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October 3, 2016 | 10:00 AM

10 Great Cities to Tour With Your Students

Written by Christine Frisch

There are endless options when it comes to choosing a city for your student tour. That’s why we’d like to share with you some of our favorite student tour destinations. Keep reading to see our top 10 list of travel destinations for you and your students!

1) Chicago

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Urban sophistication and shining skyscrapers mix with Midwestern charm and local cultures in this diverse, world-class city. Students of every subject will discover fascinating information at museums such as the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium and the Art Institute of Chicago. The cultural center of the Midwest since the mid-19th century, Chicago’s rich history can be told through its famed, one-of-a-kind architecture. Of course, a school field trip to Chicago isn’t complete without a world-class performance and visits to the city’s unique neighborhoods, attractions and parks.

2) New York City

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While a nickname like “the Center of the Universe” may seem like a gross exaggeration, this urban hub lives up to its moniker by serving as a meeting place for people and cultures from all over. With nearly 71 thousand inhabitants per square mile, our New York City educational tour of the densely populated island of Manhattan will take students to leading media centers and universities, world-renowned museums, sites and attractions they may recognize from the movies. One of the world’s most intense cultural conglomerates, New York City has something to offer every student traveler and subject type.

3) Washington, D.C.

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With monuments and museums centered around politics, history, art, science and more, our nation’s capital is a living classroom for students of almost every discipline. Whether you are a history teacher planning your 8th grade D.C. trip, or a science teacher interested in Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, we will create a Washington D.C. educational tour that perfectly fits your student’s needs and interests. This tour takes advantage of the city’s many affordable attractions, from the iconic monuments and memorials to historic neighborhoods.

4) Orlando

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On this student leadership conference, your students can take advantage of the information-rich environment of Walt Disney World with Disney Y.E.S. programs that explore leadership and marketing skills. Disney Y.E.S. programs are standards-based accredited field studies within the Disney Parks, and leadership options let students experience everything from global citizenship to personal brands. Of course, student travelers will have plenty of time to explore all four Disney World Resort parks and enjoy nighttime Disney performances.

5) Sacramento

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The history, politics and culture of the Golden State come alive with our Sacramento educational tours. As the epicenter of the California Gold Rush, Sacramento invites students to learn from its 19th century mining towns and influential state parks. Moving forward to modern times, Sacramento is known as America’s farm-to-fork capital while serving as California’s political capital, offering students insights into the state’s government.

6) Springfield

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During the 24 years in which Abraham Lincoln lived in this quaint state capital, he established his career as a lawyer and a statesman, and, in his own words, “passed from a young to an old man.” During a Springfield tour, you’ll travel back to the mid-19th century with sites such as Lincoln’s Greek revival home, the Old State Capital, the Presidential Museum and Lincoln’s Tomb. Springfield’s lessons for student travelers go beyond Abe: the town rests on the historic Route 66 and boasts a prairie-style Frank Lloyd Wright House.

7) Los Angeles

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Famous for its coastline and sunshine, southern California is as culturally fascinating as it is naturally beautiful. Get to know Los Angeles with tours of Hollywood hotspots, visits to world-call museums and beachy excursions. Take advantage of the learning opportunities in the areas theme parks with visits to Disneyland and SeaWorld. Visit the many educational spots of San Diego's Balboa Park, from the San Diego Air and Space Museum to the famous San Diego Zoo.

8) Nashville

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Here in the home of country music, students can get a taste of the exuberant performances and rich cultural history that define all-American music. With this Nashville performance tour, music lovers will visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Grand Ole Opry and modern attractions such as Jack White’s Third Man Studio. Nashville student travelers can soak up Southern charm with visits to antebellum plantations and sips of sweet tea.

9) Boston

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Established by Puritans as a “shining city on a hill,” Boston has been a cultural hub since the American Revolution. Its rich history and vivacious academic life tell the tales of progressive Americans who defined the future of the country. With museums, sports, seafood, colonial history, literary influences and more, our Boston student tours are customized to best meet your group’s interests.

10) Seattle

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Experience the beauty, culture and history that Seattle has to offer on this educational student tour. As the largest city in the state, this organized tour is packed with visits to popular monuments and museums, and is sure to leave a lasting impression. Discover a diverse environmental atmosphere located within a metropolitan area, and enjoy world-class city attractions.

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