promising an unforgettable experience for any student.

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Perfect for:
KS4, KS5 and may be suitable for KS3 (or equivalent)

Transport options:

Nearest Airport:
Dulles International Airport

Curricular Links:

  • 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
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Study Visits

Washington History Study Visits

With a wealth of monuments, museums and fascinating sights, there’s no better place to explore America’s long-standing political history than Washington. Here are some of our most highly recommended visits.

The Lincoln Memorial Capitol Hill The Library of Congress The National Archives The White House The National Mall Smithsonian Institution The Washington Monument Arlington National Cemetery United States Holocaust Memorial Museum US Marine Corps War Memorial Ford's Theatre The Pentagon Mount Vernon
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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.


5 days,
4 nights

Dates: 6th – 8th July

Departure airport: Dulles International Airport

Passengers: 22 students and 3 teachers

Board Basis: Bed and Breakfast

Overview of visits: National Mall, White House Visitor Centre, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Capitol Hill, Building of Congress, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institute, African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, Holocaust Museum, Ford’s Theatre, Arlington Cemetery, Pentagon Visitor’s Centre, Mount Vernon.

Day 1:

After an afternoon arrival to Dulles International Airport, the group boarded their coach transfer to check in at their hotel. They then chose to either walk to the National Mall for a first glance at some of the monuments, or relax after a day of travel with lunch at a local restaurant.

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Day 2:

Following breakfast at the hotel, the group met their guide for a walking tour of central Washington to soak up the political history of the US, starting with a visit to the White House Visitor Centre. The group later enjoyed exploring the National Mall further, soaking up the sights of the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

After a trip to Capitol Hill, the largest historic residential neighbourhood in Washington, the group visited Washington Building Congress and the Library of Congress. The group then enjoyed an evening restaurant meal.

Day 3:

Today the group departed for the Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian Institute – the world’s largest museum and research complex – later exploring the Civil Rights era in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

After a visit to the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, the group had the choice to explore the many other Smithsonian Museums and Memorials, or, alternatively, the United States Holocaust Museum. The day ended with an evening meal and either a trip to Ford’s Theatre or a hop-on hop-off bus tour for an extra dose of sightseeing.

Day 4:

As the final full day in Washington, the group boarded their coach for their visit to Arlington Cemetery, later heading to the Pentagon Visitor’s Centre – one of the most significant sites for understanding the US and its role as a global policeman and foreign policy ventures. They also had the option to visit a local university (such as Georgetown University).

An alternative choice of visit would be Mount Vernon – George Washington’s plantation home in Virginia – to learn about the founding of an independent USA.

Day 5:

After breakfast, the group were free to enjoy a morning of souvenir shopping or catch a last glimpse of the sights. They then met their coach to board their transfer to Dulles International Airport for an afternoon/evening flight back to the UK.

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Washington Accommodation

We have a number of hotels in and around Washington which are perfectly suited to school groups. Here are a few of our favourites:

Comfort Inn Downtown DC

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Conveniently located near Metro Subway, the Comfort Inn Downtown DC is within easy access of shopping locations, various museums and main city attractions, including the White House, Smithsonian Institute and National Portrait Gallery. Offering contemporary surroundings with a classic American charm, as well as numerous amenities, it’s the perfect base for groups to explore this fascinating city.

Washington Comfort Inn Downtown
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  • Close proximity to main attractions
  • Fitness centre
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free breakfast and afternoon cookies and popcorn

Hostelling International – Washington DC

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Set in the heart of the city, the HI Washington DC offers incredible value for its location. With relaxing rooms, a free continental breakfast each morning and common rooms to keep the fun going, your group can enjoy the sights and sounds of Washington in a safe and comfortable environment.

Washington Hostelling International
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  • Outdoor terrace
  • Common rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free daily continental breakfast

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