The U.S. Heritage Tour is designed for our Grace Christian Middle School 8th grade students to have an opportunity to travel to the East Coast to learn about our country’s history, culture, and government firsthand. Educators know that the effectiveness of students’ learning increases with the number of senses which they can incorporate into an experience. This trip allows 8th graders to use their senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell.

“If you think you know American History, you’re WRONG until you go on the DC trip! Amazing experiences with friends, learning about the incredible people and happenings that shaped this country are only part of it. The DC Trip was the best “bonding time” for my grade in all of the years we’ve been together…and some of us have been here since pre-kindergarten!” – Wyatt C., 2012

The tour is ten days in length and takes them from our country’s beginning at the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown in 1607 to the workings of our government today. Stops are made to include Williamsburg in 1770, The Battle of Yorktown in 1781,  and the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Cultural life of the 1800s can be observed through a visit to the Amish in Lancaster County.

Trip of a lifetime for an 8th grader! How exciting!
~ Bev Harris (Facebook)

The tour takes place in the month of November and will include such sites as these:

  • Maryland

    Baltimore – Fort McHenry

  • Pennsylvania


    Lancaster Amish Country

    Philadelphia – Independence Hall

  • Virginia

    Arlington National Cemetery

    Iwo Jima Memorial

    Mount Vernon





  • Washington DC

    Air and Space Museum

    Museum of American History

    Museum of Natural History

    US Capitol


    House of Representatives

    Holocaust Museum / Daniel’s Story

    Ford’s Theater / Peterson House

    White House

    National Archives

    National Gallery of Art

    Postal Museum

    Embassy Row

    Washington National Cathedral

    Lincoln Memorial

    Vietnam Memorial

    Korean War Memorial

    Jefferson Memorial

    Roosevelt Memorial

    World War II Memorial

    Washington Monument

    Union Station