Your Tour Leader will greet you and start with a visit to the Jefferson Memorial to pay homage to the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.
Next, a self-guided visit of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. See the Spirit of St. Louis, in which
Charles Lindbergh made the first solo flight over the Atlantic, the Bell X-1, which broke the sound barrier, Columbia, the
Apollo 11 spaceflight that landed the first two humans on the Moon, and so much more!
We're treating you to some of the best Tex-Mex in the nation's capital at Tortilla Coast on Capitol Hill!
At the Martin Luther King Memorial, you're sure to be inspired by this icon of world peace and non-violent social change. Then view the sculptures and read the words that trace Franklin D. Roosevelt’s time in office as you visit the FDR Memorial.
Guided tour of DC to see all the sights and sounds. This includes a trip to Arlington National Cemetery, which puts a lot of U.S. History into perspective.
You'll see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a tribute to fallen unidentified American soldiers. You can lay a wreath here, but you must coordinate with through your school.
There's also the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial, a tribute to the crew members killed aboard the ill-fated Challenger launch in 1986.
You'll also see John F. Kennedy's gravesite. JFK is buried here and not in his native Brookline, MA, because Jacqueline Kennedy insisted that "he belongs to the people". Oh, and you won't want to miss the impressive changing of the guard.
Free time to explore the Mall. No, not that kind of mall… don't worry, you'll also get time for souvenir shopping later on. This mall features a who's who of the Smithsonian's amazing museums, including the National History Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of American History, and so much more!
Fun fact: D.C. is home to some of the best BBQ in the business, and you're about to find out why at the Hill Country Barbecue Market! Bibs at the ready…
During your evening monument tour, a local guide is going to take you around the city to visit and learn about the Vietnam Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Reflecting Pool, the Lincoln and Roosevelt Memorials, and so much more. Informative and illuminating... literally.
After breakfast, we're taking you to George Washington's estate on Mount Vernon, where gardens and architecture will astound.
Union Station is a major D.C. commuter hub, serving over 5 million passengers a year! 30 years ago a section of the station was renovated to become a shopping mall and that's where you're having lunch (at individual expense) today!
Your tour leader is going to take you around Capitol Hill and tell you all about the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the Statue of Freedom, and so much more.
Let's run away to the sanctuary of the United States Botanic Garden, run by the United States Congress. The wide range of greenhouses, plants, trees and climates will make you almost forget you're in D.C.!
Next, you'll learn about the famous (and infamous) icons who shaped U.S. history on a walking tour of Historic Georgetown and its namesake university.
Calling all pin-heads! You're about to get your strike on at your very own Pinstripes Bowling Party. Shoes and dinner are
included, but you'll need to bring your A-game... rumor has it your Tour Leader used to play pro.
After breakfast and check-out from your hotel, we're going to embark on a self-guided visit of the Newseum, where you'll learn about the evolution of communication and freedom of speech.
You'll also see the Berlin Wall Gallery, the largest display of sections of the wall outside of Germany, as well as galleries dedicated to topics like the First Amendment, world press freedom, news history, and the history of the radio, TV, and of course the internet
Next, we'll walk around the White House, the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States.
Group photo time! No D.C. trip is complete without a snapshot of the whole squad in front of the White House. This would be the perfect time to bring that fancy camera of yours, or at least a selfie stick.
Arrive in Gettysburg, meet your tour leader, and head over to the Gettysburg Foundation for an interactive dive into American history. What's a Gettysburg Cyclorama, you ask? You'll soon find out!
Check in to your hotel to briefly recharge your batteries before making your way to General Pickett's for an epic buffet dinner. Then you'll explore historic Baltimore at night during your Ghosts of Gettysburg Tour, where you'll come face-to-face with true stories plucked from Mark Nesbitt's famous works!
After breakfast, you'll suit up for your guided Gettysburg Battlefields tour.
Nothing beats a post-morning battle like lunch at the Refreshment Saloon at the Gettysburg Visitor's Center (individual expense).
All aboard! Next stop: Washington D.C. Upon arrival, you'll earn your wings at the National Air and Space Museum.
Mama mia, Bertucci's for dinner? You'll feast on the finest Italian cuisine this side of the Potomac.
D.C. is a beautiful city - even more so when it's lit up at night. Embark on an evening monument tour to see the Vietnam Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Reflecting Pool, the Lincoln and Roosevelt Memorials, and more.
After breakfast, you'll explore the Mall. No, not that kind of mall… don't worry, you'll also get time for souvenir shopping later on. This mall features a who's who of the Smithsonian's amazing museums, including the National History Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of American History, and so much more!
You've more than earned some lunch and free time at the Ronald Reagan Conference Center (individual expense).
Time to put it all in perspective at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, an essential stop of any Social Studies or History class (this is among the most popular activities in D.C. - the sooner you start planning your trip, the better we can guarantee its availability).
Speaking of heroes and sacrifice, let's visit the Arlington National Cemetery. You'll come face-to-face with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Changing of the Guards, the Custis-Lee Mansion, the Kennedy Graves, and more.
You've walked your socks off; you've absorbed some truly important moments of history and humanity. Now it's time to celebrate life with one of the truly great gifts: Barbecue! Your group will love the family vibes at the Hill Country Barbecue Market.
Woot woot! Time to work off those ribs at your very own pool party. Now that's what we call a good day. Time to call it a night.
After breakfast and check-0ut from your hotel, your Tour Leader is taking you to the US Capitol for your guided tour of the headquarters of American democracy.
Next, soul food reigns supreme at Hard Times Cafe, home to endless chilli concoctions and the best wings this side of the West Wing.
One last time-travel stop before you head home: Ford's Theater Museum, where you'll learn all about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.