Washington DC Trip

2023 Chaperones and Adults

2023 HLV Students

Washington DC  The HLV High School has visited Washington DC every four years since 1991.  

​2023 Trip- April 13-16, 2023.  66 students + 7 adults and 8 chaperones participated

Comments from students and adults who participated:

Savannah Harmon-Arlington Cemetery was so peaceful.

Hailey Jack-loved seeing the capital.

Britni Jack- thought it was neat that from almost everywhere they were they could see the Washington Monument.

Kyla Roberts-enjoyed the Botanical Gardens, dinner theatre and especially the Vietnam Memorial as many of the residents she cares for at the Nursing Home talk about that.

Cole Fontinel- enjoyed the Spy Museum with all the information about hidden cameras.

Max Henstorf- liked viewing the changing of the guards.

2023 Washington DC itinerary 


The 2019 Washington DC was April 11-14, 2019.

78 students, 11 chaperones and 7 adults were on the trip.  The student cost was $1000  before fundraising proceeds were applied.   Each student who participates in the fundraisers has the proceeds credited directly to their trip fund.  

 Students were scheduled for the following activities:

Pentagon City Mall, picture stop at the White House, Holocaust Museum, Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, World War II Memorial, picture stop at Washington Monument, lunch at Union Station, Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Old Post Office, Newseum, Fords Theater, National Cathedral Guided Tour, Toby's Dinner Theater,  Capitol Tour,  Group Photo, tour grounds of Capitol Hill, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, National Archives, Pentagon Memorial, Iwo Jima Marine  Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Kenedy Center:Hall of Nations, John F. Kenndey Bust, Terrace View, Church, Mount Vernon-tour home of George Washington, Smithsonian Complex, and American History Museum.  The weather did not cooperate very well for the return trip.  Connecting flights were missed which resulted in extra time at the airport.  One group was forced to spend an extra night in a motel and then returned on a charter bus the next day. 


​Students have the opportunity to sell items over the four years preceding their trip to help with their expenses.  


​The Victor American Legion sponsors a pancake breakfast every year with proceeds going towards the trip expenses.  HLV students help at this event.


1991 - 96 students and 10 adults attended.  The student cost was $170. 


Friday-Capitol Hill tour, Supreme Court building tour, dinner and a night view of DC

Saturday-Trip to Mt. Vernon, lunch at Old Towne in Alexandria, perform at Lincoln Memorial, wreath laying at Arlington Cemetery, National Archives, night view of DC

Sunday-Optional church, Washington Monument, Smithsonian, White House, Perform at Post Office Pavilion, Smithsonian, Play or Dinner Theater

Monday-Band students to Fort Meade for clinic with Army Band, non-band to Smithsonian, tour of FBI building, Ford's Theater, Peterson House

The following fundraisers were held to help fund the first trip:

9th grade-Chili supper, ice cream bars and raffle

10th grade-Valentine cookies w/messages, school dance, concessions at bingo

11th grade-Lapel ribbons and red/white/blue bows

12th grade-Pizza and burrito sale

Other fundraisers included a pops concert, bake sale, ice scraper sale, bingo, atlas sale and pancake breakfast.  Students could also be rented out to help with "chores".  Other financial support came from individual business donations, HLV Music Booster donations, and funding from the HLV school. 

 1995 DC Trip-138 of the 166 students attended.  The cost was $210.00.  

Students departed from the Cedar Rapids Airport on 3 flights arriving in the capitol before 11:00 a.m.  Friday schedule-tour FBI building, tour Pentagon, night view of the lighted monuments and memorials.  Saturday-White House Tour, Ford's Theater, Petersen House, Band & swing choir performance at Navy Memorial, Holocaust Memorial Museum, Smithsonian Museums, Ford's Theater Show (Nunsense II).  Sunday-Washington Monument, Performance at Lincoln Memorial, White House picture, Old Town Alexandria, Mount Vernon, night view of lighted monuments and memorials part 2.  Monday-Bureau of engraving and printing, Arlington National Cemetery Tomb of the Unknowns and wreath laying ceremony, Capitol Hill tour including visit to the House and Senate, meet with Senator or Representative, Library of Congress picture stop, group photo in front of capitol, Smithsonian Museums, Supreme Court building.  

​1999 Washington DC Trip  130 students, 15 adults.  The cost was $250 each.  

1999 Itinerary

Friday-Old Post Office, lunch at Union Station, Jefferson Memorial, Ford's Theater, Peterson House, National Archives (Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights), Franklin Delanor Roosevelt Memorial, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

Saturday-White House & Garden Tour, Washington National Monument, Pentagon City Mall, Arlington National Cemetery (Kennedy grave sites and Challenger Memorial, Tomb of the Unknown Soliders (changing of the Guard and Wreath laying ceremony, Mount Vernon (George Washington's Estate), boat cruise on the Potomac River.

