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The Washington area is rich in history and culture, and there is no better way to appreciate that than on a custom tour. In addition to Washington’s famous landmarks, NCSS tours cover sites from Gettysburg, PA to Fredericksburg, VA, and a variety of subjects. Take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to explore the abundant resources and history of the mid-Atlantic region.
Thursday, December 1
7:15 am to 8:00 pm
Experience the different ways student groups can make their own history in Gettysburg, PA on this one-day familiarization tour. From interactive museums and hands-on demonstrations to civilian stories, unique battlefield tours, agricultural experiences and a multitude of group-friendly dining options, you will find that Gettysburg and surrounding Adams County is an ideal student destination. Destination Gettysburg can assist in the planning process with sample itineraries, images, group rate information and site tours.
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Visit the homes, museums, shops, buildings, and sites that illuminate the colonial, Revolutionary, and Civil War history of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This tour, conducted by the City of Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism, will include the influence of George Washington and the Washington family during colonial times, the city's Revolutionary history, and its bloody Civil War battles, when the city changed hands seven times. The tour includes free time for lunch and shopping in Old Town Fredericksburg.
8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Jefferson’s Monticello is a little mountain that is home to big ideas. Take a guided tour of the house and grounds, explore the Visitor Center galleries and interactive Griffin Discovery Room, and attend a workshop with Monticello educators on how to bring those ideas to your classroom with the free resources on our NEW education website. Information about our fully funded summer teacher fellowship and student field trip opportunities will also be provided.
Fee: $100. This fee covers transportation to Monticello and entrance to the house and grounds.
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
For over a quarter of his Presidency, Abraham Lincoln lived on an uplifting hilltop in Northwest Washington, D.C., where he made some of his most critical decisions. While in residence at the Cottage, Lincoln visited with wounded soldiers; spent time with self-emancipated men, women and children; and developed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Experience Lincoln’s home for brave ideas with a private, customized tour of President Lincoln’s Cottage and a special viewing of American by Belief, a special exhibition on Lincoln’s little known immigration policies. These policies embodied some of the very principles that continue to draw immigrants to the United States 150 years later. Education staff from President Lincoln’s Cottage and American Immigration Council will share resources on how to incorporate immigration stories, past and present, into classroom lessons.
Saturday, December 3
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Discover the historical treasures of our Nation's Capitol. Experience the vast collection of famous sites, including historical memorials and monuments, Arlington Cemetery, and Capitol Hill.
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Maryland has a bit of true history, too! Visit Fort McHenry, the birthplace of our National Anthem as well as a national shrine. Following, enjoy the sites, sounds, and cuisine of one of America's oldest seaports at the Baltimore harbor on the Chesapeake Bay. In the afternoon, the tour will continue in Maryland's state Capitol, Annapolis, where you will visit the United States Naval Academy and explore the popular downtown Annapolis city dock.
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Come to Mount Vernon for this holiday tradition, featuring candlelit character-guided tours of the first and second floors of the Mansion, 18th-century dancing, and fireside caroling. On the final stop of the Mansion tour, guests will hear about the Washingtons' holiday cooking and see a reproduction of Martha's Great Cake. "Mrs. Washington" will also be on site.
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Take a night tour of some of D.C’s most popular monuments, inspiring memorials, and iconic landmarks – Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol to name a few. This tour will be led by a WorldStrides certified Course Leader to provide fun facts along the way and will include a beverage and light snacks.