Day 1 :
Welcome to Washington, D.C.!
- Arrive in Washington, D.C.:
Meet your Christian Discoveries WorldStrides representative and prepare for an action-packed adventure in our nation's capital!
Discuss Gods hand in Americas history and the role of people offaith in our country
- Arlington National Cemetery:
Pay your respects to thehundreds of thousands of brave men and women whosacrificed their lives for our country. During the Changing ofthe Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, reflect on thetrue meaning of sacrifice while Taps is played to honor thefallen soldiers
- Devotional Discussion: Learn from the sacrifices of others:
- Lincoln Memorial:
Contemplate Lincolns achievements andstand where Martin Luther King, Jr., stood when he deliveredhis famous I Have a Dream speech.
- Devotional Discussion: Reflect on the cost of freedom:
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial:
Scan more than 58,000 namesinscribed on the Wall, representing the men and women whowere 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 marchthrough Koreas rough terrain during the Korean War.
- Reflect on these memorials with the cost of freedom in mind.:
- Hotel Check-In:
- Chat about the separation of church and state and its effects on our society.:
Day 2 :
Walk in the Footsteps of our Founding Fathers
Walk the beautiful streets of Old Town Alexandriaand follow in the footsteps of many of our Founding Fathers.
- Mount Vernon:
Explore George Washingtons estate, themansion he shared with Martha, and an education center thatshowcases our first president as a farmer and businessman.
- Washington Monument:
(picture stop) Snap some photos infront of the worlds tallest stone monument, a tribute to our first president.
- Spend some time discussing the significant influence our Founding Fathers had on our country.:
- Smithsonian Institution:
Discover some of the museumsmaking up the Smithsonian Institution, such as the NationalHistory Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, theNational Gallery of Art, and the American History Museum.
- Museum of the Bible:
Learn about the narrative, history, and impact of The Bible in a series of specialized exhibits
- Jefferson Memorial:
Read some of Jeffersons famouswritings on the walls of this great memorial and gain a newrespect for the foresight he had while writing the Declarationof Independence.
- FDR Memorial:
Learn how Franklin D. Roosevelt reached outto the American people during the Great Depression. The words of FDR line the walls of the four rooms of this memorial and help you to imagine the comfort they brought to Americans during extremely difficult times.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial:
Experience D.C.snewest memorial dedicated to the famous civil rights activist.
Day 3 :
Discover Washington, D.C.!
- Fords Theatre and Petersen House:
(by appointment)Follow the mystery of Lincolns assassination from FordsTheatre to the nearby house where he died.
- White House:
(picture stop) Take a picture standing in front ofthe most recognizable symbol of the presidency.
- Devotional: Pray for the president:
- Capitol Hill:
Walk the underground tunnels where lawmakersmeet; explore the Visitor Center (by appointment); take in themiles of books at the Library of Congress; and sit on the stepsof the highest court in the land, the U.S. Supreme Court.
- National Archives:
See the Constitution, Bill of Rights, andDeclaration of Independence, and understand how theyimpact our lives today and ensure our basic freedoms.
- World War II Memorial:
Deepen your appreciation for the16 million who served and 400,000 who lost their lives inbattle while fighting to protect our rights and freedoms.
- Iwo Jima Memorial:
Think about the inscription on thestatues base, Uncommon valor was a common virtue, whileyou explore this tribute to the U.S. Marines who died whileserving our country.
- Pentagon Memorial:
Visit the outdoor installation honoringthe 184 victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks at thePentagon.
- Take the time to explore the Christian foundations of our nation's government.:
Day 4 :
Embark to New York City!
- Hotel Check-Out:
- Depart for New York City:
- Lunch En Route:
- Rockefeller Center:
Visit the many famous sites within the world's largest privately owned business complex. This center is full of shops, museums, and tourist sites.
- St. Patricks Cathedral:
Take in the beauty of one of the largest gothic-styleCatholic churches in the United States.
- 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.
- Broadway Show:
Enjoy the excitement of a Broadway show and posefor a group photo in Times Square.
- Times Square:
Visit the iconic and lively center of New York Citys theatre district known as the crossroads of the world.
Day 5 :
Continue Exploring the Big Apple!
- Hotel Check-Out:
- Statue of Liberty:
Ride the subway to Lower Manhattan and take aferry to Liberty Island, where you will visit this landmark monument tofreedom that greets newcomers to New York Harbor.
- Think about the symbolic connection between Lady Liberty and the cost of freedom.:
- Ellis Island:
Experience the immigration museum on the historicsite of Americas primary gateway for millions of immigrants. Seethe more than 700,000 names listed on the Wall of Valor, and evenresearch your ancestors by accessing passenger records in themuseums interactive history center.
- Imagine living in a place where your faith in God is forbidden. Take some time to discuss the sacrifices and struggles of these immigrants.:
- Wall Street and the Financial District:
Visit Americas financial center,home to the New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Reserve Bank ofNew York, Chase Manhattan Bank, and Federal Hall.
- National 9/11 Memorial:
Reflect as you visit the twin pools payingtribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks.
- Christian Discovery Closing:
Take some time to discuss what part you will play in God's plan for our nation's future.
- Depart New York City for Home:
*This itinerary may be modified and inclusions and airportssubstituted depending on your travel dates, arrival and departuretimes, national holidays, hours of operation, and events beyondWorldStrides control.