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New York and Washington DC: Governing the USA

New York and Washington DC: Governing the USA

From £1100pp

A two-centre tour of New York and Washington is the perfect way to experience some of the main sights the East Coast of America has to offer. The seat of power of arguably the most powerful country in the world cannot fail to inspire students of history and politics.

Washington’s grand buildings, parks and monuments present a calm and ordered façade, the antithesis of the political debates and scandals that take place within. The city’s political significance dominates the Washington landscape yet the city is home to the world’s largest museum complex – the Smithsonian Institute - offering exhibits on everything from fine art collections to moon landings. Washington is an inspirational destination for a school trip or educational tour.

New York is approximately a three and a half hour drive from Washington. A visit to the bright lights and soaring buildings of the Big Apple makes for an unforgettable school trip. Top museums and important buildings in this buzzing city reveal the story of its place in the world today. A stopover in Philadelphia to see the Liberty Bell is highly recommended.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

6 days 5 nights, from £849 per person

Day 1

Morning flight to New York. Transfer to accommodation.

Take in the spectacular York skyline with a night-time trip up the Empire State Building.

Day 2

Gain an insight into the origins of the modern New York with a visit to the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

Visit the 9/11 Memorial, the site of the attack that caused the greatest paradigm shift of this century in both American and global politics.

Visit New York's iconic Times Square. Stay until dark to enjoy the full impact of its famous neon billboards.

OPTIONAL TREAT: A Broadway show!

Day 3

Get immersed in New York's turbulent history with a powerful Civil Rights multimedia walking tour of Harlem.

Guided tour of the United Nations headquarters.

Shopping time in Fifth Avenue.

Day 4

Transfer by coach to Washington DC with an optional stopover in Philadelphia.

Enjoy a tour of the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia.

Visit the Independence National Historical Park and see the Liberty Bell, the iconic symbol of American independence.

Arrive in Washington DC and settle into your accommodation.

After a photo opportunity outside the White House, enjoy a guided stroll through the National Mall to visit the Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.

Day 5

Learn about the American legislature with a tour of the Capitol Building and a visit to Exhibition Hall, which tells the story of the US Congress.

Explore the judicial branch of government with a guided tour of the US Supreme Court.

Visit Washington DC’s unique Newseum, a fascinating alternative museum that explores the role of news in framing historic events.

Overnight flight home.

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New York and Washington DC: Governing the USA

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