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Political History & Civil Rights School Trip to Washington DC

A politics school trip to Washington D.C. will help your students to better understand America’s political system and how it is different to that of the UK!

Washington D.C. was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital. In its time as the capital, Washington has experienced everything from civil war to civil rights protests

As spending increased in the capital, new government buildings, memorials and museums emerged. Its history is told through its varied architecture, with many classic designs seen in its historic and contemporary buildings, including Victorian, Queen Anne and Georgian. A rich and diverse history for your students to explore and enjoy awaits. 

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Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.

Visit Capitol Hill!

Home to the United States Capitol, the Senate and House office buildings, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and several other important institutions, Capitol Hill is an essential stop on your politics school trip!

Capitol Hill is not only a metonym for the United States Congress, it’s also one of the oldest and most densely populated neighbourhoods in Washington D.C.

It’s been home to the United States Congress since 1800 and was carefully selected for this role by Pierre Charles L’Enfant in his plans for the new federal capital.

Did you know?

The Capitol building is huge – it has 540 rooms with 658 windows!

The Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

See the Lincoln Memorial!

This impressive memorial to Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, has become a symbolic venue for the Civil Rights Movement.

The Lincoln Memorial has two of Lincoln’s most memorable speeches inscribed on its walls – the Gettysburg Address and his second inaugural address.

And the memorial has, of course, been the setting for other historic speeches, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech, which makes it a must-see on your politics and civil rights school trip to Washington D.C.

Did you know?

The Lincoln Memorial is absolutely enormous! It’s 99 feet tall and 202 feet wide. Plus, it’s foundations stretch 66 feet underneath it, in order to support the weight of this colossal marble structure!

Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Visit the Smithsonian Institution!

The Smithsonian Institution is the largest museum complex in the world, with 19 world-class museums, galleries and gardens – there’s even a zoo!

Around 30 million people visit the Smithsonian Institution every year and all are admitted completely free of charge.

The Smithsonian was founded in 1846 using funds from the estate of British scientist James Smithson. It was his wish that an institute be founded in his name for the ‘increase and diffusion of knowledge’.

Did you know?

The Smithsonian is nicknamed ‘the nation’s attic’ thanks to its vast, eclectic collection which consists of around 154 million items!

Day 1
Morning Flight from UK to Washington
Afternoon Transfer to accommodation on arrival
Evening Optional evening meal at a local restaurant
Day 2
Morning Morning visit to Capitol Hill and take a free guided tour of the Capitol Building
Afternoon

Explore the Mall including the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial

Visit Ford's Theatre for the museum, talks and a show

Evening Optional evening meal at a local restaurant
Day 3
Morning Visit some of Washington's famous and free museums such as the US Holocaust Memorial Musem
Afternoon Cross the Potomac River into Virginia and visit the Arlington National Cemetery
Evening Optional evening meal at a local restaurant
Day 4
Morning Visit the White House Visitors Center and take a photo stop outside the house
Afternoon Transfer to the airport
Evening Return flight to the UK
Day 5
Morning Arrive back in the UK
Afternoon  
Evening  
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Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill's landmarks include not only the United States Capitol but also the Senate and House office buildings; … Read more

Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre

The site of Lincoln’s assassination, Ford’s Theatre offers museum exhibits, live theatre and immersive lear… Read more

Holocaust Memorial Museum

Holocaust Memorial Museum

At the start of the tour, each visitor is given an identity card of a Holocaust victim that matches the visitor's ow… Read more

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial stands at the west end of the National Mall as a neoclassical monument to the 16th President. The… Read more

Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Institution

The world's largest museum complex and research organization is composed of 19 museums, 9 research centres and the… Read more

The White House

The White House

The White House is the official home and principal workplace of the President of the United States of America. Built be… Read more

Vietnam Veteran's Memorial

Vietnam Veteran's Memorial

Deliberately setting aside the controversies of the war, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial honours the men and women who… Read more

Washington Monument

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument is the most prominent attractions in Washington D.C. It was built in honour of George Washington… Read more

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Accommodation

Hotel Harrington
Hotel Harrington

The Harrington Hotel boasts 242 guest rooms, including 26 deluxe family rooms, as well as a full service restaurant, fast food restaurant, friendly pub and a gift shop.

The Harrington is the last of its kind in Washington D.C., still owned and operated by members of the founding families and continues its 100 year tradition of providing value and convenience to visitors. 

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Oasis Academy Silvertown, December 2018

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