“My students witnessing first-hand an Inauguration was the ultimate “Ah-Ha!” moment and better than any textbook could teach them on voting & civic action. They're hooked for life.”
- Robert, Close Up Teacher

Experience history in the making with Close Up on our 2017 Inauguration Program running January 16 to January 22, 2017! For over 40 years, Close Up has welcomed students from across the country on our one-of-a kind interactive civic education programs in Washington, DC. Our hugely popular Inauguration Program combines the fun-filled, innovative components of our high school programs with the energy, excitement, and pageantry of the Presidential Inauguration!

Attending the Presidential Inauguration with Close Up gives you and your students the chance to:

  • Take part in pre-Inauguration events on the National Mall;
  • Witness the Presidential Oath of Office and Inaugural Address;
  • Experience the Inaugural Parade on Pennsylvania Ave.; and
  • Celebrate at a Close Up Inaugural Ball!

Close Up’s Inauguration Program is not just an “in and out” tour of the nation’s capital. Students will take part in exciting seminars, explore the famous monuments and memorials at day and night, take in the Smithsonian Museums, and walk the halls of Capitol Hill – all against the backdrop of the Presidential Inauguration!

Experiencing the Inauguration with Close Up ensures that you and your students have a safe, educational, fun-filled, and memorable experience in DC. Our staff will arrange your transportation to/from DC and your accommodations in Metro-accessible hotels (not dorms far from the city). Additionally, our highly-trained Program Instructors and Teacher Program Specialists help you maximize your experience in Washington. Over 825,000 students and teachers have visited our nation’s capital with Close Up since 1971.

We welcome thousands of students, teachers, and adults to DC on Close Up during each Inauguration, and space fills up quickly. Email us or click below to get started now in planning for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

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"When I came home I couldn't stop talking about it. I had the time of my life!"

   – Mark, Student, NV
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