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Student Travel Attractions in Washington, D.C.

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Take your students to the country’s capital and watch as they immerse themselves in years of history, culture, and education. American Tours & Travel has been taking students to Washington, DC for over 35 years, and we have the inside scoop on the city’s best keep secrets!

Check out a few of our favorite attractions in the Nation’s Capital below.

The White House

A tour of the White House can be arranged if enough notice is provided by the group leader. Students will get to see where the President and his constituents work and live, and will have the opportunity to take photos of this incredible American landmark.

The Smithsonian Museum of American History

The Museum collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts—all true national treasures. It houses everything from the original Star-Spangled Banner and Abraham Lincoln’s top hat to Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.”

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, and education outreach programs, The Museum of Natural History houses priceless artifacts and information about how the world was formed. This Museum is also home to the world-famous Hope Diamond!

The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

The Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics.

U.S. Department of the Treasury—Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Located in the heart of the Nation’s Capital, the BEP is a great place to learn all about U.S. paper currency.  You can see millions of dollars being printed as you walk along the gallery overlooking the production floor!

The National Cathedral

The Cathedral is a spiritual resource for our nation: a great and beautiful edifice in the city of Washington, an indispensable ministry for people of all faiths and perspectives, and a sacred place for our country in times of celebration, crisis, and sorrow.

Holocaust Memorial Museum

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, promote human dignity, and prevent genocide.  Located among our national monuments to freedom on the National Mall, the Museum provides a powerful lesson in the fragility of freedom, the myth of progress, the need for vigilance in preserving democratic values.

Illuminated Bus Tour Under The Stars

Tour Washington DC by moonlight. The tour includes stops at the White House, the FDR Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and the Iwo Jima Memorial.

Arlington National Cemetery

This historic cemetery bears witness to our American heritage and the military service and sacrifice of men and women in uniform throughout our history. It is important for the American public to know that our Nation’s Veterans are laid to rest with dignity and honor at Arlington National Cemetery by a compassionate and dedicated work force.

Ford’s Theatre

The theatre was the site of Abraham Lincoln’s 1865 assassination and is a significant historical landmark in American history.

National Archives

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC houses records relating to genealogy, American Indians, pre-World War II military and naval-maritime matters, the New Deal, the District of Columbia, the Federal courts, and Congress.

Smithsonian Institution Castle

The Smithsonian Castle houses the Smithsonian Information Center and administrative offices. Behind the Smithsonian Castle is a spectacular garden.

Arts and Industries Building

Over its 116 year history, the A&I Building has hosted almost every aspect of the Smithsonian–art, history, natural history, history of technology, portraiture, air and space history, African-American and Native American history.

National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art was created in 1937 for the people of the United States of America by a joint resolution of Congress, accepting the gift of financier and art collector Andrew W. Mellon.




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Sample Package A A Weekend in The Capital 3 Days/2 Nights
  • Day trips to 3 of the 12 Smithsonian National Museums, including Natural History, American History, and Air & Space
  • Day trip to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • Admission to either the Holocaust Memorial Museum or the National Cathedral
  • Visit to Arlington National Cemetery and the National Archives
  • Transportation to and from all destinations
  • Deluxe hotel accommodations
  • Meal vouchers

Sample Package B Take On Washington, DC 4 Days/3 Nights
  • Day trips to 3 of the 12 Smithsonian National Museums, including Natural History, American History, and Air & Space
  • Day trip to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • Admission to the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Cathedral
  • Illuminated Bus Tour through the city stopping at all major monuments and memorials
  • Visit to Arlington National Cemetery, the National Archives, Ford’s Theatre
  • Possible visits to the White House and Capitol building
  • Day trip to Smithsonian Castle and the National Gallery of Art
  • Transportation to and from all destinations
  • Deluxe hotel accommodations
  • Meal vouchers