WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- At least a half-dozen schools from South Carolina to Connecticut have now canceled trips to D.C. because of fears of a terrorist attack in the District.
The cancelations come despite reassurance from federal law enforcement officials that there is no credible threat to the U.S.
Students from Keystone High School in Knox, Pa. got word of the terrorist threats to D.C. after they were already on the road. But they say it would not have scared them away anyway.
"I think we're really safe here, because we have a ton of security to protect us," Hannah Gatesman, a student at the school, said.
"We're in the safest part of the country. Like there's nothing to be scared of. It's just ISIS. What are they going to do?" Brant Young, a student at the school, said.
But several school groups have canceled planned trips to Washington. Two high schools in Connecticut told students and parents it was too risky. And schools in Carroll County, Md. have also decided against coming.
College student Anthony Santalli says he had to convince his mom and dad it was safe.
"My parents freaked out that I was coming here today. They almost wanted us to stay away," Santalli said.
Charter bus driver Calvin Allen says he cannot believe how quiet the city is. He's been able to find parking in places he's never found parking before.
"It's crazy that people get scared like that, but it happens," Allen said.
U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow says fear is the wrong reaction, and that Congress would be making a mistake if it tried to make it harder to come to Washington from overseas.
"We've heard several people who want to take an isolationist approach and shut things down. One of the worst things you can do. We learned after 9/11, the thing you have to do is chose freedom over fear."
A school in Wicomico County along Maryland's Eastern Shore has also canceled a planned trip.
But schools in Fairfax County, Montgomery County and Prince George's County have no plans to stay away. A spokesman for Loudoun County Schools says after talking to Homeland Security, school officials were reassured that there is no credible threat.
Destination D.C., the city's official tourism bureau, says it's seen no sudden fall-off in visitors so far. It says it's putting out the message: D.C. is open for business, with all the museums, businesses and public transportation operating as normal.
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