Salk Goes to Washington, D.C.

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Discover America for yourself.

In remarkably vibrant and uniquely instructive ways, world history, human history and American history all come to life in Washington, D.C.

This makes America’s capital city the perfect place for middle school students to begin integrating classroom lessons, current events and their own personal story.

This land is your land.

There’s never been a better time to show young people that America’s past, present and future are bigger than textbooks, tweets and the evening news.

The American Experiment

While politics, history and the American dream are evolving more rapidly than ever, young people are better equipped than ever to evolve with the times.

To develop the next generation of responsible young citizens, a solid grasp of our nation’s foundations & fundamentals is essential. Sacrifice, compromise and bold risk made this American experiment possible. This program helps young people understand that history, and how it continues to promise a bright future.

Begin writing your own American story.

From Capitol Hill, where the course of world events pivots daily, to the hallowed ground of Arlington National Cemetery, where we honor lives cut short defending American ideals, this is much more than a field trip.

This is your world. Explore it.

Learning about the U.S. government is an essential element of Middle School curriculum. There’s no better way to bring this subject to life than by exploring our nation’s capital. From the gleaming steps of the Supreme Court to the unparalleled collections of the Smithsonian Museums, undertake this journey for much more than extra credit.

Consider the consequences of governance.

From absorbing the lessons inscribed at our most treasured monuments & memorials to comprehending the lives of real people who lived, worked and died on plantations like Mt. Vernon & Monticello, glimpse your part in a much larger narrative of shared experience.

Take inspiration.

America on paper: from observing money minted at the U.S. Treasury to examining the actual Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, ponder how the influence and ideals of America’s past, present and future converge to impact your life, and lives around the world, each day.

For nearly 250 years, your government has worked.

In Washington D.C., you’re at the heart of the American experience. Follow the footsteps of founding fathers and national heroes. Build connections as you immerse yourself in the living laboratory that is American Government.

Connect.

Exploring ideas and events in your nation’s capital helps you identify ways that you’re part of something bigger than yourself. Get out of the classroom and take a hands-on approach to discovering your history. These experiences help you tune in and start creating your own American story.

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Smaller group. Bigger impact.

 Program length:  6 days
All Inclusive Price:  $2,495
Program Departs:  March 31, 2019
Deposit: $500 required at Enrollment
Early Enrollment Discount: $100 off through 6/30/18
Monthly Payment Plan: $236.88/mo. for 8 months

(deposit due by: 6/30/18, first payment: 7/18, final payment: 02/19)

Minimum Group:  32 Paying Travelers

Program Priced from Spokane (GEG).


Program Highlights:
  • Iconic DC Monuments and Memorials
  • Arlington National Cemetery & Tomb of the Unknowns
  • The White House
  • US Capitol Building
  • Visit with US Congressperson
  • The National Mall
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • The Wharf
  • Mount Vernon
  • Ford’s Theatre
  • International Spy Museum
  • National Archives
  • University of Virginia Campus Visit
  • Monticello & Thomas Jefferson
  • Bureau of Engraving & Printing
  • Holocaust Memorial Museum

 

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Exceptional Guidance & Local Expertise

Quo’s licensed Travel Managers are with your students from arrival to departure. As local professionals and safety experts, they know this city, every attraction and D.C.’s safety protocols better than anyone. Their STEM and CORE expertise allows them to teach specifically to the exact curriculum you’re learning in school. Their local expertise also makes them walking encyclopedias of Washington DC trivia. They know what to highlight. They know which surprise opportunities to seize. And they know how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of one of the most beautiful and dynamic capital cities in the world.

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Full Program Itinerary

Day One – Departure Day
Our late afternoon flight to Seattle allows us to catch an overnight flight to Washington Dulles Airport. This means we’re able to enjoy a full first day in our nation’s capital.

Let the adventure begin!

Day Two – Arrival in our Nation’s Capital

We’ll arrive in Washington DC around 6:30 am. After meeting our new best friend (our local expert Travel Manager) and our motor coach driver, we’ll head to our “Welcome Breakfast.

  • There is no better way to get started in this city of monuments than a stop at the iconic “Iwo Jima Memorial” (The US Marine War Memorial). What a photo op!
  • Next, we’ll visit the National 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon and the Air Force Memorial.
  • At Arlington National Cemetery we’ll witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Depending on weather and scheduling, we will participate in a meaningful and solemn Wreath Laying Ceremony.
  • We’ll have lunch at the Pentagon City Food Court
  • The hottest photo op in DC is in front of the White House. We’ll stop and take a few moments to see for ourselves the house at the nation’s most talked about address.
  • This afternoon, we’re exploring the unparalleled collections of the Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall. After dividing into groups based on interest, we’ll have a few hours set aside to visit our choice of the greatest museums in America:
    • the National Museum of Natural History
    • the National Museum of the American Indian
    • the National Museum of American History
    • the National Museum of African Art
    • the National Museum of African American History and Culture
    • the National Air and Space Museum.
  • Late this afternoon, we will head to D.C.’s most exciting new development: The Wharf!

