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8 Fall Inspired Virtual Backgrounds

With the arrival of Fall, it’s time to set your virtual backgrounds to reflect the season! While you wait for your next trip, use these backgrounds in your online meetings or classes to feel like you’re in one of our trip destinations, such as Chicago, Munich, or Los Angeles! Just right clic... Read More

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Five D.C. Sites That Are Rich in African American History

Washington D.C. is home to beloved museums and memorials that keep important American moments close to hearts and minds. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in 2016, in a ceremony presided over by President Barack Obama, is a meaningful addition to the city. Sti... Read More

Historic Boston

New Program Spotlight: Boston – East Coast STEM

Boston is famous worldwide for its role in advancing America’s revolution…but you know what else Boston is famous for? Advancing science at some of the world’s best institutions! Our new Boston STEM trip highlights include visiting the MIT Nuclear Reactor Lab, StageOne Robotics and Coding Heli... Read More

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New Program Spotlight: New York City – East Coast STEM

New York City is famous for having something for just about everyone – and that’s why we’ve introduced new trips that approach America’s largest city with a focus on STEM.  This tour offers the best of, well, ALL, worlds by combining all the NYC highlights with science-packed visits like th... Read More

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Interesting Facts About Paris, Part Deux

Ahhh, Paris, the City of Light and the City of Love. There are so many interesting facts about the bucket-list city, we compiled another list to go along with our original 10 Interesting Facts About Paris post. The Louvre is considered the most popular museum in the world, welcoming nine million vis... Read More

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

7 Interesting Facts about Ireland

Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle of its famously lush greenery and rolling hills. But it is rich in culture you can’t see as well, with an incredible history of literature, music, and art, and some very interesting and quirky history! Here are seven interesting facts about Ireland. The Tit... Read More


7 Interesting Facts About Croatia

Croatia may be known for brutal war battles (hello Game of Thrones!) and medieval architecture, but this beautiful coastal paradise and up-and-coming European destination has some interesting (and some quirky) qualities. Here are 7 interesting facts about the gorgeous European island of Croatia! Cro... Read More

8 Interesting Facts about New Zealand

New Zealand is a land like no other. With calm bays to the North, rugged mountains to the South and all sorts of environments in-between, New Zealand is an outdoors-lovers dream. Teeming with people known for their hospitality, a fascinating culture, and every type of activity you could think of, he... Read More


8 Interesting Facts About Brussels

Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, is well-known for many things – politics, history, architecture, and cuisine just to name a few. It is easy to be captivated by this relatively small city because of its rich culture and charm. Here are eight interesting facts about Brussels to inspire a visi... Read More

Splash into Science Curry Hammock State Park - Key Largo, Florida

8 Interesting Facts About the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys – not just a fantastic vacation destination. The Keys have a rich history, and are home to some fascinating marine facts. Here are eight interesting tidbits you may not know about the warm and sunny destination. In the region known as the Florida Keys, there are 800 keys in total,... Read More

Chicago and Springfield Illinois State History Programs

9 Interesting Facts About Chicago

Chicago is home to incredible architecture, a rich museum scene, and gobs of Midwestern history. Students who experience the Windy City can see it all. Here are nine interesting facts about this great American city. You could almost run a marathon along Lake Michigan! There is 26 miles of lakefront,... Read More

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8 Fun Facts About London

London is full of rolling green parks, cherry red buses, royal palaces, and it’s the perfect multicultural large city with something for every student. Its history is fascinating, its architecture is breathtaking, and the expansive theater scene in London allows visitors to take in shows and perfo... Read More


7 Fun Facts About Boston

When you walk the streets of Boston, you cannot miss the historical importance of this founding American city. Its history is America’s history, and while everyone knows about some of the most pivotal moments (like the Boston Tea Party and the battlefields of Lexington and Concord) there is a ton ... Read More

California State House

9 Fun Facts About California

California – it’s inspired countless songs, movies, and shows due to its storied history and innovative spirit. Here’s 9 facts you probably didn’t know about this golden state! California is home to the “Avocado Capital of the World.” Every year, Fallbrook holds an avocado festival ... Read More

Sunset Oxford Faculty

8 Fun Facts About Oxford

Oxford is a favorite for tourists looking for a day trip from London, or a quiet alternative to the busy metropolis. The famous university town draws thousands of tourists a year, for its quaintness as well as its associations with modern western mythology, particularly Alice in Wonderland and the H... Read More

Musical Journey Through France

4 Reasons Performers Should Travel to France

France has long been considered a cultural destination. At WorldStrides, we give performance groups the opportunity of a lifetime in the cities and countryside of France. Students are able to perform in spectacular cathedrals and venues, and take in the historic sights. First, stop in Normandy, wher... Read More

8 Fun Facts About Mexico

When you think of Mexico, maybe you think of a tropical spring break vacation, but Mexico has so much more to offer than just fun in the sun! The country has a fascinating history, wonderful food, and a plethora of natural wonders. Here are eight fun facts you might not know about Mexico: Mexico has... Read More

Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial near Madrid, Spain

7 Fun Facts About Madrid

Spain’s capital—and its largest city—has so much to offer for art, history, and food enthusiasts. Here are seven things you should know before heading to beautiful Madrid: Madrid’s Royal Palace is the largest royal palace in Europe, with 3,418 rooms. Today, it no longer functions as a reside... Read More

Madrid and Barcelona Student Trip

8 Fun Facts About Barcelona

Spain’s second most populous city is a traveler’s delight, with lovely architecture and a rich culture. Here are eight things you should know about Barcelona: Construction on Guadi’s masterpiece the Sagrada Familia began in 1882. Over a hundred years later, the massive church is still being bu... Read More

Snorkel with Manatees at Crystal River Florida Habitat H2O

WorldStrides Florida Eco Programs Dive Deep into Science

Learning about marine science in the classroom is one thing, but exploring it first-hand is another! WorldStrides offers programs to Florida for students interested in all-things science. Here is just a sample of some of the unforgettable experiences our travelers can participate in while on a Flori... Read More

Italy Concert Performance

4 Reasons Performers Should Travel to Italy

There’s much more to Italy that just decadent carbs and cheese. From the Madrigals of the Renaissance, to Neapolitan song, to Bel Canto opera, Italy has always been a major musical center with artists innovating musical styles. On WorldStrides OnStage’s Musical Italy tour, students have the oppo... Read More

Christian Discoveries Capitol Hill

9 Interesting Facts About Washington, D.C.

Who loves D.C.? WE love D.C., and we have for the 50 years we’ve been leading student tours there. Our nation’s capital is where the history and government you’ve heard about in school come alive. But there are a lot of interesting facts that you may not know! Woodrow Wilson is the only U.S. p... Read More

Dyrholaey Nature Reserve Puffins Iceland

How to Spot Puffins in Iceland

Iceland is a beautiful and fascinating country, and lots of people go to see its waterfalls, volcanoes, and generally gorgeous scenery. When I went to Iceland, of course I wanted to go see all of the most popular sites. But one of the main reasons I went was also to see puffins. That’s why I [&hel... Read More

Turnagain Arm Bore Tide Alaska

9 Cool Facts about Alaska

In 1959, Alaska joined the United States of America. With its abundance of wildlife, natural resources, and diverse landscapes, it’s no wonder why Alaska is known as America’s last great frontier! Want to know why it’s a place you should check out? Here are 9 cool facts about Alaska that will ... Read More

Williamsburg Governor's Mansion

9 Interesting Facts About Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg is often referred to as the world’s largest living history museum, making it an obvious destination for those seeking to experience something new…or old…you know what we mean. From an educational standpoint, the appeal of visiting Williamsburg is clear. In fact, the ... Read More

Cloud rainforest wild animal sanctuary, Costa Rica

10 Interesting Facts about Costa Rica

Nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica offers unique travel experiences and breathtaking views, but what you don’t know about Costa Rica may surprise you! We’ve compiled a list of 10 interesting facts that will not only make you want to pack your bags, but you ma... Read More


7 Interesting Facts About Estonia

Estonia… maybe you’ve heard of it, and but maybe you’re sort of fuzzy on where it is. This Baltic country has plenty of amazing things going for it right now – and it’s starting to make its way up the “must-visit” lists. From an insta-worthy capital city, to superfast internet – ... Read More

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Airplane in the Smithsonian

If you’ve ever been to the National Air and Space Museum, chances are you’ve wondered – how does the Smithsonian get a plane in the building? (Well, maybe you have wondered this, or maybe you haven’t.) We have been wondering and we asked them! Here’s what the Collections Department, from t... Read More

Washington DC cherry blossoms

6 Things to Know Before Cherry Blossoms Peak

Spring has finally sprung in Washington, D.C. and that means it won’t be long before the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. It is one of the most beautiful times of year in the nation’s capitol. Here are some important things you should know before venturing out to see the flowers: The f... Read More

