School Trips & Tours to Washington

The thriving hub of US politics, a school trip to Washington DC offers students the chance to experience the thrilling, fast-paced setting of the US capital. Boasting a whole host of captivating museums for both history and politics students, not to mention the chance to walk the halls of the iconic White House and discover the fascinating Pentagon - where pivotal decisions have been made throughout the USA’s gripping history, the learning opportunities for budding historians and politicians at this destination are second to none.

We offer the following unforgettable school trips to Washington DC:

Top Attractions

The White House 

White House

One of the most famous political buildings in the world, the White House is the official residence of the President of the United States. If you apply directly to the Embassy in Washington, school groups can gain access to the impressive building’s interior and take a self-guided tour around where presidents – both past and present – have resided. A fascinating study opportunity, students can learn the ins and outs of American politics as they explore the iconic building.

The Pentagon

The headquarters of the USA’s Department of Defense (DOD), a tour of the Pentagon is a great way to gain insight into the U.S Armed Forces. Starting with a 60-minute presentation which includes a 1.49 mile walk through the epic building, the tour showcases the respective missions undertaken by the USA’s five armed services. Boasting numerous military displays and insight into missions undertaken by the DOD, you’ll need to apply to British Embassy directly to secure your school’s place on this brilliant tour.

Political Sites Walking Tour 

Washington Dc Usa

A must for all politics students, a walking tour of Washington DC’s extensive political sites is a great way to take in many of the city’s most important and historic buildings and landmarks. The walking tour will take your students down Pennsylvania Avenue, guiding students past the White House, the George Washington Monument and down to the US Capitol, which is home to the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. A great way to get your bearings at the start of your trip, seeing the key political sites first hand is a great way to bring the drama of American politics to life.

Washington DC Accommodation

Washington DC is really accessible and all our accommodation is either within walking distance or a short metro journey from the National Mall and all the major sites in the city. We can make accommodation arrangements for your school group on your behalf, helping you choose the right option to best suit your students’ needs.

Local Cuisine 


There’s a great range of restaurants around the city, offering a variety of cuisines for students to choose from. Our favourite restaurants for school groups include Hard Rock Café, Buca di Beppo and the Shake Shack, which offer popular favourites such as American-style burgers and Italian pastas and pizzas. If you wish, we can book restaurants on your behalf, making sure your reservations fit seamlessly into your itinerary.

Hidden Gems  

US Holocaust Museum

A fantastic museum for both history and politics students, the US Holocaust Museum outlines the tragic events of World War II using poignant film footage, original artefacts and eye witness accounts. The museum offers a wealth of information on the events that led up to the Holocaust, including the aftermath of World War II and insight into Jewish life in Europe before the war.

National Air and Space Museum 

Smithsonian Institution National Air And Space Museum Entrance

Home to the largest collection of historic air and spacecrafts in the world, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum is a must for any students studying the Cold War, offering unparalleled insight into the Space Race. Highlights include the Apollo 11 command module, Colombia; the original 1903 Wright Brothers flyer, and the Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.

The National Archives

Home to a number of America’s key historical and political documents, the National Archives is a fantastic study visit for students. A great opportunity to learn about how many of these documents came to light; the National Archives displays the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights – all of which have helped shape the political system we know in the US today.

WST Support in Washington DC

We arrange support in Washington DC with our expert Carolyn and her team of guides. To ensure a smooth start to your trip, you’ll be met on arrival at the airport and they’ll travel with you to your hotel, assist with check-in and with any questions you may have.

A walking tour is essential in Washington DC as the city is so accessible and it’s a great way to piece together the story of this city in a short space of time. Carolyn and her team will tailor your tour to suit your study themes and learning objectives, as well as pitching it just right to help keep your students interested.  

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Louise’s Top Tip

The Smithsonian Institute has a number of museums along the Mall in Washington and they are all free to enter. We recommend the National Air and Space Museum.

Top tip from Louise, our Specialist Travel Consultant