• How to Plan a Fun and Educational Overnight Field Trip

    Some of the most impactful and memorable learning experiences can take place outside the classroom. School field trips are a meaningful way for teachers to bring the curriculum to life for their students. In many cases, itineraries are limited to locations near the school district. This is unfortunate because students may miss out on fun and educational destinations farther away. Instead, consider planning an overnight field trip that includes a guided tour of D.C., or key locations in Virginia or Maryland.

    Send out a questionnaire far in advance.

    Even before you hammer out the final details of the itinerary, you’ll need to send a questionnaire home with the kids. You’ll need to know about the kids’ dietary needs and preferences, medical conditions (such as allergies and asthma), and emergency contact information. Print this information and plan to bring it with you so it’s easily accessible, just in case.

    Separate the kids into groups.

    It’s likely that for most of the activities the kids will be together in one big group. But certain circumstances call for division into smaller groups. Plan each small group carefully to ensure a harmonious mix of personalities and friendships. Likewise, choose a chaperone for each small group that would be best suited to look after those particular kids. Unless each kid will be getting his or her own hotel room, you’ll also need to sort out smaller groups to share hotel rooms.

    Give the kids a meaningful assignment.

    School field trips should be fun, but also educational. Before departing on the trip, each kid should have an assignment or two. Perhaps you could have your students keep journals of what they see and what they learn. You might also instruct your students to write an essay about one thing they saw or learned about on the trip.

    Teachers can count on Haymarket Transportation to coordinate logistics for overnight school field trips in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. We provide regional transportation on our comfortable charter buses, and can even offer educational tour guide services. Get started today by calling (301) 778-2007.

  • Sites You Can Expect to See on Our Presidential Tour

    Every year, millions of people visit our nation’s capital. Washington, D.C. is chock-full of so many exciting things to see and do that it’s impossible to fit it all into one trip. You can make the best use of your time in the city by joining a guided tour. Haymarket Transportation’s Presidential Tour is an all-inclusive look at some of the most significant sites in the area, including the Jefferson Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, and Ford’s Theatre.

    Jefferson Memorial

    America’s third President and the author of the Declaration of Independence is honored with a memorial on the National Mall. It was designed in 1925 with the intention of mimicking the Neoclassical architecture of the Pantheon in Rome. Before the memorial stretches the Tidal Basin, and nearby, you’ll see Washington D.C.’s famous cherry blossom trees. Within the structure, the 19-foot bronze statue of Jefferson stands proud, gazing toward the White House.

    Iwo Jima Memorial

    The Iwo Jima Memorial is formally called the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. Although the event it depicts is the flag raising at Iwo Jima during World War II, the memorial was built to honor the all of the men who gave their lives in the Marine Corps since its inception. The flag raising occurred on top of Mount Suribachi, which was captured after a bloody battle.

    Ford’s Theatre

    Another historic site you’ll see on the Presidential Tour is Ford’s Theatre. It’s the infamous location of President Lincoln’s assassination by John Wilkes Booth. Lincoln had been attending a performance of Our American Cousin on April 14, 1865. As an actor, Booth knew the play well. He timed his gunshot to coincide with a moment when he knew the audience would be laughing loudly. Today, Ford’s Theatre includes a museum. You can also still see performances at the theater.

    The entertaining and personable guides at Haymarket Transportation are committed to giving each of our guests the best possible experience. You can sign up for our Presidential Tour in Washington, D.C. by calling (301) 778-2007. Our transportation company also offers customizable private tours and school field trips.

  • Solving Your Wedding Transportation Problem

    There are so many details to figure out in the months ahead of your wedding date. While it can be difficult to choose the perfect menu or pick the right flower arrangements, transportation is one problem you won’t have to fret over. Haymarket Transportation offers complete wedding transportation solutions in the Washington, D.C. area. Our coordinators will help you plan every detail so that you can focus on enjoying your perfect day.

    You can book a limo for the bride and groom, complete with a professional chauffeur and a full line of amenities. Haymarket Transportation also provides luxury sedans, SUVs, mini buses, and vans to bring your wedding party and guests to the venue. Our fleet can easily accommodate any size of wedding, from small, intimate affairs to large receptions with hundreds of guests.

    To begin the wedding transportation planning process, please call Haymarket Transportation at (301) 778-2007 and speak with one of our expert coordinators. We can also provide transportation solutions for your bachelor and bachelorette parties.

  • What Happened When British Troops Reached the White House?

    People often think of the attack on Pearl Harbor as the first time America was attacked by a foreign nation. But that’s not historically accurate. During the War of 1812, British troops marched on Washington, D.C. and set fire to the White House. You can hear more about this incredible event when you watch the featured video.

    You’ll hear the White House Curator explain how and why the White House was set on fire. Although the dome hadn’t yet been built, a grand hall was burned to the ground. You can still see the original scorch marks in certain areas of the building.

    The White House is one of the stops on Haymarket Transportation’s all-inclusive Presidential Tour in Washington, D.C. For information about our sightseeing tours, give us a call at (301) 778-2007.