photos by Lois Mulder
NOTE: No advanced reservations are required for these tours.
All of my tours are intended for individuals, couples, and families as well as small groups of 7 or less.
Anyone with a group of 8 or more should contact me in advance (click HERE) to discuss the best options for your group.
The above close up view of the White House and the National Ellipse are featured early in the tour as well as discussions of the White House, its history, and anecdotes about its past and current occupants.
Click HERE for the current schedule through September 2015
Join me on this fun and informative walking tour that covers DC's favorite sites and a few hidden gems along the way!
We'll visit up-close and discover interesting facts and anecdotes about:
* The White House, Presidential Park, and the National Ellipse
* The Lincoln Memorial
* The Washington Monument
* The Vietnam Veterans Memorial (the Wall, the 3 Servicemen and the Vietnam Women's Memorial)
* The Korean War Veterans Memorial
* The Reflecting Pool
* The World War II Memorial
* Constitution Gardens and Signer's Island
On the way, we will be able to observe and discuss from a distance ...
* The U.S. Capitol Building
* The Old Post Office Tower
* The Museums of the Smithsonian Institute
* The Jefferson Memorial
* The DC War Memorial (WWI Memorial)
* The Memorial Bridge and Potomac River
* Arlington National Cemetery and Arlington House (Robert E. Lee Memorial)
The tour will finish not far from the grounds of the Washington Monument, leaving you in a conveniently located spot very close to a variety of dining possibilities (that will be discussed on the tour), Metro stations, the museums of the Smithsonian Institute, the National Archives, The National Gallery of Art and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, as well as other attractions that will be identified.
Starting Location for Monumental sTOURies Tour
Starting time: 10:00 a.m. (tour lasts about 4+ hours)
NOTE: I would not recommend planning another "scheduled" activity earlier than 3pm on the day you are joining me for a tour.
Starting location: Tour begins on 15th Street NW, just steps from the NW corner of the Commerce Department and the intersection of 15th Street (300 Block) and Pennsylvania Ave. (Scroll down for map.)
Helpful Hints for Finding the Starting Location:
The above is a picture of the White House Visitor Center. If you are looking at this view, our starting location is about 150 ft to the right at the intersection of 15th St. and Pennsylvania Ave.
NOTE: The White House Visitor Center reopened September 2014 after a 2 year, $12.6 million renovation. It is well worth you budgeting some time to explore it before my tour or another time. The impressive upgrades allow visitors to explore an interactive touch screen tour of the White House, experience interactive multimedia exhibits, see over 90 artifacts from The White House Collection, and view a 14 minute film "White House: Reflections from Within." The White House Visitor Center has free admission and is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day (12/25) and New Year's Day. (1/1) Getting to the Visitor Center before my tour, ensures that you are in the immediate area of my starting location. Also, no small point, the bathrooms in the Visitor Center are very nice, well kept and clean.
If you are standing on the correct corner you
will see the above sign. Make sure you are seeing the 15th Street sign
with a 300 under it. Be careful:
there is another 15th and Pennsylvania just one block away that says 400 under
Other surrounding landmarks near starting location: Directly west, across the street are the Ellipse and the Ellipse visitor pavilion. Diagonally northwest across the street is the Equestrian Statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman. Directly north is Pershing Park. I'll be just steps from the entrance to the White House Visitor Center.
Look for me! I'll be wearing a hat, a backpack and my tour guide license around my neck. Don't worry; if you are there I'll find you!
Ending Location: Not far from the grounds of the Washington Monument, close to many DC attractions, dining possibilities and Metro Stops.
The following map shows the route we will take on this tour, and what you can expect to see:
Map used courtesy of the National Parks Service
If Traveling by Metro:
I recommend taking the Metro to either the Federal Triangle or Metro Center metro stations for a short walk to the start of the Monumental sTOURies tour.
You can find the Metro Web site HERE.
Public parking is limited near the National Mall. On Saturday and Sunday, free parking spaces can be found along Constitution Avenue, but they can fill up quickly. If at all possible, it really is easiest to use public transportation and the Metro system to get in and around Washington DC. Your hotel staff will know the most efficient metro routes into town.
For more information regarding parking near the National Mall and DC click HERE
New on the National Mall as of June 2015 - the DC Circulator (hop on/hop off bus) has now added a new National Mall route connecting passengers to key attractions on and around the National Mall. Checkout this new convenient route HERE