Monumental sTOURies

Free, Tips-Only Tours


                                          Monumental sTOURies

                
                                                                               
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.

                  

                                             Monumental sTOURies

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 October 2014

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, the south lawn 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 near 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.


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Starting Location for Monumental sTOURies Tour

Starting time: 10:00 a.m.   (tour lasts about  3 1/2  +  hours)   

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's Center which is currently closed for renovations. NOTE: the picture above was taken before renovations began.  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.


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 it.

Other surrounding landmarks near starting location: Directly west, across the street are the Ellipse,  the Ellipse visitor pavilion and the temporary White House Visitor Center.  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 under renovation and currently closed, 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: 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.

Parking
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










 

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