Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Honor, Courage, Service, and Sacrifice.

American Heritage

Student trips to Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Williamsburg, and Jamestown are top spots that bring history to life. Explore here to find inspiration, to understand the price of freedom, to learn about where we all come from, and why it is all important. our American Heritage program showcases the American experience while focusing on the American ideals and values.

Boston, Massachusetts

All aboard the USS Constitution

New York CIty, New York

Fun in Central Park

Washington, D.C.

National World War II Memorial

Mount Vernon, Virginia

Home and Plantation of George Washington

Program
Destinations

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – Orientation and Smithsonian Museums

  • Orientation to National Mall
  • Ford’s Theatre and Petersen House
  • Kennedy Center
  • Iwo Jima Memorial

Day 2 – “Freedom Is Not Free”

  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • White House
  • Lafayette Park
  • Embassy Row
  • National Cathedral
  • National Zoo
  • Washington Monument
  • WWII, Vietnam, and Korean War Memorials
  • Lincoln Memorial

Day 3 – Branches of Government and Balance of Powers

  • United States Capitol
  • Library of Congress
  • Supreme Court
  • Smithsonian Museums – Air and Space, Natural History, American History
  • Jefferson and FDR Presidential Memorials
  • MLK Jr. Memorial

Day 4 – Role of the Citizen

  • Mount Vernon
  • Old Town Alexandria

Day 1: Arrival

  • Arrive in New York City
  • Take a walking tour of Midtown
  • Fifth Avenue
  • Rockefeller Center
  • NY Public Library and Bryant Park
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Trump Tower
  • Top of the Rock
  • Souvenir Shopping
  • Photo Stop in Times Square and Night Visit

Optional: Museum of Modern Art during the day

Day 2: Uptown Manhattan

  • Take a guided tour of Harlem and 125th St.
  • Ulysses S. Grant statue
  • St. John the Divine Cathedral
  • Columbia University
  • Take a tour of the Apollo Theater
  • Explore Upper West Side
  • Walking Tour of Central Park
  • Strawberry Fields/The Dakota
  • Bethesda Fountain
  • Sheeps Meadow
  • Optional Broadway Show

Day 3: The Brooklyn Way

  • Take a guided walking tour of Brooklyn
  • Grimaldi’s Pizza
  • Brooklyn Heights Promenade
  • New York Transit Museum
  • Borough Hall Greenmarket and Montague Street.
  • Dinner in the evening in Brooklyn (authentic cuisine)
  • Brooklyn Bridge at night

Day 4: Wall St. and Downtown

  • Guided tour of Lower Manhattan
  • Greenwich Village and SoHo
  • Chinatown and Little Italy
  • World Trade Center Site
  • Visit the Tenement Museum

Day 5: Queens

  • Get an inside look at the world’s most ethnically diverse area of Queens
  • Visit the Greek enclave in Astoria
  • Enjoy an authentic Greek family style meal
  • Depart for home

Day 1 – Arrival

  • Arrive in D.C. and proceed to Williamsburg
  • Dinner en route
  • Trade shops
  • Ghost tour
  • Check into hotel

Day 2 – From Colonization to Independence

  • Governor’s Palace
  • Colonial Capitol
  • Trade shops and Taverns
  • Merchant’s Square
  • Jamestown Settlement
  • Powhatan Village, Ships, and Fort
  • Depart Jamestown for Washington, D.C.
  • Orientation to National Mall
  • Iwo Jima Memorial

Day 3 – Branches of Government and Balance of Powers

  • Capitol Building and the Capitol Visitor’s Center
  • Library of Congress and Supreme Court
  • White House
  • Lafayette Park
  • Washington Monument
  • FDR, Jefferson, and MLK Jr. memorials

Day 4 – “Freedom is not Free”

  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • JFK / RFK gravesites
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  • Lee Mansion
  • Metro Ride
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • WWII, Vietnam, Lincoln, and Korean War memorials

Day 5 – Focus: Role of the Citizen

  • Mount Vernon
  • Old Town Alexandria
  • Ford’s Theatre, Petersen House
  • Holocaust Museum
  • Depart for home after 5 incredible days!

Day 1 – Arrive in New York City

  • Times Square
  • 5th Avenue
  • Rockefeller Center
  • St. Patrick Cathedral
  • NBC Studios
  • Empire State Building

Day 2 – Business and Finance

  • Lower Manhattan
  • Ellis Island,
  • The Statue of Liberty
  • Ground Zero
  • Trinity Church
  • Wall Street
  • South Street Seaport
  • China Town
  • Little Italy
  • Broadway Show!

