Two of America's most famous cities, there is no better way for your KS5 History students to study the gripping history of the USA than with a dual trip to Washington DC and New York. It is also suitable for SQA Higher & Advanced Higher studies.

In February 1941 Life Magazine published an article by Henry R Luce. Its title, The American Century, became synonymous with the ever increasing influence the United States had on world affairs throughout the 20th century.

For those studying the history of the USA, FHT we can provide you with a bespoke programme which includes visits to all the iconic locations that New York City and Washington DC have to offer - including Washington's Arlington Cemetery and Gettysburg National Military Park, and New York's 9/11 Museum and Ellis Island Museum.

Meeting exam board specifications

All content is mapped against the major English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland examination specifications.

For 16 to 18 year old students of:

Whether your focus is the Inter-war years or the post-war challenges; The Civil Rights Movement and the political, economic and social divisions of the 1950s, 60s  and 70s - or whether you simply want to give your students the chance to see two of the world's most powerful cities for themselves, FHT is ideally placed to organise the whole package for you.



Tour Details

Sample itinerary

Day 1


Flight from UK to USA. Arrive in New York and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2


Guided walking tour of Midtown Manhattan including key sites such as Fifth Avenue, 42nd Street, Broadway, Central park and Times Square.


Liberty Island, Ellis Island and the Immigration Museum: travel by ferry, past the Statue of Liberty, to Ellis Island, from 1892 to 1924 America's largest and most active immigration station, where over 12 million immigrants were processed.


Visit the Empire State Building.

Day 3


Harlem Civil Rights walking tour: the story of Harlem’s impact on the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.


911 Memorial Museum: Serving as the principal institution for examining the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting their impact and exploring the continuing significance of the events in modern history.


Chance to see a Broadway Show.

Day 4


Transfer by coach to Gettysburg National Military Park.


Gettysburg: site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, a battle that proved a turning point and the inspiration for President Lincoln's immortal "Gettysburg Address." Continue to Washington DC.

Day 5


Guided walking tour of Washington DC. Key visits include The White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam and Korean War Memorial and Martin Luther King Memorial.


Arlington National Cemetery: the final resting place for many of the USA’s greatest heroes, including JFK, Joe Louis and more than 300,000 veterans of every American conflict.


Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe.

Day 6


Supreme Court: Established by the US Constitution, this is the highest court in the federal judiciary of the United States. U.S. Capitol Building: one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world.


Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Day 7


Arrive back in the UK.

Curricular Links


AQA A Level

  • The Making of a Superpower: USA, 1865–1975
  • The American Dream: Reality and Illusion, 1945–1980

Pearson Edexcel A Level

  • In search of the American Dream: the USA, c1917–96
  • The USA, c1920–55: boom, bust and recovery
  • Civil rights and race relations in the USA, 1850–2009

OCR A Level

  • Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992



  • European and world: Part G: USA, 1918-1968

Advanced Higher

  • USA: ‘a house divided’, 1850–65


  • Non-British Study in Depth: The USA: A Nation of Contrasts, 1910-1931
  • Period Study. The Development of the USA, 1929-2002



 AQA Level 

  • Government and politics of the USA

Pearson Edexcel A Level 

  • Comparative Politics: Government and Politics of the USA

 OCR A Level

  • Government and Politics of the USA

Eduqas A Level

  • Government and Politics of the USA