Tatum came home a new person. She was bursting with confidence. She negotiated Times Square. She ordered lunches from vendors. She managed her own money wisely. She left a spunky 11-year-old girl and came home a knowledgeable and still spunky 11-year-old young lady. Thanks for all the experience points.
MamaE / Adult traveler Sapulpa OK / Posted on May 20, 2018
Fun and Busy!
My son and I recently went on an EF Explore America tour to Washington DC and New York City, and had a really great time. All of the details were planned out well, and yet we had flexibility to change the schedule when weather forced a cancellation on one of our tours. The tour director was able to reschedule for the following day, and took our wishes into account when planning excursions for the final day of the trip. The tour director was amazing with the kids and the parents, and our bus driver was a pro at navigating traffic in two busy, congested cities. I highly recommend the trip to other families!
MinnesotaMom / Adult traveler Oakdale, MN / Posted on April 23, 2018
Eye opening and Educational
This was one of the greatest experiences for my students. My students attend an at-risk school which means that 80% or more of my students are below the poverty line. Some of the parents have not finished high school or are not in the picture at all. This experience, to explore and learn about different parts of American culture, is a life-altering experience for my students. I would strongly suggest that any and every school implement EF to widen their students' world view and give them a chance to learn way more than they could learn from a textbook or google.
KaeJae / Group leader Lafayette, Louisiana / Posted on April 10, 2018
First Tour Fabulous!
I couldn't have asked for a better first time tour! My students were engaged and excited from the first minute of the first bus ride. Our Tour Director was enthusiastic, funny, and energetic, so the kids developed a great rapport with him. Many of my student now want to move to New York after high school, and several more have told me the "get" what it means to be an American. The experiences in DC, like the Capitol Tour and Monunments were impactful to my students and me, reminding us why our country was founded. I saw NYC through different eyes as my students explored and became "true" New Yorkers through their love of street food, subway rides, and ability to navigate crowded museums and sites with ease. Oh, and there are now 12 more Broadway babies in the world! Definitely recommend! We all grew as people, students and adults!
SoCalTeacherGirl / Group leader Riverside, CA / Posted on April 10, 2018
Wow... just wow..
This was one of the best things I have done in my life and I'm sad it ended so quick. The tour was great including the most enthusiastic and caring tour guide! I even met new friends with some of the other group who went with us. I loved the the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum mainly because it shows so much history and how aviation evolved through the world. And some other cool and maybe awesome thing was the Vice Pressident walked passed our group on our Capitol Building tour... wow
maiL / Student traveler Renton, Washington / Posted on July 03, 2017
When I received the itinerary for this trip I was super excited! When I was actually able to see and experience the places that I had only viewed in pictures and postcards, I was beyond amazed! Being able to climb the steps of the Jefferson Memorial and see my own reflection in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool were things that I never knew I wanted to do until I actually did it. Getting acclimated to the hustle and bustle of the New York streets was hectic and astonishing, especially when I found myself in the very busy Times Square. The only negatives to this trip are that I was disappointed when I found out we couldn't go inside the new National Museum of African American History and Culture and sometimes felt uncomfortable with all the walking and the heat but that didn't compare to the fun and the memories that I got to have and share with my friends.
Mysti / Student traveler Overland Park, Kansas / Posted on July 01, 2017
Great Trip and Amazing Experience
As a parent of a home school highschool student, this was a trip I wanted my son to experience. And, as a parent, I wanted to experience the trip with him. EF definitely provides you with experience of a lifetime and its up to each individual to take advantage of all there is to see and do. Our tour guide, was fantastic. He related to both parents and students and took the time to explain every detail. He also knew both Washington D.C. and NY and was able to give informative information. AND, he was a good listener. Our bus driver for six days, was equally awesome and professional. The only drawback, in my opinion, is the hectic pace. I do think there should have been at least one day, may be the last day, where the students could sleep in and prepare for the trip home. I say this because there is a lot of walking and we tend to get back to the hotel around 9:30pm. Overall, as a parent, the chaperones, tour guide and the way EF set up the tour was great. Each child was safe and the students in our group listened and got along well. If you're a parent and have free time, I'd suggest you making this trip with your child. Let them mingle with the other kids while you explore on your own or with a teacher or another parent. I also enjoyed touring with groups from Kansas and Arkansas. You won't be disappointed. (Also, I would not recommend booking another tour with Ramada Inn International in New Jersey. Not a very clean hotel...especially the guest rooms).
CaliforniaMom / Adult traveler California / Posted on June 29, 2017
We had a wonderful time in DC and NYC. Our tour guide was amazing and was tasked with keeping 3 tour groups going at the same time. She was able to keep everyone going and kept us on a fun and busy schedule. We had several changes in our schedule due to the Covid 19 mess but we made the best of what we were able to do. One of the hotels we stayed in wasn’t really up to par but other than that, we had a great time. We stayed busy all day everyday and every parent and kiddo were exhausted and ready for bed at the end of the day. We will definitely do the tour again in 2 years when our daughter is in 8th grade.
MomT / Adult traveler Krum, TX / Posted on March 16, 2020
Great trip, wonderful tour guide. For a 5 day tour, there were plenty of sites visited and opportunity to learn.
CPMc / Parent Murfressboro, Tennessee / Posted on October 14, 2019
This was a fabulous experience for my daughter and I . We began tour in Washington DC with stops at all major historical sites. Our tour director was absolutely amazing with his knowledge of all places we visited and the history connected to them. He presented enough history for the adults to be satisfied but kept the high school age kids interest. He was very organized and kept us all moving so we could accomplish all on our agenda. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Smalltowntexan / Adult traveler Cisco, TX / Posted on September 24, 2019