WASHINGTON DC AND VIRGINIA
Club Teams: Average to good, private schools can play play Australian club teams
School Teams: Good, VHSL and private schools members can play Australian school teams
Homestay/Billeting: Yes, for all tour teams
Hotels: Budget to mid-level hotels available in suburbs, mid-level to luxury options in downtown Washington DC, budget to mid-level options close to transport to Washington DC in Virginia.
Avg high of 7C to 12C during the days, avg low of -3C to 1C overnight, avg 35% of days with rain in Dec/Jan
Public Transport: The Metro train system is excellent for getting from Virginia into Washington for sightseeing
Charter/Self Drive: Self drive is recommended for groups playing games, charter coach to and from airport for sightseeing groups
PRO SPORTS TEAMS
NFL: Ravens, Redskins
NHL (Ice-Hockey): Capitals
MLB (Baseball): Nationals, Orioles (not in season)
*** Philadelphia sports teams are 2 hours north
Acquaint yourself with American history in Washington DC. Club and school teams are unable to play against DC schools, however games against neighbouring Virginian high schools are permitted. Virginia offers excellent basketball with games suitable for domestic through to state level teams readily available, many of which offer welcoming homestay and cultural experiences.
Most attractions in DC are on the National Mall. The Lincoln Memorial is a tribute to the 16th president; visit the home of the US president - The White House; and check out the Washington Monument. Other sites on the National Mall are the Smithsonian Institute, the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial – the site of his “I have a dream” speech - and the Tomb of the Unknowns.
Close by, there are several professional sports teams: See the Wizards in NBA action, the Redskins and Ravens of the NFL, along with several high-profile college programs.
DC is filled with memorials and museums for the people who made the USA what it is today, and is a must see for any group with an appetite for US history.
WHAT TO DO IN WASHINGTON DC ...
The White House - OUR REVIEW
Washington Monument - OUR REVIEW
The Smithsonian - OUR REVIEW
Tomb of the Unknowns
The Reflecting Pool - OUR REVIEW
Lincoln Memorial - OUR REVIEW
International Spy Museum - OUR REVIEW
Martin Luther King Memorial - OUR REVIEW
Arlington National Cemetery
Newseum - OUR REVIEW
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
United States Supreme Court
Tour of FedEx Field