Perform at the Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans

10 Facts About New Orleans

The French Quarter, Mardi Gras, jazz, beignets…Really, what’s not to love about New Orleans? Here are 10 facts about New Orleans, one of America’s most eclectic cities. New Orleans is famously known as the home of voodoo. Marie Laveau, an oracle who performed numerous exorcisms and voodoo ritu... Read More

gyeonbokgung palace - Seoul, South Korea

11 Facts About South Korea

As the 2018 Winter Olympics prepare to kick off, all eyes – including ours! – are on Pyeongchang, South Korea. But we’ve been a fan of South Korea for a long time. It’s a popular destination for our WorldStrides ISA Custom Programs! As the games begin, here are 11 facts about South Korea. Ch... Read More

Philadelphia Liberty Bell

10 Firsts That Occurred In Philadelphia

Philadelphia is home to the Philly Cheesesteak, the Liberty Bell, and a whole lot of history. If you look around the city, you might find “Pennsylvania” spelled “Pensylvania” at sites such as the Liberty Bell and in the Constitution – that’s no typo. It was an accepted spelling at the ti... Read More

Machu Picchu. Cuzco, Peru

12 Interesting Facts About Peru

Peru is a colorful land of textiles, ancient ruins, and incredible culture. It’s also home to one of America’s favorite foods – and an interesting national dish! Check out these 12 interesting facts about Peru to learn more about one of our favorite destinations in South America. Caral-supe is... Read More

Christian Discoveries Governor's Palace

7 Interesting Facts About Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg is a great place to visit any time of the year, but we especially love to see it all decked out for the holiday season. Its 18th-century-style Grand Illumination is especially exciting with a torch-lit parade and lots of fireworks! Want to know more about Williamsburg year-roun... Read More

San Francisco

11 Interesting Facts About San Francisco

San Francisco is famous for its Golden Gate Bridge, steep streets, Alcatraz, and – you got it, dude! – Full House. The thirteenth largest city in the United States also has some pretty interesting historical facts. Check out these 11 interesting facts about San Francisco! During the Great Depres... Read More

Visit the White House, Washington, DC

5 Haunted Historical Sites in the United States

In the spirit of Halloween, we’re scaring, we mean sharing, five of the most haunted historical sites in the United States with you. Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, Fall River, MA “Lizzie Borden had an axe…”  You may know the poem, but did you know that The Borden House is considered o... Read More

Catacombs of Paris

5 Haunted Places In Europe

Many of the world’s most famous landmarks not only carry a lot of history, they also carry a haunted past! With Halloween upon us, we researched ghost stories from around the world and learned Europe has quite the history of ghosts and paranormal happenings. Here are five haunted places in Europe ... Read More

Nashville Heritage Festival

11 Interesting Facts About Nashville

Nashville is known for its bustling music scene, down home hospitality, and great food. We’re so excited about our Nashville Heritage Festival this spring that we put together a list of 11 interesting facts about Nashville, covering everything from history to pop culture. Nashville’s Centennia... Read More

The Arch of Triumph Bucharest Romania,

14 Interesting Facts About Romania

Romania is a hidden gem, located in southeastern Europe. Full of history and culture, the country’s capital, Bucharest, is even called “Little Paris.” Curious about this developing country?  Here are 14 interesting facts about Romania. The name “Romania” comes from the Latin word “Roma... Read More

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12 Interesting Facts About New York City

Who doesn’t love the Big Apple? WorldStrides certainly does! We did some research into one of our favorite cities in the United States and learned 12 interesting facts about New York City you may not have known. A little over 8 million people live in New York City. That means 1 in every 38 people ... Read More

Cartagena, Colombia

11 Interesting Facts About Colombia

Colombia is known for its significant natural resources, modern cities, and a diverse culture. The government has made great strides in recent years to secure peace with revolutionaries, minimize crime, and protect its strong democratic institutions and the country boasts at growing economy. Here ar... Read More

Singapore Now

11 Interesting Facts About Singapore

Singapore has emerged as one of the world’s most prosperous countries. It’s a financial center, an achievement in urban planning, and serves as a model for developing nations. It’s also one of our most popular travel destinations! Here are 11 interesting facts about Singapore. Singapore’s n... Read More

Orlando, Florida Skyline

10 Fun Facts About Orlando

Orlando is one of the most popular travel destinations in the United States. From science programs to music festivals and bowl games, WorldStrides sends hundreds of students to the “City Beautiful” every year. Here are 10 of our favorite fun facts about Orlando! Orlando is home to more tha... Read More

Belem Tower Lisbon Portugal

9 Interesting Facts About Portugal

Portugal is quickly becoming a popular destination for travelers. With colorful cities like Lisbon and Porto, more than 400 miles of scenic coastline, and a rich history, it’s easy to see why travelers are drawn to the country. Here are 9 interesting facts about Portugal and its long history: The ... Read More

Meet Smithsonian Expert Dr. Stanley Heckadon-Moreno

At the mouth of the Panama Canal, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Galeta Point Marine Laboratory is home base for some of the most important environmental monitoring and local education in the region — and Dr. Heckadon-Moreno is its caretaker. This mangrove forest, coral reef, and ... Read More


12 Facts About Iceland

Iceland isn’t just one of the most popular travel destinations, it’s also a land of geological and environmental wonders. Whether exploring the historic and cultural centers of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, or traveling the famed Golden Circle, a visit to Iceland is truly an unforgettable expe... Read More

Presidential Inauguration, Washingon DC

Photos From The 2017 Presidential Inauguration

WorldStrides brought 6,000 students to Washington, D.C., to experience the historic Presidential Inauguration. Students were also able to visit some of the sights of our nation’s capital and even had the option to attend their own Inaugural Ball! Here are just a few photos from the weekend – che... Read More

The Vatican - Vatican City

Roaming Rome

Read part one and part two of our three part recap of our employee trip to Italy! Following our adventures in Venice and our exploration of Florence, it was off to Rome! We loaded our private coaches bright and early to start our journey to the “Eternal City.” Many of us t... Read More

Cathedral in Florence, Italy

Exploring Florence

Read part one of our three part recap of our employee trip to Italy! Following our adventures in Venice, it was on to Florence! During our private coach ride from Florence to Venice, we took park in one of the LEAP activities our student travelers enjoy, the Great Renaissance Debate. We broke into t... Read More

Venice, Italy

An Adventure Through Venice

A number of WorldStrides employees recently had the opportunity to travel to Italy to visit Venice, Florence, and Rome and experience many of the same sights and activities our student travels visit. As an avid traveler with an intense desire to see “everywhere,” I jumped at the chance to fly ac... Read More

Venice - Rialto bridge and Grand Canal

10 Facts About Venice

Venice, known also as the “City of Canals,” “The Floating City,” and “Serenissima,” is arguably one of Italy’s most picturesque cities. With its winding canals, striking architecture, and beautiful bridges, Venice is a popular destination for travel. Here are 10 facts about Venice you ... Read More

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Thinking of Paris

Today marks the first anniversary of the attacks that took place in Paris on November 13, 2015. Our thoughts and support are with Paris as they remember the events from a year ago and continue the healing process. Paris is a city of culture, architecture, history, art, literature, and so much more. ... Read More

The Colosseum - Rome, Italy

12 Interesting Facts About Rome

All roads lead to Rome, right? Rome, the “Eternal City,” brims with ancient history, from the Colosseum to the port of Ostia Antica to majestic Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel. Because of its history, art, architecture, and beauty – and perhaps its gelato and pasta! – Rome is one of our ... Read More

White Water Rafting in Costa Rica

12 of Our Favorite WorldStrides Programs Photos

All of our WorldStrides programs are designed to give those who travel with us the best educational and cultural experience around. Check out some of our favorite photos from recent WorldStrides programs. Don’t forget to share yours with us! Tag us on Instagram and Facebook, and use hashtags #... Read More

Edinburgh and London

12 Facts About Edinburgh

Every August, Edinburgh, Scotland welcomes Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. 2015’s festival spanned 25 days and featured 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows in 313 venues! Our American High School Theatre Festival and International Collegiate Theatre Festival programs are gear... Read More

Our Thoughts Are With Nice

We are deeply saddened by the tragedy that unfolded in Nice, France yesterday. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families, and the people of Nice at this time. We have confirmed that our travelers are safe and accounted for and will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as nec... Read More

Louvre Museum - Paris, France

10 Interesting Facts About Paris

Thomas Jefferson once said “a walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.” There’s a reason Paris is one of the most popular cities among travelers. Known as the “City of Light” or the “City of Love,” the streets of Paris overflow with culture, a... Read More

Orlando, Florida Skyline

Our Thoughts Are With Orlando

We are deeply saddened by the tragedy that unfolded in Orlando yesterday. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families, and the people of Orlando at this time. Photo source: Time Read More

Tower of London - London, England

Tower of London: Where History Lives On

When asked what the one thing a person must experience while in London, I tell them to visit the Tower of London and while there, be sure to take a Yeoman Warders Tour, say hello to the ravens, and check out the crown jewels. During my recent trip to London and Paris, the Tower of […] Read More

Eiffel Tower - Paris, France

Part 2: 10 Days in London and Paris

Sarah Wyland is a Digital Marketing Manager for WorldStrides. She recently spent 10 days in London and Paris, taking in historic sites and learning just how valuable travel really is. Read Part 1: 10 Days in London and Paris, then continue on to Part 2 below! When I was in ninth grade, my Honor... Read More

