School Trips & Tours to New York & Washington

Beneath the excitement of its world-famous attractions, diverse shopping districts and vast skyscrapers, New York is a city immersed with an interesting political and historical past. From the iconic UN building to the city’s Tenement Museum, a school trip to New York allows students to discover American history, learn about civil rights and soak up the country’s heritage, whilst exploring renowned landmarks in an unforgettable, educational tour.

This captivating school trip also visits the archetypal Washington D.C. Students can truly get a feel and understanding of this dominant country by experiencing both iconic destinations all in one trip. To further enhance their learning, a school tour to New York and Washington D.C. can include taking in the iconic Lincoln Memorial and the Pentagon, exploring Washington D.C.’s inspiring museums and learning even more about America and its history.

At WST, we arrange unforgettable school trips to New York and Washington D.C. for the following subjects:

“We had a great trip despite the hurricane changing our plans. I cannot thank WST highly enough for all their help and support in what was a difficult time. We enjoyed all the activities arranged for us and the guides, Garry and Alex were brilliant, supportive and fun to be with.” St Aloysius College 

Top Attractions

The White House, Washington D.C.

White House

The White House is undoubtedly one of the most iconic political buildings in the world, not to mention the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. The first president to reside there was John Adams in 1800, and each US leader since, apart from George Washington, has lived in the iconic building. The White House has seen some of the most influential political decisions in the history of America being made, and therefore it’s an inspirational landmark to visit on a school trip, particularly for those studying politics or history.

Students can explore various rooms within The White House and absorb this building’s influence on American history. To visit, students need to apply directly to the Embassy in Washington D.C.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York

911 Memorial

Located on the site where the Twin Towers once stood, this compelling and moving memorial honours those who were killed during the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001. Students can explore the significance of the attacks and the implications this horrifying catastrophe had on everyday American life and future events.

Now stands twin reflecting pools at the site, which are the main features of the memorial. The names of every person who died are inscribed into panels alongside the pools, offering a landmark of reflection, remembrance and American significance.

The National Archives, Washington D.C.

National Archives

 For students, an educational tour to New York and Washington D.C. must include a visit to the National Archives. Displayed in this location are some of the most significant documents in American heritage, including the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence. Alongside viewing these iconic papers, students can experience interactive exhibits and visit public vaults displaying more original records.


When exploring New York, our accommodation is based in Manhattan and therefore located within close reach of all the popular visits. We offer an extensive range of accommodation types to suit your budget, from youth hostels to 3 star hotels, offering a comfortable and enjoyable stay in the heart of this popular city. During visits to Washington D.C., our accommodation is either within walking distance or a short metro journey from all the major sights in the city, offering a convenient place to stay that makes getting around very accessible.

Local Cuisine


 Famous for its large portions of mouth-watering foods, America offers an unparalleled dining experience that is truly unlike any other. Students can enjoy some of the country’s most popular dishes, visit eccentric diners and tuck in to a hearty, filling and delicious meal.

In New York, some of our most popular choices for educational tours include Bubba Gump Shrimp and Planet Hollywood.  If you’d like something a little different, you can experience Ellen’s Stardust Diner or enjoy an exciting game of bowling whilst you eat at the popular Bowlmor.

When visiting Washington D.C., students can continue to get a taste of American dining with the Hard Rock Café, experience Italian-American cuisine at Bucca di Beppo or tuck into takeaway classics at the satisfying Shake Shack.

Hidden Gems

International Spy Museum, Washington D.C.

Spy Museum


For a career that historically falls below the radar, the National Spy Museum gives students a captivating insight into the elusive espionage practice and reveals the secrets of this unknown profession. The largest collection of international artefacts is currently on display at the National Spy Museum; students can also discover intelligence operations and explore how espionage has changed history.

Radio City Music Hall, New York

Radio City


Located in Rockefeller Centre, the iconic Radio City Music Hall has been the stage to historic film premieres, and as such, has been nicknamed ‘Showplace of the Nation.’ From theatre productions to music concerts, this venue, with its bright, dazzling lights, is a fantastic attraction to visit and a historic New York landmark.

Dupont Circle, Washington D.C.


A trendy, vibrant neighbourhood in Washington D.C., Dupont Circle is a must visit social hotspot offering an eclectic selection of clothing boutiques, bookstores, gift shops and independent cafes. Students can explore another side to Washington D.C. and get a feel for commonplace America.

WST Support

Our expert New Yorkers, Garry, Alex, and their team of guides, are on hand to provide you with any support you require for a trip to this bustling city. To ensure your trip gets off to the best start, you’ll be met on arrival at the airport and they’ll travel with you to your hotel, help you check-in and answer any questions. Garry will also be available to provide support 24 hours a day throughout your stay.

In Washington D.C., our expert, Carolyn, and her team of guides, are dedicated to offer specialist direction during your trip, including assisting with an essential walking tour that can be tailored to your study themes.

If you’re interested in taking your students on an unforgettable, stimulating and exciting trip to New York and Washington D.C., why not have a chat with a member of our friendly travel team

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