School trips to Washington allow your students an amazing opportunity to explore the breathtaking capital city of the U.S. and learn about the intriguing past of American history. Our team of travel experts have unparalleled knowledge of Washington D.C and will take the stress out of planning your educational trip to Washington. We work closely with you to create a trip itinerary that will engage and excite your secondary students.
A school trip to Washington offers students the chance to learn about the political establishment of the United States, as it is the home to the White House, the official residence of the President.
The city's political significance dominates the Washington landscape, as it's home to all three branches of the U.S government; the Executive (President and staff), Legislative (Senate and House Representatives) and Judicial (Supreme Court and Lower Courts) making Washington D.C the ideal school trip destination for History and Politics students.
Washington DC is rich in history and political interest. Your secondary students can learn about Native Americans, the nation's first president, George Washington, the Civil War and The Pentagon. There are many monuments to help tell the story such as Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King as well as veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Memorials and monuments of past presidents can be visited, and why not indulge in a tour of Congress in the Capitol Building? Examine more about what this wonderful city has to offer on a guided tour or walk.
We’ve provided an example itinerary for you to explore all the different options available during your school trip to Washington. We’ll always try to accommodate your requirements and ensure your school trip is one to savour!
School trip to Washington highlights…
Booking a school trip to Washington also allows your secondary students to expand their knowledge on everything from fine art to major points in history. School groups who have previously booked a Washington school trip have revelled in the amazing sights and experiences. Explore our Washington trip highlights below:
The National Museum of American History
Any Washington school trip must incorporate a visit to the National Museum of American History. Situated at the National Mall, the museum offers a range of historical exhibitions that change seasonally. Let your students immerse themselves in the history of American democracy or marvel at the George Washington sculpture. Whatever different activities you choose to explore during your visit, you can rest assured your students will leave feeling inspired!
Washington DC Guided Sightseeing Tour
With so much to see and explore in Washington, why not try a guided sightseeing tour to check out the best attractions the city has to offer? We can arrange for a guided tour by one of the city’s most reputable tour providers, allowing you and your students the chance to see and learn about Washington’s amazing history.
Explore the monuments and memorials synonymous with Washington’s rich political background, or opt for a moonlit tour of the National Mall to discover the premium sites lit up in all their glory at night.
The Smithsonian Institution Museums
The Smithsonian Institution Museums are home to a collection of 17 museums and galleries, making it the world’s largest museum. With so many different venues and attractions to see, it’s simply a must-visit to appreciate the grand scale of this complex.
Explore a selection of the world’s finest historical venues including:
The National Zoo
Smithsonian American Art Museum
National Portrait Gallery
American Indian Museum
Anacostia Community Museum
The educational value provided by the stunning range of different museums and galleries on show ensures your students will learn everything about American culture and history.
The White House Visitor Centre
No school trip to Washington is complete without paying a visit to the world-famous White House, home of the President of the United States. The seat of power in arguably the most powerful country in the world cannot fail to inspire the inquisitive side ofyour students.
Washington's grand buildings, monuments and parks present a calm and ordered facade, the antithesis of the political debates and scandals that take place within. Washington is truly an inspirational destination for a school trip or educational tour.
At EST, we’re passionate about building school trips that extract educational value, inspire learning, and create magical memories. We can help build an itinerary to suit your students with our easy school trip planning packages.
For the student trip of a lifetime to the wonderful city of Washington, contact EST today to discover how we can help you to plan the school trip of your student’s dreams!
Evening meal followed by a Guided Walking Tour of Washington.
Guided Tour of US Capitol.
Visit to Supreme Court.
Evening meal in a local restaurant.
Visit to National Archives.
Visit to the White House Visitors Centre.
Evening meal in a local restaurant and visit to Washington Memorial.
Guided Tour of the Pentagon.
Self-guided Tour of Newseum.
Transfer to airport, overnight flight back to the UK.
Arive UK airport and onward travel to school.
Top Tips from Our Travel Experts
"With a twin centre visit I would suggest New York first then Washington as the quieter streets of DC are welcomed after the hustle and bustle of NYC. There is so much to see and do in Washington and most of it is free! The museums and sites are all walkable pretty much and you can easily fill a couple of days itinerary with them. The streets are straight forward to navigate and crowds nothing like NYC."