No city on earth is more redolent of history and political intrigue than Washington, DC. A source of fascination, awe and sometimes trepidation for people all over the world, what really goes on inside the Beltway is known to only a privileged few (White House leaks aside).
Taking your students to Washington, DC requires intensive planning. You want your students to experience this nexus of power and history in the most profound way possible. So, we’re offering this selection of great sites to consider in Washington, DC.
An international symbol of the global power of the USA, the White House is the center of that power and the historical home of all US Presidents after the tenure of John Adams.
Touring the White House is a truly amazing experience, walking in the footsteps of giants like Dwight D. Eisenhower and Barack Obama. Appointments can be booked through your Member of Congress.
If the White House doesn’t satisfy your students’ need to experience the American legacy of world leadership, a trip to the Capitol will certainly add to their experience.
This is where our laws are made by people elected to make them, from all over the nation. Visit the Rotunda, Statutory Hall and the Old Supreme Court Chamber. Bookings can be made via the Capitol Visitors online portal, or with your Congressional representative.
The formidable military strength represented by this five-sided epicenter of strategic might is becoming more popular with visitors to Washington, DC, lately.
Students will marvel at the vastness of the most secretive building in the world, as they hear echoes of the hushed voices of the past and the conflicts they conducted. A special reservation is needed to take the tour.
Named after the first President of the USA, the Washington Monument soars over the Reflecting Pond, offering inspiring views of the city.
The tallest obelisk in the world, the monument is 555 feet tall, giving your students a thrilling experience and lessons in the work of the USA’s first political leader.
Here’s where the Declaration of Independence, the founding document of the USA, is preserved. Students will see the signatures of John Hancock and his contemporaries; signatures that established our national identity.
At the Archives, students will view historical displays not found anywhere else and which people travel from all over the globe to see.
MLK Jr. Memorial
Opened to the public in August 2011, this memorial remembers the hero who interrogated America’s soul. It’s the culmination of two decades of fundraising and planning.
This is the ideal location for a lesson about Dr. King’s sacrifices and triumphs in pursuit of full status for Black Americans. Considering the work of this Civil Rights giant, your students will be inspired and perhaps find in themselves the makings of a leader.
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