Step Outside Your Classroom and Into Living History!

During this exciting, unforgettable experience, middle school students from across the country travel together to learn in the nation’s capital.

Close Up programs are the ultimate experience!

Embark on an adventure with new friends and discover the significance of Washington D.C.’s famous monuments, incredible Smithsonian museums, and awe-inspiring memorials. Close Up Foundation’s Washington D.C. middle school trip is the perfect combination of learning and fun by putting them in the center of the nation’s most thrilling historical cities!





Washington, DC

Watch history come to life in this ultimate, hands-on DC experience! Learn More >

Middle School Presidential Inauguration

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

Customize a Program for Your School

Partner with us to design a customized DC experience for your school. Learn More >

Washington, DC & New York City

Explore the inspiring landmarks, monuments, and memorials in two iconic cities! Learn More >

Washington, DC & Philadelphia

Journey through history by exploring these important American cities. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Discuss the evolution of American democracy in visits to two of our nation’s most historical cities. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Mt. Vernon

Experience U.S. history up close with visits to our nation’s capital and the estate of our first president. Learn More >

New Americans Program

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

Local Programs

Start a local program in your area focused on state and local history! Learn More >
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Make connections between the past and the present.

Our thoughtful, intentional middle school field trip curriculum helps students engage with their peers, expand their perspectives, and gain a greater understanding of their role as citizens. We use:

  • A comprehensive curriculum that builds throughout the week; 
  • Hands-on learning at museums and memorials; 
  • Small-group discussions and large-group simulations about current issues and historical events; and 
  • Structured daily questions to help middle school students reflect on shared experiences.