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 God’s hand in America’s history and the role of people of
faith in our country
- 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
- † Devotional Discussion: Learn from the sacrifices of others:
- 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.
- †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
† Morning Devotional
Walk the beautiful streets of Old Town Alexandria
and follow in the footsteps of many of our Founding Fathers.
- Mount Vernon:
Explore George Washington’s estate, the
mansion he shared with Martha, and an education center that
showcases our first president as a farmer and businessman.
- Washington Monument:
(picture stop) Snap some photos in
front of the world’s 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 museums
making up the Smithsonian Institution, such as the National
History Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, the
National 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 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
- FDR Memorial:
Learn how Franklin D. Roosevelt reached out
to 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:
newest memorial dedicated to the famous civil rights activist.
Day 3 :
Discover Washington, D.C.!
† Morning Devotional
- Ford’s Theatre and Petersen House:
Follow the mystery of Lincoln’s assassination from Ford’s
Theatre to the nearby house where he died.
- White House:
(picture stop) Take a picture standing in front of
the most recognizable symbol of the presidency.
- † Devotional: Pray for the president:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- †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. Patrick’s Cathedral:
Take in the beauty of one of the largest gothic-style
Catholic 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 pose
for a group photo in Times Square.
- Times Square:
Visit the iconic and lively center of New York City’s 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 a
ferry to Liberty Island, where you will visit this landmark monument to
freedom 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 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.
- †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 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.
- †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 airports
substituted depending on your travel dates, arrival and departure
times, national holidays, hours of operation, and events beyond