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Washington, DC: A Student Travel National Treasure

Washington, DC
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Washington, DC: A Student Travel National Treasure

Washington, DC

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Destination: Washington, DCType: EducationalSubject: History, Social Studies, Politics, Science, Leadership, College Prep, TRIO, STEM, Literature

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With important government buildings, historic monuments, a huge variety of world-class museums and more, our Washington DC class trips boast an incomparable amount of educational opportunities that bring the story of the United States to life. Whether you want students to absorb a breadth of information on their 8th grade DC trip, or you’re traveling with a specific subject in mind, D.C. offers countless lessons in history, politics, culture and science. With this deluxe Washington, D.C class trip, you will stay in the center of the vivacious city and will have access to paid attractions.

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  • Visit Ford's Theatre
  • Tour U.S. Capitol
  • Visit the International Spy Museum
  • Visit the Smithsonian Institution Museums


Arrive in Washington, D.C.

Take a Picture in Front of the White House

Visit Ford's Theatre and Petersen House

Explore the theater where stage actor John Wilkes Booth put on the act that would land him in history books: the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. (Pending Confirmation)

Enjoy Lunch

Visit Embassy Row

Luxurious mansions from the 19th and 20th century are now filled with embassies from throughout the world.

Participate in an Art of Advocacy Workshop

This hands-on workshop introduces students to the tactics and functions behind advocacy and persuasion. Additionally, students will understand today’s major issues and form their own opinions. This program is designed in compliance with the Common Core standards and the C3 Framework.

Enjoy Dinner

Enjoy an Illumination Tour of Memorials (FDR, Jefferson and Iwo Jima Memorials)

The most famous National Mall memorials come to life against the dark of the night sky.

Check into Your Hotel

students taking selfie in front of the white house


Enjoy Breakfast

Take a Group Photo in Front of the U.S. Capitol

Tour the U.S. Capitol

Enjoy a real-life history lesson at the home of the United States Congress, a neoclassical building where laws are made, foreign policies are formed and expenditures are decided upon.

Visit the Library of Congress

With over 158,000 items in its ever-expanding collection, the world’s largest library is home to rare pieces such as one of the three remaining Gutenberg Bibles.

Visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

In a cold, dark building meant to evoke terror and sobriety, exhibits follow the Nazi rise to power, the lives of Jews confined to the ghettos, the horror of “The Final Solution,” and in the Daniel’s Story exhibit, the experience of a child.

Enjoy Lunch

Visit the Washington Monument

This 555 foot marble obelisk offers stunning views of the city and fascinating insights into a planning process that began even before Washington was elected president.

Visit the Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean and WWII Memorials

Enjoy Dinner

Enjoy a Potomac River Cruise

Float by can’t-miss sights such as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the Watergate Hotel.

Student in Capitol Building.


Enjoy Breakfast

Visit Mount Vernon

George Washington’s many passions—including farming, gardening, architecture, entertaining and family—were brought out at this Virginia estate.

Visit Old Town Alexandria

Just down the Potomac River from D.C., the historic Old Town, laid out in 1749, is filled with boutiques, restaurants, antique shops, theaters and the nation’s oldest continuously operating marketplace.

Enjoy Lunch

Enjoy National Archives

Discover American history through documents, photos and records, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Visit the International Spy Museum

From the importance of covers and aliases to celebrity spymasters, students will discover the tradecraft, history and contemporary world of espionage while looking through 750 artifacts.

Enjoy Dinner

Enjoy a Ghost Tour of Old Town Alexandria

Students at FDR Memorial\


Enjoy Breakfast

Check Out of Your Hotel

Visit Arlington National Cemetery

Filled with the casualties and deceased veterans of American conflicts spanning back to the Civil War, explore the Women in Military Services for America Memorial, John F. Kennedy’s “eternal flame” and the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Participate in a Spark Fit Program

Teach students the importance of health, fitness and feeling good! Students participate in an outdoor nutrition class led by an expert instructor, followed by a light, interactive workout. Health consciousness continues throughout the tour as students keep track of their steps with pedometers and dig into nutritious meals.

Enjoy Lunch

Visit the National Museum of the American Indian

Visit the Smithsonian Institution Museums

A nucleus of 19 diverse museums located in the National Mall includes the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Air and Space and the American Art Museum.

Enjoy Dinner

Depart for home

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  • Washington, D.C. Review of Student Tour

    We would like to extend our appreciation to Brightspark on handling the Washington, D.C. trip. It is an experience our son expressed as being a blast!

    - Christine M., Illinois
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  • Washington, D.C. Student Tour Review

    We just returned from a Brightspark trip to Washington, D.C. I was one of the chaperones and I really enjoyed the experience! I would recommend Brightspark Travel to anyone.

    - Sandy G., Texas
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