School History Trips to Washington DC
Where its monuments bear tribute to the magnificence and horror of years past
Washington DC will give your group that presidential feeling! This exciting and modern capital will have you exploring a rich and extensive political, social and military history and experiencing the atmosphere of thought-provoking monuments and memorials. The architecture is truly something else, and with iconic spots scattered within walking distance, you can tick all sorts off your bucket list in one trip!
Take in the incredible sights of the Lincoln Memorial and its iconic reflecting pool, Capitol Hill, the Library of Congress and the mighty White House, white and beaming in all its glory.
Take your group away from the cinema screens and experience the real Washington DC! Its modern-day relevance cannot be undermined!
Our Recommended Itinerary
Here’s what your trip could look like
Flight to Washington DC
White House Visitor Centre, with time at National Mall, National Archives, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial
Library of Congress
Evening meal and Fun Files quiz
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
Smithsonian Natural History Museum
Optional visit to Arlington Cemetery
Overnight flight home
- Return flights from UK to Washington DC
- Return airport transfers in resort
- B&B accommodation
- Travel insurance
- Free staff place ratio 1:10
- 24/7 support
- Vamoos travel app & info pack
- Tailor-made itinerary
- White House Visitor Centre
- The National Archives
- Capitol Hill
- National Mall
- Ford’s Theatre
- Lincoln Memorial
- Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
- Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
- History Tour Guide
- Dedicated Tour Manager
- Hoodies and Polo Shirts
Excursions in Washington DC
Browse a selection of our favourite excursions
Popular places to stay in Washington DC
- Located in the Forest Hills district
- Short distance to the National Mall by Metro
- Opposite Soapstone Valley Park
- Within walking distance of local restaurants
- Quad, triple, twin and single bed rooms
- En-suite facilities
- Souvenir shop
- Enjoy a delicious meal in the restaurant
- Pick up a souvenir in the on-site shop
- Hop on the Metro and visit the National Mall
- Walk to one of the nearby restaurants for a taste of American cuisine
Perfect for KS4 and KS5 (or equivalent – may be suitable for KS3)
- British imperial history and governance
- The founding of the US
- The American War of Independence
- 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
Step into the story...
History is much more than the events of the past – it encompasses the future and everything else in between! It sparks curiosity and drives learning, encouraging students to question and learn from the world around them.
To bring these thrilling periods of history to life, we have a vast array of tools at our disposal. Discover the fascinating tales of heroism, defeat, learn about the monumental landmarks and the shrouded secrets that have remained hidden for years.
Our devoted history guides transport students back in time, immersing them in the intricacies of historical periods. Check out our FREE history resources too – use them to inspire and educate in the classroom, before and long after your trip!
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What our customers say
Mrs Annette Powell-Wiffen
It is always good to hear the experiences of schools around the country and Rayburn has a very good reputation.
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FAQs about this tour
Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
Are there any opportunities for alternative activities to provide a break from hard-hitting history topics?
Absolutely! We recognise the importance of a well-rounded experience and strive to engage students in the world of history while also allowing them time to decompress. Our tours can offer a variety of activities, so students can achieve the right balance between immersive learning and chill time.
Why take students on a history trip?
History trips give students the opportunity to ‘step into the story’. After all, there’s only so much you can teach, and learn, from a classroom! These trips spark student’s curiosity, drive learning, and instil a deep appreciation of the world’s rich cultural legacy.
To bring these fascinating periods of history to life, we have a vast array of tools at our disposal! Discover the fascinating tales of heroism, bloodshed and battles… Learn about the monumental landmarks and the shrouded secrets that have remained hidden for years! It’s simply all brought to life on a trip…
Is this destination suitable for any other kinds of trips?
The USA is THE perfect destination for a cross-curricular trip. Whether it be a fascinating and deep-rooted history, an immersion into a vibrant culture, or some action-packed sports!
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