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If you have any questions about any of this information, please contact Tim Smith at timsmith@longtrailschool.org or (802) 867-5717 x143.

Any ninth graders

Washington, DC

Anharad Llewelyn
Tim Smith
Jody Sanderson

Monday-Thursday, April 9-12, 2018

LTS bus to and from the Albany–Rensselaer Amtrak station
DC Metro

Embassy Suites Hotel
1900 Diagonal Rd., Alexandria VA

$435 per student
Original cost per student was $520. Each student received a discount of $85 from the Basket Raffle proceeds.

You may pay in full or make payments monthly payments as follows:

  • Dec. 1 – $50 deposit
  • Jan. 15 – $130
  • Feb. 15 – $130
  • Mar. 15 – $125

Payments should be handed in to Kim Murphy.


Washington, DC Packing List

1 Medium-size piece of luggage & 1 backpack / tote bag (there are train size restrictions)

Students carry their own bags, so only pack what you need for the week & can carry!

ON THE TRAIN, MONDAY ONLY – you need to have Lunch/snacks/beverage (this will hold you from LTS in the morning until dinner in DC…healthy food/beverages!)

Backpack / Tote items  (things for the train/each day in DC):

  •         glasses, contacts & solution, sunglasses
  •         spending money (for snacks/souvenirs)*If the kids want to go to the Spy Museum or Newseum there is a entrance fee. Extra money would be needed to visit.

books, magazines, cards, portable games, music device for the train and hotel

  •         medication (give to teachers w/specific instructions)
  •         electronics: camera, cell phone (remember chargers/batteries)
  •         sweatshirt or coat/jacket, hat, gloves (temperature changes throughout the day – be prepared for wind/rain)

Luggage items       **check weather report Sunday and pack appropriately!**

  •        2-3 pairs of pants / shorts (minimal holes/rips)  *skirts not recommended due to wind
  •         4-5 shirts, 1-2 sweaters/sweatshirts
  •         1 weather resistant jacket (rain/windbreaker)
  •         1-2 pair of comfortable walking shoes/sneakers  *we will walk a lot!!!
  •         1 pair slippers for hotel room/flip-flops for pool
  •         pajamas
  •         underwear and socks
  •         bathing suit (should cover you appropriately)
  •         hygiene items (shampoo/conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothbrush & toothpaste)
  •         comb/brush (there are hair dryers in the hotel suites)
  •         personal products


  •         musical instruments
  •         uncomfortable/high-heel shoes
  •         weapons, tobacco, drugs, alcohol
  •         inappropriate clothing
  •         lap-top computer  *bring at your own risk, hotel rooms do not have free wi-fi
  •         towels/washcloths/sheets/pillows  *provided by hotel


MondayBus/train – Students arrive at LTS at 6:45 am, load/leave by 7:00 am. Bus to AMTRAK Train station in Rensselaer/Albany, NY.  Train schedule: 9:20 am train #280 to Penn Station NYC, depart 2:02 pm on train #93 to DC, arrive 5:15 pm.  *students pack bag lunch/snacks/beverage

Meals: Bring your own breakfast and lunch to eat on the train, dinner at Theissman’s at 6:45 pm

Monuments at night

Tuesday: Highlight options:  Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian Museums, National Zoo, White House

Meals: hotel breakfast, lunch Ronald Reagan Food Court, Pizza and wings party dinner at the Hotel.

Wednesday: Highlight options: Life on the National Mall: US Capitol, Smithsonian Museums, monuments galore. Holocaust Museum

Meals: breakfast at hotel, lunch at Ronald Reagan Food Court, dinner: Hard Rock Cafe

Thursday:  Depart DC on train #184 at 9:20 am.  Depart Penn Station in NYC on train #283 at 1:20 pm, approximate arrival time in Rensselaer/Albany, NY 4:23 pm.  Students arrive back to school at 6:30 pm, parent pick-up time 6:30 pm





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