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Trips to Washington DC for Law & Politics Students

Washington is the decision-making capital of arguably the most powerful country in the world and as such cannot fail to inspire students of Law 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. Without doubt 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.

Prices start from£799pp

Sample itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Flight from the UK & transfer to accommodation The Old Post Office Building
2 Guided walking tour of the government buildings in Washington DC US Capitol Buidling
3 Guided walking tour of the Washington memorials The National Archives
4 The Library of Congress Transfer to airport Overnight flight to the UK
5 Arrive in the UK
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Morning Flight from the UK & transfer to accommodation
Evening The Old Post Office Building
Morning Guided walking tour of the government buildings in Washington DC
Afternoon US Capitol Buidling
Morning Guided walking tour of the Washington memorials
Afternoon The National Archives
Morning The Library of Congress
Afternoon Transfer to airport
Evening Overnight flight to the UK
Morning Arrive in the UK

Price Shown includes

  • 3 nights’ room only accommodation
  • Return flights & overseas airport transfers
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • 1 in 10 free place ratio

The visits shown in the sample itinerary above are not included in your quoted price unless indicated. If you would like to add any of these activities to your quote price, please get in touch.

Price shown is based on 30 paying passengers departing from a London airport on selected dates and is subject to availability.

On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

  • Airport assistance when you arrive back at your UK airport when you book a coach transfer to take you home

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • Pre-booked and pre-paid public transport tickets

Top visits for college groups in Washington DC

International Monetary Fund

The IMF welcomes student groups from around the world to the IMF headquarters located in downtown Washington DC for tours and briefings on a variety of topics related to the work of the IMF. Topics range from general briefings on the IMF's role in the international financial system and activities to briefings on special topics, such as globalisation, the IMF's role in poverty reduction, the prevention and resolution of financial crises, and many other topics related to the IMF's work.

The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the nation’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with millions of items including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. It welcomes you to the vast treasure trove of materials and services. Whether you wish to explore the collections online, seek legislative information, register a copyright, access programs or see the building, you will not regret spending time here!

US Capitol

The United States Capitol is the meeting place of the United States Congress. Guided tours of the historic Capitol are available and begin at one of the Capitol Visitor Centre’s orientation theatres with a 13-minute film, "Out of Many, One," which will take you on a journey through the USA's struggle to establish the world's first truly representative democracy and introduce you to the magnificent building that houses the Congress. Once inside the historic Capitol, you will see the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall. All tours begin and end at the Capitol Visitor Centre.

Top visits

Walking Tour - Political Sites

Half day tour with a local guide covering externally all the major government buildings:

  • Pennsylvania Avenue
  • The US Capitol (the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, Library of Congress)
  • The Mall
  • George Washington Monument

Walking Tour - Historical Sites

Half day tour with a local guide covering all the major historical sites and monuments:

  • Jefferson Memorial
  • FDR Memorial
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Vietnam Memorial
  • WWII Memorial
  • The White House (exterior)

US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Explaining the story of the Holocaust in a uniquely and immensely thought provoking manner, students will never forget a visit to this museum.

Arlington National Cemetery

The history of this cemetery, the largest military graveyard in the world reflects the conflicts and struggles faced by the American people. Graves here include those from the Civil War, and both World Wars and the eternal flame burning by the grave of JFK.

National Museum of American History

Traces the country’s development in an entertaining and fairly lighthearted manner.

Lincoln Memorial Steps

Stand on the site of Martin Luther King’s famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech during the defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement in America.

FDR Memorial

This park traces 12 years of the history of the US using a sequence of outdoor rooms; one for each of Roosevelt’s terms of office. Sculptures and murals depict scenes from the Depression enabling you to stand in the ‘Breadline’.

The Pentagon

The headquarters of the Department of Defense is one of the world’s largest office buildings. It is possible for groups to have a guided tour around the building which covers highlights of significant moments in history. Tours must be booked direct by the group via your local MP.

The National Archives

Displays the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. Visits to the Public Vaults display original records and new interactive exhibits that allow you to touch and explore interesting documents. Key topics that can be studied here are Civil War, Civil Rights, Cold War, McCarthyism.

National Air & Space Museum

Discover the history of America’s aeronautical industry, from the Wright Brothers’ first flyer in 1903, to the Apollo 11 command module. An ideal visit to cover the Cold War and the Space Race.

Mount Vernon

An ideal visit en route to the airport, from the Mansion House to the Slave Quarters the plantation home of George Washington gives you the opportunity to see how the first President of the United States lived.

Smithsonian Institute

America’s national educational facility with 19 museums including:

  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Portrait Gallery. 

The Smithsonian Institute museums are free.


Study themes

  • Introduction to Political Systems & Institutions

  • Legal System & Methods