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4 Cities That Make American History Jump Off the Page

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Are you looking for creative ways to get students excited about your classroom lessons? Do you feel like your students think of history as a lackluster list of names and dates? This is why our top student travel destinations are the living classrooms of the East Coast. Keep reading to find out how four U.S. cities make history come alive and ignite the spark of learning in your students!

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5 Reasons to Visit Washington, D.C. on Presidents' Day Weekend

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Washington, D.C. is the country's largest living classroom - a perfect destination for student travel. As you visit the city's many monuments and museums, your student tour will come face-to-face with national accomplishments in history, civics, politics, art, and science. And on Presidents' Day weekend, you can't visit D.C. without stopping by the many memorials dedicated to some of the most influential American leaders.

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10 Presidents Who Changed America From Washington, D.C.

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Heading to Washington, D.C.? Make sure your students learn about some of our country’s most influential leaders before they travel. From their greatest accomplishments to where to find information about them in Washington, D.C., we compiled need-to-know information about a few of our nation’s leaders.

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5 Remarkable Presidential Inauguration Facts

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With the 2017 presidential inauguration fast approaching, it's a great time to consider how you will present this historic government event to your students. To start, check out these fascinating historical facts on the event.

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8 Activities to Prepare Students for Their 8th Grade D.C. Trip

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To make the most of any student tour, pre-trip preparation is key. To help you get your students ready for their Washington, D.C. student tour we put together eight educational activities.

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Where to Learn About Great Presidents in Washington, D.C.

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If you’re a presidential history buff, you probably already know that Washington, D.C. is the place to be when it comes to discovering the legacies of our nation’s leaders. But which D.C. attractions are best for learning about your favorite American president? If you’re a fan of one of these popular presidents, here are attractions you can’t miss.

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What Will You Find at the Smithsonian Institution? [Infographic]

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Housing over 138 million cultural, historical and scientific items, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution are some of the most popular attractions on Washington, D.C. student tours. Free to the public, 11 of the 19 museums are conveniently located in the National Mall. This means students of every subject can easily explore whichever collections suit their interests.

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Know Before You Go: Worksheets for Your DC Class Trip

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You want to make sure your students get the most out of their Washington, D.C. student tour, and there’s no better way to do this than to provide them with essential information on the iconic sights they will visit. Before they head out, arm them with knowledge and get them excited with these worksheets, fact sheets, and quizzes on subjects such as the Smithsonian Institution, presidents, and the main governmental attractions.  

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Best Things to Do in Washington, DC

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It’s not surprising that Washington, D.C. student tours are our most popular — after all, our nation’s capital offers historical, political and cultural lessons at every turn. We spend a lot of time exploring unique things to do in D.C., and we wanted to share our favorites. From tried and true favorites to off-the-beaten path gems, these sights are sure to leave you inspired.

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Come Alive With Swing Time — The Musical!

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Filled with popular 1940’s musical numbers and historically-relevant themes, Swing Time – The Musical! has come to Washington, D.C. Showcasing an important time in American history, this spectacular is the perfect addition to any Washington, D.C. student tour.

Director Mike Thornton shares a bit of information about the production.

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