Sightseeing Tours

Friday, August 26

REGISTRATION FEE: $35 per tour

Tour 1: Black History Deep Dive – 8:00AM – 12:00PM

Black history has deep roots in Washington, DC and the team at Historic America is excited to guide you through this interactive lesson. Start off with a walk down U Street NW, which was once known as “Black Broadway” thanks to the musical legends who performed in the neighborhood. Next, head over to the Anacostia Community Museum to learn about the collective power and diversity of Black communities. Round out your experience with a stop at the residence of one of the most prominent Black leaders of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass. The National Historic Site is known as Cedar Hill.

Tour 2: Faith-Focused District – 8:00AM – 12:00PM

Have a little faith that the District has attractions for every walk of life and religious belief. On this tour, visit the Saint John Paul II National Shrine to see the beautiful mosaics that adorn the chapel and learn about the life of Saint John Paul II through the A Gift of Love Pay a visit to the Washington National Cathedral, a house of prayer for all people that features sparkling stain glass windows, one of which contains a piece of lunar rock from the Apollo XI astronauts. Finally, explore one of the most influential and best-selling books in history at the Museum of the Bible.

Tour 3: Civic Engagement Previews – 8:00AM – 12:00PM

On this tour, you will visit developing DC attractions whose missions focus on civic engagement, inspiring visitors to come together to protect public values or make change in their communities. The National Museum of American Diplomacy, while still under development, will welcome you to showcase preview exhibits and see renderings of the attraction to come. Next is a preview of the Capital Jewish Museum, which will highlight how the Jewish community, American society and democracy intersect. Finally, learn about the important role of the Institute of Peace and its dedication to creating a world without conflict.

Tour 4: Taking the National Stage – 8:00AM – 12:00PM

Explore DC’s performing arts scene. Sit down with folks from the U.S. Army Band to talk through the unique experiences they can create for your groups. Then get a guided tour of Arena Stage, the birthplace of pre-Broadway hits such as Dear Evan Hansen. And finally, it’s time to head over to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a tour of the wondrous campus, which includes the REACH.

Tour 5: Montgomery County, Maryland – 11:00AM – 4:00PM

Montgomery County, Maryland puts award-winning STEM programs, agricultural workshops and beloved historical sites right at your fingertips. The multitude of sites and experiences located across the county make our destination a perfect fit for student educational travel. First head to Josiah Henson Museum & Park for stories about the life and challenges of Reverend Josiah Henson and his journey to freedom. Then, step into nature through interactive presentations, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration of the 50-acre garden and conservatories at Brookside Gardens. Finally, stop by the National Museum of Health and Medicine to explore the impact of military medicine and learn about topics ranging from combat casualty care and traumatic brain injury, to the history of vaccine development and techniques in forensic identification. Boxed lunches will be provided on this tour.

Tour 6: Arlington, Virginia Tour – 12:00PM – 4:00PM

Arlington County is home to hundreds of historic sites, cultural attractions, and overall enriching experiences, making it the perfect place to keep students busy and learning. At Arlington National Cemetery students can visit and honor the gravesites of U.S. presidents and other famous Americans, discover Arlington’s rich history, take in scenic grounds, and make a stop at the newly reopened Arlington House. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum offers an interactive learning environment filled with interactive exhibits and diverse, personal stories that underscore the DEA’s commitment to keeping Americans safe. Lastly, at the Military Women’s Memorial, students can learn through their various exhibits, world-class collections and innovative programs honoring the commitment, contributions and experiences of every woman who serves in the Armed Forces. Overall, Arlington County has no shortage of exciting attractions and activities for students of all ages to create long lasting memories.

Tour 7: Hidden Historical Oasis – 12:00PM – 4:00PM

Join this tour to get an insider look at homes of influential figures, including former presidents of the United States. Explore the expansive home of Marjorie Merriweather Post at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, including acres of gorgeously kept gardens and the mansion that became a museum. Visit Tudor Place, home to six generations of Martha Washington’s descendants and the largest Washington collection outside of Mount Vernon! President Lincoln’s Cottage will also welcome you to Honest Abe’s DC home, where he developed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Tour 8: Super Spy Wordsmith – 12:00PM – 4:00PM

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to visit two of DC’s coolest museums! On this tour, step into the shoes of an undercover agent at the International Spy Museum, where you will also hear stories from former spies and see stunning artifacts. Then, test your language skills at the fully interactive Planet Word. Discover hidden gems like a secret door to a hidden reading room.

Tour 9: Black History Overview – 12:00PM – 4:00PM

This tour visits iconic museums and memorials that have ties to the history of the African American community. Begin at the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, which honors the sacrifices of Black troops who fought in the Civil War. Next, visit the memorials to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln followed by a stop at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The tour also includes a stop at Black Lives Matter Plaza, a permanent installation created by DC’s mayor just steps from the White House.

Tour 10: STEM into DC – 12:00PM – 4:00PM

Hear from the National Park Service and their partners about the many unique offerings the organization has in DC for the STEM-minded. Next head into the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History to explore their student focused programming that immerses students in the natural world. End the day at the crossroads of art, science and technology at ARTECHOUSE, an interactive art experience.

FAM Tours

All-Star Student Tour of Northern Virginia (Tour Operators Only)
Hosted by: Northern Virginia Tourism Partnership
Tuesday, August 23 – Thursday, August 25

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Adventure across the Potomac and explore Northern Virginia with stops in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William. Discover student-friendly experiences including fresh new evening activities, interactive historic programs, and high-quality dining options. You will get to stroll the cobblestone streets in historic Alexandria, get hands-on in the experiential learning center at the new Museum of the United States Army, and enjoy a tour through the years at the newly re-opened DEA Museum. Having a little fun, we’ll blow of some steam while knocking the pins down at Uptown Alley and blast through the arcade with laser (tag) precision at The Zone. Play, learn, and dine your way through Northern Virginia!

Visit Williamsburg (Tour Operators Only)
Hosted by: Visit Williamsburg
Tuesday, August 23 – Friday, August 26

In Williamsburg, life moves at one pace: yours. Dip your kayak paddle into the waters of a peaceful river. Shop at a local boutique. Get your thrills at a theme park. Or enjoy a fascinating glimpse into American history. Indulge in farm-to-table freshness, craft beverages, colonial taverns, and more. Find out why the readers of Travel + Leisure named Williamsburg the “Best Small Town in the South.”

Gettysburg Rediscovered (Tour Operators Only)
Hosted by: Destination Gettysburg
Tuesday, August 30 – Thursday, September 1

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See history come to life in one of America’s top student destinations. Learn how a trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, can be not only educational and engaging, but fun and memorable for students of all ages. Experience interactive history and hands-on activities with new and unique museums, tours and entertainment that will show you why student groups return year after year. You’ll get a peek inside some of the historic town’s newest attractions, and special previews of two locations set to open in later 2022 and 2023.

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