The Capitol, National Mall and the White House with private guide
See the Most Famous Places -- the Capitol, the White House, the Lincoln/Jefferson/World War II Memorials, the Smithsonian Museums -- and the smaller monuments between them. Take those photos you need to show all your relatives back home that you really came here! We'll use a combination of walking, Metro (subway) and perhaps taxi if you become tired.
This is a shorter (or longer) version of the other Introductory Tours; six hours has proven to be a comfortable walking time for many travellers and allows us to get inside some places.
Typically: (most outside, some enter) US Capitol, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, National Mall and Smithsonian museums, White House, Washington Monument, World War II/Vietnam War/Korean War Memorials, Lincoln/Jefferson Memorials; if time permits, walk through The Castle (the original Smithsonian building) and visit the beautiful Peacock Room. Some sites we will visit, some see from a distance, depending on time and energy.
We will be sure that when you are done you have a good idea of the layout of the city, where the museums or other places you plan to visit later are, and how to use the DC transportation system. And I'll give you a map!
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 6 hours
This is a walking tour only, and no transportation is included in the tour cost. Public transit or taxi fares will be paid for in cash or credit card while on tour.
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 US$ - Lunch/snacks/Metro fee/possible taxi
Don't provide private transportation, but can help arrange this with local companies if desired.
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We had a wonderful experience today with Hayden. He pointed out things we never would have noticed or understood without his knowledge! His introductory tour was just what we needed to get our "feet wet" and help us know what areas of DC we want to explore some more on our own. Especially helpful was his explaining the metro system to us. Five stars for this guide!