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 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: 6 hours
Walking, subway, perahps 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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Four of us enjoyed our time with Hayden very much. Lots of interesting facts and highlights pointed out to us. A time to get reacquainted with the impressive historical attractions of the city and introduced to the new.