Recommended in Washington
Political – Capitol Hill & Library of Congress Walking Tour
This tour brings your group to the top of “the Hill.” Visiting the seat of America’s legislative and judicial branches it allows your students to not only explore these beautiful buildings, but the meaning behind them, gaining an understanding of the American political system and how it came to be. Your guide will take you inside what many consider the most beautiful building in the city for a Library of Congress tour and provide your group with tickets to further explore the Capitol building after your tour.
Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour
It was a night that changed the history of a nation forever. Journey back in time with your guide to learn about the three-pronged attack designed to decapitate the U.S. Government. Shrouded in mystery, intrigue and conspiracy, the assassination of the 16th U.S. president has fascinated Americans and foreigners for nearly 150 years. On this tour you’ll understand the characters, walk the streets, and see the buildings where this great drama played out in the Lincoln Assassination. From The White House, home to the president, your students will follow in his footsteps past the site of the attack on Secretary of State William Seward, the National Theatre where Tad Lincoln learned of his father’s death, the home of Vice President Andrew Johnson, ending outside of Ford's Theatre and Peterson's Boarding House. Entries to buildings are not included in this tour but can be arranged separately, subject to availability.
The United States Capitol is a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognisable symbols of representative democracy in the world. The world-famous domed building is home to the House and Senate and it’s where America’s congressmen and congresswomen conduct business, debate laws and pass bills on behalf of the American people. The Capitol also houses an important collection of American art, and it is an architectural achievement in its own right. Construction of the U.S. Capitol began in 1793. In November 1800, the U.S. Congress met in the first completed portion, the north wing. In the 1850’s, major extensions to the North and South ends of the Capitol were authorised because of the great westward expansion of our nation and the resultant growth of Congress. Since that time, the U.S. Capitol and its stately dome have become international symbols of our representative democracy. The U.S. Capitol Visitor Centre is the newest addition to this historic complex. At nearly 580,000 square feet, the Visitor Centre is the largest project in the Capitol's more than two hundred year history and is approximately three quarters the size of the Capitol itself. The entire facility is located underground on the east side of the Capitol so as not to detract from the appearance of the Capitol and the grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1874. To tour the historical areas of the Capitol beyond the Capitol Visitor Centre, you must participate in a guided tour. A tour starts at one of the orientation theatre with a 13-minute film, "Out of Many, One," which will take you on a journey through our country's struggle to establish the world's first truly representative democracy and introduce you to the magnificent building that houses our Congress. Once inside the historic Capitol, you will see the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall before returning to the visitors centre.
Lincoln Memorial & Reflecting Pool
Towering over the Reflecting Pool this majestic memorial is a shrine to Abraham Lincoln - 190 feet long and 119 feet wide it reaches a height of just under 100 feet. Its design inspired by ancient Greek temples consists of 36 marble columns, each representing one state in the U.S. at the date of President Lincoln’s death. As you climb the steps into the interior you will see a memorable quote above the 19-foot tall, 175-ton statue of a seated Abraham Lincoln overlooking the Mall of the country that he fought so hard to preserve and unite. The quote reads "In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever." To the left of the statue is Lincoln’s great speech, the Gettysburg Address, perhaps the most famous in U.S. history. Every single word of the Address is etched into the wall to inspire Americans just as it did so in 1863. To the right is the entire Second Inaugural Address, given in March of 1865 and mere months before Lincoln’s death. With a clear sky the view from the steps at sunset is impressive, in particular with the Washington Monument in the distance. As you descend you’ll reach the Reflecting Pool, a permanent part of the backdrop for inaugurations, demonstrations, rallies, and marches, including the 1963 March on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at which he delivered his famed 'I Have a Dream' speech. The Reflecting Pool also appears in the film Forrest Gump during his speech before an anti-war demonstration.
Recommended in New York
Ferry to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
First stop is Liberty Island and an opportunity to explore in and around the Statue, then on to Ellis Island, where 20 million people from 120 ethnic groups became US citizens. The museum’s artefacts, photographs, prints, videos, interactive displays, oral histories and temporary exhibits will help to describe to your students the patterns of immigration and facts about the immigrants themselves.
This museum’s 110,000 square feet of exhibition space is located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Centre site—telling the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of monumental and authentic artefacts.
Top of the Rock
A New York City landmark for nearly 75 years, the Rockefeller Center is located in the heart of Manhattan. At the start of a visit you can enjoy the multi-media theatre exhibit which presents the historyof the Rockefeller Center. The Sky shuttle elevators then take you at speed up to the Observation decks on the 67th, 69th & 70th floors which give spectacular views of New York City.
Empire State Building
Reaching a ¼ of a mile into the Manhattan sky, The Empire State Building is New York’s best known skyscraper conceived in the booming 1920’s and completed in the gloom of depression in 1931. The observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floor are open daily, late into the evening, offering 360-degree views of this vibrant city.