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 full-day (8-hour) tour allows us to visit Arlington Cemetery or take the indoor tour of the Capitol or visit a neighborhood (Embassy Row?), which we usually can't do on the shorter introductory tours.
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 tower of The Old Post Office Building to look out over the city (oops! closed for renovation). 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 Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel or Union Station (or other convenient location). Will describe my dress at the time of arrangement.
End location: Depending on the tour, your hotel or near one of the downtown Metro stops or taxi stands -- convenient for relaxing with dinner or drinks before going back to the hotel.
Duration: 8 hours
If poor weather we can push many of the stops indoors.
Walking, subway, perhaps taxi
Guide service (history of sites, activities within the buildings, etc; managing transport)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 US$ - Lunch/snacks/Metro fee/possible taxi
You will need money for snacks/lunches, any transportation (metro/taxi), entry tickets if required, and souvenirs.
Don't provide private transportation, but can help arrange this with local companies if desired.
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We are very happy we decided to book a guide from the area. It made our experience so much richer, as our guide was very knowledgeable and knew many interesting details we would never have learned.