Day 3 – Travel to Boston

  • The Today Show at Rockefeller Center
  • Central Park
  • Transfer to Boston

Day 4 – Seeds of a Revolution

  • Freedom Trail
  • Old State House
  • Boston Commons
  • Old North Church
  • Old Granary Burying Ground
  • Tea Party Ship
  • Paul Revere House
  • USS Constitution
  • Trinity Church
  • Beacon Hill
  • Newbury Street
  • Bunker Hill
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Harvard Square

Day 5 – A New Land

  • Plymouth Harbor
  • Plymouth Rock
  • Replica of the Mayflower
  • Recreation of a 1627 Pilgrim village

Day 6 – Departure

  • Lexington and Concord
  • Lexington Battle Green
  • Old North Bridge
  • Author’s Row
  • Walden Pond

Day 1 – Arrive late afternoon in Philadelphia

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Lights of Liberty program at Independence Park

Day 2 – Focus: Initiators of Independence

  • Independence Park: Visitor’s Center, Independence Hall, Liberty Bell
  • The Constitution Center
  • Franklin Court
  • Betsy Ross house
  • Elfreth Alley
  • Proceed to Washington, D.C.
  • Orientation to National Mall
  • Iwo Jima Memorial
  • Kennedy Center
  • Canadian Embassy

Day 3 – Focus: Branches of Government and Balance of Powers

  • Capitol Building
  • Library of Congress
  • Supreme Court
  • White House area – Lafayette Park and Ellipse
  • Washington Monument
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
  • FDR and Jefferson Memorials

Day 4 – Focus: Freedom Is Not Free

  • Arlington Cemetery*
  • Smithsonian Museum of Air & Space, American History, and Natural History
  • National Archives
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • WWII, Vietnam, and Korea War Memorials

Day 5 – Focus: Role of the Citizen

  • Mount Vernon
  • Old Town Alexandria
  • Ford’s Theater and the Petersen House
  • Gift shops
  • Holocaust Museum – Daniel’s Story

*Optional Wreath Laying (must be booked well in advance)

Day 1 – Arrive in Philadelphia

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Lights of Liberty program at Independence Park

Day 2 – Focus: Initiators of Independence

  • Independence Park area – Visitor’s Center, Independence Hall, Liberty Bell
  • The Constitution Center
  • Franklin Court
  • Betsy Ross house
  • Proceed to Baltimore
  • Fort McHenry
  • Baltimore Inner Harbor
  • Proceed to Washington, D.C.
  • Orientation to National Mall
  • Kennedy Center
  • Iwo Jima Memorial

Day 3 – Focus: Branches of Government and Balance of Powers

  • United States Capitol Building
  • Library of Congress
  • Supreme Court
  • White House area – Lafayette Park and Ellipse
  • Washington Monument
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
  • FDR and Jefferson Memorials

Day 4 – Focus: “Freedom is not Free”

  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Smithsonian Museums of Air & Space, American History, and Natural History
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • WWII, Vietnam, Korea War Memorials

Day 5 – Focus: Role of the Citizen

  • Mount Vernon
  • Lunch in Old Town Alexandria
  • Ford’s Theater and Peterson House
  • Souvenir Shopping
  • National Archives

Day 1 – Arrival

  • Introduction and Orientation to National Mall
  • Iwo Jima Memorial
  • Kennedy Center
  • Canadian Embassy

Day 2 – Focus: Branches of Government and Balance of Powers

  • Capitol Building
  • Library of Congress
  • Supreme Court
  • National Archives
  • White House area – Lafayette Park and Ellipse
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
  • FDR and Jefferson Memorials

Day 3 – Focus: “Freedom is not Free”

  • Arlington National Cemetery*
  • Smithsonian Museums of Air & Space, American History, and Natural History
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • WWII, Vietnam, Korea War Memorials

Day 4 – Focus: “New Birth of Freedom”

  • Gettysburg National Cemetery
  • Visitor’s Center & Exhibits
  • Driving tour of Gettysburg Battlefield
  • Washington Monument
  • Embassy Row
  • National Cathedral

Day 5 – Focus: Role of the Citizen

  • Mount Vernon
  • Old Town Alexandria
  • Ford’s Theater and Petersen House
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

*Optional Wreath Laying Ceremony (must be arranged well in advance)

Day 1: Arrival

  • Reagan Building
  • Souvenir Shopping
  • National Mall
  • Kennedy Center

Day 2

  • United States Capitol
  • Library of Congress
  • Supreme Court
  • Union Station
  • Ford’s Theatre and Petersen House
  • Smithsonian Museums – American History and Natural History
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
  • FDR and Jefferson Presidential Memorials
  • Iwo Jima Memorial

Day 3

  • Monticello
  • Lunch at Michie Tavern
  • University of Virginia
  • White House and Lafayette Park
  • WWII Memorial

Day 4 – Focus: Freedom Is Not Free

  • Arlington National Cemetery*
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Embassy Row
  • National Zoo
  • Vietnam War Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Korean War Memorial

Day 5: Departure

  • Mount Vernon
  • Old Town Alexandria
  • 9/11 Pentagon Memorial
  • Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum
  • Depart for home

*Optional Wreath Laying Ceremony (must be arranged well in advance)

Follow A Legend

Posted November 5 2015

In honor of Veterans Day, we follow a legend named Jerry Peterson and listen to an interview we did with him. As a WWII Veteran he shares stories and wisdom that connect to our 8th grade trips to Washington, D.C.

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