Washington, DC is the ultimate destination for your history/social studies class. Kaleidoscope Adventures will bring your classroom to life by creating a discovery tour of our nation’s dramatic history. Each student will see, hear and feel American history and develop a new understanding that comes with direct experience at the many museums, memorials, buildings, etc. that Washington, DC has to offer. Designed to enhance your history/social studies curriculum and objectives, our Washington, DC Historical Discovery Tour will help your students gain a deeper understanding of America’s history, the choices many had to make through the years and the role of American history as it relates to today’s world.
Our Washington, DC Historical Discovery Tour has many options from which you can choose including the following:
United States Capitol Building
The United States Capitol in Washington, DC, is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. It has housed the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives for almost two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.
The White House
The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, it was designed by Irish-born James Hoban, and built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia sandstone in the late Georgian style. It has been the residence of every U.S. President since John Adams. Click to visit our White House tours page.
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia is a military cemetery, established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Arlington House, formerly the estate of the family of Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s wife Mary Anna (Custis) Lee, a descendant of Martha Washington. The cemetery is situated directly across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial near The Pentagon.
Guided Tour of the Memorials
Kaleidoscope Adventures will have an experienced tour director guide you to Washington, DC’s most popular memorials including The Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Korean Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, WWII Memorial, Einstein Memorial, and the U.S. Air Force Memorial.
The Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall
The Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC are world class museums with a variety of exhibits ranging from insects and meteorites to locomotives and spacecraft. Admission to all of the Smithsonian museums is free. Groups can enjoy examining more than 137 million objects, works of art and specimens as well as participating in guided tours, hands-on activities and special programs. With 17 museums and galleries, there truly is something for everyone.
U.S. Holocaust 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 close to our national monuments to freedom on the National Mall, the Museum provides a powerful lesson in the fragility of freedom, the myth of progress and the need for vigilance in preserving democratic values. Photo Courtesy of Destination DC, Washington.org
Ford’s Theatre and Petersen House
Ford’s Theatre Museum combines a remarkable collection of historic artifacts with a variety of interactive exhibits to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Using environmental recreations, videos and three-dimensional figures, the museum transports visitors to 19th-century Washington, where they can follow Lincoln from his arrival in Washington in 1861. Exhibits explore Lincoln’s Presidential cabinet, what life was like in the Lincoln White House, various Civil War milestones and generals, Lincoln’s great speeches and the assassination conspiracy. The collection of artifacts includes the derringer that John Wilkes Booth used, as well as a replica of the coat that President Lincoln wore the night he was shot. Photo Courtesy of Maxwell McKenzie.
The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library’s mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Mount Vernon was the beloved home of George and Martha Washington from the time of their marriage in 1759 until General Washington’s death in 1799. He worked tirelessly to expand his plantation from 2,000 acres to 8,000 and the mansion house from six rooms to twenty one. Groups are invited to tour the Mansion house and more than a dozen outbuildings including the slave quarters, kitchen, stables, and greenhouse. Stroll four different gardens, hike the Forest Trail, and explore the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site, a four-acre working farm that includes a re-creation of Washington’s 16-sided treading barn. George and Martha Washington rest in peace in the tomb where wreath laying ceremonies are held daily, and the Slave Memorial and Burial Ground is nearby.
The Newseum in Washington, DC is a six-level, high-tech and interactive museum tracing the history of news reporting from the 16th century to the present day. In 250,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Newseum offers groups 15 theaters, 14 major galleries, two state-of-the-art broadcast studios and a 4-D time-travel experience. The exhibition galleries explore news history, electronic news, photojournalism, world news and how the media have covered major historical events. Photo Courtesy of Destination DC, Washington.org.
National Museum of Crime & Punishment
The National Museum of Crime & Punishment explores the history of crime, law enforcement, forensic science, crime scene investigation (CSI) and the consequences of committing a crime. Home to America’s Most Wanted series, the National Museum of Crime & Punishment provides guests of all ages with a memorable insight into the issues of crime and crime fighting through a captivating interactive, entertaining and educational experience. Photo Courtesy of Destination DC, Washington.org.
The National Archives and Records Administration stores and provides public access to the original documents that set up the American government as a democracy in 1774. Visit the National Archives in Washington, DC and you will have the opportunity to view the United States Government’s Charters of Freedom, the U. S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. The records of the nation’s civil, military and diplomatic activities are also held by the National Archives for present and future generations.
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The team at Kaleidoscope Adventures can customize a complete historical Washington, DC travel package catered to your needs and curriculum. We will assist you with hotel accommodations, transportation, attraction tickets, meals, sightseeing, shopping, and special events plus more.