Literary Tours to Ireland and Scotland – Irish Literary Tours

Part 1: 10 Days in London and Paris

Sarah Wyland is a Digital Marketing Manager for WorldStrides. She recently spent 10 days in London and Paris, taking in historic sites and learning just how valuable travel really is. Read about her experience!  Growing up, my babysitter’s mother was from a small town just outside of London.... Read More

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

Part 1: Bangkok, Thailand: An Exploration of Culture

Mackenzie Crowe is a marketing manager at WorldStrides. She recently spent three weeks traveling around Thailand. Read about her experience!  As I packed my single 4-liter camelbak backpack (sans the water pouch), I perfected the ‘roll.’ The roll is where you take an article of clothin... Read More

Costa Rica Manuel Antonio Beach

My Coastal Conservation Program Experience in Costa Rica

Melissa Harris is an account manager with our Discoveries programs. She recently spent time in Costa Rica on a WorldStrides Coastal Conservation program. Read about Melissa’s trip, and the lessons she learned in Costa Rica.  I recently joined one of my groups in Costa Rica to experience o... Read More

Group in Iceland

Iceland: An Adventure to the Land of Fire and Ice

Lindsey Skinner is a Program Development Specialist for WorldStrides Capstone Programs.  Before we left for Iceland, I sat on my bed in my hometown of San Diego, surrounded by all of the cold weather clothes I own (which is made up of roughly of my mom’s winter jacket, a rainbow ski bean... Read More

Seward Marina Resurrection Bay Alaska

Learn more about our exciting new Science Discoveries programs

At WorldStrides, we are constantly seeking new ways for students to experience educational travel. That’s why we are excited to offer two new Science Discoveries programs to our already robust offerings to locations including Florida, California, Iceland, and Costa Rica. These new programs travel ... Read More

Jökulsárlón, Iceland

10 winter landscapes from around the world

We’re preparing for some winter weather at WorldStrides’ headquarters in Charlottesville, but a little snow hasn’t stopped us from daydreaming about travel! As we wait for the flakes to start falling outside our office windows, we thought we would share some of our favorite winter landsca... Read More

Splash Into Science

Splash into Science: 5 days in the Florida Keys (Part 2)

One of our account managers, Elizabeth, joined a group of students from the Midwest on their Splash into Science program in the Florida Keys. This is part two of her recap of the experience. Read part one here.  Day 3 Our third day in Florida was the day I had been waiting for—dolphin swim da... Read More

Splash into Science Dolphin Experience - Key Largo, Florida

Splash into Science: 5 days in the Florida Keys (Part 1)

As an Account Manager at WorldStrides, I get some pretty amazing opportunities. One of those came with the invitation to accompany a school group from the Midwest on their Splash into Science program last fall, along with two colleagues, Nikki and Gina. We were only in Florida for fiv... Read More

Great Wall of China Engagement

A Capstone Great Wall of China Engagement Story

One of our favorite things about what we do at WorldStrides is hearing our students’ stories from their trips upon their return. They tell us about the sites they saw, the foods they ate, and the people they met. Blake used one of our WorldStrides Capstone programs to not only experience another c... Read More

Eiffel Tower - Paris, France

Paris: Safety and Security

Like everyone, we were appalled by the events that took place in Paris this past weekend.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the people of France. First and foremost, the safety and security of our travelers is our highest priority.  On all travel programs, WorldStr... Read More

Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain Park

The Buckingham Fountain is known as Chicago’s front door and is one of the city’s most popular attractions. The massive fountain with incredible water works is one of the largest in the world. Kate Buckingham dedicated the structure to the people of Chicago in 1927 in memory of her late brother,... Read More

Oxbridge at St Andrews

Imagining Oxbridge at St Andrews

Our Oxbridge at St Andrews program brings students into one of the world’s greatest universities, set in a beautiful historic town overlooking the North Sea on the east coast of Scotland. It is a place of imagination and passion, a land of stories inherited from history and mythology, but also gen... Read More

Christian Discoveries Korean War Memorial

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Located directly across the Reflecting Pool from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial is dedicated to honor the thousands of Americans who served in the Korean conflict to try and keep Communist North Korea from overtaking South Korea. What was envisioned as a short, decis... Read More

A Summer With Oxbridge

A Summer With Oxbridge

A summer with Oxbridge is a life-changing opportunity to explore a new subject in a foreign culture with students from all over the world. Our programs are aimed at advanced junior high and high school students who have the desire and motivation to enrich themselves intellectually and culturally. St... Read More

Retrospective: Focus on Italy

In my travels all over the world the one place that holds a special place in my heart is Italy. I could be holding a bit of prejudice since it is my heritage; however, I don’t think it would be a far stretch for anyone Italian or not to fall in love with the history, […] Read More

Crystal River

Crystal River

Students visit Crystal River and experience one of the highlights of the program – swimming with manatees! Comprised of 20 islands surrounded by spring-fed water, Crystal River is a warm water refuge for over 25% of the nation’s endangered Florida manatee population. Students dive right in and s... Read More

Iceland Glacier

Iceland: Fire and Ice

It’s like no other place on earth: The lush landscape of Iceland, from steaming waters to snow-capped mountains, will captivate you with its natural wonders! Relax in steaming waters heated by the earth’s core, feel your heart race with thundering waterfalls, and stand where the Earth literally ... Read More

United Nations Headquarters

United Nations Headquarters

The United Nations is an international organization whose goal is to “preserve international peace and security, promote self-determination and equal rights, and encourage economic and social well-being.” The United Nations Headquarters is comprised of four buildings: The General Assembly Buildi... Read More

Vietnam Veterans War Memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC USA

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

In 1979, a Vietnam veteran named Jan Scruggs made up his mind to insure that there would be a special memorial for those who fought in the Vietnam conflict. It would list the names of every man and woman who went to Vietnam and never returned. He decided to hold a contest for everyone over […... Read More

Red-Eyed Tree Frog at Monteverde Frog Pond - Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Monteverde Frog Pond

The Monteverde Frog Pond is run by a team of biologists, naturalist guides, and conservationists. Their mission is to enable everyone to appreciate the beauty of amphibians and provide information about the significant role they play in the natural world. Students take a guided tour of the Monteverd... Read More

Rainbow River

Rainbow River

Students see abundant wildlife as they snorkel in the crystal fresh water of the Rainbow River. They may even get to see prehistoric shark’s teeth, which are being released as the underground limestone caverns erode. The 5.7 miles of winding river have attracted and sustained human inhabitants for... Read More

Annapolis Exhibition Heritage Festival

Maryland – Annapolis

Annapolis is the state capital of Maryland and at one time was even the temporary capital of the United States. Originally settled in 1649 by Puritan exiles from Virginia, Annapolis was established as a city in 1694 and named after Princess Anne, who was then the future queen of England. Annapolis p... Read More

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Pier 39

Pier 39 is located on the northernmost point of San Francisco’s peninsula. It is home to over 110 stores, 11 restaurants, and countless attractions. From the pier, you can see Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, San Francisco Bay, and the city skyline. Links: Pier 39 Pier 39 Marina Read More

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum — America’s First Planetarium — was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. The museum is home to three full-size theaters, extensive space science exhibitions, and one of the world’s most important antique astronomical instrument coll... Read More

Mote Marine Laboratory Florida H2O

Mote Marine Laboratory

Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, non-profit research organization dedicated to excellence in marine science and education. Operating out of the laboratory is the Center for Shark Research, which conducts research in all aspects of shark biology, including population dynamics, movement patte... Read More

Lexington and Concord

Massachusetts – Lexington and Concord

Explore the home to some of the key events that sparked the American Revolution. Lexington and Concord housed some of our great American authors, including Thoreau, Emerson, Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott. Discover where the start of the American Revolution and the Battle at Lexington Green in 1775... Read More

Trinity Church

Trinity Church

Trinity Church, a Gothic Revival design of Richard Upjohn, turned 150 years old in 1996. During most of the 19th century, the 281-foot steeple of this Episcopal church was New York’s tallest structure. Today, it is dwarfed by the many skyscrapers that surround it on Broadway at the head of Wall St... Read More

Rwanda Rising

Rwanda Rising

Rwanda is not a country blessed with great economic advantages—it’s tiny, landlocked, and lacks many of the natural resources that have bolstered the economies of its neighbors. Despite these factors, and out of the shadow of 1994’s horrific genocide, Rwanda has begun an amazing transformation... Read More

Monteverde Cloud Forest - Monte Verde, Costa Rica

Tirimbina Rainforest Center

Located in the Sarapiquí region and within the Tirimbina Biological Reserve, the Tirimbina Rainforest Center is an educational research center whose mission is to preserve the endangered plants and animals of the topical rainforest. This center offers visitors some very unique and experience-based ... Read More

Students enjoying the Discovery for Credit program in Fort de Soto, Florida

Fort De Soto

The largest park in the Pinellas County Park System, Fort De Soto consists of over 1,000 acres of land on five interconnected islands. These keys are teeming with plant and animal life; visitors can examine mangrove forests, wetlands, palm hammocks, stands of hardwoods, and scores of other native pl... Read More

Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum

Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum

The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum was built in the one-room school style recognizable from “Little House on the Prairie.” Usually a potbellied stove was located in the center of the room to provide heat, and the teacher’s desk stood on a dais (small platform) in the back of the room. Did y... Read More

