1-Day Tour in Washington DC
All Washington Must-See sites!
Washington is a capital of the USA. Its official name is District Columbia and it’s an independent territory, which does not belong to any of the States. The city was founded in 1971 and got its name for a reason. It was named after the first American president George Washington.
Follow your guide through the historical center of one of the World Empires and re-live 240 years of American history to understand what the terms like “American Dream” and “American Independence” stand for.
*The tour can be modified to meet your preferences.
- Must-See 1 day Washington tour will show you the origins of the United States;
- See one of the oldest buildings in America and the 2nd largest library in the world;
- Visit the President’s and Congress’ Residencies;
- Explore the city’s most popular historical sites;
- Wander around amazing Washington Gardens, like in a fairy tale;
- Get the best Washington DC panorama from the highest spot in the city;
- Get to the places, where the world-known events take place.
Washington National Cathedral
Let’s start with the main Anglican Cathedral in the USA. It was under construction for more than 80 years, and nowadays demonstrates a mixture of Gothic medieval architectural styles.
The walls of Cathedral are decorated with gargoyles and chimeras such as a corrupted politician with a pack of 100-dollar bills, a businessman with a suitcase and even Darth Vader from Star Wars saga. Above the entrance there is a sculpture graphics, which was seen in a movie “The devil’s Advocate”.
Come explore the spiritual home of hipsters and shopaholics. Georgetown is a perfect blend of history, high-end shops and good coffee.
Multimillionaire area with brick pavements and big trees. Though here are a lot of world-known brand shops on M Street and Wisconsin Street, small boutiques and quality craft stores have also found their niche. It’s the best place for shopping. The area is active as it is a university town, therefore due to many youngsters Georgetown is quite a fun place. Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic University in the USA. Just like the Washington Cathedral, it is designed in Gothic style.
Among historic landmarks in Georgetown are The Old Stone House, the oldest original structure in Washington, D.C (1765) and The City Tavern Club, the oldest commercial structure (1796).
You may accidentally bump into Secretary of State John Kerry who is a resident in Georgetown.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Get a proper welcome to the land of monuments, memorials and museums at this 5-star place (according to TripAdvisor) which features a free-charge performance every day: vocal or musical (violin, piano, cello). With 2000 performances held every year, this is the busiest performing arts center in the US.
Located next to the Potomac River, Kennedy Center consists of Concert Hall, Opera House, The Family Theater, the KC Jazz club, the Terrace Theater and the Theater Lab. It attracts a lot of attention of Orchestra and Ballet lovers.
For a wonderful city view, visit the restaurant in the Center with an exquisite interior design.
National World War II Memorial
One of those fundamental memorials, which make you freeze for a moment and think about Peace and War, Life and Death.
Numbers matter here. Imagine: 2 arches symbolizing the victory of the American navy in the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. 56 columns on the perimeter representing the unity of all the States. The Victory Wall in the middle with 4 thousand stars: each star honoring 100 dead soldiers. And the memorial plate says: “Here we mark the price of freedom”.
Carb up on history and culture in National Mall, a complex of various Memorials and Museums in Historical Center of Washington.
All the area is divided into zones, where you can find main memorials. From the air the Alley looks like a cross, in the middle of which there is a Washington Monument, in the north – the White House, in the East - Capitol, in the south – Thomas Jefferson Memorial, in the west – A. Lincoln Memorial.
They are all surrounded by museums, so step into the adventure through the pages of American history.
Want to see a museum that is open to public 24 hours a day every day? You found it!
Built in honor of 16th American President Abraham Lincoln in 1922, the monument took 7th place in the list of most popular buildings and constructions of America in 2007. More than 6 million tourists visit the Monument every year. According to one of the legends, with the former President demonstrates his initials: his left hand shoes “L”, and the right one – “A”.
Symbolism is in the air in this place, as well as history: the memorial is surrounded by 36 fluted Doric columns, which symbolize 36 states of the United States at that time.
Feel "I Have a Dream" moment like Martin Luther King who gave his speech here more than 50 years ago.
The Tidal Basin
“I’m so bored”… said no one ever in the Tidal Basin.
Jump into the real-life landscape of your dreams! Beautiful lake surrounded by Japanese Gardens, which in spring turns into a wonderful fairy tale with all those cherry trees blooming. In the beginning of 20th century Japan presented Washington 3800 blooming trees.
If you ever wondered what the National Cherry Blossom Festival feels like, come here in spring!
If you ever wondered what 250 million US gallons (950,000 m3) of water look like, come anytime.
