Awesome Weekend Adventures
ACA provides you with unbeatable adventures all summer long, transporting you in comfort and style to a host of vibrant destinations. This distinctive part of ACA provides uniquely enriching, exciting opportunities for growth, learning and entertainment. ACA weekend adventures create a truly rewarding summer experience.
Explore the superstar cities of Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia at the peak of their summertime excitement and visit some of the world’s most distinguished schools. You’ll visit the renowned museums and monuments of our nation’s capital and feel history come alive at Independence Hall in Philly. And remember, the cost for these adventures is already included in your tuition — that’s the ACA way!
Capital City & Baltimore Weekend Adventure
Old Town Alexandria– Founded in 1749 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Alexandria still preserves plenty of colonial spirit, thanks to its 18th- and 19th-century architecture. King Street is famous for great restaurants and plenty of shopping.
Spy Museum– One of D.C.’s favorite new museums, you’ll be amazed at the history behind our earliest forms of espionage as well as today’s high-tech surveillance gadgets.
Washington Nationals or Baltimore Orioles Baseball Game– Nothing says summer like baseball, and during your stay in D.C., we’re close to two of the best major league parks in the nation! If we catch the Orioles up in Baltimore, you’ll cheer from the picturesque seats of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, or catch a Nationals game at National’s Park, which sits just south of the Capitol building on D.C.’s fast-growing Capitol Riverfront. Enjoy the game!
National Air and Space Museum– The world’s most visited museum, it features amazing historic airplanes and spacecraft. Those aren’t models hanging from the ceiling!
Baltimore Inner Harbor– A major seaport since the 1700s, the Inner Harbor is also where Baltimore goes to have a great time. There are plenty of shopping and dining opportunities, cultural attractions, museums – and the famous Water Taxis ready to show you around.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum– One of the world’s most powerful museums, it provides a vivid, often disturbing memorial to history’s most unforgettable tragedy.
Fantastic Philly Weekend Adventure
Here’s where the Declaration of Independence was authored, where we got cracked up about the Liberty Bell – and it’s Rocky’s hometown!
Sure, we love the City of Brotherly Love for its historical significance, die-hard sports fans and great cheesesteak sandwiches, but remember that Philly is also an artistic and culturally rich city. There’s a whole museum devoted to the great works of founding father Ben Franklin, not to mention the renowned Rodin Museum and the most historic square mile in all of America.
It makes sense that Philly is also home to great colleges and universities. ACA gives you the red-white-and-blue treatment, making Philly unforgettable. Explore the history, arts and culture in Philadelphia’s “Hipstoric” Old City District, see where America literally “happened”– from the conception of freedom to the drafting of the Constitution at Independence Hall – wander the eclectic shops of famed South Street, and cap it all off with one of Pat’s or Geno’s famous cheesesteaks.
Philly fans might be the most intense in pro sports – and they love their pennant-winners with a passion! Citizens Bank Field is simply a great place to catch a game, with old-style intimacy and modern amenities any fan will appreciate. Distinct architectural features include the dramatic upper and lower decks, which give commanding views of the field. The park is also home to the notorious “Angle,” a strange stretch of outfield wall between left and center field. The height varies dramatically and creates plenty of challenges for fielders and hitters alike.
College Visits Include:
The George Washington University– Ranked the most politically active university in the country, GW is a private school dedicated to balancing liberal education with professional preparation. GW is located in the heart of D.C. with almost two centuries of academic excellence.
American University– Located on D.C.’s Embassy Row, this celebrated school is perfect for anyone considering a career in public service; it’s the only university in the country that studies policy-making theory and experience in all majors. Some of America’s most esteemed political and entertainment figures are notable alums of American University, from Paul Ryan (current U.S. Speaker of the House) to David Gregory (former political moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press) to Giuliana Rancic (co-host of Fashion Police and Live from the Red Carpet) and more.
Georgetown University– With over two centuries of academic expertise, Georgetown is at the pinnacle of the academic hierarchy. Georgetown is not only one of the U.S. leaders in academic performance, but the university also leads in research performance with over $172 million spent on research expenditures. This top traditional school also plays a role in international politics. Students and faculty are consistently involved with what’s happening on Capitol Hill.
University of Maryland– According to Forbes Magazine, UMD is ranked 16th in public universities in the U.S. As one of the nation’s most distinguished public research universities, UMD offers more than 100 academic programs, including highly regarded schools of business and science.
Johns Hopkins University– Located in northern Baltimore, this private university is well-known for its superb medical school, excellent research focus, and top lacrosse teams.
University of Pennsylvania– Better known as Penn, it is regarded as America’s first true university. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, it was founded by none other than Benjamin Franklin himself. Known for great undergraduate programs in business, engineering and nursing, as well as standout liberal arts programs, Penn is also home to the largest university-based community service program in the nation.
Princeton University– Consistently ranked as one of the country’s top universities, this Ivy League standout is famous for everything from presidents to lacrosse. It even provides the inspiration for the TV show House.