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Located on the southern fringe of Harlem, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Begun in 1892, the cathedral is still only two-thirds finished. Neighborhood youths are trained by European masons in the courtyard next to the church to cut limestone and... Read More



After struggling in the disease-infested swampland of Jamestown for many years, the colonists decided to move their capital inland to Middle Plantation. Located on higher ground between the James and York rivers, Middle Plantation was the home of the College of William and Mary, and had plenty of un... Read More

Singapore Sets the Pace for Developing Nations

Singapore’s story is that of the underdog – humble beginnings followed by a concentrated fight that has led the country to a momentous peak. In 1819, Singapore was a relatively uninhabited and underdeveloped trading colony. After being expelled from the federation of Malaysia – by unanimous vo... Read More

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Virginia – Charlottesville

Explore the life of our third President, Thomas Jefferson, and see how his thirst for knowledge and innovation led him as a farmer, an architect, a statesman, and an academic. Step back in time and see the world through Jefferson’s eyes at the turn of the 19th century. Explore Jefferson’s home a... Read More

Empire State Building, New York City

Empire State Building

Construction on the Empire State Building began only a few weeks before the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and took only 19 months to complete. During the Depression, it was known as the “Empty State Building,” and the owners relied on admissions from the Observation Deck to pay their taxes. Today, t... Read More

Yorktown Canon - Yorktown, Virginia


Founded in 1691, Yorktown was a busy and prosperous seaport. However, Yorktown’s fame comes from the surrender of Lord Cornwallis to General George Washington in 1781, which marked the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. In 1783, the final treaty was signed in Paris, France, ending the Rev... Read More

Zip line, Tubing, mud baths, hot springs, Oxen, Horseback riding, Costa Rica

Ricon de la Vieja Mud Bath

Relax with a volcanic clay mud bath from the Ricon de la Vieja Volcano’s mud pools (or mudpots). It’s the perfect way to rejuvenate your body after a day full of adventure. After the clay dries, you will be left feeling completely new after cleaning up with a cool river water shower. Did you kno... Read More



The Newseum is an interactive museum that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology, and hands-on exhibits. Interesting Exhibits: Bloomberg Internet, TV, and Radio Gallery: See how, as technologies improved, the speed of news increased. First there was radio, carrying t... Read More


Maryland – Baltimore

Experience our nation’s history at Fort McHenry, where the “Star-Spangled Banner” was written, and discover amazing marine life at the National Aquarium, our nation’s best aquarium, in Baltimore. Understand the international background and consequences of the War of 1812 as you explore the h... Read More

California State History California State Railroad Museum

California State Railroad Museum

When the Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869, travel across the country was forever changed. Instead of taking six months by wagon, the railroad allowed information, merchandise, and people to travel from coast to coast in 10 days. The California State Railroad Museum retells the history... Read More

National Museum of Iceland

The National Museum of Iceland

The National Museum of Iceland houses many of the nation’s cultural and historical treasures. Since opening the doors of its beautiful new facility, the museum has showcased thousands of fascinating and rare pieces of Icelandic history, from the Settlement Age to the Modern Era. Among the collecti... Read More

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon was passed on to George Washington from his older half-brother, and at one time included 8,000 acres. George Washington built five complete farms and a fishery on the property; each farm had its own buildings, livestock, foremen, and workers. Approximately 150 slaves operated the five f... Read More

Boston Science Student Trip

Massachusetts – Boston

The birth of America comes to life as you travel through Boston, Massachusetts. Discover the American trail of freedom while exploring one of the nation’s oldest and most historic cities. The Freedom Trail begins at the Boston Common and winds its way through downtown Boston, the North End and Cha... Read More

9/11 memorial - NYC

The 9/11 National Memorial

The 9/11 National Memorial opened on the 10th anniversary of September 11. Located on the former World Trade Center site, the memorial consists of two huge square pools, which sit within the areas where the Twin Towers stood. Bronze panels along the pools include the names of the nearly 3,000 victim... Read More

International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum allows you to learn about the authentic spy tradecraft that has been used throughout time and around the world. It is the only U.S. public museum dedicated to espionage. It features the biggest collection of espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Don’t Miss... Read More

A horse drawn Amish buggy next to a bridge - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania – Amish Country

Explore Amish Country, named in the July 11, 2003 edition of USA Today as one of “10 Great Places to Slow Down.” Lancaster, Pennsylvania is the oldest inland city in the nation, and its 18th-century buildings and nearby Amish communities give it a unique charm. Take a trip to Lancaster’s peac... Read More

Radio City Music Hall - NYC, New York

Radio City Music Hall

Located in historic Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall is one of the largest indoor theaters in the world. Since it opened in 1932, the Music Hall has welcomed more than 300 million people to enjoy the many events and shows available – that’s more than the population of the entire country... Read More

Costa Rica Programs

Sarapiquí River

The Sarapiquí River flows through the Heredia province of Costa Rica, a region rich with tropical rainforests and wildlife. It is one of the cleanest and calmest rivers in the country, making it ideal for beginning white water rafting trips. As students paddle along the river, they are sure to spot... Read More

Service-Learning Tours in Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal Volcano National Park is located in the northern region of the country and is home to one of the world’s most active and impressive volcanoes. Besides the volcano, this national park has various hiking trails that wind through the tropical highland forest as well as the lowland wet forest. ... Read More


Massachusetts – Plymouth

Experience a town rich in heritage and natural beauty when visiting Plymouth, Massachusetts, the site of the first permanent European settlement in New England. The pilgrims founded Plymouth on December 21, 1620, establishing a settlement that became the seat of Plymouth Colony in 1633. Climb aboard... Read More

Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center

This 16-acre complex serves as home to the N.Y. Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera House, Juilliard School of Music, the Chamber Music Society, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, the Film Society, and the School of American Ballet. It consists of five major theater and concert buildings, a... Read More

Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park - Homosassa, Florida Habitat H2O

Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park

Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park is a 168-acre park that offers visitors the opportunity to get up-close to some of Florida’s native species of wildlife. The 1.1 miles nature walk takes you past alligators, river otters, a hippopotamus, black bear, white-tailed deer, bobcats, snakes, birds of prey... Read More

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

The GE Building at Rockefeller Center houses the multi-level observation deck, Top of the Rock. The high-speed shuttle climbs 850 feet in 50 seconds to take visitors to the 360° view of New York City. Interesting Facts: The Deck was designed to look like the decks of a 1930s grand ocean liner. The ... Read More

Iwo Jima Memorial - Washington, DC

U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial

The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, commonly known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, depicts one of the most famous events of World War II, but is dedicated to all Marines who have died defending the United States since 1775. The base of the Memorial is inscribed with the statement “Uncommon Valor was a C... Read More

Tubing in Costa Rica

Rio Negro Tubing

Enjoy thrilling rapids on an exciting rafting adventure down the tropical river of Rio Negro. Starting at the base of the Victoria Waterfall, feel your adrenaline rush as you learn to paddle the rushing rapids and navigate through the picturesque Rio Negro on a guided river tour. Read More

Smithsonian Castle

Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution, which includes 19 museums and the National Zoo, is the world’s largest museum complex. It was established with a $500,000 gift that was given to the American people by James Smithson, an English scientist. It holds some 136 million artifacts and specimens, although onl... Read More

Cambridge Kings College

Harry Potter’s Cambridge

Growing up with Harry Potter, of the famous J. K. Rowling’s novels, I often dreamed of attending Hogwarts instead of my local school. Who didn’t? Then when I was accepted into Cambridge University, I realized just how close I would come to Harry’s real-life world of wizardry. Cambridge is the ... Read More

Central Park - NYC, New York

Central Park

Central Park was the first landscaped public park in the nation. Designers Frank Olmstead and Calvert Vaux transformed what was once a swamp into 843 acres of lakes, nature walks, and recreation areas, stretching from 59th Street to 110th Street, and from Fifth Avenue to Central Park West. Today, ov... Read More

Broadway - NYC, New York

Times Square and Broadway

Although Broadway runs the entire length of Manhattan, it is best known for its entertainment district, which extends from 40th to 53rd Streets and is bordered by Avenue of the Americas and Eighth Avenue. Many of the 40+ theaters in the area were built between 1910 and 1930. Over the years, vaudevil... Read More

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

Founded in 1868, the Lincoln Park Zoo is the oldest free public zoo in the country. It began with the gift of a pair of swans from New York’s Central Park Commission.  In 1884, a North American bison was born at the park, likely the first of its kind to be born in captivity. During […] Read More

California Gold Country State Capital Building

California State Capitol

The California State Capitol Building was completed in 1874 and cost $2.4 million to complete. It is home to the state’s governor as well as the branches of the state government. Did you know? Richard Nixon, our 37th President, is the only native Californian to ever be elected to the White House. ... Read More

Shark Valley

Shark Valley

Located on the northern edge of Everglades National Park, Shark Valley lies in the heart of the “river of grass” that stretches over 100 miles from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico. Take a tram ride through the park, where you may run into alligators, many varieties of birds, and possibly e... Read More

