I agree with everyone who says 1700 is too much money for a trip to DC...especially when everything once you get there is pretty much free. However, I disagree with the posters who argued that such trips weren't worth it due to the time allotted to certain attractions. I am 28 years old and I still remember my 8th grade DC trip very well. Let me fill you all in on something. Your kids aren't dying to go to see the monuments, stroll the museums and take in the history of it all. They want to go because it's an overnight trip at a hotel with their best friends and YOU, the parent, won't be there! I had such a blast on that trip...not so much for the sights, but just having fun with my friends and going through a new experience together. I remember the bus ride down, the big food courts where the tour operator gave us cash and we could pick out anything we wanted to eat, and doing prank calls on other students at the hotel. The Smithsonian? Eh, not so much. It wasn't until I went back to DC in my early 20s that I really appreciated all of the history in DC. I realize most parents wouldn't want to she'll out a ton of money just for their kids to have fun, and that they could hang out with their friends for free at home, but I am sure glad my parents sent me.