Inauguration Washington DC

2017 Presidential Inauguration

A hands-on history experience in our nation’s capital

Witness history taking place before your very eyes. The Presidential Inauguration, historic in every sense of the word, is a culmination of democracy that every citizen should experience. No event opens minds to the history of our country and the future of our nation more than the swearing in of our Commander-in-Chief. Join us in Washington, D.C., a government—for the people, by the people—in action.

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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Welcome to Washington, D.C.!
  • Arrive in Washington, D.C. Meet your WorldStrides Course Leader and prepare for an action-packed adventure.
  • Arlington National Cemetery Pay your respects to the hundreds of thousands of brave women and men who sacrificed their lives. Experience the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, view the Kennedy Gravesites, and pay your respects at the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial.
  • Iwo Jima Memorial Think about the inscription, “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 memorial honoring the 184 victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks at the Pentagon.
  • White House (picture stop) Take a picture standing in front of the most recognizable symbol of the Presidency.
  • Washington Monument (picture stop) Snap some photos in front of the world’s tallest stone monument.
  • Dinner
  • Hotel check-in
Day 2 Inauguration Day
  • Breakfast
  • Inaugural Events Oath of Office
  • Presidential Inaugural Address
  • Inaugural Parade
  • Dinner
  • Return to Hotel
Day 3 Continue to explore our nation's capital!
  • Breakfast
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dinner
  • Student Inaugural Dance and Social Enjoy an exclusive student celebration with music, dancing, and refreshments.
  • Return to Hotel
Day 4 Follow in the footsteps of our Founding Fathers
  • Breakfast
  • Lincoln Memorial Stand where Martin Luther King, Jr., stood when he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial Walk among 19 statues, each depicting a soldier in realistic garb, as they marched through Korea’s rough terrain during the Korean War.
  • Vietnam War 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jefferson Memorial Read some of Jefferson’s famous writings 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.
  • Dinner
  • Depart Washington, D.C. for Home Note: Sightseeing on arrival and departure days may be extended or abbreviated based upon flight availability, travel time, and scheduling of public events. Specific sites may be added, removed, or substituted as needed. Your Account Manager will work with you to select activities to fill available time.

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