Student Group Travel Tours To The 2013 Presidential Inauguration In Washington DC
The pomp and ceremony of the Presidential Inauguration is one that celebrates the strength of our democracy and this year’s inauguration will be no different. Now that the Republican field has been narrowed down to one candidate, the race for the presidency, and all of the political posturing associated with it, has begun. Yet, no matter what side of the aisle you may lean to, traveling to the 2013 Presidential Inauguration will be one that teachers may want to consider. This once-in-a-lifetime event will give your students a first-hand look at how our political process shapes this country and the opportunity to witness history in the making.
This year’s event will take place on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 21, 2013. This is the second time this federal holiday has coincided with the Presidential Inauguration. Our nation’s capital is already planning for the inauguration, speech and parade. The sooner teachers commit to taking their students on this trip, the better because hotels and restaurants are already being heavily booked.
In advance of the inauguration, teachers can prepare their lessons on the primaries, caucuses and political conventions; the important role each state plays in selecting the next commander-in-chief; and the history of the inauguration, which occurs once every four years. Teachers can also prepare their students for what they will encounter on the trip itself. Imagine your student group observing one of the most important events in world history, watching government in action and mingling with the public. Students will gain valuable insight by seeing how the political process works and the power associated with it firsthand resulting in an educational experience like no other. As part of the inauguration, festivities your group will attend include:
Presidential Inauguration Swearing-In Ceremony
On January 21, 2013, the President of the United States will take his official oath in assuming the highest office in the United States. This event takes place on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building. Your student group will join thousands of others on the grounds of the mall to commemorate this historic occasion.
Presidential Inauguration Address
Immediately after the swearing-in ceremony, the President of the United States will make his acceptance speech. Your group will learn about the President’s four-year vision for our country, his domestic and foreign policies, and how he will meet potential challenges. The speech typically lasts from 15 to 30 minutes.
Presidential Inaugural Parade
After the Presidential acceptance speech has concluded, your group will head to Pennsylvania Avenue to view the Presidential Inaugural Parade, which has been a part of Washington DC history since 1805. At this parade, the armed forces assemble and march to honor the Commander-in-Chief. Student groups will see every branch of the armed services wearing their best dress uniforms. Parade participants include marching bands, color guards, musical salutes and more.
If you and your group want to take learning about the political process up a notch in the following days after the inauguration, then your group can experience guided tours of the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court (when not in session) and the Library of Congress. Your group can also watch the House of Representatives or Senate in session, or observe money being printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
What would a tour be without visiting Washington DC’s historical monuments, memorials and museums? The amount of educational exploration your students can experience can last for days. With nineteen Smithsonian Museums, student groups will be intrigued by the numerous exhibits each museum has to offer. All museums are free and open to the public daily. Located west of the museums are the monuments including the Washington Monument, Lincoln, Jefferson and FDR Memorials, as well as memorials honoring veterans of WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Just north of the Washington Monument lies the White House, residence of the President of the United States. In addition, a tour of Arlington Cemetery, where visitors pay homage to the Tomb of the Unknown, the Kennedy gravesites and the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial, is definitely worth your time.
Just outside of the National Mall’s aegis lie many other group-friendly museums, attractions and tours that will surely intrigue student classes including:
- Mt. Vernon (George and Martha Washington’s home)
- Historical Walking Tour of Alexandria, Virginia
- Ford’s Theater and Peterson House
- United States Holocaust Museum
- International Spy Museum
- National Museum of Crime and Punishment
- Washington National Cathedral
Overall, the Presidential Inauguration only occurs once every four years. A trip to witness this historical event is a great opportunity for student groups to see democracy in action and observe history in the making. In addition, Washington DC’s historical monuments, memorials and museums commemorate important chapters in American history. Having your student group experience the historical aspects of Washington DC as well as the political process will give your student group an opportunity of a lifetime. At Kaleidoscope Adventures, we call this experiential learning.
For over 18 years, Kaleidoscope Adventures has organized student group class trips to Washington DC for thousands of schools. We are experts in booking student tours and specialize in planning complete travel services for any student group. We plan everything from A to Z, thus giving you peace-of-mind. We even give you a tour director who helps you every step of the way during your trip.
Put your trust in us to meet all of your student travel needs. Why not give your group an exciting class trip to Washington DC to witness the next Presidential Inauguration? Let us bring your classroom to life and create lasting memories for your student trip.