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Different Things to see in Washington DC

Different Things to see in Washington DC

When you are planning your next educational tour or day trip to Washington DC it is normal to want to do the standard visits of all the institutions like the Capitol, see the White House and take a group picture, the Jefferson, Lincoln, MLK and FDR Memorials and Arlington Cemetery too. But here are some different things to see in Washington DC you might want to check-out and remember on your next tour or day field trip to Washington DC:

When you visit the National Cathedral , the second largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, built in traditional fashion, stone upon stone with no steel reinforcements and of course hand carved gargoyles. They are worth seeing and in fact you should try to

Darth Vader Gargoyle

Darth Vader Gargoyle at the National Cathedral

find a very specific one which is very modern: one gargoyle is actually Darth Vader’s mask! If you get a tour inside do not forget to see the stained glass window that includes a moon rock from the Apollo 11 Mission.

The most dominant feature on the Washington DC skyline is the Washington Monument. Measuring 555 and 5 and one eight of an inch high it marks the unofficial center of the city. You might notice something peculiar about the monument: (insert pic here).

 

 Washington Monument different colored stone

Washington DC Washington Monument

The color of the stone changes about a third of the way up. Local tour guides might entice with stories of floods (they are kidding it’s to get your attention) Construction of the monument started in 1848. It was interrupted in 1854 for lack of funds as it was originally privately financed and then the Civil War further delayed construction and it only resumed in 1874 to be completed in 1888. At the time it was the highest structure in the world. The different colored stone is attributed to the fact the quarry where the initial stone was carved was no longer available after the civil war. Stone from a quarry in Massachusetts was used but it was found to be deeply streaked and another quarry near the other original one was found and it was used to complete the towering Obelisk.

Kilroy was here thx wikicommons

Kilroy was here

The most curious mark your students on your class field trip to Washington DC might like to find is the one known as ‘Kilroy Was Here’. This most unusual carving is discretely hidden on the World War II Memorial . When you visit the memorial dedicated to the 405,399 men and women killed and lost during this great war, look for the doodle as it was said many servicemen would doodle the very noticeable cartoonish character as they re-captured Allied territory. The mark became legendary. The Germans even thought it was a deep hidden code as it was found on captured equipment.

 

So make sure to keep your eyes open on your next educational tour or class field trip to Washington DC.

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KCTCS … NYC 2013 – the memories

Testimonial New York City Trip 2013

Hi Stefan,

 

New York City Times Square High School Student Tours

New York City Times Square

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It was an excellent trip, except for the obvious. 🙂 (note from the editor – the obvious was a motor coach break down that caused serious delays)   You did an excellent job handling all of the details and interacting with the students.  As I said, you were the best guide we’ve had, and this was my 13th summer trip.

 

Michelle

 

Washington DC Day Field Trips

Washington DC Day Field Trip Ideas

Day field trips are great travel options for classes, schools and groups who cannot do travel overnight. GO Educational Tours designed some very creative programs in order to maximize your time at the destination while getting the most out of your activities.

Make Washington DC yours for a day; make it a field trip about history and politics, science or the arts where you and your class or group can discover as much of  DC as one day allows.

History and Politics field trip to Washington DC

Your day field trip can focus on a very specific topic or be very general. If you wish to concentrate on politics your day trip would include most of the political institutions like the Capitol and the Supreme Court. We would help you organize a meeting with your Congressman/woman or Senator.

Washington DC Day Field Trips

Washington DC Day Field Trips

Walk back in time and learn about the history of DC, the men and women who helped shape the nations capital.

Get an in depth look at the monuments and memorials on the mall, from the Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR, MLK memorials to the Vietnam, Korea and World War II monuments.

Science field trip to Washington DC

For example, you could choose to see on your day field trip  the Udvar Hazy wing of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: see all the legends of flight in one place: the space shuttle Discovery and the last Concorde to fly.

Then go to the Air and Space on the Mall to see the first plane of the Wright brothers to the Apollo 11 Capsule and touch a piece of the moon as you go in the museum.

Air and Space Museum Day Field Trips to Washington DC

Air and Space Museum Day Field Trips to Washington DC

On to the museum of American History to learn more about Edison, then the Museum of Natural History. Many extraordinary museums to choose from.

Tell us what you wish to see and we will build the appropriate itinerary.

Travelling by motor coach offers a lot of flexibility and options for your field trip. Each program can be extended into the evening if you wish. In order to do this we can organize for your motor coach driver to get his DOT rest time at a hotel nearby. This way he can be well rested for the return home. Most shows finish between 10-1030pm and if you are within 200 miles you would be back by 1-200am.

Select one of the above programs or simply create your own.

 If you have day field trip plans to Washington DC and wish to get some ideas and suggestions simply click below to learn more.

