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American Experience Foundation Field Trips

American Experience Foundation Rite of Passage Field Trip in Washington, DC

AEF field trips would not be possible without the generous support of our industry partners. 

Each year, hundreds of thousands of 8th grade students travel to the nation’s capital to deepen their knowledge of American history, democracy, and culture. For many young people, it is their first travel experience, but for many more, this trip will never take place due to school budget cuts or lack of resources.

AEF’s unique programming helps fill this gap by introducing low-income students to the joy of travel and a life-long appreciation for the unique heritage of Washington, DC.

But these trips are not only about having fun! Emphasizing the importance of our industry on the heritage and culture of the city, students meet business leaders at each stop on their trip to learn more about future career possibilities in hospitality and tourism.

Backyard Bound

Many students in DC do not have the chance to explore the historic and cultural attractions in their own backyard. AEF provides this opportunity for local students to learn firsthand the importance of their hometown through a customized one or two-day field trip.

Each Backyard Bound field trip has a retail value of over $15,000 and includes transportation, meals, and guided tours.

Rite of Passage

This trip engages students across the country that cannot access this important milestone travel experience due to lack of resources or school budget cuts. AEF’s “Rite of Passage” brings the classroom to life, providing a three to four-day customized itinerary of DC’s historical, political, and cultural icons.

Each Rite of Passage field trip has a retail value of over $35,000 and includes transportation, lodging, meals, and guided tours.