Washington and New York Politics

from £1150pp

Based on 5 days

Suitable for Secondary Schools, International Schools


A two-centre tour of New York and Washington is the perfect way to experience some of the main sights that 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 facade, 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 three and a half hours 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.

Our Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1

    Morning flight to New York and transfer to accommodation.

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

  2. Day 2

    Gain an insight into the origins of 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.

    There's also an option to add a Broadway show (ask us for our personal recommendations)!

  3. 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.

    Enjoy some free time shopping on the famous 5th Avenue!

  4. Day 4

    Transfer by coach to Washington DC.

    Half-day stop in Philadelphia (optional):

    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.

  5. 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, with the possibility of attending a lecture about the US judiciary.

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

    Overnight flight back to the UK. 

  6. Day 6

    Arrive back home.

School Trip Accommodation


There is a good choice of accommodation in Washington and New York suitable for school groups, ranging from budget hostels with communal facilities, to hotels with private bathrooms.  Let us know your preference when you submit your request, and we'll help you to find the best option for your group. 

Testimonials about this trip:

Bethan was amazing, very helpful, all the information was very detailed, will definitely use Diverse again when planning another trip.
Cove School October 2019
The final information pack was brilliant, made the trip really easy.
The Polesworth School
Diverse School Travel have been exceptional, I like the fact that I was not hassled to book with you following the quote I was sent, and then once I was given the go ahead, you were efficient and very kind and patient, completing all the paper work and changing the number of students and with all the enquires I sent you.

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Washington and New York Politics

from £1150pp

Based on 5 days

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