DC & Williamsburg Middle School Program

Students are immersed in history as they visit one of America’s oldest cities and explore iconic sites in our nation’s capital!

Walk in the footsteps of history’s most important leaders.

Close Up’s Washington, DC, and Colonial Williamsburg Tours Program gives students the best of two worlds: four action-packed days in the nation’s capital plus one day in Colonial Williamsburg! In DC, students get to witness democracy in action; in Colonial Williamsburg, they examine how the colonists shaped American ideas about rights, democracy, and limited government.   

Guided by our highly trained instructors, Close Up students have the opportunity to: 

  • Discuss the historical events that have shaped our nation through visits to Washington DC’s must-see sites;
  • Engage with peers to debate pressing national issues in an interactive Mock Congress; 
  • Discover Virginia’s colonial history by walking through an educational Colonial Williamsburg tour;
  • Sit in the pews of Bruton Parish Church where George Washington worshipped; and 
  • Dine in one of Williamsburg’s rustic taverns located in the heart of the Revolutionary City! 


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

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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