5 Days
Special Features
Smithsonian ArchivesTour of the U.S. Capitol BuildingEvening Memorial/Monuments TourThe NewseumSmithsonian National Museum of American History
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Highlights

Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Welcome to Washington, D.C.
  • Arrive in Washington, D.C. Fly to the United States.
  • Special Access: Smithsonian Archives or NMAH Archives The Archives holds records that document the Smithsonian’s people, events, buildings, and research. The history of the Smithsonian is a vital part of the history of American experience, scientific exploration, and international cultural understanding. Learn more about the Institution and how its relationship with the presidency has evolved over the last 170 years during a private tour, led by a Smithsonian Archivist. Note: Space is limited.
  • Presidential Memorials Visit the Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln presidential memorials, located around the picturesque Tidal Basin.
Day 2 Explore the Nation's Capital
  • Explore Washington, D.C.: Take a guided tour of the National Archives and explore the Smithsonian Museums.
  • Expert Access: National Museum of American History Experience the museum that chronicles the American experience, from the early days of the colonies to modern history. Your special visit will also include a discussion and Q & A with an expert about young Americans’ participation in political movements.
Day 3 Study the Branches of Government
  • Metro to downtown
  • Spotlight: American Government Learn about the three branches of US Government. Visits include:
  • Capitol Hill: Take a tour of the US Capital Building and learn about the legislative branch of US government.
  • Supreme Court: Step inside the courtroom and discuss key legislation in US History
  • White House: Take your picture outside of symbol of the US presidency. Discuss with the role the Executive branch of government.
  • Evening Memorial Tour Explore some of Washington, D.C.'s monuments and memorials by twilight.
Day 4 The Media & Government
  • Metro to downtown
  • Special Access: The Media Visit the Newseum! Explore the museum dedicated to history, though the eyes of the media. Participate in an expert- led program about freedom of speech and court cases that determined those limits.
  • Expert Access: The Media and the Presidency Hear from an expert about how the press and the presidency interact. (Optional Activity)
Day 5 Travel Day
  • Depart Washington, D.C. Return home on an evening flight (where possible).