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School Trips to Washington DC

School trips to Washington D.C. offer students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the political history of the USA!

The capital city of the USA, Washington D.C. is the ideal destination for any group keen to learn more about the US constitution, federalism, and the roles of key institutions within the US government. It’s also a great choice of destination for groups studying the civil rights movement.

Whatever your reason for visiting Washington D.C., our school travel experts will work closely with you to ensure that your itinerary is tailor-made to support your learning objectives.

Why visit Washington D.C.?

The capital of the USA

Washington D.C. was purposefully created to be the federal capital of the United States of America in the late 18th century. It was named after President George Washington, who had selected the exact location on which it was to be built. Congress held its first session in the newly created city in 1800. It has remained the seat of power in the US ever since.

America’s capital is a city of monuments and museums and is, of course, the perfect choice for a school trip focused on US politics.

From its celebrated symbols of patriotism to its undiscovered neighbourhoods, the sights and sounds of the city inspire millions of visitors every year, and none more so than the impressive White House itself.

On your school trip to Washington D.C., your students will have the opportunity to explore Capitol Hill, including a guided tour of the Capitol Building. This is where the United States Congress meets and so is the seat of the legislative branch of the federal government.

Your students will also have the opportunity to learn more about one of the greatest US presidents, Abraham Lincoln, with visits to the Lincoln Memorial and Ford’s Theatre were he was assassinated in 1865.

Discover American history and culture

For those interested in American history, it will be no surprise that there are plenty of museums to visit in Washington D.C., including the world-famous Smithsonian Institution, which consists of 19 museums, 9 research centres and the National Zoo.

Washington D.C. is also an important centre for the arts and the city is home to many important galleries, art museums, theatres and concert halls. If you are looking for a school trip that will give your students a good introduction to American culture, Washington D.C. would be very hard to beat.

Beyond Washington D.C.’s more familiar vistas, like the Capitol Building and the White House, the city unwinds into a lively urban centre that your students will love to explore.

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Take a look at our range of Washington D.C. school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

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Political History & Civil Rights School Trip to Washington DC

From £799pp
5 days, 3 nights
Air trip
Multi-day trip

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Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

  • School trips designed by teachers for teachers

    Founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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  • School trips tailored to your curriculum

    We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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  • Health & safety prioritised

    As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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  • Support every step of the way

    We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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  • Financially secure school trips

    We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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  • Rewarding loyalty scheme

    You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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School trips by teachers for teachers

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Tailor-made school trips

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Loyalty scheme

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Earn loyalty points from your very first trip which can be used towards a trip discount or free gift for your school.