 

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NYC: New York City School Field Trips

New York City (NYC) School Field Trip Ideas

Field trips are great travel options for classes, schools and groups, whether you’re able to travel overnight or just go for the day. GO Educational Tours has designed some very creative programs in order to maximize your time at the destination while getting the most out of your activities.

New York City Field Trips - Times Square

Times Square New York City

Make New York City yours for a day; make it a field trip about science, the arts or a general sampler where you and your class or group can discover a little bit of New York in one day.

Science field trip to New York City

For example, you could choose the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Math as a science themed day.

Arts field trip to New York City

Perhaps the arts are more your thing; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim and the MoMA can fill your day. And should the performing arts be the focus of your trip then you can enjoy a very good tour of the Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall and then maybe catch a matinee or even a evening Broadway show.

General Cultural field trip to New York City

The discover New York in a day is another option: Depart early from your city, arrive in Manhattan with your field trip group to catch the Staten Island ferry to get a view of the Statue of Liberty, then a deli lunch near the World Trade Center 911 Memorial, a subway ride to Times Square for an orientation walk and exploration of this well known intersection to finish your class trip by taking in the best view in the city from the Top of the Rock Observatory 70 stories up at Rockefeller Plaza.

Tell us what you wish to see and we will build the appropriate itinerary.

Travelling by motor coach offers a lot of flexibility and options for your field trip. Each program can be extended into the evening if you wish to catch a Broadway Show like Spider-man or Wicked. In order to do this we can organize for your motor coach to get his DOT rest time at a hotel in NJ. This way he can be well rested for the return home. Most shows finish between 10-1030pm and if you are within 200 miles you would be back by 1-200am.

Select one of the above programs or simply create your own.

If you have day field trip plans to New York City and wish to get some ideas and suggestions simply click below to learn more.   Get a New York City Day Field Trip Quote

A typical day on a GO Educational Middle and High School Student Tours

A typical day on middle and high school student tours

The first morning of a tour I always made it a point of going around the bus learning the names of each student.It was important for me to hear what the students were looking forward to seeing and expecting on their tour. It sets the expectations and reminds us why we do what we do.

It’s a good icebreaker but it made me aware of the expectations of the students and the anticipation that has been building, in many cases for several months, for the trip.

New York City Times Square High School Student Tours

New York City Times Square

The students were often looking forward to seeing little details beyond the obvious sights and attractions. I used that as further motivation to give them more.

Sharing the stories about the past and present of a destination is easy enough but making interesting to the kids is another.

I made it a challenge to connect various themes during a presentation. This would help them see how many aspects are intertwined like the simple topic of yellow cabs in New York. It becomes a spiel about daily routines, economics, geography, transportation and many other points.

The average cab fare is about $7-9, there are 12 779 ( Taxicab factbook 2006 , Schaller Consult. com )- cabs were responsible for 470 000 trips per day in 2006 Taxicabs in the city, a taxi medallion in Manhattan is worth nearly a million dollars  and people can take out mortgages on them as they are business licenses that generate income.

Looking at the cost of car ownership in Manhattan and just the cost of monthly parking and how it affects consumer behaviour and how that impacts the economy. If you live in Manhattan the cost of car ownership comes with a great additional cost of parking at home and if you ‘commute’ within Manhattan, the cost of parking at work. add to that that the insurance rates must be outrageous too. Add the fact you may not want to drive in the city and risk scratching your car in the dense traffic.

Now add up all of these tangible costs against the cost of taking daily cabs and subway rides and you actually save a few dollars.

You work 20 days a month, a monthly subway pass is about $120 based on four 7 day passes at $29 and supplemented with a few cabs rides and you rent a car on a few week ends a year. You can get around Manhattan efficiently pretty cheaply

Strangely enough when I tell people that Manhattan city life is very intimate  because it has many small neighborhoods. Because most residents do not have a car, the services are close. Grocery shopping is close by, the pharmacy, the dry cleaners, restaurants and shops are all nearby. So whether you leave on the upper-east side or Hell’s kitchen, or So-Ho and other districts, you can be sure to find convenient stores and services nearby that don’t require long commutes but most likely short walks.

It is also part of the reason Central Park and the other parks are so busy on week ends. Those who wish to leave the city on weekends can either rent a car or stay in the city and do their outdoorsy stuff in the park.

So using the yellow cabs to anchor a presentation, we can elaborate on so many topics there are interrelated and helps the students better understand the place they are visiting.

– urban development
– architecture
– transportation
– social sciences
– math, and so on have been discussed to various degrees.

The students  relate more to the discussion and are more engaged which in turn they will bring back these bits of information with them.

A GO Leader is selected from the ranks of education and other academic departments because we want our GLs to have the ability to connect these themes and concepts and be able to share them in an organized and structured way so it is easy for the students to understand.

Making history fun might seem challenging but in fact when stories are well structured and presented they draw in your student audience in and get them to want to know more.

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