For Two-in-One Washington tour, meet your English speaking tour guide at the Andrew Jackson Statue, Lafayette Park. From there, your guide will first escort you to the most important memorials located within the National Mall.
Referred as America’s Front Yard, the National Mall reflects the history of America through its numerous institutions, memorials and splendid architecture. Stretching from Lincoln Memorial to the United States’ Capitol Building, some of the major highlights covered in this tour are:
Lincoln Memorial: Honoring the 16th President of the United States, the memorial consist of a mammoth sculpture of Abraham Lincoln seated in a chair. Along with the statue, the memorial wall has inscriptions of Lincoln’s second inaugural speech and his most famous speech, the Gettysburg address. It is also the site where Martin Luther King delivered his famous speech, 'I have a dream', sections of which your guide will recite while telling you about the impact one man had on the course of civil rights in the US.
Washington Monument: Built in the honor of the first President of the United States, George Washington, it is the tallest structure in Washington DC. Located at the center of the mall, the 555 feet high obelisk was completed in 1888. The guide will fill you in with little details and anecdotes about the historic monument.
The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool: One of the iconic images of the city, it is the largest of the many reflecting pools in Washington DC. The pool is lined by walking paths and trees on both sides and reflects the Washington monument and its surrounding.
National World War II Memorial: Dedicated to the Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II, this memorial connects the Lincoln Museum, the reflecting pool and the Washington Museum. The main attractions of the site are the plaza of 56 pillars representing the US states and regions, the bronze reliefs of war scenes on the walls and the dramatic Freedom Wall which is covered with 4048 gold stars with each star representing 100 Americans who dies in the war.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The memorial honors the men and women who served in the Vietnam War. Its main structure called ‘The Wall’, which are two black triangular granite walls with the names of more than 58,000 men and women who were killed in the Vietnam War or who are still missing. The tour here will be a little more somber with stories from the war and varying public reaction.
A visit to Washington is incomplete without visiting one of the most recognizable homes in the world and the residence of the President of the United States – The White House. The guide will share exciting stories of the 43 people sworn into office, and the 44 presidencies. The complex is made up of 6 stories and a two story basement. It has a total of 132 rooms and constant renovation and repairs has led to several additions to the main structure. The two colonnades outside the White House connect the East and the West wing of the residence.
In the White House, walk along the presidential pathway through The Ellipse Park where you will see some of the many monument’s that make Washington DC famous.
The tour will conclude on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where you can enjoy incredible panoramic views of the National Mall and Capitol Hill.