If it feels like a museum under open sky, it's because it is. Home to everything from The White House and U.S. Capitol to President's Park and Naitonall Mall. Washington DC might be not the most entertaing capital in the world, but what it lacks in fun, it makes up for in history.
*The tour can be modified to meet your preferences.
1. National Cathedral
4. Lafayette Square
5. The White House
6. President’s Park
7. Old Post Office Pavilion
8. Ford’s Theatre
9. Lincoln Memorial
10. Memorials of WW2, of Vietnam War Veterans, Korean War
11. Jefferson Memorial
12. Tidal Basin
13. Washington Monument
14. National Mall
15. US Capitol
16. Library of Congress
2-day tour in the capital of the USA with your friendly local guide;
Explore the most popular Washington’s attractions and things to do;
Visit the political heart of the USA and see the White House and Capitol;
Get impressed with majestic memorials of famous American figures and significant events;
See stunning National Cathedral;
Immerse into authentic atmosphere of charming Georgetown;
Feel the hustle and bustle of Washington Downtown;
See the place where Lincoln was murdered;
Have a stroll along President’s Park;
Admire the vast and wealth of Library of Congress.
Washington National Cathedral
Washington National Cathedral is the most significant religious institution of the USA and one of the biggest neogothic cathedrals in the world. Sophisticated architecture with plenty of bas-reliefs, mosaics, frescos and more than 230 stained-glass windows and interesting facts about its history will surely impress you.
Georgetown is a very atmospheric district. Being an old neighborhood, it has a unique combination of history and modernity. This place provides great opportunities for shopping, eating, entertaining and lively nightlife. You will see many students because the main attraction here is the famous Georgetown University founded in 1789.
Like a typical downtown in any city, Downtown of Washington is a business and financial center of the capital. Bustling streets, people in business suits and endless energy – this is Washington Downtown. This place has a lot to offer: beautiful historic and contemporary buildings, shops and restaurants to satisfy all tastes.
Occupying the area of 7 acres, Lafayette Square is a lovely place surrounded by green trees, historical buildings and a row of monuments. Due to its location, its main highlight is a great view of the White House. So prepare your cameras to catch a scene of one of the most popular attractions in Washington DC.
The White House
Located in the heart of Washington, the White House has been symbolizing the presidential authority of the USA for three centuries. The House is built in neoclassic style and dazzling white color. The White House consists of 6 floors and more than 130 rooms including famous Oval Office – the sanctum sanctorum of President and the whole country.
Surrounding the White House, President’s Park is a huge area of more than 332000 sq.m. It’s a great place to walk, relax and feel closer to political center of the USA. President’s Park is home to National Christmas Tree and Zero Mile Stone.
Old Post Office Pavilion
Old Post Office Pavilion was built in 1899. Nowadays it attracts tourists by its majestic roman architecture which looks very impressive. This building provides an opportunity to enjoy scenic views of Washington DC from its 82-m high observation deck.
Despite numerous successful performances, Ford’s Theatre became famous not by it but by a tragic event. Here the President Lincoln was murdered in 1865. Most of visitors come here to visit museum dedicated to the death of one of the greatest American presidents.
Grandiose 57-m tall construction dedicated to the 16th American President reminds us an ancient Greek temple. Almost 6-m high statue of Lincoln and his famous phrases engraved on the walls will make you feel incredibly excited.
WWII Memorial, Vietnam War Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial
Washington has lots of memorials built to commemorate people who took part in sorrowful historic events. We are going to see the most famous – National World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorials.
The magnificent Memorial of the 3rd president of USA is built in the form of Roman pantheon. The tall bronze statue of Jefferson proudly rises in the center of Memorial. All walls keep quotations said by Jefferson and the most famous ones from his works and laws including legendary Declaration of American Independence of 1776.
Tidal Basin is a 43-ha pond with smooth calm water reflecting the beautiful scene around. This place is perfect for quiet relaxing walk and exploring attractions nearby. The area is surrounded by cherry trees which make the landscape stunning, especially in April when trees are in blossom.
The 169-m high monument built in a shape of obelisk is one of the highest constructions in the world made of stone. This majestic monument was completed in 1884 in honor of one of the most significant figures in American history – George Washington. The monument is surrounded by 50 flags of American states and has an observation deck on its top with fantastic city views.
Over 2-mile long National Mall can be considered the main artery of Washington. This beautiful wide green alley is a concentration of the city’s most significant monuments, memorials and museums. The pearl of National Mall is Smithsonian Institute which now spreads over 16 museums located here. Take a look at the first Institution building called Castle and built in 1855, and plan which of numerous museums you want to visit at your free time.
US Capitol doesn’t need any introduction – it is the most recognizable and the most visited Washington attraction. Finished in 1820, it stands out by its monumental empire architecture, its power and majesty. No comments here – you should see it with your own eyes!
Library of Congress
Founded in 1800, Library of Congress has the glory of the largest and the most beautiful library in the world. No doubt: the library is a real architectural masterpiece from inside and outside. And imagine how many treasures are kept inside! The world’s greatest collection of books including 5500 of unique ancient exhibits is surely worth a visit!
- * The itinerary is subject to change
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|Extra hours:||If you are having a good time and want your Washington DC tour last a little bit longer, you are welcome to do that. Please note: You will be charged 25 USD per an extra hour.|
|Tipping suggestions:||If you feel like you had a good experience, your guide would appreciate a tip. It's not mandatory. It's your decision whether you want to give your guide a tip.|
What you get:
- + A friend in Washington .
- + Private & customized tour.
- + An exciting pastime, not just boring history lessons.
- + An authentic experience of local life.
- + Flexibility during the tour: changes can be made at any time to suit individual preferences.
- + Amazing deals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the very best cafes & restaurants.
- + A photo session amongst spectacular Washington scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
- + An expert advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time.
*This two-day Washington DC tour can be modified to meet your preferences.