Washington DC Democracy in Action

  • 4 Days
  • 6 meals
  • HISTORICAL
  • CULTURAL
  • UNITED STATES
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Program Overview

The Washington DC Democracy in Action program engages students in the evolution of U.S. history. On a customized scavenger hunt at the Smithsonian Museums, curriculum transforms into a game of teamwork and discovery. Guide the learning journey through the basic freedoms of U.S. citizens at the National Archives, viewing the Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. On an architectural journey at the U.S. Capitol Building, see the 13 statues in the Crypt, stand in the domed Rotunda, and compare the National Statuary Hall to the ancient Greek amphitheater. Get inspired by the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress and see the golden Flame of Knowledge. Setting a solid example of the nation’s third branch of government in stone, the U.S. Supreme Court resembles a Roman temple.
Reflect on the history and memories of leaders and citizens who forged U.S. freedoms. Honor the sacrifice of the millions who have served and the hundreds of thousands who have given their lives at the World War II Memorial. Discover two of Lincoln’s most famous speeches at the Lincoln Memorial, which dedicate his memory to equality and freedom for all. Additionally, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. At Mount Vernon explore George Washington’s estate, which is still a pristine example of U.S. colonial life from the mansion to the farms. Nearby, Old Town Alexandria still keeps history alive throughout its cobblestone streets. On a visit to Ford’s Theatre, get into the dramatization of history where John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln and go to Peterson’s House, where Lincoln was surrounded by support in his final hours.

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Washington DC

Symbols of Democracy

Arrive at the U.S. capital, starting off with sightseeing along Embassy Row and stopping for a photo op in front of the White House. Tour the memorials in the evening, including World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Tidal Basin and Washington Monument. Check in to local accommodations, where students stay for the next three nights.

Activities
  • Travel to Washington DC
  • Sightseeing tour along Embassy Row
  • Photo op in front of the White House
  • Evening tour of the memorials
  • Dinner

Day 2

Washington DC

Foundations

Explore the historical landmarks of the National Mall. Start at the Capitol, taking in grand architecture in the Crypt, Rotunda and National Statuary Hall. Tour Capitol Hill, stopping in at the Visitor Center by appointment, see the Library of Congress and climb the steps of the Supreme Court. View the National Archives, to see the documents that U.S. independence and rights are built upon, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Discover history hands-on in a scavenger hunt at the Smithsonian Museums. End the day with dinner and souvenir shopping in Georgetown.

Activities
  • Explore the U.S. Capitol Building
  • Tour Capitol Hill
  • View the National Archives
  • Smithsonian Museums Scavenger Hunt
  • Dinner and shopping in Georgetown
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3

Washington DC, Mount Vernon, Alexandria and Arlington

Preserving History

For a glimpse into colonial life, visit George Washington’s preserved estate, Mount Vernon. Reflect on the nation’s past on visits to Arlington National Cemetery and Iwo Jima Memorial, which is also known as the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial. Go to Old Town Alexandria for free time before dinner. Hear the historic legends and tales of Colonial America, following a costumed guide through the streets of the seaport town of Alexandria to see 18th-century mansions and old-timey taverns.

Activities
  • Visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon
  • Reflect at Arlington National Cemetery and Iwo Jima Memorial
  • Free time and dinner in Old Town Alexandria
  • Evening historic-themed guided walking tour
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4

Washington DC

Curtain Call

By appointment, visit Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House, the site where President Lincoln was assassinated, to end the journey through U.S. history.

Activities
  • Visit Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House
  • Breakfast

Learning Outcomes

The Washington DC Democracy in Action program introduces students to the history that the United States is built on through tours of national monuments and memorials, integrating curricular knowledge with cultural context and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Experience history on sightseeing tours of national landmarks, a viewing of the documents that shape U.S. rights and freedoms, and following the hints on a scavenger hunt. With a curated curriculum for educators to apply with the program, students are empowered to put their learning into practice before, during and after the trip.

Services Included

Accommodations

Quality, safe hotels with quad occupancy corresponding to the destination.

Overnight Security

A night chaperone is on site to ensure security.

Ground Transportation

All transportation is provided throughout the program.

Meals

Two meals are provided daily, breakfast and dinner, featuring local cuisine.

Education

Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.

Curated Experiences

Customized experiences developed by travel experts to promote learning and engagement.

Full-Time Tour Directors

Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.

24/7 Support

Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.

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