Discover Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. Trips for Schools

A Washington, D.C. educational trip gives students the chance to visit the capital of the United States of America and home to our President, our Congress and our Supreme Court. From the White House to Capitol Hill, you can visit the three branches of our government that maintain the balance of power set forth in our Constitution.

Washington D.C. Overview

Washington D.C. is a city rich in history, culture, and politics. Capitol Hill is the active epicenter of the legislative and judicial branches of government and offers students a chance to step foot into the buildings where major decisions affecting the daily life of the American people are being made on a daily basis. A short distance away the White House is home to the President of the United States, head of the executive branch. D.C. is home to some of the country’s most iconic monuments and landmarks, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Jefferson Memorial. War memorials such as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial honor the brave soldiers who fought for their country, while Arlington National Cemetery is both a memorial and an active cemetery where veterans and those who have died in combat in service to their country are still laid to rest today.

There is So Much More to D.C.

Washington D.C. has a vibrant arts scene that includes world-class theaters, music venues, and art galleries. It’s home to many of the country’s most important cultural institutions, including the Smithsonian museums, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the National Gallery of Art. The magnificent National Cathedral (the 6th largest cathedral in the world!) is one of few examples of Gothic architecture in the U.S. The powerful Holocaust Memorial Museum is a moving tribute to the victims of the Holocaust.

Thanks to the Smithsonian Institution, which includes over a dozen museums, galleries and even a zoo, D.C. can provide students with hands-on, interactive exhibits on a wide range of subjects, from natural history and science to art and culture. Take your students to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which offers a profound opportunity for students to delve into the rich tapestry of African American history, culture, and contributions.

With so much to see and do in Washington D.C., a student trip to DC with Educational Travel Adventures provides students with an unforgettable educational experience that will enrich their understanding of history, culture, and government.

Capitol Hill Guided Tours

It can be difficult for even the most motivated student to remember what each of those government branches do – which is why we recommend a trip to D.C.! Up on Capitol Hill, we help teachers give students the opportunity to see firsthand how their government operates and to understand the impact it has on their daily lives. Sights include the U.S. Capitol Building, The Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress.

A US Capitol tour for your students will help bridge the gap between what they have learned in the classroom and the real-world application of civics, history, and government. It will provide them with firsthand experiences and insights into the democratic process, the nation’s heritage, and the institutions that shape our society.

Visit The White House

There are few buildings in the U.S. more internationally recognized than the White House. Gather your students in front of this national symbol to snap a great pic, then head over to the White House Visitor Center, which illustrates many aspects of the White House including architecture, furnishings, first families and social events. Walking tours of the White House are available, but must be planned in advance and scheduled through your Congressperson.

Washington D.C. Memorials Tours

Memorials recognize the tireless work of our great leaders and honor the sacrifices made on behalf of the American people. At ETA we know it’s one thing to see a photo of a memorial in a textbook, and quite another to stand in front of a memorial, to sense the cultural weight of an event like a war, or to examine the facial features of a historical figure at the proximity we might examine the face of a friend. We’ll bring your students to experience the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the National World War ll Memorial and let them stand in front of some of America’s most influential figures at the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and more.

Washington D.C. Tour FAQ’s

Once you reach out to us, a dedicated tour manager will reply to your primary contact to start planning your trip to Washington DC. They’ll start by asking questions to understand your main goals for the trip, including what attractions you would like to see, what tours you would like to take, how long you’d like your trip to be, how many students will be traveling and other basic logistical questions.. Your tour manager will provide recommendations throughout your conversation as well. All trips with ETA are meticulously planned to meet the needs of each individual group.

Yes, your tour manager will help develop a custom package for your Washington DC school trip. All packages are custom-made to fit your budget and schedule, and can include everything from transportation to meals to tickets for museums, attractions, tours, and much more. Your tour manager will help you plan and strategize to make the most of your school trip to Washington D.C.

Yes, we have helped many middle schools plan their annual Washington DC trips for their 8th grade students—and we have received glowing reviews along the way! If you are new to planning your school’s 8th grade field trip to DC, rest assured that we will be able to guide you throughout the planning process and even throughout your entire trip.

We are a highly trusted and certified tour company that has been helping groups and schools plan educational and performance trips since 1991. For over three decades, we have been committed to executing highly engaging, memorable, and safe trips for schools and large groups.