Sunday-Museum of American History, Holocaust Museum, Air & Space Museum, Embassy Row, Old Town Alexandria, Washington National Cathedral, Lazy Susan Dinner Theater (Shenandoah).

Monday-FBI Firearms Display, Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Vietnam Women's Memorial, Einstein Statue, Reagan International Trade Center, Supreme Court, meeting with Senator Grassley and tour office, Capitol building, Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial, The Awakening Statue, Pentagon City Mall.

1999 Photos 

​2003 Washington DC Trip

111 students participated and 26 adults accompanied the students.  The trip cost the students $300.  

Itinerary-  Friday-Lunch at Union Station, meet Congressman Boswell at Capitol, Capitol Hill House and Senate galleries, Supreme Court picture stop, Memorial viewing of FDR Memorial and Jefferson Memorial, dinner at Pentagon City Mall. 

Saturday- Arlington National Cemetery, Kennedy Gravesites, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier & Changing of the Guard, Alexandria Drive Through, Mt. Vernon (home of George Washington), Cruise at Mt. Vernon, Ford's Theater, Hard Rock Cafe Gift Shop, Bellston Commons meal, Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, Vietnam Women's Memorial, Dance.  

Sunday-Optional Church Service, Embassy Row & National Cathedral, Georgetown Drive Through, Iwo Jima Marine Memorial, Kennedy Center, Holocaust Museum, "Guys and dolls" Dinner Theater.  

Monday-White House group photo, ride Metro Rail, Washington Monument, Lunch at Air & Space Cafe, Air & Space Museum, tour Smithsonian Complex (National History Museum, American History Museum). 

 2007 Washington DC Trip

 106 Students and 15 adults traveled to DC in 2007

     Chaperones were Mrs. Kinzenbaw, Mr. Hadenfeldt, Mrs. Dentel, Mr. Lahndorf, Mrs. Grams, Mr. Long, Mrs. Fredericks, Mr. Thompson, Mrs. Dietrich, Ms. Kennebeck, and Mr. Lynch.  

Sites visited were Washington Monument, Ford's Theater/Peterson House, The Awakening, George Mason Memorial, FDR Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, National Archives, Mount Vernon, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, Embassy Row, National Cathedral, Toby's Dinner Theater, Iwo Jima Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Smithsonian complex, Air & Space Museum, Native American Museum, Natural History Museum, Holocaust Museum, White House, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, World War II Memorial, Kennedy Center, U.S. Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery (Wreath Laying Ceremony, Changing of the Guard, Tomb of the Unknown),  Reagen Building, Union Station, Air & Space Cafe, and Pentagon City Mall.

 2011 Washington DC trip-  101 students and 25 adults attended student cost for the trip was in the $450 range.

Itinerary was as follows- Friday-Reagan International Trade Center and Embassy Row, National Cathedral Guided Tour, National Zoo, Washington Monument picture stop, National Archives, FDR Memorial and Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial.  Saturday-Mt. Vernon cruise, Mt. Vernon home tour of George Washington along with Education Center with house and grounds tour, Arlington National Cemetery changing of the guard and wreath laying, Pentagon City Mall and September 11 Pentagon Memorial, Smithsonian Complex, Air & Space Museum, Natural History Museum, American History Museum, Toby's Dinner Theater.  Sunday-Iwo Jima Marine Memorial, US Air Force Memorial, Holocaust Museum, shops at National Place, The Newseum, White House picture stop, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Women's Memorial, Korean  Memorial, World War II Memorial, Kennedy Center Rooftop Tour.  Monday-Capitol Hill, Library of Congress, Supreme Court picture stop, meet with Senator Grassley on Senate steps, meet with Congressman Boswell, Union Station, additional sightseeing at Smithsonian Museum.  

2015 Washington DC Trip-  approximately 75 students were on the trip/ at a cost of $450.  

 2015 Itinerary- Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington House, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, Challenger and Columbia Memorial, Library of Congress, Capitol Visitor Center, Capitol tour, meet with Senator Grassley, group photo in front of the Capitol, tour the National Cathedral, Embassy Row, National Zoo, Ronald Reagan International Building, portion of the Berlin Wall, Lafayette Park and photo op at the gates of the White House, tour George Washington's home (Mount Vernon) including his estate, farm display, museum and educational center, lunch at Mount Vernon Food Court, tour Newseum or International Crime Museum, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Museum, Reflecting Pool Memorials (Korean Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wall and Nurses Memorial, WWII Memorial, American History Museum, Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, Sculpture Gardens, Holocaust Memorial Museum, Metro ride, performance at Kennedy Center, Ford's Theater, Union Station, Iwo Jima US Marine Memorial, US Navy Memorial, US Air Force Memorial, September 11 Pentagon Memorial.

2023 HLV Students

2023 Chaperones and Adults

2023 HLV Students