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Smithsonian Castle: Our most recommended tours and activities

Washington DC: National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

1. Washington DC: National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

Glide around the streets of Washington DC on a guided tour by a battery-operated electric cart. See all the major monuments of the United States capital, like Capitol Hill, the White House, and the Lincoln Memorial with an onboard guide. After getting comfortable onboard, head first towards the Smithsonian complex. Admire the size of the largest museum and research complex in the world.  Next, discover three of the most well-known monuments in Washington DC. Admire the monuments to Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington, arguably the three most beloved presidents of the U.S. From here, take a moment to pause and remember those who lost their lives in battle as you visit various war memorials. Pause at the memorials to World War I, World War II, the Korean War Veterans, and Vietnam War Veterans memorial sites.  Get your camera ready for when you pass by one of the most recognizable landmarks in the whole world, the White House, the home of the U.S President. Finally, feast your eyes on Capitol Hill, home to the United States Congress.

Washington DC: Full-Day Tour of Washington DC Monuments

2. Washington DC: Full-Day Tour of Washington DC Monuments

Hop onboard a climate-controlled bus that will take you around Washington D.C. — perfect for first-time visitors or those who want to make the most of their day. Throughout the tour, your guide will enlighten you about what life in D.C. is like now and in its exciting historic past. Enjoy photo stops at the U.S. Capitol and White House. Explore the World War II Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, and more. From the bus or boat, see the National Archives, the National Mall, numerous Smithsonian Museums, the Jefferson Memorial, the Pentagon, the Kennedy Center and so much more.  Break up your day with a lunch stop at the DC Wharf or Georgetown in the colder months, or the Potomac River Cruise in the warmer months.

Bike Tour: Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall

3. Bike Tour: Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall

Take a guided bike tour in Washington, D.C. to see all the city’s important sights and landmarks. The tour route includes Capitol Hill and the National Mall, Union Station, the Lincoln Memorial, and more. Along the way you’ll see the Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument, and the war memorials. You’ll learn about the city's history and current events from your guide as you cycle past the major monuments and memorials. You'll also get some practical touring tips for later use! Take in the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the White House, the World War II Memorial, and many more important sights. This cycling tour is rated as easy and covers approximately 7 miles on level terrain.

DC: Tour with U.S. Capitol Ground Access

4. DC: Tour with U.S. Capitol Ground Access

See the most important sights in DC on the most comprehensive, top-of-the-line, and exciting tours of the historic city. Experience an 6-hour day in DC jam-packed with stops while making memories to last a lifetime.  Join your expert live guide, both on and off a climate-controlled touring bus, for an entertaining, fact-filled tour highlighting the history, culture, architecture, and sights of this beautiful city.   Your day includes the city's important monuments and memorials (listed below) including the exterior of the a visit to the outside of the Capitol Building, the White House, World War 2 Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, Dr Martin Luther King Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Women in the Vietnam Memorial, The Iwo Jima Memorial (The Marine Corp Memorial).  Have a lunch break at either the Georgetown waterfront (April-October) or The Wharf (October-April) where you can purchase lunch from one of several delicious locations. From April to October, you’ll also take a 1-hour boat ride on the lovely and historic Potomac River to experience DC's monuments and views from the unique perspective of the water. At each stop, your guide will accompany you on foot giving an informative, insider's view and great photos of each special place, before conveniently boarding the bus again.   Tour includes the following stops: Capitol BuildingWhite House (exterior)World War II MemorialKorean War Veterans MemorialVietnam Veterans MemorialVietnam Women’s MemorialMartin Luther King, Jr. MemorialFranklin Delano Roosevelt MemorialWashington Monument Time permitting there will be additional surprise stops. Sights seen from the bus include the National Archives, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Castle, Treasury Building, and much more.

Washington, DC: Private National Mall Walking Tour

5. Washington, DC: Private National Mall Walking Tour

Take a fully-guided, interactive 2-hour walking tour where you will discover the most iconic monuments found along the National Mall in Washington DC. Explore America’s most-visited national park, where the past, present, and future come together adorned with monuments and memorials that honor American forefathers and heroes. See the National Stage where historic movements and celebrations have taken place such as the  “I Have a Dream” speech and the AIDS Quilt. Listen as your engaging guide tells your family the story behind the monuments and memorials along the Mall—what they stand for, why they were built, and what historical figures or events are associated with them. Admire the Smithsonian Museums, walk past the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, the WW II Memorial,  Lincoln Memorial, and many more iconic monuments.

3-Hour Washington, D.C Urban Adventure Scavenger Hunt

6. 3-Hour Washington, D.C Urban Adventure Scavenger Hunt

Turn Washington, D.C. into a giant board game with the Urban Adventure Quest interactive scavenger hunt! Combine the thrill of the race with a unique and exciting sightseeing tour of the city. Start the experience from the heart of the iconic National Mall, located between the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. Adventurers are free to set their own pace, progressing rapidly through the game or choosing to soak up the city's sights and culture, following a smart phone-guided tour among the notable museums and celebrated landmarks of the United States capital. Solve riddles, find clues, and complete challenges, all the while discovering a fascinating cosmopolitan city rich with political and cultural history. Points of interest on Your quest: National Mall Smithsonian Castle Sculpture Garden Indian Museum Rose Garden Heritage Trail Ford Theatre

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What people are saying about Smithsonian Castle

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 544 reviews

DJ was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and patient with my 4 boys (ages 6-11). He entertained all their questions and catered our tour to their interests! We felt very safe with him and would highly recommend him to everyone visiting DC!

One of the best tours I’ve ever taken anywhere. Nice to be in the open air can really get a feel for everything around you small intimate group and very knowledgeable guides. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

Amazing experience! So many monuments in 6 hours! The guide was exceptional and the whole experience beautiful! Totally recommended

Nick was the best guide with his complete knowledge and his ability to communicate it made the whole event an excellent experience

Knowledgeable guide. Nice to be able to ride n see n take stops for pics.