Taking Advantage of the History and Culture
Washington DC is one of the most historically rich areas in the entire country. For teachers and staff planning their 8th grade Washington DC trip, there’s a lot to consider. Where do you go? What do you do? How long should you stay? What events should you attend? What’s worth seeing and what’s not?
Well, we thought we’d help answer those questions with a few recommendations.
Most Popular Attractions
The Smithsonian Museums is full of cool artifacts, cultural exhibits, scientific specimens, and even have guided tours to make your experience worthwhile. If you want to focus on a specific subject, you have a variety of options. Here are our favorites:
- Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
- Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
- Smithsonian Natural History Museum
- Smithsonian American History Museum
- Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian
- Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
It’s important to educate our future generations on the sacrifices that our armed forces have made to keep this country free. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial helps to accomplish that by honoring those who died in the Vietnam War. The wall is located in between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
Library of Congress
Established in 1800 under President John Adams, the Library of Congress is the world’s largest collection of knowledge, culture, and creativity. It’s also open to all visitors and is absolutely free. You can take a guided tour or view the various exhibitions, galleries, lectures, films, and events as a group.
This is really cool spot for the kids. Being able to see a giant statue of beloved President Abraham Lincoln is something they probably won’t forget. The Lincoln Memorial was built in 1914, with Henry Bacon as the building designer, Daniel French as the statue’s sculptor, and Jules Guerin as the painter of the two murals.
When kids think Washington DC, they most likely think of either the White House or the Washington Monument. It’s 555 feet tall and was built to honor George Washington, the father of this nation. This monument requires tickets to enter.
Plan Your Custom Tour
Washington DC is one of our favorite places to visit, so if you have an further questions or want to begin planning your 8th grade Washington DC trip, call us at 1-800-574-3898 or get a free quote.