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8th Grade Field Trip to Washington, DC

Washington DC Memorials

Colombus Bilingual Academy, North is excited to offer our students a chance to visit Washington, D.C. for a 3-day, 2-night tour of our nation’s capital. Students will visit historic sites such as the White House, Mt. Vernon, and Ford’s Theatre; museums including the Smithsonian museums of American history & natural history; and memorials honoring FDR, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr. From visits to the Supreme Court and Capital building to tours of the National Archives and Arlington National Cemetery, this once-in-a-lifetime trip is packed with educational enrichment and life-changing learning opportunities. 

Total Cost per student: $725

Package Includes:

  • Bus transportation throughout your tour
  • Two nights Hotel Accommodations in the Washington DC Area
  • Professional tour manager with your group throughout the tour
  • Gratuities for the bus driver
  • Gratuities for the tour manager
  • Security at the hotel for your group so chaperones can sleep easy at night
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Visit to the Supreme Court (lecture if available)
  • Visit to the Marine Corps War Memorial.
  • Visit to the Library of Congress
  • Visit to the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon
  • Visit to the Smithsonian Museum of American History
  • Visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Tour at the Capitol Building
  • Visit to the Einstein Memorial
  • Tour of the memorials including the World War II, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Memorial
  • Visit to the Memorials including the FDR, Jefferson and Martin Luther King Jr Memorials
  • Tour at Arlington National Cemetery
  • Admission to Mt. Vernon – the home of George Washington
  • Photo stop outside the White House
  • Visit to the National Archives
  • Visit to Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House
  • Visit to the Holocaust Museum (subject to availability)

Proposed Itinerary:

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
  • You’ll depart on the bus for an overnight drive. The bus should arrive 15 minutes prior to this departure time.
Thursday, June 8
  • You’ll have a buffet breakfast at Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens.
  • You will meet your tour manager.
  • You will visit the estate and gardens of our first president, George Washington. You will have time to see a film at the visitor center, tour his home and explore the grounds.
  • You’ll begin your drive to the next stop.
  • You will take a break for lunch (not included).
  • You’ll visit the Museum of American History where you’ll explore the richness and complexity of the American History. The Museum collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts—all true national treasures. You’ll be able to view everything from the original Star-Spangled Banner and Abraham Lincoln’s top hat to Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet. The collections form a fascinating mosaic of American life and comprise the greatest single collection of American history.
  • You’ll have free time to explore the Museum of Natural History. It is the most visited natural history museum in the world. The museum’s collections total over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts.
  • You’ll have dinner in Union Station at Uno Chicago Grill.
  • You’ll see the Einstein Memorial situated in an elm and holly grove in the southwest corner of the National Academy of Sciences grounds. The memorial was unveiled at the Academy’s annual meeting, April 22, 1979, in honor of the centennial of the great scientist’s birth.
  • You will take a guided tour of the Memorials including visits to the World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.
  • Uniformed security guard will be at the hotel to monitor the hallways during the night.
  • You’ll arrive at your hotel and check in.
  • You’ll arrive at your hotel and check in.
Friday, June 9
  • You’ll have breakfast.
  • You’ll board your bus and depart the hotel for the day.
  • You will visit the Supreme Court. If time permits and lectures are available, you may see a 25 minute docent lecture in the court room about the judicial branch of our government and the role of the Supreme Court.
  • You will enter one of the most magnificent buildings in Washington as you visit the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill. You will have some time to admire the architecture and peek into the main reading room.
  • You will visit the United States Capitol, a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world. Your tour will begin with a short introductory film and include stops at the Rotunda and National Statuary Hall.
  • You will take a break for lunch (not included).
  • You will visit Arlington National Cemetery where you will take a tour and see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the Challenger Memorial and the Kennedy Grave Sites.
  • You’ll see the Marine Corps War Memorial. It is located near Arlington National Cemetery.
  • You’ll begin your drive to the next stop.
  • You’ll enjoy a Fresh Mex dinner at Chevy’s.
  • You will take a guided tour of the Memorials including visits to the FDR Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
  • You will return to your hotel for the evening.
Saturday, June 10
  • You’ll have breakfast.
  • You’ll check out of your hotel room.
  • You will visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This is America’s national institution for the documentation, study and interpretation of Holocaust History and it serves as our country’s memorial to the millions murdered during the Holocaust. Reservations will be requested for your visit. If they are not confirmed you may either wait on line for tickets on morning of your visit or you may see the Daniel’s Story exhibit which does not require reservations or tickets.
  • You will take a break for lunch (not included).
  • You will visit the National Archives and see the rotunda where some of our most important documents are stored. You will see an original copy of the U.S. Constitution and an original copy of the Declaration of Independence as well as many other important documents.
  • You will learn about the assassination of President Lincoln as you visit Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House. If available, you will attend a park ranger lecture inside the theatre and see where the President was shot. You will learn the story about John Wilkes Booth and why he shot the President. Then you will continue to the Petersen House where President Lincoln was taken and eventually passed away. You may also visit the Museum at Ford’s Theatre and the Center for Education and Leadership adjacent to the Petersen House. Reservations for these sites are required and subject to availability.
  • You’ll begin your drive to the next stop.
  • The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States, first occupied by John Adams in 1800. You will have a chance to see the North Front of the White House from Lafayette Park where you can take photos and enjoy the view.
  • You’ll have dinner on your own (not included).
  • You’ll visit the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon.
  • You’ll board your bus and begin the overnight return trip home.
Sunday, June 11
  • You will arrive at home.

Student and Chaperone Registration

1. Visit: https://www.etadventures.com/
Click the green button in the top right hand corner “Log in to myETA”
Trip Code: columbus23
  Password:  wastrip23

2. Click “Make a New Reservation”

3. Complete the information and continue to follow the instructions to complete your registration.

4. Once your reservation has been confirmed, you’ll see your reservation number and a tab at the top “Passengers/Waivers.”

5. On the Passengers/Waivers tab, click on the “Waiver Incomplete View/Edit” button.

6. Complete all required information in the Waiver. You can log out and log back in to finish the waiver at a later date using the reservation information emailed to you.

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