Washington, D.C. Student Tours from Brightspark Student Travel

Washington, D.C. Student Tours

Washington, D.C. is considered the most beautifully designed capital city in the world; it is a beautiful combination of geometry and art. Museums, including the Smithsonian Institute and National Holocaust Museum, provide endless discovery opportunities for student groups of all ages. America’s finest monuments and architecture, such as the Capitol Building and the newly erected World War II memorial, will expose your students to the history they represent. For those seeking to lighten up the trip, Washington, D.C. offers more novel sites like the International Spy Museum and the Newseum. Check out our nation's capital and introduce your students to American politics.

Washington, D.C. Student Tours School Trip Highlights

U.S. Capitol Building
U.S. Capitol Building

The epicenter of American democracy, the U.S. Capitol is an architectural marvel and living museum. Sit in on a session of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives and enjoy a tour of this building’s historic halls.

Education | Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is hallowed ground and a testament to the sacrifices made by great Americans. Your student group can see numerous memorials including the Kennedy Eternal Flame, Space Shuttle Challenger memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Education | Presidential Monuments & Memorials

Washington, D.C.'s monuments are visually stunning and are an essential stop for your student group’s trip to Washington. A tour of the monuments and memorials may includes stops at the Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Franklin D. Roosevelt monuments.

Education | The White House

The White House is a national treasure and fantastic historical and architectural landmark for your student’s to explore. “The People’s House” houses famous pieces of American art and provides a history lesson like no other for your group.

Education | Smithsonian and Other Museums

See the Hope Diamond and Memphis Belle in the Smithsonian Institute Museums or spend an afternoon exploring: the National Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, National Holocaust Museum and the National Art Gallery.

Education | War Memorials

Take time to explore the war memorials near the heart of Washington. Student groups can pay homage to past heroes at the Iwo Jima, World War II, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials.

Education | Ford's Theatre / Petersen House

Your student group can explore the historic site of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Included in the tour of this historic theatre is a look at Petersen House, the boarding house where the 16th president passed away.

Education | Mount Vernon

Just outside of Washington is the famous and picturesque home of George Washington. Your student group can spend an afternoon exploring the historical artifacts and beautiful plantation.

Day 1
- AM departure from gateway city
- Arrival in Washington, D.C.
- White House - picture stop
- Ford's Theatre and Petersen House
- Lunch
- Embassy Row
- National Cathedral
- National Zoo - Picture stop
- Dinner
- Illumination tour of Memorials (FDR, Jefferson and Iwo Jima Memorials)
- Hotel check-in

Day 2
- Breakfast
- Group Photo
- U.S. Capitol
- Supreme Court
- Library of Congress
- Lunch
- U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Washington Monument
- Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean and WWII Memorials
- Dinner
- Theatre performance, professional sporting event, Potomac River cruise, Ghost Tour or other evening activity

Day 3
- Breakfast
- Mount Vernon
- Old Town Alexandria
- Lunch
- National Archives
- International Spy Museum
- Dinner
- Hotel Activity (Swimming, Dance, Pizza Party), Ghost Tour or National Museum of Crime & Punishment

Day 4
- Breakfast
- Check out of hotel
- Arlington National Cemetery - including Changing of the Guard and a wreath-laying ceremony
- Naval Museum - USS Barry
- Lunch
- National Museum of the American Indian
- Smithsonian Institution Museums
- Dinner
- Depart for home

* Please Note: some activities listed are seasonal, and therefore will be available only on specific travel dates.

Day 1
- Arrive Washington, DC
- White House – Picture Stop
- Capitol Hill Visit
- Lunch
- National Archives
- Lincoln, Vietnam and Korean Memorials
- Einstein Statue
- Dinner
- Check into hotel

Day 2
- Breakfast in your hotel
- Arlington National Cemetery Tour including Changing of the Guard
- Iwo Jima Marine Memorial
- Pentagon Memorial/Air Force Memorial
- Lunch
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Permanent Exhibit if available – otherwise Daniel’s Story)
- Washington Monument – Picture Stop
- WWII Memorial
- Dinner
- Jefferson/FDR Memorials
- Return to hotel

Day 3
- Breakfast in your hotel
- Check out of hotel
- Drive down Embassy Row
- National Zoo- Panda Exhibit
- Smithsonian Museums
- National Air and Space Museum
- American History Museum
- Natural History Museum
- Any other museums on the National Mall
- Lunch at one of the Smithsonian Museum’s
- Depart for home – dinner en-route home
Please Note: some activities listed are seasonal, and therefore will be available only on specific travel dates.


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