Secret Symbols Memorial Tour

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Activity Level



Youth and Family, First Time Visitor


Kid Friendly: Yes. Generally, kids aged 10 and up are able to enjoy the commentary on this tour.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 8



English (fluent)

For DC first-timers and students of history

This tour comes in two parts:

1. An iconic palace for the 16th President, and three thoughtful memorials for American war veterans.
[Abraham Lincoln, Vietnam Veterans, Korean War, and World War II Memorials. Bonus visit: DC World War I Memorial]

2. Three leaders, three eras, three approaches to American democracy.

[Martin Luther King Jr, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson. Bonus visit: George Mason]

I'll discuss the overall themes of each memorial, how newer memorials interact with those from the early 20th century, in addition to the meaning of often overlooked design elements and nods to history embedded in each memorial.


In the first part of the tour we'll see:

- The Lincoln Memorial
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Korean War Memorial
- National World War II Memorial
- DC World War I Memorial

In the second part, we'll see:

- Memorials to Thomas Jefferson
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
- Martin Luther King Jr.
-George Mason

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: The tour begins at the Lincoln Memorial. Please meet at the Capital Bikeshare station between the Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.

Look for a station with docks and matching red rental bikes. I'll be standing nearby. The address is 5 Lincoln Memorial Circle if taking a taxi or ride share.

End location: The tour will end at the Jefferson Memorial.

Duration: 4 hours


If you would like to meet at the site, we can walk from there. Otherwise I rent a car or van (depending on group size) and we will arrive by vehicle. The vehicles are modern SUVs or van, depending on group size. Please, let me know and I will prepare a customized tour.

What’s Included

Other: - My service as your personal guide for the duration of the tour.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

10 USD - You may want to purchase a bottle of water from a local vendor on warmer days. In addition, if you plan to use public transportation to reach the tour, please allot up to $5 for transit fare.

What’s Extra

Other: Public transport to the site.
A bottle of water for warmer days.

Private tour guide Timothy

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