Washington, DC: Where History, Politics, and Endless Exploration Intersect!
Plan Your Next Student Trip to Washington, D.C.
Plan your middle school or 8th grade class trip to Washington D.C. Student tours of Washington D.C. are bookable for groups of 20 or more
At eduSTAR, we can customize your itinerary to make your school tour experience well worth it! While on your school trip, you and your kids may see:
Arlington National Cemetery »
While on your educational tour to Washington DC, Arlington National Cemetery is an important stop as you view even rows of memorial stones. While there, your group will experience the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, see the Shuttle Challenger Memorial and view the eternal flame at the graves of President John F. Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
Capitol Building »
The United States Capitol Building is one of most important buildings in the world. As the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives for over two centuries, this building stands as a monument for the American people and the focal point of government. While on your student tour to Washington DC, your students can explore the the Capitol and see the Rotunda, that serves as a gallery of paintings and sculpture depicting historical people and events, as well as other important sections of the building.
Holocaust Memorial Museum »
The Holocaust Memorial Museum covers this history of the Holocaust and is dedicated to helping people of the world confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy. Since its opening, the Museum has welcomed nearly 8 million students. Many student tours see an interactive presentation of “Daniel’s Story,” based on the actual experience of a Jewish boy’s life during the Holocaust.
Iwo Jima Memorial »
This memorial, also known as the United States Marine Corps War Memorial, is dedicated to the marines who gave their lives during one of the most historic battles of World War II, the battle of Iwo Jima.
Jefferson Memorial »
This 19-foot bronze statue is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father and the third President of the United States. This famous Memorial was modeled after the Pantheon in Rome. The Memorial, located in the Tidal Basin, is surrounded by tablets bearing several of Jefferson’s writings. This is a very famous place to visit while on your Washington DC student tour
Korean War Veterans Memorial »
The Korean War Veterans Memorial is dedicated to honor the thousands of Americans who served in the Korean conflict to try and keep Communist North Korea from overtaking South Korea. The Memorial’s 19 soldiers are arranged around strips of granite and scrubby juniper bushes to suggest the rice paddies of Korea, while windblown ponchos recall the harsh weather they endured. This symbolic patrol brings together members of the Air Force, Army, Marines, and Navy, and portrays servicemen from a variety of backgrounds
Library of Congress »
The Library of Congress is the research library of the US Congress and the largest library in the world by shelf space and number of books. Since much of the original collection in the Library was destroyed in the War of 1812, Thomas Jefferson sold 6,487 books to the Library. While the Library is open to the public, only Library employees, Members of Congress, Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking government officials may check out books.
Lincoln Memorial »
This famous Memorial was built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the National Mall. The building is in the form of a Greek temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Lincoln. The inscriptions of The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address are etched in the statue. At the bottom of the Lincoln Memorial is the famous Reflecting Pool running across to the Washington Monument.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial »
The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, opened on August 22, 2011, honors MLK’s national and international contributions and vision for all to enjoy a life of freedom, opportunity, and justice. This new Memorial is the first major statue along the National Mall to be dedicated to an African-American, and to a non-president.
National Air and Space Museum »
This is a favorite among many educational tours to D.C. The National Sea and Space Museum holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. Any school trip that has enough time can enjoy seeing a movie at the IMAX Theater located in the Museum.
National Archives »
The National Archives holds the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. These documents are collectively referred as the “Charters of Freedom.” Students on your school tour will be awed to view the Charters of Freedom, and other important documents, in the Rotunda of the National Archives.
National Museum of African American History and Culture »
National Museum of Natural History »
Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum’s collections total over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts
National Museum of American History »
This Museum, located in the National Mall in Washington DC, covers many types of displays, including social, political, and cultural history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker’s chair. Every school tour loves this museum.
Supreme Court »
The Supreme Court is the highest court in the U.S. Once located in NYC and then Philadelphia, when it first arrived in Washington DC in was located in the basement of the U.S. Capitol. To distance itself from Congress as an independent branch of government, in 1935 the Court moved to its current Supreme Court Building
Vietnam Veterans War Memorial »
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a national war memorial honoring the members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War and who died in service or are still unaccounted for. The memorial consists of three separate parts: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the Three Soldiers statue, and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. Originally, there were 58,195 names on the Wall. A popular assignments to do while on your educational tour of DC is pencil rubbing the name of one lost in the War.
Washington National Cathedral »
The National Cathedral in Washington, DC is the sixth largest cathedral in the world. While it’s the home of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, the National Cathedral does not have a local congregation and is considered to be a house of worship honoring all faiths from around the world. While the Cathedral is called the “Washington National Cathedral,” its actual name is the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. After visiting the Cathedral your school tour group can take a ride along nearby Embassy Row.
Washington Monument »
Clearly the most visible memorial in D.C., the Washington Monument is dedicated to George Washington, our nation’s first President. This huge statue rises 555 feet above the Mall and is the tallest structure in D.C. There are 898 steps to the top of the monument, and 193 memorial stones line the inside of the monument as gifts from the 50 states and many foreign governments. On your school trip to Washington DC, your kids can take an elevator ride all of the way to the top.
White House »
While on your school trip to DC, you and your students will be awed at this famous house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This home and office of the President of the United States was built between 1792 and 1800. The White House has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams. Today the White House Complex includes the Executive Residence, West Wing, Cabinet Room, Roosevelt Room, East Wing, and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which houses the executive offices of the President and Vice President.
World War II War Memorial »
The World War II Memorial is a recent addition to the National Mall, located at the eastern edge of the Reflecting Pool. The WWII Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces during World War II. While on your school trip to Washington, your students will see the 56 columns, signifying all states and territories that contributed to the war, and a pair of arches surrounding a plaza and fountain. This memorial is great to see after dark as the fountains and columns are beautifully lit-up.
Subjects for School Trips to Washington D.C.
If you are focusing on a special subject matter, eduSTAR can provide you and your student group with any of the following:
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