Tailor-made Trips to Washington

The seat of power of arguably the most powerful country in the world cannot fail to inspire students of history and politics. Washington’s grand buildings, monuments and parks present a calm and ordered façade, the antithesis of the political debates and scandals that take place within.

Without doubt the city’s political significance dominates the Washington landscape yet the city is home to the world’s largest museum complex – The Smithsonian Institute - offering exhibits on everything from fine art collections to moon landings. Washington is an inspirational destination for a school trip or educational tour.

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Reasons to Visit

Sightseeing Tour of Washington

A sightseeing tour of Washington will offer your group the opportunity to see the city's main attractions. A professional, experienced, English-speaking guide will give an insight into the history and culture of the city and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institute was established in 1846 and is a group of museums and research centres. It includes the Air and Space Museum, Free Gallery of Art, American History Museum and the American Art Museum. Please consult the website for the museum most relevant to your subject area.

The White House Visitor Centre

The White House Visitor Centre weaves together the stories of the White House as a home, office, stage and ceremonial space, museum, and park. More than 90 White House artefacts, many of which have never been on public display, give a glimpse into life and work inside the Executive Mansion.

National Air and Space Museum

The world’s most visited museum houses the Wright Brother’s 1903 Flyer, Lindbergh’s Spirit of St Louis, Apollo 11 lunar command module and an incredible collection of aviation and space technology treasures. You can even buy freeze-dried space food in the gift shop!

Union Station Tour

Today Union Station is one of Washington’s busiest and best known places, visited by 40 million people each year. The tour itself can be customised to cover the great history of this building, it’s architecture and how it has been restored to preserve it as a national treasure.

Newseum

The Newseum is a six-level, high-tech and interactive museum tracing the history of news reporting from the 16th century to the present day. It houses 15 theatres, 14 major galleries, two broadcast studios and a 4-D time-travel experience. The exhibition galleries explore news history, electronic news, photojournalism, world news and how the media have covered major historical events.

National Archives Experience

A vast collection of America’s document, maps, photos, recordings, film and objects taking you on a journey through time highlighting America's struggles and triumphs. Famous items include the gun that shot JFK, the Watergate Tapes and the Declaration of Independence.

Washington Monument

The monument is one of the iconic structures and most popular attractions in the nation's capital. The memorial to George Washington, the nation's first president, has recently been refurbished to its original splendour. Take the elevator to the top and see a wonderful view of the city.

National Gallery Of Art

The National Gallery of Art houses one of the finest collections in the world illustrating major achievements in painting. Pre-through high-Renaissance Italian works represent a significant proportion of the collection. The museum has colour-screen monitors where it is possible to learn more about individual works, movements and artists and has a sculpture garden outside.

The Pentagon

The Pentagon is virtually a city in itself. Approximately 23,000 employees, both military and civilian, contribute to the planning and execution of the defence of the USA. Tours explain the mission of the Department of Defense and each of its branches of service, and numerous displays highlight and depict significant moments in military history.

Arlington National Cemetery

America’s largest national burial ground which was built during the Civil War. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F Kennedy and the Tomb of the Unknowns. The site still averages 5000 funerals a year and attracts 4 million visitors.

Memorials and Monuments

Washington DC is a city of monuments and memorials honouring the generals, politicians, poets and statesmen who helped shape the United States. Among the highlights are memorials to Lincoln, FDR, Martin Luther King as well as the veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

As the U.S. Government's security printer, the BEP is responsible for the design, engraving and printing of all U.S. paper currency. A world leader in printing technology, the Bureau also produces postage stamps, White House invitations, Treasury obligations and other U.S. securities. During a tour you will see millions of dollars being printed, beginning with large, blank sheets of paper, and ending with wallet-ready bills!

National Museum of Natural History

Recognized as on e of the world's great centers for the study of humankind and our natural surroundings, this museum incorporates a total floor area of more than 20 acres. Permanent exhibitions span two floors in halls radiating from a cavernous central rotunda where a record eight-ton (*,128-kg) African bush elephant is displayed.

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the highest judicial authority in the United States. Nine court justices decide whether actions of Congress, the President, the states and the lower courts follow the principles of the Constitution. Only about 100 of the 7000 cases submitted each year are heard. Visitors can explore exhibits, see a 25-minute film, and see the court in session.

US Capitol

The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., has housed the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives for almost two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.

Ford's Theatre Museum

Made famous as the place President Lincoln was shot whilst watching the comedy 'Our American Cousin’, the theatre is decorated in the style of that day. The Lincoln museum’s permanent exhibit highlights Lincoln’s role in preserving America’s pioneering effort in self-government. Exhibits include a 5 minute film, letters from the period, and artefacts which trace his growth to his presidential election.

Mount Vernon and Monticello

Mount Vernon was the beloved home of George and Martha Washington from the time of their marriage in 1759 until General Washington’s death in 1799. Stretching over 500 open acres overlooking the Potomac River, just 16 miles from Washington D.C, the mansion houses the tomb of George Washington, 2 museums, gift shop & gardens. Monticello is a domed hill-top mansion located approximately 130 miles south-west of Washington and was the home of the third president Thomas Jefferson. Monticello is the autobiographical masterpiece of the author of the Declaration of Independence. He is buried in the nearby family cemetery.

National Museum of American History

The Museum offers three floors of exhibitions that explore the rich diversity of American history, from "First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image" to "Information Age: People, Information, and Technology".



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