DC & Williamsburg High School Program

Explore our storied past in Colonial Williamsburg and discuss our future in the nation’s capital!

Journey to the past and experience 18th-century colonial life.

Through this seven-day/six-night program, students gain a greater understanding of the historical relationship between citizens and the government of the United States. By visiting two of America’s oldest cities, students learn how our nation’s past impacts our present.  

With Close Up’s Washington DC & Williamsburg, VA travel programs, students have the opportunity to:

  • Examine Virginia’s colonial history through a walking tour of Williamsburg; 
  • See the Capitol where Patrick Henry convinced the Virginia delegates to vote for independence; 
  • Dine in one of Williamsburg’s rustic taverns located in the heart of the Revolutionary City; 
  • Discuss current events with policy experts and members of Congress or their staff; 
  • Engage in meaningful discussions with peers from around the country and debate the most pressing issues facing our nation in a Mock Congress; and 
  • Experience the world-famous monuments, memorials, and museums in our nation’s capital. 


Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participant under 18 years of age. Learn how we keep all students safe, secure, and supervised on every program.




Washington, DC

Six-Day Program

Learn about American democracy first-hand during this in-depth exploration of the nation’s capital. Learn More >

Premier Election Series & Inauguration

Experience the excitement of the next presidential election and inauguration up close in Washington, DC! Learn More >

Customize a Program for Your School

Partner with Close Up to design a customized experience for your school! Learn More >

Washington, DC

Four-Day Program

Explore the capital city in a fast-paced, four-day adventure! Learn More >

Washington, DC & New York City

Examine the relationship between business and government while visiting two of America’s most important cities. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Study the evolution of American democracy by stepping back in time in two historical cities. Learn More >

New Americans Program

Discover our nation’s diverse heritage in a DC program geared toward immigrant and migrant students. Learn More >

American Indian Focus Programs

Consider the issues facing Indian Country in one of three exclusive programs in the nation’s capital. Learn More >

NAIS Student Civic Leadership Summit

How can you create positive change in your school and local community? Learn More >

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