Tour Description in Washington DC
National Mall and Tidal Basin Tour
The National Mall and Tidal Basin tour is the most comprehensive route we offer. This tour will help you understand the creation of Washington DC based on the original design by architect Pierre L'Enfant, and the development into present day. We will visit the most iconic monuments in DC, and cover a wide range of United States history. Four presidents are immortalized in this great national park: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and their legacy completely changed this country. United States military engagements are also enshrined in memorials around the National Mall: World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. Around the Tidal Basin, you will find the only memorial to a civilian; a man who helped change the course of this country and to end racial segregation, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will also be able to see the iconic White House and discuss the office of the President.
Meeting point at the corner of 300, 15 st. and E st. NW, the side where the security house is located and only authorized vehicles from the Secret Service are allow to enter. If you use public transport, the closest metro is Federal Triangle or Metro Center, from both metro stations you must walk 7 minutes to reach the meeting point. Bring water and some snacks if you want as there is nothing to buy in the National Mall. There are water fountains and a bathroom in case you need.
Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress tour.
The United States of America was born as a new republic, separate from England, in 1783. This new country sought to create a new system of government in which three branches: executive, legislative and judicial, have the same weight in making decisions. None of these three powers can live without the other, and this balance is what allows the country to maintain its democracy. The design of this federal capital began on that hill (Capitol Hill) and the center of government was created there. This tour focuses on the history and function of the Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress. We enter the Capitol and the Library of Congress. The Supreme Court is very difficult to get into and depends on the schedule of trials, for that reason we don't go inside of this building.
Meeting point outside the Metro Capitol South 355 First St SE, Washington, DC 20003. There is only one exit from the Metro, therefore you will see me outside the Metro. You MUST NOT BRING FOOD OR DRINKS on this tour. They do not allow it inside the federal buildings that we will visit.
Arlington National Cemetery Tour
Arlington National Cemetery is the most famous cemetery in the United States and is a history book of this nation. The United States has the largest, most modern and significant military force in the world, and this is the last place where many veterans have come to rest. They are veterans from all the armed conflicts since the War of Independence to today. This cemetery has much more to see than the grave of John F. Kennedy and the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. During the tour we focus on the unique history of the most famous cemetery in the country. We will see military memorials commemorating tragedies, we will see the graves of very famous people, explain who they are and their contribution to this country. The cemetery has an incredible view of Washington DC and is also the best view of the Pentagon that you will see without renting a helicopter.
Meeting point inside the Arlington National Cemetery visitor center, there is a wax statue of an officer. 1 Memorial Ave, Fort Myer, VA 22211. You can get there using a taxi or Metro Arlington Cementery. I recommend the taxi because that metro line has many problems and if you want to get there by public transport, leave early and know that you have to walk about 10 minutes to get to the Visitor Center. I will be near the wax statue of an officer inside the visitor center.
Historic Georgetown Tour
Georgetown predates the federal capital by nearly 50 years, but today it's one of the most beautiful neighborhoods you can see during your visit to the capital, where many politicians call home. This tour discusses the architectural evolution of urban areas on the east coast of the country, the economy of the district linked to the sale of slaves and tobacco, development of the famous canal, the imposing Georgetown University, and some of the famous residents who lived in the neighborhood. These historical figures have left so many stories that a tour of Georgetown is a must to do in your visit to Washington DC.
Meeting point outside the Baked and Wired store 1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007. Georgetown does not have a Metro station, therefore I recommend arriving by taxi or Uber. It’s not that expensive to arrive here because Washington DC is very small as a city, it is almost always about $ 15. If you arrive a little earlier, I recommend that you try the cupcakes there. They are the best in town, better than the Georgetown cupcakes that a lot of people go to try them because they did a TV show.
Abraham Lincoln Assassination Tour
Downtown Washington DC has many stories to tell, but none are more famous or tragic as the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. More than 150 years ago one of the most famous presidents in the history of this nation was killed. This tour focuses on following the events of the night when a group of southern supporters decided to make a last stand for the Confederacy, trying to kill the President, Vice President and Secretary of State at the same time. During the tour, I will explain how difficult Lincoln's time was and how his presidency was marked by the Civil War, a major threat that caused the United States to fracture in two sides, how the civil war sparked the creation of paper money, and fostered the creation of the secret service. I will also show you iconic buildings located in downtown DC during the tour.
We will meet at the benches in front of St. John’s Episcopal church 1525 H St NW, Washington, DC 20005. Getting there by taxi is very easy. Tell The Hay-Adams hotel and the church is in front of the hotel. If you arrive early, you can visit the bar "Off THE RECORD" in the basement of the hotel which is very famous for its decoration and political cartoons. It's not cheap, but it's definitely worth going to this bar once in your life. For public transportation there are two Metro stops nearby: McPherson Square and Farragut North. Walking is less than 5 minutes from either of these two metro stations.