Jaén, Spain: Land of the Olive Tree

Like most Brits, I had spent many a childhood summer holidaying along Spain´s coastline, but in 2006, when I went to live there, I found myself travelling up inland for the first time. I took a train from Málaga to Jaén, the northernmost region of Andalucia, and somewhere I had never even heard o... Read More

Panda Bear at the National Zoo - Washington, DC

National Zoo

This 163-acre park contains more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 species. The National Zoo is world famous for its two giant pandas and for the display, breeding, and study of wild animals. Species such as the American buffalo, Galapagos tortoise, grizzly bear, and polar bear are being stud... Read More

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Students enjoy free time to explore John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in the Florida Keys. This park was the first undersea park to be created in the United States, and visitors to the park can find miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove swamps. Groups may also participate in an oceano... Read More

San Juan la Laguna Guatemala

Guatemala: Changing Yet Resisting Change All-At-Once

I was excited to return to Guatemala to help with the WorldStrides teacher convention.  I wanted the teachers to get to know the impressive place I knew from my previous travels.  But I was also worried. Guatemala was one of the first countries I had become familiar with almost 10 years ag... Read More

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Language Immersion

“Hola!” This was the first Spanish word that was spoken to me as I disembarked the plane. I couldn’t wait to feel, touch, see taste, and experience the culture of Costa Rica during my language immersion program and learn about what we would come to know as “Pura Vida”– or pure li... Read More

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

The presses at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing are in operation 24 hours a day in order to keep up with the Federal Reserve’s orders for new paper currency. The Bureau also prints postage stamps, military certificates, Treasury notes, and even invitations to the White House. See the presses i... Read More

Philadelphia Liberty Bell

Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

Step back in time to the birth of our nation and look into the lives of our country’s founding fathers. In Philadelphia, see where passionate colonists campaigned for seccession and noble patriots declared our national independence. Students take part in interactive, group-oriented exhibits dedica... Read More

Lincoln's Home in Springfield

Lincoln’s Home and Neighborhood

Lincoln’s home, located at Eighth and Jackson Streets, is where Lincoln resided with his wife, Mary, and their children, before leaving for the White House. When Lincoln received the Republican candidacy for president, a delegation of Republicans visited him in his parlor. Lincoln and his family l... Read More

Kennedy Space Center - Brevard County, Florida

Kennedy Space Center

Students journey into NASA’s past, present, and future when they see and understand how the Space Program refused to let failure stand in its way of exploring the final frontier. Students will re-live the launch of Apollo 9 and the moon landing of Apollo 11 while the Course Leader discusses the ch... Read More



In 1607, 104 Englishmen landed on the banks of the James River in Virginia and began to build the first permanent English colony in the New World. The settlers were unprepared for the blistering heat of the summers or the severe winters, and many did not survive the first year. Jamestown struggled a... Read More

Kennedy Center

Kennedy Center

“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for our victories or defeats in battles or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.” – JFK In 1958, President Eisenhower signed legislation to create a National Cultural... Read More

A World of Haunted Happenings

I love Halloween. In fact, I love the whole month of October. Or, “Rocktober” as I like to refer to it. I love that everything is pumpkin. We’ve got pumpkin pies, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin muffins, and of course pumpkin beer. I love that AMC plays really terrible scary movies every day le... Read More

Modern Life & Medieval Living in Barcelona

Modern Life & Medieval Living in Barcelona

If you’ve ever been to a European city, chances are you’ve wandered through a captivating maze of alleys and streets and squares where every balcony is studded with pots of red geraniums, every wood-framed window and door perfectly catches the afternoon shadows and every turn brings yet another ... Read More

J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

The J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is a 6400 acre refuge, located in southwestern Florida on the subtropical barrier island of Sanibel in the Gulf of Mexico, protects one of the country’s largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystems. Well known for its migratory bird population, the refug... Read More

The White House, Washington D.C.

White House

Not only does the White House serve as the home of the President and his family, it also serves as the official office for the Executive Branch of our government, whose job is to execute or carry out the laws of our nation. Working from the Oval Office located in the West Wing, the President [&helli... Read More

Sensoria Waterfall - Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, Costa Rica

Rincon de la Vieja Waterfall

Enjoy a horesback ride  through the Rincon de la Vieja National Park and be amazed at the natural beauty of the variety of plants, insects, and animals that surrounds you. Your destination is a scenic Rincon de la Vieja waterfall that will surely leave you refreshed and awestruck. Take a dip into ... Read More

Habitat H2O Lowry Park Zoo Tampa Florida

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is home to eight habitat areas, including African, Asian, and Australian animals, primates, an aquatic center, and several bird exhibits. Visitors can feed giraffes and rhinos, ride llamas, pet goats and stingrays, and walk through aviaries. These unique hands-on learning ex... Read More


Teacher’s Tour Journal: Switzerland and Italy

Tina Epps, veteran art instructor at Surry County High School, traveled to Switzerland and Italy with students and adults from Surry, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Windsor, Smithfield, Waverly, and Wakefield. This is Mrs. Epps’ 7th trip to Europe and 5th tour as a group leader. “It is wonderful to... Read More

September 11 Pentagon Memorial

September 11 Pentagon Memorial

The Pentagon Memorial is designed to honor the 184 people whose lives were lost at the Pentagon and on American Airlines flight 77. At the dedication ceremony for the Memorial, Donald Rumsfeld said, “We will never forget the way this huge building shook. We will not forget our colleagues and frien... Read More


A Comedy of Errors in Ireland

I had the opportunity over the summer to visit Ireland for the first time. My mom and I went for a week long visit and decided to plan the trip ourselves and drive the whole way. As you might image, it was quite an adventure. The comedy of errors that was our trip started off […] Read More

Zip line the Rain Forests of Costa Rica

Canyon Canopy Tour

One of the most thrilling adventures to experience is soaring on a zipline through a magnificent canyon. Just a short walk from the Hacienda Guachipelin’s Adventure Center is a canopy platform, where the excitement begins. The canyon canopy tour is an exhilarating adventure with 12 zipline cables,... Read More

National Cathedral

National Cathedral

The official name of the National Cathedral is the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Although it is an Episcopal Church, the Cathedral’s constitution states that it is to be a “house of prayer for all people, forever free and open to all who may enter its doors.” Interesting Facts: P... Read More

Properties of Motion Physics Lab

Disney’s Magic Kingdom® Properties of Motion Physics Lab

Students become theme park scientists for a day as they apply the scientific method to explore acceleration, velocity, and potential and kinetic energy at Disney’s Properties of Motion ® seminar. But this is no ordinary seminar; students find enrichment, inspiration, and pure fun as they see ho... Read More

Museum of American History

Museum of American History

The Museum of American History opened in 1964 as the sixth Smithsonian building on the Mall. This museum focuses on the history of transportation, agriculture, communication, medicine, science and technology in the United States. Interesting Facts: When Francis Scott Key saw the American Flag flying... Read More

Guatemala's Markets

Guatemala Markets

Guatemala is a land of breathtaking mountain scenery, brightly-painted churches, sparkling lakes and diverse wildlife. But that’s not everything. It’s also a land of markets. At best, Guatemala markets are an enchanting world of colour and smells and noise. And at their worst? Well, my first ev... Read More

Splash into Science Turtle Hospital - Key Largo, Florida

Turtle Hospital

Students will explore behind the scenes at this world-class sea turtle hospital. Groups will have the opportunity to examine x-rays, learn about conservation efforts, and feed rescued sea turtles. The afternoon at the hospital provides a unique glimpse into the interdependence of marine organisms. D... Read More

Cloud/rainforest wild animal sanctuary, Costa Rica

Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center

A non–profit organization founded in the mid 1990s, the Sarahpiquí Conservation Learning Center links tourists to community members through a number of fun and interactive programs. Through environmental education, community development, conservation, and tourism programs, the SCLC helps others u... Read More

inside of Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Train To Be A Roman Gladiator

Caesar’s Gladiators is one of the most popular LEAP! activities. The structure of the activity gives students an amazing look into the training experience of a Roman gladiator. The training is run by Alex, a drill sergeant like character, who not only knows his history but puts students through a ... Read More


In Bruges (Plus Brussels & Amsterdam)

When we left off on the grand retelling of my first European adventure, I had just finished a four day stint in London and Paris. From Paris, I took the Thalys to Belgium. My first stop was Brussels. I really didn’t have a preconception of what to expect when I arrived in Brussels. It snowed ... Read More

Capitol Hill Washington, D.C.

