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Guided Tour of Washington DC

Embroiled in politics, sectional conflicts and issues of race, national identity, compromise and power is Washington DC. The signing of the Residence Act on July 16, 1790 approved the creation of America’s capital, Washington DC, formally known as the District of Columbia. Situated along the Potomac River on the county’s East Coast, Washington DC is unique as it is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States Congress and is not a part of any U.S. state. 

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Your Visit to Washington DC

From remarkable monuments to renowned buildings, during your Guided Tour of Washington DC, you will enjoy detailed information on some of DC’s most incredible landmarks with exciting stops along the way.

The United States Capitol Building

First used in November of 1800, the United States Capitol Building is a symbol of the American people and their government, the meeting place of the nation’s legislature. Located at the eastern end of the National Mall on a plateau 88 feet above the level of the Potomac River, discover the history, art and architecture of the U.S. Capitol Building as you pass by on your DC bus tour.

The White House

One of the most renowned buildings in the world, the White House was built between 1792 and 1800 and has been the official residence and principal workplace of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800. Situated on Pennsylvania Avenue and made of white-painted Aquia Creek sandstone in the Neoclassical architecture style, learn more about the White House’s art and architecture and the Presidents and first Ladies who have lived there.

National Archives Building

Located on Constitution Avenue, the original National Archives Building was opened in 1935 and is known as the nation’s record keeper.  Not only does it hold the original copies of the three formative documents of the United States and its government: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, but photography collections and other historically and culturally significant American artifacts.

Embassy Row

Washington DC’s Embassy Row is the informal name for the area of the city in which many of the foreign embassies and other diplomatic installations are located along Massachusetts Avenue extending from Duport Circle toward the National Cathedral. Discover the history and see unique architecture as you travel down Embassy Row.

Washington Monument

Standing at 555 feet, 5-1/8 inches, the Washington Monument is the world’s tallest obelisk and the most prominent structure in the district. Made of marble, granite and bluestone gneiss, the Washington Monument honors the nation’s founding father George Washington, the man who led the Continental Army to victory, and then became the nation’s first president under the Constitution.

Lincoln Memorial

Built to honor President Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln Memorial is located on Washington DC’s National Mall across from the Washington Monument. The memorial is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and sitting immortalized within is a marble statue of Lincoln which represents unity, strength and wisdom.

National Cathedral

The Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington, more commonly called the Washington National Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church known as being the second-largest cathedral in the United States and for its Neo-gothic design. Learn about the cathedral’s beautiful architecture and grounds, discover more about its history.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Southwest of the National Mall is the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial where you can meditate on Martin Luther King’s dream of freedom, democracy and opportunity for the American people. Covering around four acres, the memorial was opened to the public on August 22, 2011 and while it is not the first memorial dedicated to an African-American in the district, Martin Luther King Jr. is the first African-American honored with a memorial near the National Mall and the fourth non-President to be memorialized in such a way.

WWII Memorial

Honor the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died and all who supported the war effort from home at the World War II Memorial. Located on 17th Street between Constitution and Independence Avenues, the memorial was opened in April 2004 and consists of 56 pillars and a pair of small triumphal arches surrounding a plaza and fountains. 

Iwo Jima Memorial 

Remember and honor the men of the United States Marine Corps at the Iwo Jima Memorial outside the walls of the Arlington National Cemetery. While the military memorial statue depicts one of the most famous incidents of World War II, the United States Marine Corps War Memorial is dedicated to ALL Marines who have given their lives in the defense of the United States since 1775. 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Honor the men and women who served our great nation during the Vietnam War at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. Currently made up of three sections including the Three Soldiers statue, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial lists over 58,000 Americans who gave up their lives to serve the United States of America.

Travel Tips

  •   Don’t forget your camera. There will be exciting photo opportunities during your Guided Tour of Washington DC you won’t want to miss.
     
  •  Stops along your Guided Tour are accessible by wheelchair. It is important you let your reservations agent know ahead of time if you or someone in your party is handicapped, so that they can make sure to accommodate your group in the most convenient and comfortable setting.
     
  • It is important to note that while your bus tour will pass by the Whitehouse, National Archives, US Capitol, National Cathedral and Washington Monument, your Guided Tour of Washington DC does not include time inside these landmarks. 
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