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Washington DC: National Archives Building

1. Washington DC: National Archives Building

Discover some of the best highlights the city has to offer on this comprehensive guided tour of Washington, DC. Delight in reserved entrance into the National Archives Building and the U.S. Capitol Building (coming soon). Enjoy a guided tour of the White House (outside only), the National World War II Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial, and more. For a unique experience, this tour offers a leisurely cruise on the Potomac River (Seasonal: March 15th to October 15th).

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Washington, DC: National Archives - Guided Museum Tour

2. Washington, DC: National Archives - Guided Museum Tour

Your local English speaking guide will not only be an expert on the archives, but will also share a mix of historical & political information, background stories and surprising details with you. Tour highlights: • The National Archives Rotunda to learn about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution while standing in front of the perfectly-preserved documents from the 17th and 18th centuries • The Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers featuring the signatures of world-famous statesmen like Alexander Hamilton • The Public Vaults Exhibits, where letters written by presidents including George Washington and John F. Kennedy are on display • The Emancipation Proclamation, which helped end slavery in the 19th century • A citation issued to civil rights activist Rosa Parks, illustrates how long these racial issues lasted • In the Rubenstein Gallery, examine even older documents like the Magna Carta of 1297 With over half a million artifacts at the National Archives, you’ll be thankful to your passionate, and engaging guide for navigating you, bringing a personal touch to each tour, adding own favorite anecdotes and tips along the way.

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National Archives Building & Capitol Hill: Guided Combo Tour

3. National Archives Building & Capitol Hill: Guided Combo Tour

This 5-hour combination tour starts with the National Archives, the neoclassical building considered a temple to American history. Your local English speaking guide will not only be an expert on the archives, but will also share a mix of historical & political information, background stories and surprising details with you. Visit the National Archives Rotunda to learn about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution while reading the perfectly-preserved documents from the 17th and 18th centuries. You will also see the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers featuring the signatures of world-famous statesmen like Alexander Hamilton. Discover the Public Vaults Exhibits, where letters written by presidents including George Washington and John F. Kennedy are on display. Have a look at the Emancipation Proclamation, which helped end slavery in the 19th century. Study a citation issued to civil rights activist Rosa Parks and examine even older documents like the Magna Carta of 1297 in the Rubenstein Gallery. After a break, the tour explores Capitol Hill on foot - the epicenter of activity in Washington DC. Your knowledgeable local guide will show the exteriors of the Supreme Court, the Capitol building and the Library of Congress as well as the interior of the Main Reading Room. In addition, admire the Statue of Freedom and the Thomas Jefferson library with a real Gutenberg Bible. You can also learn about the judicial system at the Museum of the Supreme Court and maybe get a peek inside the actual courtroom.

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3.7 / 5

based on 150 reviews

Thomas was absolutely wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and engaging! Would certainly engage his services again!

Our guide was very knowledgeable and the pacing was well done. We had a great time and would highly recommend!

Richard was a knowledgeable and interesting guide. Loved the archive tour.

Great experience. Couldn’t have seen that much in one day on my own!

Thank you to Nick and his team! It was a great tour!