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Washington DC: Monuments Self-Guided Walking Tour

1. Washington DC: Monuments Self-Guided Walking Tour

Visit the most iconic landmarks of America’s capital city on this flexible self-guided walking tour. See the White House, Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol Building, and much more, and learn the revolutionary history behind the creation of Washington, D.C. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Along with being developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists, most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. You'll begin your adventure next to Pershing Park, right across from the White House south lawn. From there, make your way to the White House itself, where you can admire the seat of American power and learn some fascinating tidbits about its construction. From here, head south toward Constitution Gardens and pick up some insight into D.C.’s complicated history along the way. Through the gardens, you’ll find what was once the city’s most controversial monument: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Next, head to the Lincoln Memorial, one of the most iconic memorials in D.C. The Korean War Veterans Memorial is next, where you’ll hear about the fraught political struggle which wracked the White House during this bloody conflict. As you continue east, you’ll be filled in on the aftermath of the War of 1812 and how D.C. grew into what it is today. The next monument you’ll arrive at will be the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, honoring the nation’s most revered civil rights leader. Then, cross the Kutz Bridge and learn why the Potomac River is so significant to this city’s history. From this bridge, you’ll also be able to see the impressive Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Later, reach the National Mall, which you’ve definitely seen on TV plenty of times. Get an up-close look at the Washington Monument and learn the history of George Washington’s connection to this important city. If you like museums, the next stretch of the tour is absolutely for you. You’ll pass the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and the National Gallery of Art. On the final leg of the tour, visit three of the most crucial buildings in the city: The Library of Congress, the Capitol Building, and the Supreme Court of the United States. The tour concludes amid these three awe-inspiring structures.

Washington D.C.: National Mall and Memorials Walking Tour

2. Washington D.C.: National Mall and Memorials Walking Tour

Take a stroll through the iconic sites of Washington D.C., which is an extremely popular tour option when visiting the city. You’ll begin by exploring the memorials on the National Mall’s western side. This area will introduce you to American history through the architecture and symbolism of these sites and the stories of the men and women they honor. This walking tour of the National Mall is a great introduction to Washington D.C. and American history, and your expert guide will treat you to unexpected stories and hidden sites along the way. The monuments and sites you will encounter on this tour include the Washington Monument, the White House (from afar), the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. You will be treated to many photo opportunities along the way, so keep your cameras and phones handy.

Arlington National Cemetery: Guided Walking Tour

3. Arlington National Cemetery: Guided Walking Tour

Meet a licensed tour guide for a walking tour of the Arlington National Cemetery. Stroll through American history and pay tribute to the military and war heroes of the United States. During your tour, explore the largest military cemetery in the U.S. and the final resting place for more than 400,000 veterans from the fronts of Iraq and Afghanistan, World Wars I and II, the Korean conflict, Vietnam, the Cold War, and America’s Civil War. Get a glimpse of the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and discover the highlights of the cemetery, such as President JFK’s gravesite, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and Arlington House — the home and national memorial of General Robert E. Lee. As you walk, your experienced tour guide will tell you the stories of the cemetery and some engaging anecdotes. Your guide will also respect your privacy if desired at any point.

DC at Night: Historical Highlights of the National Mall

4. DC at Night: Historical Highlights of the National Mall

Get to know Washington DC at night through its collection of iconic outdoor monuments on a tour with an energetic local guide. Explore the city after sunset, when the buildings are illuminated brilliantly. Spend 2.5 hours browsing the most important national memorials of the United States capital and understand their place in the country’s history. As well as exploring DC’s rich history, see the monuments and memorials of the National Mall that feature figures like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Your local guide will share stories about the major players and events in American history that have earned memorials on the Mall and the mysterious symbolism built into these structures. Revisit memorials to World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. Highlights include the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Korean Veteran's Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and the White House. You will be treated to many photo opportunities along the way, so keep your camera handy.

Washington, D.C: Self-Guided Walking Tour with GPS & Audio

5. Washington, D.C: Self-Guided Walking Tour with GPS & Audio

Spend the day exploring Washington D.C., listening to the history narrated by professional voice artists, and reading the information curated by creative writers. See the iconic monuments and buildings of this historic city on this self-guided tour. Begin next to Pershing Park, right across from the White House south lawn. From here, make your way to the White House itself, admire the seat of American power, and learn some facts about its construction.  From here, head south toward Constitution Gardens and pick up some insight into D.C.’s complicated history along the way. Through the gardens, find what was once the city’s most controversial monument: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Next, head to the Lincoln Memorial, and then the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Hear about the fraught political struggle which wracked the White House during this bloody conflict. Discover the aftermath of the War of 1812, and how D.C. grew into what it is today. The next monument will be the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, honoring the nation’s most revered civil rights leader. Then cross the Kutz Bridge and learn why the Potomac River is so significant to this city’s history. From this bridge, see the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Then, reach the National Mall. Here’s you’ll get an up-close look at the Washington Monument and learn the history of George Washington’s connection to this important city. Along this route, pass many museums. This includes the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and the National Gallery of Art.  On the final leg of the tour, arrive at three of the most crucial buildings in the city: The Library of Congress, the Capitol Building, and the Supreme Court of the United States. The tour will conclude here, amid these three awe-inspiring structures.

