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Washington DC: National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

1. Washington DC: National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

Glide around the streets of Washington DC on a guided tour by a battery-operated electric cart. See all the major monuments of the United States capital, like Capitol Hill, the White House, and the Lincoln Memorial with an onboard guide. After getting comfortable onboard, head first towards the Smithsonian complex. Admire the size of the largest museum and research complex in the world.  Next, discover three of the most well-known monuments in Washington DC. Admire the monuments to Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington, arguably the three most beloved presidents of the U.S. From here, take a moment to pause and remember those who lost their lives in battle as you visit various war memorials. Pause at the memorials to World War I, World War II, the Korean War Veterans, and Vietnam War Veterans memorial sites.  Get your camera ready for when you pass by one of the most recognizable landmarks in the whole world, the White House, the home of the U.S President. Finally, feast your eyes on Capitol Hill, home to the United States Congress.

Washington DC: Full-Day Tour of Washington Monuments

2. Washington DC: Full-Day Tour of Washington Monuments

Hop onboard a climate-controlled bus that will take you around Washington D.C. — perfect for first-time visitors or those who want to make the most of their day. Throughout the tour, your guide will enlighten you about what life in D.C. is like now and in its exciting historic past. Enjoy photo stops at the U.S. Capitol and White House. Explore the World War II Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, and more. From the bus or boat, see the National Archives, the National Mall, numerous Smithsonian Museums, the Jefferson Memorial, the Pentagon, the Kennedy Center and so much more.  Break up your day with a lunch stop at the DC Wharf or Georgetown in the colder months, or the Potomac River Cruise in the warmer months.

Bike Tour: Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall

3. Bike Tour: Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall

Take a guided bike tour in Washington, D.C. to see all the city’s important sights and landmarks. The tour route includes Capitol Hill and the National Mall, Union Station, the Lincoln Memorial, and more. Along the way you’ll see the Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument, and the war memorials. You’ll learn about the city's history and current events from your guide as you cycle past the major monuments and memorials. You'll also get some practical touring tips for later use! Take in the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the White House, the World War II Memorial, and many more important sights. This cycling tour is rated as easy and covers approximately 7 miles on level terrain.

Washington, DC: Private National Mall Walking Tour

4. Washington, DC: Private National Mall Walking Tour

Take a fully-guided, interactive 2-hour walking tour where you will discover the most iconic monuments found along the National Mall in Washington DC. Explore America’s most-visited national park, where the past, present, and future come together adorned with monuments and memorials that honor American forefathers and heroes. See the National Stage where historic movements and celebrations have taken place such as the  “I Have a Dream” speech and the AIDS Quilt. Listen as your engaging guide tells your family the story behind the monuments and memorials along the Mall—what they stand for, why they were built, and what historical figures or events are associated with them. Admire the Smithsonian Museums, walk past the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, the WW II Memorial,  Lincoln Memorial, and many more iconic monuments.

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What people are saying about Smithsonian Castle

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 368 reviews

Our tour was great!!! Our guide Alain was very knowledgeable, funny and entertaining. He told some great stories, and also had an IPAD to show us pictures of the sites from long ago. We were able to see all of the big sites and had time to walk around at the FDR Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. I would highly recommend this tour!

Alain was our personal driver. He was extremely knowledgeable and gracious throughout the trip! I highly recommend this trip for its overview of sights to see and the courteous care given by the tour guides. Jan J-Houston, TX ‘two thumbs up’

Great tour, dynamic and engaging guide, and the bikes were very good. My only criticism is 2 hours isn't quite long enough for the area.

Ellen was an awesome driver and very informative guide. A MUST take tour.

Dana was amazing!!! Fantastic experience! Very informative.