What to Do in DC During the Shutdown: School Trip Adjustments

By October 2, 2013 October 8th, 2013 One Comment

What to Do in DC During Shutdown

As you know, our nation’s government is in a state of shutdown. This shutdown has affected some of the places on planned group trips, particularly in Washington D.C. However, our dynamic team at Scholastica Travel is taking every step to ensure that groups traveling during the shutdown have a very enjoyable, educational, and exciting trip! We are monitoring changes closely, making necessary adjustments, and are keeping our group leaders and tour leaders consistently updated. As a team of enthusiastic travel professionals, we remain steadfast in our commitment to creating memorable educational adventures and engaging students in their world and history.

The great news is that Washington D.C. remains the best place to learn about our nation’s history and experience history in the making!

Many memorials remain open or are available with limited access. Our tour leaders are working diligently to ensure that travelers experience the memorials as fully as possible. This morning we received this positive update from one of our tour leaders who is currently in Washington DC with a group:

“The steps of the Lincoln Memorial were blocked so we couldn’t go up into it but we were able to stand in front of it so the kids could at least see it. There were no blockades at the Vietnam Wall or the Korean Memorial, so we toured them as we normally do. We also visited and got pictures at the Einstein Statue. There were police on bike and on foot walking around the memorials, but they didn’t say a word to us or several other people who were there. The DC and Capitol police have been exceptionally nice.

The trip is going great, we’re having a blast, and I’ll keep you all posted.

There are many places to explore in Washington D.C. that are not operated by the government or National Park Service that remain open. These include (current as of 10/2/2013 at 12:30 PM):

Several of the above opened sites are offering discounted admission during the shutdown. Talk to your travel consultant for more details.

The sites that will be closed during the shutdown include:

We are hoping for a swift resolution in Congress.  In the meantime, our amazing travel experiences for all of our travelers will not stop! We look forward to sharing the DC experience with your group today and in the future. We’ll keep you posted!


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