U.S. Capitol

The main purpose of the legislative branch is to make the laws that govern the people. There are 100 Senators (two from each state) and 435 members of the House of Representatives (based on the population in each state). The Senate meets in the North Wing of the U.S. Capitol, and the House of Repres... Read More


Pennsylvania – Gettysburg

Experience the drama, tactics, and reality of the famous Civil War battle at Gettysburg where more men fell than in any other battle ever fought on American soil. Traveling to Gettysburg enriches students’ comprehension and understanding of the social experience of the war on the battlefield and t... Read More

Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry is one of the largest science museums in the world and home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits. Constructed for the World’s Columbian Exposition, the Palace of Fine Arts opened in 1893. After falling into ruin it was converted ... Read More

Chicago Cloud Gate at Millennium Park

Millennium Park

Over 24 acres make up Millennium Park, an exciting and diverse public urban park. It includes Cloud Gate, Crown Fountain, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and the five-acre Lurie Garden. The area, which was covered with unsightly railroad tracks and parking lots, remained a blemish on Chicago’s lakefront t... Read More



Located at Piers 15 and 17 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, the Exploratorium is a museum of science and art that features over 650 explore-for-yourself exhibits. This scientific funhouse was founded in 1969 by famous physicist Dr. Frank Oppenheimer. At the museum, you can touch a tornado, stick yo... Read More

Florida Programs

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Located just north of Naples, Florida, the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a 13,000 acre preserve and protects one of the largest remaining stands of Bald Cypress and Pond Cypress in North America that dates back more than 500 years. The National Audubon Society is responsible for constructing and mana... Read More

Epcot The Land Pavilion

Epcot – The Land Pavilion

Students explore this awesome six-acre pavilion to discover all about how irrigation, hydroponics, and innovative pest management are different from traditional farming methods. Students explore a film and a boat ride through three ecological communities with the high-tech horticulture experiments c... Read More


Four Days in Paris

During the spring, I started to share with you my two-week adventure to Europe with the post: Four Days in London. From London I hopped on the Eurostar to Paris. My first impression of Paris was a bit underwhelming. Our hotel was on the Boulevard du Montparnasse and I was a little tak... Read More


Massachusetts – Salem

Explore the historic waterfront city of Salem, Massachusetts, which is quite peaceful today, despite its infamous witch trials in 1692. Experience the Salem Witch Museum, a Gothic Revival church which houses 13 tableaus depicting events surrounding Salem witchcraft and the trials. The Salem Witch Mu... Read More

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, which opened at its current location in October, 2004, is one of the most popular presidential museums in America. The Library was originally created in 1899 by the Illinois General Assembly. Over a century old, it is a public facility that contai... Read More

South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport

Known in the early 19th century as the “Street of Ships,” South Street Seaport is where New York and the nation meet the sea. Ships of every description lined the East River piers, and seamen, immigrants, and merchants crowded the buildings and streets. Use of the port declined after the 1860s a... Read More

Costa Rica: The Grand Tour


Reptilandia is a wonderful place to learn about some of the unique fauna native to Costa Rica. Many types of snakes, lizards, crocodiles, frogs, and other cold-blooded creatures call this garden their home, and visitors might even get to see a Boa Constrictor eat its prey! Interesting Facts: Costa R... Read More

Field Museum

The Field Museum

The Field Museum was incorporated in the state of Illinois on September 16, 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago. It was founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. In 1905, the museum’s name was changed to Field Muse... Read More

Dancing with Matt: WorldStrides Travelers Go Viral

In 2003, a fellow traveler filmed Matt Harding dancing – poorly, he admits – in front of a landmark on his travels in Vietnam. As they say, the rest is history. His unique dancing at sites around the world turned Matt into an internet sensation known as Dancing Matt. Most recently, it allowed hi... Read More

Hacienda Guachipelin

Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin

This eco-tourism hotel is located at the foot of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Since 1985, Hacienda Guachipelin has welcomed adventurers from all over the world as they enjoy the many attractions and natural beauty of Rincón de la Vieja. Did you know? Rincón de la Vie... Read More

Library of Congress

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest and most important library in the world. Its collection totals over 128 million books, manuscripts, and other items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. Considered to be the founder of the Library, Thomas Jefferson believed that good self-government depen... Read More

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

One of the best known and most visited monuments in D.C., the Lincoln Memorial stands as an amazing tribute to our 16th President. The seated Lincoln, with the concerned look of a President embroiled in Civil War, faces the Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument. On each wall beside the President a... Read More

Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower

The Chicago Water Tower was built in 1869. It was one of the few public buildings to withstand the flames of the Great Fire of 1871. The tower is situated at the center of the Magnificent Mile and its architecture contrasts sharply with nearby modern buildings like the John Hancock Center and Water ... Read More

Black Sand Beaches Iceland

Vik and Dyrholaey

At the southernmost point of Iceland, Vik is world-famous for its stunning black sand beaches. With its towering basalt rock formations and sharply rising cliffs, Vik is truly a wonder to behold. Dyrholaey, a small peninsula not far from Vik, offers incredible views of both the sea and the many seab... Read More



Be prepared to stimulate your senses when you experience this eclectic and majestic natural treasure. Located on the northeastern side of Rincon de la Vieja you will find Sensoria “Land Of Senses”. Its crystal clear springs burst out of the dense green jungle into beautiful bright blue waters. H... Read More

Golden Circle

Golden Circle

Iceland’s Golden Circle is home to many cherished natural landmarks. While traveling this popular tourist route, students will learn about Iceland’s incredible geological history at several of the country’s natural wonders. In Thingvellir National Park, students will visit the Mid-Atlantic Rid... Read More

World War II Memorial at night

World War II Memorial

Located at the end of the Reflecting Pool opposite the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial is the first memorial dedicated to those who served our country during the Second World War. Established by the American Battle Monuments Commission, the memorial will “honor all military veterans of... Read More

Caribbean Coral Reef Aquarium at Epcot - Orlando, Florida

Epcot – The Living Sea

Students descend fathoms into an incredible, 5.8 million gallon saltwater aquarium (the world’s largest), at Sea Base Alpha, a prototype undersea research facility, to a view man-made coral reef with tropical fish, dolphins, sharks, and manatees while exploring the secrets of a new frontier at Epc... Read More


Four Days in London

I recently went on a two-week trip to London, Paris, Brussels, Bruges, and Amsterdam. I know what you’re thinking, “Goodness, that’s a lot!” Luckily, I had a ton of help from our amazing WorldStrides International Discovery trip planners so the whole trip went off without a hitch. I figured ... Read More

Waterfall Swim in Rincon de la Vieja National Park - Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Rincón de la Vieja National Park

Rincón de la Vieja National Park is a National Park in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. It encompasses the Rincón de la Vieja and Santa Maria volcanoes. The park is home to over 300 species of birds and a variety of mammals, including cougars, monkeys, two-toed sloth, kinkajous, and jaguars. The ... Read More

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

Students experience the challenges of animal research and protection at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. On a safari ride, students climb aboard an open-sided safari vehicle for an exciting expedition that comes as close to an authentic African expedition as you can get without flying to Africa. The Cours... Read More

New Salem Village - Springfield, Illinois

New Salem Village

Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site is a reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln spent his early adulthood. The six years Lincoln spent in New Salem Village were a turning point in his career. Although he never owned a home here, Lincoln was engaged in a variety of activities while... Read More

Museum Of Natural History

Museum of Natural History

More than 81 million objects are stored and displayed at the Museum of Natural History, the third oldest Smithsonian building on the Mall. This museum researches and collects material to trace the evolution and development of man and of the world in which he lives, with exhibits that include Native ... Read More

Paris at Night

Spring Cleaning: The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is cleaned every year with four tons of wipes, 25,000 garbage bags, 10,000 doses of detergent, and 105 gallons of metal cleaning solution! Additionally, every seven years, the tower is repainted by hand with lead-free paint in three shades of brown – if you look closely, the tower... Read More

Holocaust Memorial Museum

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

In the early 1930’s, Adolf Hitler, Fuhrer of Germany, began enforcing his anti-Semitic ideology. Six million Jews and millions of others were targeted in systematic, state-sponsored genocide. The Holocaust Memorial Museum stands as a living memorial to those victims. It presents a narrative histor... Read More

New York/Boston Student Trip

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was a gift to America from the French. Edouard Laboulaye, a French scholar, envisioned a monument that would keep alive the republican ideals of France and strengthen the friendship between the two countries. French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi designed the statue, and Gustave Ei... Read More

Eyjafjallajokull Volcano - Reykjavik, Iceland


While not the largest volcano in Iceland, Eyjafjallajokull is one of its most famous. In 2010, seismic activity in the volcano’s area caused Eyjafjallajokull to erupt. Over the next several days, plumes of ash rose into the sky and blew over much of the northern hemisphere, causing widespread flig... Read More

Young Entrepreneurship at UCLA

Featured Program: Young Entrepreneurship at UCLA

Do you have an idea for the next “big thing” in business? Or were you an enterprising young person who actually had a successful lemonade stand? What about an idea for a new piece of technology? Or are you interested in building a company from the ground up? New Worlds Emerge would like to invit... Read More

Valley Forge

Pennsylvania – Valley Forge

Explore the area of Pennsylvania where George Washington and thousands of his troops spent the winter of 1777-1778. Learn how determined soldiers survived a winter of disease, hunger, and insufficient supplies at Valley Forge and came out of camp the following summer to pursue the British. Explore V... Read More

Christian Discoveries Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

The land on which Arlington National Cemetery sits used to be the home of General Robert E. Lee. When Lee went off to fight for the South in the Civil War, Union forces took over the land and used Lee’s house as their headquarters and a temporary hospital. Brigadier General Montgomery Meigs approp... Read More

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a mineral-rich, geo-thermally heated spa and pool on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland. It’s famous for its relaxing and restoring properties, due in part to the high sulfur and silica content in its vibrant blue water.  Situated in the midst of a black lava field... Read More