After our long overnight flight and a very exciting & busy first day, we’ll be happy to have dinner and turn in early at the hotel.

Day Three – Introduction to D.C.
After a good night’s sleep, our third day begins with a beautiful breakfast buffet at the hotel before we meet our guide and board our motor coach.

  • This morning, we’re off to see Mount Vernon, the plantation home of our nation’s first president, George Washington.
    • We’ll enjoy a guided tour of the mansion and then have time to explore the fascinating and educational grounds of the estate.
    • We’ll also enjoy lunch at the Mount Vernon Food Court Pavilion
  • Textbook history jumps from the classroom into real life as we make a visit to the historic Ford’s Theatre, where President Lincoln was assassinated.
  • Before dinner this evening, there’s no better way to light up students’ imagination than a visit to the interactive & fun International Spy Museum.
  • Washington DC is a particularly beautiful city by night. In fact, most monuments have been designed with nighttime viewing in mind, so they are extra dramatic, memorable and beautiful by night. After dinner this evening, we will undertake a very special tour of some of the best night monuments in what we call Moonlight Monumenting:”
    • World War II Memorial
    • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    • Lincoln Memorial
    • Korean War Memorial
    • Albert Einstein Monument
Day Four – Capitol Hill
  • After fueling up at breakfast, our day begins with a Guided Tour at the U.S. Capitol Building.
  • We will meet with one of our state’s elected representatives to ask questions and learn about what it’s like to be in the U.S. Congress today.
    • (Meetings are requested and typically happen, but are subject to Congressional schedule.)
  • Lunch at the U.S. Capitol Café.
  • This afternoon we will marvel at the beauty, the enormity and the critical work of the Library of Congress.
  • Next, we will climb the gleaming steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.
    • We’ll go inside to see where the nation’s highest court reviews and debates our most important, helpful and sometimes controversial laws.
  • We will also pay a visit to the National Archives. Right here, in person, you’ll see the actual:
    • US Constitution
    • Declaration of Independence, and 
    • Bill of Rights.
  • After dinner this evening, we will continue our tour of DC’s best night monuments in Moonlight Monumenting II:”
    • Thomas Jefferson Memorial
    • FDR Memorial
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Day Five – Thomas Jefferson & Monticello
  • After breakfast, we’ll board our coach for the drive to Charlottesville, VA (approx. 2.5 hours, 120 miles)
  • Visit the University of Virginia. 
    • We will have a campus tour that highlights this prestigious university’s impressive and notable history.
    • This is the perfect time for a discussion about college life and future admissions requirements.
  • Lunch today is at the famed Michi Tavern, a historic local favorite.
  • This afternoon, we will begin with a guided tour of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s plantation.
    • In addition to learning about the significance and contributions of Thomas Jefferson, we will gain useful insights about the way he lived.
    • We will walk the grounds and enjoy a Gardens & Grounds Tour.
    • There will also be a historical seminar on “Slavery at Monticello.”
  • After a fun and educational afternoon at Monticello, we will drive back to DC and enjoy dinner in Arlington, VA.
  • This evening, we’ll be out and about in Arlington as we enjoy a guided walking tour of the most historic parts of the city, hearing stories about some of our nation’s most controversial and mysterious characters, and their sometimes spooky past.
Day Six – Big Finish!
It’s always a bummer when a good time has to come to an end, but we’re making the most of every minute in DC! After breakfast this morning we’ll pack our luggage into the motor coach and check out of the hotel.

  • One of the most important and impactful experiences on this program is our visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
    • With exhibits, films, personal stories, audio, artifacts and powerful photographs, we will learn about the rise of fascism in Europe, the Nazi Party’s campaign of domination and antisemitism, the “final solution” of the Holocaust, and the devastation of the Second World War.
    • We will examine the political, social and operational mechanisms of this genocide.
    • We will remember the victims and survivors.
    • We will learn about ways we can continue to confront hatred, antisemitism, discrimination and genocide today.
    • There will be time for group and individual discussion, questions and opportunities for everyone to process what they have seen, heard and experienced.
  • After lunch, we’ll head to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to see American cash being printed.
    • We’ll learn about how complicated and involved this printing process has become, and we’ll see the safety features that combat increasingly sophisticated counterfeiting.
    • This is one of the most fun gift shops in DC, so we’ll carve out a few minutes for last minute souvenir purchases.

In the mid-afternoon we will transfer to Washington Dulles Airport to say our goodbyes and board our flight home.

Due to the time difference, despite the long flight, our group should arrive back home in Spokane before 10 pm!