Washington DC: Private Tour of Two Smithsonian Museums

6. Washington DC: Private Tour of Two Smithsonian Museums

Walk through the halls of history with a guided tour of the Smithsonian museums in Baltimore. Explore the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American History on this 3-hour private tour. Start your tour at the National Museum of American History. Here, admire artifacts that tell the story of America's political history, with an emphasis on American women's history and Latino American history. View national treasures including original pictures of survivors of the Titanic and the flag that flew during the Battle of Baltimore. Wander through the museum, learning about medical advancement, segregation, and the breakthroughs made by female mathematicians, artists, and artisans. Continue to the Museum of Natural History and explore the permanent exhibits of volcanic rock, rare gemstones, and dinosaurs. Marvel at the Hope Diamond, one of the most famous jewels in the world and see an intact T-Rex fossil among others. Watch a short film depicting the history of mammals and explore earth's many ecosystems, including the Sant Ocean Hall, and observe some of the smallest and largest animals in the oceans.

Washington D.C: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

7. Washington D.C: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Explore Washington D.C, the capital of the United States on a half-day private tour. Bring your cameras or phones with you as you'll want to snap the city's most famous landmarks and monuments as you walk around. Start your private tour with your guide at the White House where you'll learn all about American politics. Enjoy the opportunity to take a photo outside the most famous residence in the country. Continue to the US Capitol Building, the famous seat of Congress. Then, visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial and stop at the Lincoln Memorial. Finally, finish the tour at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

Georgetown: Cold War Spies and Civil War Chaos Walking Tour

8. Georgetown: Cold War Spies and Civil War Chaos Walking Tour

Georgetown was key to the founding of the nation’s capital and was a place of bitter contention during the Civil War. It’s a site of political scandal and mysterious deaths, as well as a hotspot for Cold War, WW2, and current espionage. It’s a perfect place for a walking tour of scandal, murder, misbehavior, and intrigue--all surrounded by some of the nation's finest architecture and bistros. The tour starts off with the most haunted home in America and the tragic deaths of the officials who lived there. It will then move on to the strangest home in America, built by a man convinced he'd live forever, and then pays a visit to a site of the Underground Railroad.     Then, stroll by the house of the charismatic woman who gave seances to Mrs. Lincoln at the White House. See a restaurant where John and Jacqueline Kennedy dined and where the C.I.A was founded. Nearby, see another bistro, where a top KGB member defected from the CIA. Then, see "Secessionist Hill," where an old tobacco mansion played a role in a modern, unsolved murder.

Washington: National Mall & Capitol Hill Guided Combo Tour

9. Washington: National Mall & Capitol Hill Guided Combo Tour

Start off with your guide exploring the world-class monuments dedicated to notable figures including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln at the National Mall. Learn about their stories as well as the history behind the many wars immortalized around the National Mall, including World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. You might even catch a glimpse of the president and first lady while passing by the White House.   Next, visit some of the most important places in DC, including the stunning exteriors of the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, and Capitol Hill. Go inside the Thomas Jefferson Library and check out a real Gutenberg Bible. Learn about the judicial system at the Museum of the Supreme Court, and maybe get a peek inside the actual courtroom. There is a possibility to get tickets for a tour of the Capitol’s interior, where politicians and legislatures work tirelessly for the American people. This tour will allow you to see most of the major sights all in one day. Highlights generally include: Lincoln Memorial Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial (the Wall) Washington Monument Korean Veteran's Memorial World War II Memorial Views of the White House  Exterior of the Capitol Exterior of the Supreme Court Museum of the Supreme Court Possible viewing of the Courtroom View of the Main Reading Room of Library of Congress Gutenberg Bible Thomas Jefferson’s library Statue of Freedom Possible tickets to Capitol interior tour

DC Monuments & Memorials Architectural Walking Tour

10. DC Monuments & Memorials Architectural Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the base of the Washington Monument. Start your tour by learning a bit about the history and controversies surrounding the construction of the 555-feet marble obelisk. Head towards the WW11 Memorial. Learn about the symbolism abound in this landmark built to honor those who served in the Second World War. Walk to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, often called the Vietnam Wall. Hear about the young designer and some of the secret design choices she is thought to have included. Continue to the Korean War Veterans Memorial and dive once again into the stories behind the design, from intentional reflections to the positioning of the soldiers. Finally, make your way up the steps to where Abe sits atop the Lincoln Memorial, to learn facts about the design of this grand and iconic structure erected in honor of the 16th president.

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What people are saying about Washington, DC

Dustin is a fantastic tour guide filled with fun facts and knowledge. This was the highlight of our family vacation! Would highly recommend this to family and friends.

Really enjoyed this, you can trigger each stop manually or automatically so walk in any direction you want to the stops. Excellent way to guide yourself around DC.

Very well done. Navigation takes some getting used to at first, but then you find your way around. I would do it again and again!

The audio guide led you to the important sights and gave a short comment on each one.

Great tour. Cory and Anna Marie were both great and the tour was excellent.