Trip to New York and Washington DC
In the February half term, year 13 students visited New York and Washington DC.
After meeting outside school at a rather painful 4am, we made our way to Heathrow Airport to catch our flight to New York. We were exhausted when we arrived but that didn’t stop us heading out to explore!
On our first full day, we went on the Staten Island Ferry where we saw sights such as the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. Being out on the deck was very cold and windy but the best place to see all the main attractions. After the ferry, we took a trip to the ‘Top of the Rock’ observation deck at the Rockefeller Center where we saw some amazing views all across the city.
After this, we all had free time to explore a variety of places – some students chose the very frosty Central Park, and others decided to go shopping!
After an evening meal, some students were lucky enough to go to a Broadway show where they saw Phantom of the Opera. Other students went to the Empire State Building. It was amazing to see such incredible views of the lights in New York at night.
The following day, we had a 5 hour coach journey to Washington DC. When we arrived, we were surprised at how warm it was – it had been below freezing in New York but Washington was so warm, some of us had to head out and buy sunglasses!
On our first full day in Washington, we decided to give the planned walking tour a miss and instead created our own so that we could see all the sights we wanted to. It was great because we got to go at our own pace, which was helpful because it was so hot! We saw the US Supreme Court and Capitol buildings, lots of different monuments and statues, the reflection pool, and, of course, the White House. We were all also pretty excited to go to the American supermarket, Target where we all spent a fortune!
On our last day, we had a guided tour of the US government building, the Capitol. It was really interesting and we learnt a lot about the US government and its history.
After some free time (and last minute shopping!) we began our journey to Washington airport for our flight back to Heathrow. It was nice and peaceful on the way back as we had a whole cabin to ourselves so had the opportunity to catch up on some much needed sleep!
Overall, it was an amazing experience and we all had a great time.