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The American Dream

Last updated: Aug 21st, 2019

Whether you’re looking for the hustle and bustle and modern history of New York City or a deeper understanding of the American politics’ past and present, a history trip to the USA is sure to create a memorable experience for you and your students.

But what excursions must you see whilst you are visiting these two fascinating cities? Here are our top recommended attractions…

National September 11 Memorial Museum

Built above and below ground on the site of the World Trade Centre towers, the 9/11 memorial remembers and honours the thousands of victims and rescuers of the horrific terror attacks on September 11, 2001. The educational and historical institution not only provides an insight into the lives and stories of the victims but how the attack continues to have a significant impact around the world today. The story of that day is told beautifully and respectfully and is a true representation of how New York stands as a city of strength, determination and survival.

The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Located in the New York harbour, the 305 foot tall Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island. Gifted by the French, the statue has now become a symbol of freedom and democracy. Spend a morning or afternoon tracing the monuments symbolism and history in the exhibition or journey to the top and see the panoramic views across the New York harbour from the crown.

After, cross the water to Ellis Island, the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the USA. Previously the largest and most active immigration station in America, the National Museum is now filled with artefacts, photographs and interactive displays for visitors to discover the moving tales of the immigrants that passed through.

Empire State Building

Visit the world-renowned Empire State Building, once the tallest building in the world, now an iconic part of New York City. Admire the stunning Art Deco murals in the main lobby before heading up in the elevator to the exhibitions to explore the history of the building and gain an understanding of why it is one of the world’s greatest success stories. Afterwards, fly up to the 86th floor to the observation deck where you can witness a 360° view of New York City and beyond.

The White House & Visitor Centre

When venturing to the capital of the most powerful nation in the world, a visit to the White House is a must. Explore the visitor centre to learn about the presidents that helped to shape America into the extraordinary country it is today, or just simply stand and admire this impressive and historical building.

The National Archives

To gain a real insight into the story of the city, the nation and the men and women that helped create it, a visit to the National Archives should be at the top of your list. The impressive building is met by an even more impressive collection of documents, stories and exhibitions that will help your students to understand the movement and key points in American history.

The Lincoln Memorial

As one of America’s most iconic presidents, Abraham Lincoln’s memorial is a testament to the man who led the USA through its civil war, paved the way for the abolition of slavery, modernised the economy and strengthened the federal government. The memorial has approximately 6 million visitors each year and has been the site of many large public gatherings and protests, it is no wonder why it is one of the most recognised structures in the United States.

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