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

From Egyptian artifacts to Roman sculptures, art spanning more than 5,000 years of world culture can be found among the Met’s 3.3 million piece collection. Its 32 acres of floor space make it the largest art museum in the Western Hemisphere, and 5 million people visit the museum every year. The mu... Read More

Worldstrides Florida Keys, FloridaDolphin Swim

Dolphin Cove

Dolphin Cove is a marine education and dolphin swim facility located in sunny Key Largo, Florida. In addition to providing several different dolphin swim packages and educational sessions, Dolphin Cove works closely with the Marine Mammal Rescue Foundation to help save injured or stranded animals i... Read More

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge was the first bridge to link Manhattan and Brooklyn and is considered to be one of the great engineering triumphs of the 19th century. It measures 3,455 feet, 6 inches long, sits 133 feet above the water, took 13 years to build, and required over 600 workers. Over 20 people died ... Read More

Crime and Punishment Museum

National Museum of Crime & Punishment

The National Museum of Crime & Punishment is a museum that allows you to explore the history of crime and punishment in America, from pirates and Wild West outlaws to gangsters and white-collar computer criminals. Don’t miss: Punishment—The Consequence of Crime: Enter a full-scale model poli... Read More

Christian Discoveries Washington Monument

Washington Monument

Clearly the most visible memorial in D.C., the Washington Monument rises 555 feet above the Mall. It is the tallest structure in Washington, D.C., and is one of the most recognizable symbols of our capital city. In addition, it is the tallest stone monument in the world. Interesting Facts: The color... Read More

Crystal Springs Preserve

Crystal Springs Preserve

Crystal Springs Preserve is a 525-acre sanctuary dedicated to the preservation of Florida’s natural environment. With a focus on environmental education, the preserve features hands-on learning opportunities, such as wildlife viewing areas, wooded trails, a nature center, wilderness pavilion, and... Read More

Zocalo, Plaza de la constitucion - Mexico City, Mexico

Reflections on Mexico City

Travel can be the wonderful antidote to misconceptions! Once upon a time, I expected Mexico City to be a big, ugly, poor, and potentially dangerous city. What I discovered was that, like any large city — Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis, Boston, Portland, or San Francisco — it has some of those el... Read More

National Archives - Washington, DC

National Archives

On September 18, 2003, the National Archives re-opened its doors to the public after extensive renovations had closed the building for several years. Visitors now have access once again to the “Charters of Freedom”, which include the original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and th... Read More

Inaugural Parade

Inaugural Parade

Following the conclusion of the swearing-in ceremonies, the Inaugural Parade makes its way down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. A procession of military units, schools, and public organizations take center stage in this historic and much-anticipated parade. The newly inaugurated president, v... Read More

Old Illinois State Capital

Old Illinois State Capitol

The Old Illinois State Capitol, also known as Lincoln’s Capitol, is a brick building designed in the Greek Revival style. It was here where Lincoln argued most of his legal cases, and where President Obama announced his candidacy for president. Why do you think Obama chose to make his announcement... Read More

Spaceship Earth at Epcot - Orlando, Florida

Epcot – Spaceship Earth

Students travel through time and space within this world-renowned 180-foot-tall geosphere to discover how the evolution of communication has changed our lives. They experience the milestones in communications that are vital to man’s survival, from Cro-Magnon cave paintings to electronic space comm... Read More

Pioneer Wagon at Sutter's Fort, Sacramento, California

Sutter’s Fort

John Sutter, an immigrant from Switzerland, built Sutter’s Fort on land that was granted to him by the Mexican Government. It was designed to protect his 50,000 acres of land and provide shelter and protection to weary travelers. In 1847, the fort provided relief to seven of the members of the... Read More

Illinois State Museum

Illinois State Museum

Explore the official museum of natural history of Illinois and a collection of cultural and artistic achievements. The Illinois State Museum contains a diverse and plentiful collection of archaeological, botanical, geological, and zoological specimens. Exhibits showcase the history of the Prairie S... Read More

California State History Nimbus Fish Hatchery,

Nimbus Fish Hatchery

In the mid 1950s, when two major dams were completed along the American River in California, the salmon and steelhead trout could no longer reach their usual spawning areas. Nimbus Fish Hatchery was created to provide a place for these fish populations to lay their eggs and reproduce. Now, different... Read More

Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens

Did you know you only have to go as far as Florida to take an African Safari? Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a 65-acre recreation of life on the Serengeti plains. Visitors can ride on an open-air vehicle through this exciting habitat and see hundreds of fascinating animals, even feeding some by hand. Th... Read More

Arenal Volcanic Springs

Arenal Volcanic Springs

The beautiful Arenal volcanic springs are one of the most popular attractions for visitors to Arenal. Students relax in the natural hot springs created by the Arenal Volcano. As students enjoy time in the warm pools and waterfalls with friends, they learn about the formation of these springs and the... Read More

Embassy Row

Embassy Row

Embassy Row is an area in Washington, D.C., where over 170 foreign embassies are located. While other cities also boast a collection of embassies, D.C.’s is world renown. Washington’s Embassy Row runs along Massachusetts Avenue from Dupont Circle toward the National Cathedral. Interesting Facts:... Read More

New York Stock Exchange

Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange

Wall Street is both the oldest and newest part of Manhattan. It can be considered the oldest because this is the part of the island where Dutch settlers made their home in 1625, and the newest because 30% of the area had been a landfill and was built when the landfill closed. The power center [&hell... Read More

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum — America’s First Planetarium — was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. The museum is home to three full-size theaters, extensive space science exhibitions, and one of the world’s most important antique astronomical instrument coll... Read More

Lido Beach - Sarasota, Florida Habitat: H2O

Lido Beach

Students enjoy discovery time spent on one of the grandest beaches along the Florida gulf coast – Lido Beach. With an average year-round temperature of 75°F, Sarasota’s 35 miles of beaches and six barrier islands are an ideal location to relax and learn. Did you know: John Hamilton Gillespie, t... Read More

Miami Seaquarium

Miami Seaquarium

Students enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with dolphins at the Miami Seaquarium. This state-of-the-art facility was opened to fulfill the need for an appreciation of our ocean and its living creatures, and is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured marine animals. Instruc... Read More

Splash into Science Everglades National Park - Key Largo, Florida

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park covers 1.4 million acres of South Florida and welcomes over one million visitors each year. It is the largest designated wilderness east of the Rocky Mountains and is the largest continuous stand of saw grass prairie in North America. The Everglades is home to over 230,100 a... Read More



Harlem, the area bounded by 110th and 178th Streets, was originally settled by Dutch farmers in the mid-1600s. By the early 1800s, residential development of the area had begun and western Harlem became a fashionable, middle-class white suburb. When the bottom fell out of the real estate market at t... Read More

Monteverde cloud Forest - Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, located near the small town of Santa Elena in the province of Puntaneras, was founded about 40 years ago. This non-profit reserve is administered by the Tropical Science Center and is considered one of the most outstanding wildlife refuges in the New World tropic... Read More

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial - Normandy, France

Another Day of Independence – Soldiers’ Stories

While preparing for a trip to Normandy, France one of our NETC Tour Directors spoke with his grandfather about his experience landing on the beaches of Normandy during World War II. The combination of hearing his account and visiting the site impacted him in a deeply meaningful way. From his experie... Read More

California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

At the California Academy of Sciences you can explore an aquarium, a planetarium, and a natural history museum–all under one living roof. Established in 1853 and completely rebuilt in 2008, the California Academy of Sciences hosts over 26 million specimens making it one of the ten largest natural ... Read More

Jefferson Memorial

Jefferson Memorial

The circular, colonnaded structure of the Memorial is an adaptation of Jefferson’s favored Pantheon in Rome. Jefferson used this style in his home at Monticello, as well as in his design of the University of Virginia, and architect John Russell Pope thought it to be the only fitting design for a m... Read More

2017 Presidential Inauguration

Presidential Inauguration

Every four years, Washington, D.C., is home to the historic presidential inauguration and ceremonies. This quadrennial celebration of democracy draws hundreds of thousands of participants and on-lookers to the nation’s capital. The United States presidential inauguration and ceremonies mark the be... Read More

Eiffel Tower - Paris, France

11 Hours in Paris

I’ve wanted to go to Paris for as long as I can remember, so when I found out it was only about two hours by train from London (where I was in January for an NETC Teacher Convention), I had to book tickets. Some people thought my husband and I were nuts to only go […] Read More

Splash into Science Garden Cove Kayak Tour - Key Largo, Florida

Garden Cove Kayak Trip

Students embark on an exciting kayak trip through mangroves, coastal areas, and other unique Floridian habitats. Led by expert guides, students get a unique opportunity to explore Florida’s diverse environments and wildlife. The Garden Cove kayak trip is designed specifically for the beginner kay... Read More


The Winds of Change in China

27 years ago, the Accent Travel Group, now a part of WorldStrides, was appointed by China International Travel Service as an original agent to manage university programs in China. The country’s popularity as a travel destination grew with its economy. In fact, rarely has there been a more exciting... Read More

Christian Discoveries Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is the largest privately-owned business and entertainment complex. Covering 21 acres in Midtown Manhattan, it is comprised of 19 buildings, gardens, sculptures and artwork by more than 40 artists. Don’t Miss: GE Building: This building serves as the focus of Rockefeller Center,... Read More