The Washington Monument
Welcome to Washington’s Must-See and the world's tallest stone structure. And the world's tallest obelisk.
169-meter high (555 feet) Washington Monument is symbol of the America’s capital and had been the highest construction in the World for some time before the Eifel Tower was built.
Like a giant Eifel Tower, Washington Monument makes for epic scenery.
The White House
One country, 44 Presidents, 50 States and over 320 million people. America may not have the longest history, but its history is definitely intense and rich for events.
The White House is what symbolizes it all. Feel your pulse start to quicken as we get close to the official residence of the American President.
It is not that big as you may think, but getting to Washington and not seeing the White House is unforgivable.
United States Botanical Garden
When you see Botanical Garden for the first time, it’s ok to cry.
When else will you get a chance to see 10,000 living specimens all in one place? (Some of them over 165 years old!)
A magic place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Find yourself surrounded by plants and flowers, participate in different city activities. The Botanical Garden has several sights: Rose Garden, Butterflies Garden, First Lady Garden, Lawn Terrace, Amphitheater etc.
Created in 1820, it is one of the oldest botanic gardens in the United States.
Library of Congress
Don’t get overexcited, but it seems we found the ideal place where to leave you after the tour.
Because you like reading, don’t you?
The largest library in the world after the British Library with almost 24 million books. For geography/history/travel lovers here is an ancient map where there is no Australia and the USA consists of only 5 States instead of present 50. The building itself is a masterpiece outside and inside. Pay attention to all those walls, shelves and ceilings. There is a shop with souvenirs!
Still no? You don’t like reading? Moving on then.
How about finishing the tour with the building which is almost as old as America itself?
Built in 1800, US Capitol is 88 meters high (289 feet) and is the fifth tallest building in Washington DC, seen from a lot of spots in the city. Capitol Hill opens up a great view to the city with all its buildings and memorials.
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National Museum of American History (optional)
Get your cultural fix here and immerse yourself into culture, social life, politics, science or military of the US. If you’re bored here, there’s something wrong. With you. A five-story sky-lit atrium has more on American heritage that you could ever imagine!
The museum is also a place for musical performances, festivals, lectures and symposiums.
The National Archives Museum (optional)
If you ever dreamed about an opportunity to find out about the origins of America and its history, this place is just for you.
Check the original documents of America - Constitution and Declaration - and feel happy.
National Gallery of Art (optional)
Art museum in National Mall. It was founded in 1937 by the USA Congress and features more than 2000 sculptures, paintings and decorative art collection. Need some time out? Head to history-free spot with A+ scenery.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (optional)
Get a dose of history in Holocaust Museum which has had over 30 million visitors since 1993/
The main purpose of the museum is too accumulate and spread the knowledge about that unprecedented tragedy through 49 million pages of archival documents and 80,000 historical photographs to name just a few.
- * The itinerary is subject to change
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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 one day Washington tour can be modified to meet your preferences.
- Fantastic trip. It was my dream to come to Washington DC and I finally made it. I had my own guide and since I didn’t know anybody in the city, it was nice to have somebody to take you around. She showed me the most famous places in Washington and took me to a souvenir shop where I could buy souvenirs so cheap. I’m very satisfied with the whole organization. Next time I go on a trip, I will definitely choose Friendly Local Guides.
Greg Small, England, Apr 30, 2016
- Wonderful, amazing tour guide. She definitely exceeded all our expectations. My husband was not feeling well and we had to take a break every ten minutes, but our guide was extremely helpful and understanding. She was pleasant to be with and we really want to have her as our guide in future. I loved this 1 day tour in Washington DC!
Judith Rennie, Australia, Apr 30, 2016
- I would never go on this trip with my two kids if I didn’t have a private guide. Travelling with kids is usually a challenge, but during the tour in Washington it didn’t seem so hard. Our private guide has kept my kids’ attention throughout the whole trip and I was able to peacefully take the pictures. Moreover, our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting to talk to. She is the best, especially if you are traveling with kids, like me. Highly recommended!
Katrin Nuemann, Germany, Apr 30, 2016
- Since I went on a tour alone, it was nice to have a private guide, especially the one who could tell you all the facts about the city and answer all of your questions. We went to see the Lincoln’s Monument, The Vietnamese Wall and the Japanese Garden. The Holocaust Museum has left a deep impression on me, particularly because my guide was such a good storyteller, who could vividly paint the picture of the past events in my mind. To say that I am impressed – is to say nothing. I had a big time in Washington, thanks to this tour One Day Tour in Washington.
Marta Babka, Poland, Apr 30, 2016