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National Mall: Monuments & Memorials Architecture Tour

Learn about the little-known history of DC’s most iconic national landmarks in this two-hour architecture walking tour.

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Child 5-16 years old
Private Tour

Explore Washington’s famous monuments and memorials on a walking tour of the National Mall. Take in the towering Washington Monument, sobering Vietnam Wall and awe inspiring Lincoln Memorial, while learning about the designers and politicians that helped shape this monumental core of the Capital. Peek behind the stones, looking beyond the bricks, and find little known secrets among these National icons on a stroll through the heart of Washington DC.

Our tour begins near the base of the Washington Monument to discuss the history of Washington DC, the master plan of our National Mall, and the long and tumultuous journey our Nation’s Capital has taken! We’ll then proceed past a little known monument to Thomas Jefferson’s ego, to a classic view of the White House. Then down to the moving WWII Memorial, our newest on the National Mall, with a secret known almost only to the veterans themselves. We’ll proceed along the reflecting pool, and over to the Vietnam Wall, discussing the conflict and controversy surrounding this sobering memorial. Our last war memorial to visit, dedicated to the “forgotten war, ” is the underappreciated and evocative Korean War Memorial. Finally we’ll ascend the steps (or elevator) into the hallowed halls of the Lincoln Memorial, full of history, symbolism, and just a few more secrets.

National Mall: Monuments & Memorials Architecture Tour Sights and Stops:

  • Washington Monument
  • The White House
  • National WWII Memorial
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • and more!

Additional booking times are available as a private tour. Please visit the private bookings calendar to take a look!

For large groups, driving tours, or custom itineraries, please contact us to book.

National Mall Architecture Tour

Frequently Asked Questions About our National Mall: Monuments & Memorials Architecture Tour

How strenuous is the route?

This tour route is almost entirely flat, and covers approximately 1.5 miles over the course of two hours. It is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

What should I bring on the tour?

We recommend bringing bottled water and wearing sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes. There are no snack breaks on the tour and limited food options on the National Mall, so plan accordingly! Our guides usually have an emergency granola bar tucked away too.

Are there bathroom stops on this tour?

There are public restrooms at the start, middle, and end of the tour, though we can’t vouch for their cleanliness!

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour begins at the base of the Washington Monument on the east side, facing the U.S. Capitol Building (GPS Address: 2 15th St NW, Washington DC 20024), and ends at the Lincoln Memorial.

Map of the Tour Route