US Navy Memorial Plaza

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Washington, DC: African American History Tour

1. Washington, DC: African American History Tour

Travel back in time to some of the most iconic moments from the civil rights movement on an African American history tour of Washington DC. You will pass by the famous Emancipation Statue, the National Council of Negro Women, and more while learning about the history of the city from your guide.  Get picked up at the U.S. Navy Memorial and head to monuments such as the Emancipation Statue, Howard Theatre, and vibrant local black communities. Stand where Martin Luther King stood when he gave his famous "I have a dream" address and feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. After taking a glimpse into the past at the Home of Frederick Douglas, proceed to Howard University - one of the oldest black universities in the United States. On the way to Howard University, you will drive by Lincoln Park to visit the statue of educator, activist, and founder of the National Council of Negro Women - Mary McLeod Bethune. Following your visit to the beautiful Howard University campus, drive through Le Droit Park, Shaw Neighborhood, and Historic “U” Street. Home to the largest urban African American community in the United States in the early 1900s, it created its own “Black Broadway” - a home to entertainment legends from the past and present.  Next, see the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum to discover how the course of the Civil War was impacted by these disenfranchised soldiers. You will then take a journey into downtown DC to the sites of the national headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Once downtown, enter the Logan Circle historic district to see the historic Metropolitan AME Church and the Mary McLeod Bethune Council house. Finish the tour at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Enter inside and explore the absorbing artifacts and exhibits at your leisure.

Washington DC: Bus Tour to the Highlights of the Capital

2. Washington DC: Bus Tour to the Highlights of the Capital

Capitalize on your time in the capital with this whistle-stop city tour of Washington DC. Board one of the luxury buses at the U.S. Navy Memorial before cruising past the National Archives to the U.S. Capitol Building. Let your guide give you the lowdown, from the original Declaration of Independence to the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Take in incredible views of the two-mile-long Smithsonian Museum and imposing Washington Monument, which is the tallest freestanding stone structure in the world. You’ll have the chance to stretch your legs with stops at the White House and Lincoln Memorial, where you can climb the stairs to see the famous statue of America’s 16th President. Then, take an informative guided walk around the beautiful WW2 Memorial. The tour takes a loop from the United States Navy Memorial, stopping at memorable sites, such as the Vietnam Memorial, US Capitol Building and Lincoln Memorial. An experienced guide will explain every significant detail of each monument and memorial, and give you the most comprehensive and intimate tour experience DC has to offer. Marvel at the many Smithsonian museums, National Mall, Freedom Plaza, and much more from onboard the bus. Then, learn the history of the White House, Capitol Building, FDR Memorial, and Martin Luther King Memorial during short guided walks.

Washington, DC: Full-Day Tour with a Scenic River Cruise

3. Washington, DC: Full-Day Tour with a Scenic River Cruise

Discover all the delights of Washington DC with this day-tour around the city, hitting hotspots such as the White House, the U.S. Capitol Building, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Board your glamourous, climate-controlled, panoramic bus at the U.S. Navy Memorial. Head to all the major highlights of regular sightseeing tours and enjoy a lunch break and an opportunity to travel through the Tidal Basin. Learn about some of the most fascinating landmarks in the USA, including the White House, U.S. Capitol Building, and National Archives, plus breathtaking memorials of Thomas Jefferson and Franklin Roosevelt. After lunch, summer brings the opportunity for a boat ride through Georgetown and the DC Waterfront. In winter, this Washington bus tour culminates with a visit to the Pentagon and several more fascinating war memorials. During your tour learn from your live tour guide who hops off the bus with you to ensure you receive an intimate and personalized experience of each attraction.  Your guide will educate you on the important details of each monument. From March through September, take in the fresh air on a scenic 1-hour cruise along the Potomac River. The full itinerary of this tour includes: • Jefferson Memorial • U.S. Capitol Building • FDR Memorial • World War II Memorial • Iwo Jima Memorial • Vietnam Memorial • Martin Luther King Memorial • Lincoln Memorial • White House • Korean War Memorial

Washington DC: See the City Segway Tour

4. Washington DC: See the City Segway Tour

Arrive 30 minutes before the tour time for instruction on how to ride a Segway, then head off on a thrilling guided Segway tour of Washington DC and its main landmarks. Listen as your guide recounts fascinating stories about these iconic locations, narrated via a state-of-the-art radio system. Before departure, receive training and get fitted for your equipment. Watch a brief video and presentation, then receive one-on-one instruction from the experienced staff. Don't be nervous! Many of the visitors are first-time riders and most people get the hang of it within a few minutes.  Once everyone is comfortable, you will do a quick soundcheck and off you go!  The first stop is the White House, just across the street from your starting point! From there, continue to explore as many of the following sites as possible: Lafayette Square US Treasury Constitution Gardens Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Vietnam Veterans Memorial Korean War Memorial DC War Memorial Tidal Basin WWII Memorial Washington Monument Smithsonian Museums National Gallery of Art US Capitol National Archives US Navy Memorial FBI Building Freedom Plaza and more!

DC Highlights with Entry to Arlington National Cemetery

5. DC Highlights with Entry to Arlington National Cemetery

Experience Washington DC and Arlington, Virginia on this 6-hour tour. Start your tour at the U.S. Navy Memorial with your personal guide and visit DC’s most famous landmarks and monuments with 10 to 15 minutes at each stop.    Visit the grounds of the U.S. Capitol Building and the White House and make stops at the Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, World War II Memorial, and Martin Luther King Memorial. In addition, experience a narrated trolley tour of Arlington National Cemetery. The tour of Arlington National Cemetery includes weekday stops near the Ord and Weitzel Gate to see President John F. Kennedy’s grave site, the U.S. Coast Guard Memorial, the U.S. Army Gen. John J. Pershing's grave site, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Arlington House. Weekend service includes stops near Sections 55 and 60, as well as the September 11th Memorial. The tour ends at Arlington National Cemetery.  

From DC: Baltimore and Annapolis Day Trip

6. From DC: Baltimore and Annapolis Day Trip

Enjoy the marvels of Maryland with one of our private Baltimore day tours from Washington DC, which also includes a stop at historic Annapolis!. Often dubbed ‘charm city,’ Baltimore is a short 60-minute drive from DC and makes for the perfect day trip from the capital. Enjoy pickup from your DC address in a luxury vehicle, and after a short scenic drive through Maryland, arrive at the first destination, the grave of legendary writer, Edgar Allen Poe and the former home of baseball icon, Babe Ruth. Next, take an informative tour with your guide of the cultural Inner Harbour, complete with entrance to the USS Constellation Ship and Fort McHenry. Here, learn how this place was where Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner," and spend the afternoon exploring Annapolis. Enjoy eye-catching architecture downtown before taking a historic Annapolis walking tour of the United States Naval Academy. Don’t forget to grab some of the region’s renowned seafood in a harbourside restaurant before the journey home.

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What people are saying about US Navy Memorial Plaza

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Dre, tour guide was awesome, extremely knowledgeable about history and events surrounding the monuments. The driver was friendly and accommodating. I recommend this tour highly. It was raining and they even had rain coverings and bottles of water. Worth every penny spent. Thanks for an awesome learning experience.

Excellent overview of African American history in D. C. Informative, relevant and immensely helped by Dre’s encyclopedic knowledge of people, places and events. He made it come alive.

Our guide Dre was absolutely amazing! He was very knowledgeable and was above and beyond our expectations. It was a great experience that we would highly recommend.

It was an informative and educational experience. This is my second time doing the tour and I learned something new from each experience.

I loved the tour the tour guide was very informative and knew his stuff