East Coast Stories

How An 8th Grade Trip To Washington, D.C., Changed A Program Leader’s Perception of History

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Nate P., a history teacher from Colorado, is no stranger to WorldStrides. He traveled with us to Washington, D.C., and Colonial Williamsburg as an eighth grader, and is now taking groups of students on the exact same experience. Nate’s middle school trip to our nation’s capital ultimately…

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50 Years: Sherri Whittenburg – From Student, Program Leader, and Employee

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WorldStrides is celebrating 50 years as the leader in student travel by sharing the stories that have shaped our company’s past and will propel us into the future. Throughout the year, we will highlight stories from our history, many of the people who have made…

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10 Facts About Independence Day

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The Fourth of July is on Monday and the United States of America will turn 240 years old! We’ve compiled some fun facts about Independence Day that you can use to impress your friends while watching fireworks and celebrating America’s birthday. Thomas Jefferson drafted the…

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Global Hall Pass: Boston Strong

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On Monday, I had the honor of running in the Boston Marathon. Running Boston is always a memorable experience. Taking in the city’s storied history while passing through the large, enthusiastic crowds cheering on runners along the course is invigorating. This year’s marathon was extra…

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Happy Birthday, Thomas Jefferson!

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Happy Birthday, Thomas Jefferson! From WorldStrides headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia, we can see Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The home, and its founder, is as much a part of Charlottesville’s identity as the University of Virginia – which happened to be founded by Jefferson. We appreciate the…

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Q&A With Mount Vernon Director of Horticulture, Dean Norton

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When students travel with us to Washington, D.C., or other east coast destinations, they often visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The historic home on the Potomac is an iconic American landmark and its grounds provide almost as much history as the home itself. While at…

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The history of Groundhog Day

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Punxsutawney Phil is arguably the most famous groundhog around the world. On February 2, Groundhog Day, crowds wait anxiously for Phil to emerge from his burrow. If he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow,…

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Touring Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello by night

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When looking out of certain windows or enjoying lunch on the rooftop patio at WorldStrides, employees can see Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, sitting high atop its mountain. Last month, I took advantage of our proximity. Every December, Monticello opens its doors after hours for a look…

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5 Haunted Places in The United States

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October is the spookiest month of year, full of ghosts, goblins, haunted houses, and scary stories. If you like scary stories, here are 5 haunted places in the United States – and WorldStrides visits them all! The White House, Washington, D.C. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in…

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Maryland – Annapolis

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Annapolis is the state capital of Maryland and at one time was even the temporary capital of the United States. Originally settled in 1649 by Puritan exiles from Virginia, Annapolis was established as a city in 1694 and named after Princess Anne, who was then…

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