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A  Washington D.C. class trip is the best civics lesson a student can experience.  There are standard favorites and must-dos… the Smithsonian Museums, monuments and memorials, a walk past 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  However, there’s so much more to experience in our nation’s capital than you may realize.  The Kaleidoscope Adventures staff has years of experience touring our nation’s capital with students.  As a result, they have collected some exceptional nuggets of wisdom to help you make the most of your visit.

National Museum of the Marine Corps

The National Museum of the Marine Corps tells more than 200+ years of the Marine Corps’ rich history, with collections that highlight “the warrior on the front lines to the families on the home front.”  It’s a great venue for student groups, who can even enjoy a boxed lunch in the Devil Dog Diner!

National Archives

The National Archives is a great spot to study how the actions of the Federal Government are based in our Constitution. Participants take on the roles of archivists and researchers completing a very important assignment: providing the President of the United States with real-life examples of our Constitution in action. The National Archives also houses the three original “Charters of Freedom,” including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights.

International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum is an amazing stop for student groups. It is a high-tech, interactive museum highlighting the past, present and history of espionage.  It’s super easy for groups of all sizes to navigate and students are fascinated by the engaging exhibits.

The National Air & Space Museum Annex at Dulles Airport (Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center)

This facility is a companion facility to the National Air & Space Museum and an in-depth experience of American aviation history.  Students may remember it from the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie as well!

FDR Memorial

Another highlight is the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.  Situated halfway between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, its path winds past waterfalls, bronze sculptures and FDR’s own powerful words carved into the granite walls.  All the Washington D.C. memorials should be on your student trip list, but this one really should not be missed.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Round out your Washington D.C. class trip with a stop at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.  Guided tours are available at this home of famous abolitionist and reformer, Frederick Douglass.  Catch a glimpse of the statesman’s life, legacy and impact on America.

House of the Temple

Here’s a unique attraction that most don’t realize should be part of the itinerary!  The Masonic House of the Temple offers a glimpse into the secret world of the masons.  The building, completed in 1915, is an adaptation of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  It’s about 10 minutes outside of D.C. but definitely worth the stop. Are you not looking for student trips to Washington D.C.?  Try one of our other popular destinations or click “plan an adventure” below to plan a custom trip to a different destination!


Our itineraries are just a starting point for your adventure.  We work directly with you to create a student trip that’s perfect for your group.  If you want a unique performance or learning experience, we make it happen. Do you need to change days or add an attraction?  

Day 1:     

  • Arrive in Washington D.C. and meet your “full-scope” tour director
  • Air and Space Museum
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • Hirshhorn Museum
  • Sculpture Garden
  • Museum of African Art
  • WWII Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Vietnam Memorial
  • Korean Memorial
  • F.D.R. Memorial
  • Potomac Riverboat Dinner Cruise


Day 2:     

  • Arlington Cemetery to witness the Changing of the Guard
  • John F. Kennedy’s gravesite
  • Lee Mansion
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  • Ford’s Theatre
  • Petersen House 
  • National Museum of American History
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Depart for home
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I have been traveling with Kaleidoscope for 19 years and still continue to be impressed by their expertise and willingness to go the extra mile to make my trip a success!

Christy Hauert

Our trip was a great success! Everything was well throughout and organized. I am very pleased with the level of care that went in to our trip becoming a success. Thank you!

Darcie Bishop

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