Ellis Island - New Jersey

Ellis Island

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum stands as a constant reminder of our nation’s immigration history – the largest human migration in modern history. Between 1892 and 1954, 12 million immigrants were processed here. Follow their footsteps and journey from the Baggage Room, where immigrants drop... Read More

SeaWorld Orlando - Orlando, Florida

SeaWorld ®

  Students learn about the arctic ecosystem and compare the Polar Regions with other ecosystems. Explore the biggest attraction in SeaWorld Orlando’s history, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.  Experience the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the penguins’ eyes on an ... Read More

Christian Discoveries FDR Monument

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

One of the newest memorials located in D.C., the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is divided into four “rooms,” one for each of FDR’s terms in office. Each of the rooms has familiar quotations from his fireside chats, inaugural addresses, and other speeches, including one of his most famous ... Read More

California Gold Country Sacramento Panning For Gold

Panning For Gold

Early gold prospectors could draw an ounce of gold out of the river in one day while panning for gold. As the rivers became crowded with prospectors, you could spend the entire day bent over, shoveling gravel, and maybe yield a dollar’s worth of gold. Did you know? Over 2 billion dollars in gold w... Read More

Little Italy

Little Italy

With over 40,000 people living in 17 small blocks, the Italian immigrants who moved into the area bordered by Canal, Lafayette, and Houston streets faced severe outbreaks of such diseases as tuberculosis. Although afflicted by illness and poverty, this area was alive with the authentic smells, sites... Read More

Curry Hammock State Park

Curry Hammock State Park

Several small islands in the middle Florida Keys make up Curry Hammock State Park. The park is ideal for a variety of activities, including snorkeling, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking, as visitors explore the range of unique habitats. Mangrove swamps and seagrass beds provide many opportunities to se... Read More

Christian Travel - MLK Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial opened in August of 2011 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. A calm and reflective space, the memorial consists of a crescent-shaped Inscription Wall and a plaza along the Tidal Basin which houses a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Inscription ... Read More

Chicago's Magnificient Mile

Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile, in the heart of Chicago and “one of the great avenues of the world,” is a famous section of North Michigan Avenue complete with fabulous shops, restaurants, offices, and hotels. In 1909, city planners envisioned a plan to turn the Indian trading post into a major commercial... Read More

Fords Theater

Ford’s Theatre and Petersen House

On the evening of April 14, 1865, President and Mrs. Lincoln went to the theater to see the play “Our American Cousin.” They were seated in Box 7 at Ford’s Theatre, overlooking the stage. At a little past 10:00 PM, John Wilkes Booth slipped into the hall outside the President’s box. Duri... Read More

Federal Hall National Memorial

Federal Hall National Memorial

When New York was chosen as the site of our nation’s first capital, a Federal building was needed. New Yorkers turned to Pierre L’Enfant, the designer of Washington, D.C., to reconstruct City Hall into Federal Hall. Congress met in this building for a little over a year before the capital was mo... Read More

Supreme Court

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the highest court in the land. Its primary job is to interpret the laws and Constitution of the United States. The Court consists of one Chief Justice and eight Associate Justices. The nine justices are appointed by the President for life, but they must be approved by the Senate... Read More

Pioneer Women

Pioneer Women

The pioneer women of the west kept busy with traditional responsibilities: childbearing, caring for the little children, cooking, baking, and sewing, to name a few. They often had to perform these household duties on the road or in a tent. Through their hard work and fortitude, they were able to tra... Read More

Oak Ridge Cemetery - Springfield, Illinois

Oak Ridge Cemetery

Oak Ridge Cemetery is the final resting place for President Abraham Lincoln, his wife, and three of their four sons. His wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, selected Oak Ridge Cemetery because of its proximity to the Lincoln home. Memorials to Illinois veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam are another i... Read More

Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village

Surrounded by the Hudson River, Broadway, Houston and 14th Streets, Greenwich Village is the birthplace of the bohemian spirit and home to students of New York University, off-Broadway actors, and residents who work in Upper Manhattan. In the 1790s, the area’s country estates were divided and sold... Read More



As waves of immigrants began arriving in New York, the district bounded by the East River and Lafayette Street, and Chambers and Houston Streets was settled by Chinese immigrants and named Chinatown. Today, Chinatown boasts seven Chinese newspapers, 12 Buddhist temples, approximately 150 restaurants... Read More

United States Air Force Removal

United States Air Force Memorial

The United States Air Force Memorial honors the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Air Force. The Memorial is located in Arlington, Virginia, overlooking the Pentagon and is adjacent to Arlington Cemetery. Interesting Facts: The three spires of the Memorial represent: T... Read More

Chicago's Magnificient Mile

Willis Tower

Standing at 1,729 feet tall, including its antennae, the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) is now the tallest building in the western hemisphere. It is not only its sheer height that amazes us, but also its glimmering glass. The style of the building is described as a combination of t... Read More

WonderWorks - Orlando, Florida


WonderWorks is an exciting, hands-on science museum where you’ll learn and have fun at the same time. Experience what a 5.3 magnitude earthquake feels like, step inside a gigantic bubble that you create, or see 3D sound waves! Ride a virtual roller coaster, or even compete against your friends in ... Read More

Japan’s Remarkable Recovery

7/21/2011 WorldStrides recently joined the Japan Tourism Agency on a fact-finding visit to Japan. The Capstone programs division of WorldStrides has operated programs for universities to Japan for nearly three decades and was the only educational travel organization participating in this important ... Read More

California Gold Country Cable Car

Cable Cars

In 1869, Andrew Hallidie witnessed a horrible accident as a horse drawn streetcar slid backwards down a steep slippery San Francisco street. Four years later, Hallidie introduced the city to its first cable car. Now, the San Francisco cable car system (part of the intermodal urban transport network)... Read More

Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium opened in 1930 with the goal of being the most modern aquarium in the world. This was due in large part to the vision of its namesake, John G. Shedd.  He donated the first two million dollars to get the project started and another one million dollars to ensure the aquarium was a... Read More

Images from India

At Accent and TravelMBA, the University Division of WorldStrides, we know that a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s why we’re pleased to share the below video, filmed on location in India, with a group of our students from the University of North Carolina. Take a look at these images fro... Read More

Old State Capitol - Springfield, Illinois

Illinois State Capitol

The new Illinois State Capitol is where President Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate. The building is the tallest non-skyscraper state capitol in the country, taller than the U.S. Capitol and the highest point in the city of Springfield. The centerpiece of the Statehouse is the stained ... Read More

South Africa

Studying in Africa

At Accent and TravelMBA, the University Division of WorldStrides, we consistently strive to remain on the cutting edge of international immersion programs for graduate and undergraduate students. By watching market trends and listening to customer interests, we are proud to be the industry leader in... Read More

Barefoot Beach Preserve

Barefoot Beach Preserve

Students enjoy discovery time spent on one of the grandest beaches along the Florida gulf coast – Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs. The Barefoot Beach Preserve is 342 acres of natural land, one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida’s southwest coast. This beach park is an excellent... Read More

Splash into Science Dolphin Experience - Key Largo, Florida

Island Dolphin Care Center

Groups engage in several educational activities to help illustrate the physical systems of various marine animals at the Island Dolphin Care Center. Students will participate in a squid dissection, and will use the web cam and touch tank to further study local sea life. Did you know? A group of dolp... Read More

Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California


Timeline of Events 1854 Alcatraz Island, located in San Francisco Bay, becomes a military fort, assigned to protect the West Coast and the city of San Francisco from enemy attack. 1864 Alcatraz is first used as a prison, housing military personnel who would not pledge loyalty to the United States.... Read More

Abu Simbel, Egypt

Arab Spring

The revolution that unseated Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and became known as the Arab Spring throughout the Middle East disturbed several university trips operated through WorldStrides. Thanks to our worldwide network, the WorldStrides Capstone team was able to reroute individual students and full progra... Read More

Harper's Ferry

West Virginia – Harpers Ferry

Located at the historic and beautiful junction of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, Harpers Ferry was one of our nation’s first armories commissioned under George Washington. With growing weapons production, Harpers Ferry became a vital communication and transportation link between the eastern se... Read More

Native Americans

Miwok Indians

Learn the rich history of the first Americans living in the area: The Miwok Indians, living in the southern reaches of gold country; the Maidu, living in the north; and the Nisenan, who lived in the Coloma area. Links: The Miwok People The Maidu Indians History of the Nisenan of Northern California Read More

Perform in China and Hong Kong

WorldStrides Announces New China Program

WorldStrides is proud to introduce our new Focus on China program! Having led travel programs to China for over 30 years through WorldStrides’ University Division, we are pleased to extend this unique opportunity to high school travelers. Focus on China is an unforgettable experience for stude... Read More

Iceland Snowy Landscape

WorldStrides Travelers Witness Record Snow in Washington, D.C.

Record-breaking weather dumped more than 56 inches of snow on Washington, D.C., this winter, creating the largest snow accumulations ever documented in the area. Several WorldStrides groups were visiting the capital in early February when back-to-back storms brought multiple feet of snow, closing s... Read More


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