Immerse yourself in America’s rich history on this small-group guided tour of the country’s ‘front yard’ – the Washington DC National Mall! Visit dozens of famous buildings, monuments and memorials – like the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Smithsonian – and learn the significance behind the area from your expert historian guide. Discover how George Washington commissioned architect and civil engineer Pierre L'Enfant to design the new capital city in 1791, and see how his ‘master plan’ has evolved into an area now encompassing more than 300 acres (121 hectares)!
Visit some of America’s most famous monuments and memorials on this small-group guided walking tour of the National Mall in Washington DC. Meet your group and expert guide at the Botanic Gardens and continue down the National Mall, walking the length of the reflecting pool in front of the Capitol, down to the Lincoln Monument. Some stops may include the Smithsonian Castle, Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden and Washington Monument while listening to your guide illustrate the significance of these sites in the development of the DC area. Walk around the Tidal Basin to the Jefferson Memorial as you make your way to the deeply moving Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Hear the stories behind these structures and learn how they played a role in the city’s revolutionary inception more than 200 years ago. Learn about architect and civil engineer Pierre L'Enfant's city plan for the new US capital, and discover how architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham extended his vision for the Mall into the symbolic urban area we know today.