from Discover DC
This six-hour USA Guided Tour is a journey through historic Washington, DC, and nearby Northern Virginia. This sightseeing tour begins at the U.S. Navy Memorial at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, halfway between the White House and the U.S. Capitol.
On your way to the U.S. Capitol Building (the first stop) you pass the National Archives, which houses historic U.S. documents like the "Three Charters of Freedom" -- the original Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Next in view are the Newseum, the Canadian Embassy, and the National Gallery of Art.
Emerging in sight is the U.S. Capitol, where you take in a view of the two-mile long, panoramic view of the Smithsonian Museums (the largest museum complex in the world), and the Washington Monument (the tallest, freestanding stone structure in the world).
On your way to the White House, you pass the U.S. Botanic Garden, Grant’s Memorial, The U.S. Navy Memorial, the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice, and the J. Edgar Hoover Federal Bureau of Investigation.
When arriving at the White House, you’ll not only see the Executive Residence of the President and his family, you will also see the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. This stop also includes a walk past Lafayette Park, honoring the Marquis de Lafayette, leader of French forces.
Your next stop is the National World War II Memorial. Along the way, you will see the headquarters of the American Red Cross, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Organization of American States (OAS) - representing the U.S., Canada, and 35 Latin American countries. Onward, to the Jefferson Memorial.
Once you have marveled at the Jefferson Memorial and have taken lots of photos, we will visit the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial – dedicated in 2011 – just across the Tidal Basin.
On the walking part of the tour, you will visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and via a nice stroll along the tree line, you will emerge in front of the Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorials.
For a unique experience, this tour offers a leisurely cruise on the Potomac River (March 15 to October 6) with your guide, who will answer questions. Lunch will be provided onboard. (In the winter months, we forego the cruise and visit a local indoor market, for lunch.)
The last stop is the Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial, which will transport you back in time to the years of 1933-1945. We return to the U.S. Navy Memorial at the end of the tour.