Any American student's life will not be complete without experiencing a field trip to our nation's capital. Washington, DC, is packed with sights and exciting activities for students to see and do. With over 160 monuments and landmarks to choose from, it's essentially the educational trip of a lifetime for any young American. If you're planning on taking your class on a trip to Washington, DC, here are just a few of our top choices to experience on an educational trip catered to students:
1. Washington Monument
Of course, the Washington Monument probably sits at the top of your list, and for a good reason. This awe-inspiring sight is the tallest structure in Washington, DC, and measures in at 555 feet. A visit to the Washington Monument is a must-do for any student taking a trip to DC. The obelisk was originally constructed to honor our first president, George Washington, but has since become a symbol of unity and freedom in America.
2. The Lincoln Memorial
Your educational trip to Washington, DC, wouldn't be complete without visiting the Lincoln Memorial. The memorial was built to honor President Abraham Lincoln and stands on the site of the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Inside the memorial, there are quotes from Lincoln's speeches etched into the walls. The building is a tribute to the President who helped put an end to slavery as well as the Civil War.
3. The US Capitol
The home of the United States Congress and the Supreme Court, the US Capitol is a key structure of Washington, DC that needs to be visited during your educational trip. The Capitol has the most extensive collection of frescoes in the world, containing murals that depict America's history.
The Capitol is where America's history is made, so this is a sight that every student must-see. The Rotunda contains a statue of George Washington and is surrounded by the House of Representatives and the Senate.
4. Library of Congress
While it's probably not on the top of your student's list, don't forget to schedule some time for a library field trip. The Library of Congress is home to two million books, manuscripts, and journals and is the second largest library in the world.
After touring the Library of Congress, students can check out the Thomas Jefferson Building. The building is another must-see part of the DC trip and was constructed using marble from the first White House.
5. National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial
The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial commemorates the tragic events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. The site was dedicated to the 184 people who died in the attacks at the Pentagon and on United Flight 93.
The memorial was designed by architect Paul Murdoch and consists of 184 benches which are positioned in order to reflect the date of the attack. The benches are made of white marble and bear the names of each victim of the attack on the Pentagon.
Now that classes are resuming and many attractions are opening up again post COVID-19, make sure to plan out the best itinerary for your educational trip during the school year. DC is packed with exciting things to do for students, so use this guide as a guideline to help you plan your next educational trip to Washington, DC.
Visiting Washington DC should be at the top of anyone's list of destinations regardless of where they're from. That's why See DC Today is offering DC guided tours for small groups of people who want to experience the sights and sounds of our nation's capital. Begin your DC adventure today by booking a tour with us!