The Best of Washington DC: Private Full-Day Walking Tour in Washington DC

Travel CuriousThe Mellon Gala, 1301 Constitution Ave. NWWashington DC, DC 20229
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Get your walking shoes ready! This full-day Washington DC walking tour will take you to some of the city's most iconic memorials, monuments and landmarks. Learn about the city's rich heritage from your private guide. Stand by the Washington Monument and steps of the Lincoln Memorial. See the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the White House...and more!

up to 7 hrs 1 to 8 people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington DC Travel Experts
  • Have a crash course on the most iconic points of American History on this Washington DC walking tour!
  • This entire tour takes up a full day or approximately 7 hours.
  • Tour is suitable for culture vultures and history buffs of all ages.
  • Includes tickets to the National Museum of American History and transport in between sites.
  • Lunch and gratuities are not included on this tour.
  • This is an exclusive guided walking tour.


from The Best of Washington DC: Private Full-Day Walking Tour
As America’s cultural center, Washington DC is more than just the home of the President. DC is a city rich in history and proud of its heritage and on this tour, you will discover the most popular highlights, including the National Mall and the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

On your private tour, you will:
  • Stand in awe of the Washington Monument, once the tallest structure in the world, in 1884
  • Visit the National Mall and delve into the history behind each monument
  • See the World War II Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial
  • Stand by the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to see the Reflecting Pool
  • See the iconic White House home to each of the Presidents of the United States
  • Visit the immense world of the Smithsonian Museums, with a 2-hour guided tour of the National Museum of American History

At 68 square miles, Washington DC has more than the political arena with which to seduce its many visitors, from the secrets of the FBI Building, and CIA Headquarters to over 70 museums devoted to almost every topic, including an International Spy Museum, American Indian art and African-American culture.

On your full-day highlights tour, you will discover the heart and soul of America’s capital district, on a guided journey to its key attractions that do DC justice - politics and all.

As you discuss the city’s role in historical events, you will journey around DC’s most famous memorials, monuments, and landmarks to read the Gettysburg Address inscription at the Lincoln Memorial and reflect on the impact of America’s Civil War. The beautiful Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial both evoke the sobriety of America’s involvement in overseas conflicts.

At the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, it is impossible not to feel uplifted and inspired by the power of the words he penned for his famous "I Have a Dream" address.

You’ll be able to see views of the White House before enjoying a respite for a lunch break. Please note your guide will happily recommend different lunch options for your price point, as lunch is not included in the tour.

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a guided tour of the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

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Frequently Asked Questions about The Best of Washington DC: Private Full-Day Walking Tour

Where is the meeting point for this Travel Curious tour?

You will be meeting your guide for the Full Day Highlights of D.C. tour at Bureau of Industry & Security, on the corner of Constitution Ave NW 15th st Nw, Washington DC., or as advised on your e-ticket. Please be at the location 10-15 minutes prior to your tour.

How long is this Travel Curious tour?

The entire Highlights of D.C. tour lasts for the entire day or is approximately 7 hours long.

What is included in the tour package?

You will be given entrance tickets to the National Museum of American History, cost of all taxis and transfers between sights, a local English-speaking guide, and an expertly guided walking tour. This tour is suitable for culture vultures and history buffs of all ages! Their tours are all given in English, but numerous guides may speak other languages. Please contact the number provided on the e-ticket to see if they can accommodate any special requests!

What landmarks will we be on the Highlights of D.C. tour?

You will be seeing and touring the following areas: (1) The Washington Monument, built to honor the United States' first president: George Washington (2) The Lincoln Memorial where the Gettysburg Address is inscribed (3) The Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial to remember the US's involvement in international disputes (4) The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to honor his legacy and reflect on the struggle for freedom and equality (5) The White House, where the current head of state is seated (6) The National Museum of American History where you can reflect on the stories of the past Please note that some sites are periodically closed for maintenance and the Smithsonian museums often change operating hours. They will notify you for any changes that will affect your experience.

Is transportation included?

This is a family-friendly, guided walking tour. Transportation is not included in the Highlights of D.C. tour.

Is parking provided?

No, but there are multiple parking garages and street parking available near departure point. One of which is the 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW Parking which charges according to length of stay, time of the day, and day of the week. You can also contact the phone number on your e-ticket to ask for advise on how to get to the departure point via car or public transport.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

This tour is suitable for all ages. All guests must be at moderate physical fitness as the majority of the Highlights of D.C. tour will be spent walking.

What should I bring?

Bring your camera and cash on hand for lunch and any other purchases or gratuities(optional)!

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing on this Travel Curious tour. Wearing casual clothing and comfortable shoes is recommended.

How many people are on a tour?

This is a private walking tour and your group! All of their private tours are 100% exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

How does Travel Curious ensure the quality of their guides?

All tour guides currently active go through a vetting process in which they carry out interviews, check previous reviews and employers references if applicable. More importantly, they make sure that these guides provide an excellent experience for the guests.