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Christian Discoveries—Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Patriotism and devotion in three iconic cities

Faith, history, and education come together in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, D.C.! Students grow in their personal faith while exploring three of the most dynamic locations on the East Coast, including our nation’s capital. Devotionals, prayer time, and scripture are integrated into this educational Christian travel program to ensure that students have a unique and spiritually rewarding experience while learning about our nation’s history and culture.

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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Welcome to the Historic East Coast!
  • Arrive in Washington, D.C. Meet your Christian WorldStrides representative and prepare for an action-packed adventure in our nation's capital!
  • Orientation † Discuss God’s hand in America’s history and the role of people of faith in our country
  • Capitol Hill Walk the underground tunnels where lawmakers meet; explore the Visitor Center (by appointment); take in the miles of books at the Library of Congress; and sit on the steps of the highest court in the land, the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • † Devotional Discussion: Explore the Christian foundations of our nation’s government
  • Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum Spend time among historic aviation and space artifacts in the most visited museum complex in the country.
  • Dinner
  • Lincoln Memorial Contemplate Lincoln’s achievements and stand where Martin Luther King, Jr., stood when he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
  • † Devotional Discussion: Reflect on the Cost of Freedom
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial Scan more than 58,000 names inscribed on the Wall, representing the men and women who were killed or missing in action during the Vietnam War.
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial Walk among 19 statues, each depicting a soldier in realistic garb, as they march through Korea’s rough terrain during the Korean War.
Day 2 Continue to Explore our Nation's Capital
  • Breakfast † Morning Devotional
  • White House (picture stop) Take a picture standing in front of the most recognizable symbol of the presidency.
  • † Devotional: Pray for the president.
  • National Archives See the Constitution.
  • Ford’s Theatre and Petersen House (by appointment) Follow the mystery of Lincoln’s assassination from Ford’s Theatre to the nearby house where he died.
  • Washington Monument (picture stop) Snap some photos in front of the world’s tallest stone monument.
  • World War II Memorial Deepen your appreciation for the 16 million who served and 400,000 who lost their lives in battle while fighting to protect our rights and freedoms.
  • Lunch
  • Smithsonian Institution Discover some of the museums making up the Smithsonian Institution, such as the Natural History Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the American History Museum.
  • National Archives See the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence, and understand how they impact our lives today and ensure our basic freedoms.
  • Dinner
  • Jefferson Memorial Read some of Jefferson’s famous writings on the walls of this great memorial and gain a new respect for the foresight he had while writing the Declaration of Independence.
  • FDR Memorial Learn how Franklin D. Roosevelt reached out to the American people during the Great Depression.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Experience D.C.’s newest memorial dedicated to the famous civil rights activist.
Day 3 Reflect and Consider Our History
  • Breakfast and Hotel check-out † Morning Devotional
  • Arlington National Cemetery Pay your respects to the hundreds of thousands of brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country. During the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, reflect on the true meaning of sacrifice while Taps is played to honor the fallen soldiers.
  • † Devotional Discussion: Learn from the sacrifices of others.
  • Iwo Jima Memorial Think about the inscription on the statue’s base, “Uncommon valor was a common virtue,” while you explore this tribute to the U.S. Marines who died while serving our country.
  • Pentagon Memorial Visit the outdoor installation honoring the 184 victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks at the Pentagon.
  • Lunch
  • Embassy Row Ride through the impressive Washington, D.C., street that is lined with more than 100 foreign embassies.
  • † Devotional Discussion: What is an ambassador and how do they represent those they serve?
  • National Cathedral (appointment required) Pray in the place where presidents have worshiped, millions have mourned the loss of our country's leaders, and many come to bless the powerful decisions made in our nation's capital every day.
  • Dinner en route to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Hotel check-in
Day 4 Discover Philadelphia and More!
  • Breakfast † Morning Devotional
  • Hotel check-out
  • Independence Hall Stop and check out Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the Constitution was written.
  • † Devotional: Discuss the faith of our Founding Fathers. Imagine the opposition they faced and their reliance on God during a great time of change.
  • Congress Hall Visit Congress Hall, where Congress met from 1790-1800 and embrace the historical significance of these rooms. Presidents George Washington and John Adams were both inaugurated here.
  • Liberty Bell Finish your morning with a visit to one of America's most hallowed symbols of liberty. Discover the truth behind the bell's large crack, and investigate the misspelling on the bell's engraving.
  • † Devotional: Read aloud the verse written on the bell from Leviticus 25:10. Discuss the significance of this scripture's presence on the Liberty Bell.
  • Lunch
  • Christ Church Historical greats including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin worshiped in this sanctuary, which has been an active church since 1695.
  • Franklin Court Includes the "ghost house" representing Benjamin Franklin's house, a working print shop, the B. Free Franklin Post Office, and underground museum
  • Depart for New York City
  • Dinner
  • Empire State Building Observatory or Top of the Rock See New York City from the top of either the Empire State Building or Rockefeller Center.
  • Hotel check-in
Day 5 Traverse Midtown Manhattan
  • Breakfast † Morning Devotional
  • Today Show Enjoy a live broadcast of the show at Rockefeller Center.
  • Rockefeller Center Step into the world’s largest privately owned business and entertainment complex.
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral Take in the beauty of one of the largest Gothic-style Catholic churches in the United States.
  • Lunch
  • Fifth Avenue Walk Experience Manhattan at its most glamorous with high-end boutiques, chic department stores, and student favorites like the Apple Store and Tiffany & Co®.
  • Central Park Enjoy this 840-acre oasis in the midst of the busy city, which features the Carousel, Strawberry Fields, and the Great Lawn.
  • Times Square Visit the iconic and lively center of New York City’s theatre district known as the “crossroads of the world”.
  • Dinner
  • Broadway Show Enjoy the excitement of a Broadway show and pose for a group photo in Times Square.
Day 6 Experience Lower Manhattan
  • Breakfast † Morning Devotional
  • Hotel check-out
  • Statue of Liberty Ride the subway to Lower Manhattan and take a ferry to Liberty Island, where you will visit this landmark monument to freedom that greets newcomers to New York Harbor.
  • Ellis Island Experience the immigration museum on the historic site of America’s primary gateway for millions of immigrants. See the more than 700,000 names listed on the Wall of Valor, and even research your ancestors by accessing passenger records in the museum’s interactive history center.
  • Lunch
  • Wall Street and the Financial District Visit America’s financial center, home to the New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Chase Manhattan Bank, and Federal Hall.
  • National 9/11 Memorial Reflect as you visit the twin pools paying tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks
  • † Closing Discussion: What part will you play in God’s plan for our nation’s future?
  • Dinner
  • Depart New York City for Home Please note: Travel time from different parts of the country may modify this itinerary. Prices vary depending on departure city and duration of program.
    *Itineraries may be modified and inclusions and airports substituted depending on your travel dates, arrival and departure times, national holidays, hours of operation, and events beyond WorldStrides’ control.

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