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Washington, DC: National Archives - Guided Museum Tour

1. 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.

Washington DC: Night Under the Stars Bus & Walking Tour

2. Washington DC: Night Under the Stars Bus & Walking Tour

See the city of Washington lit up with the dreamy glow of the stars on this exclusive 3-hour night guided night bus/walking tour. As you travel in comfort through the streets of DC and walk through its most important sights, hear the tales of its fascinating history from your knowledgeable live guide. From the Capitol to the White House and Lincoln Memorial and most everything in between, you'll experience Washington lit up at its nighttime best — with the beautiful structures and reflections of light on the water for which this beautiful city is known.  The memorials and monuments you will get off the bus with your tour guide include: • U. S. Capitol ( Exterior photo stop only) • White House ( Exterior photo stop only) • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial • Korean Memorial • Lincoln Memorial • Vietnam Memorial • World War II Memorial • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Washington DC: National Archives Building

3. Washington DC: National Archives Building

Tour around the presidential highlights of the nation's capital, Washington, DC by luxury tour bus. Check out every memorial of the National Mall as you voyage around the city. Hop on and off as you please to visit the most important landmarks, and hear the important history from your guide. This excursion begins with an in-depth look at some of the city’s most poignant sights and sounds, from the White House to the war memorials and the U.S. Capitol Building. In summer, enjoy a leisurely boat cruise after lunch, taking in the pretty Potomac and Georgetown Waterfront. Meanwhile, winter brings a scenic bus tour through Virginia in the afternoon, taking in The Pentagon, Air Force Memorial, Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery along the way. Enjoy a fascinating look at the interior of the National Archives as the final attraction of the tour.

Washington DC: Best of Capitol Hill Guided Bike Tour

4. Washington DC: Best of Capitol Hill Guided Bike Tour

Learn your civics by cycle. Visit the 3 branches of the US Government—Executive (White House), Legislative (Congress), and Judiciary (Supreme Court). See the Capitol Building from all angles and take a photo in front of the majestic Supreme Court Building. See where America's most important political decisions get made before cruising down Capitol Hill towards the most famous avenue in the city, Pennsylvania Avenue, where there is a protected bike lane all the way to the White House. Learn about the movers and shakers of American politics—past and present. Where do presidents go out to eat? Where do foreign dignitaries stay when they come to DC? Who put the Capitol on that hill? Find the answers to all these questions and more. See the new Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial and get tips for visiting newly re-opened Smithsonian Museums. Get insider anecdotes and fun facts from your guide as you take in all the sights on this high-energy, 2-hour guided bike tour. This tour has some uphill routes to be aware of. Please feel free to upgrade to an electric bike if you want an easier ride.

National Archives Building & Capitol Hill: Guided Combo Tour

5. 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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Jennifer was an excellent guide. She not only knows her stuff, she knows how to navigate this city and all of its sights. She got us right into the museum at opening and right up the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights, so we could see these originals without competing with others. She kept her word when she said she would be our guide for as long as we were in town and has been an invaluable resource. We are so grateful.

Our guide and driver were great and the coach was clean and comfortable. The tour ran 3 hours instead of 2.5 so it was late when we returned. Maybe skip the drive to Arlington because it was too dark to see anything there anyway. I would use this tour service again.

The guide was very informative and always accompanied the group at the stops, helping them to take pictures and giving extra information when requested.

Sally was a great guide! The monuments at night were beautiful. I loved that we were able to stop at several monuments unlike some of the other tours!

Amazing tour with Sally and Chris —- we learned so much and found out so much more than we already knew. Great experience thank you