The National Mall Tour

Discover American History in Context
From US$345 privately
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Tour Details
3 hours
Product Type
  • Washington Monument
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
Photos & Highlights
  • Learn about how America's capital city memorializes critical moments and characters throughout history
  • A local historian leads your Private Tour of the National Mall
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Tour Description
Embark on a 3-hour odyssey through the heart of Washington DC, the iconic National Mall. Led by a local historian, uncover the Mall's fascinating fabric, from its perfectly designed quadrant streets to George Washington and Pierre Charles L'Enfant's creative design. 

Explore the evolution of landmarks like the White House and the Capitol Building, witnessing the seamless marriage of eighteenth-century majesty with twenty-first-century energy.
This epic journey goes beyond the familiar, venturing to lesser-explored memorials like FDR, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Vietnam War. 

Discover the National Mall's 300-acre canvas, where history unfolds against a backdrop of festivals, demonstrations, and entertainment. 
Join the conversation about America's ongoing challenges and ideologies, as this tour unveils the enduring symbolism and cultural resonance of this monumental landscape.

Want to visit America’s Front Yard with kids? Consider our National Mall Tour for Kids, designed especially for younger learners.

  • You want to connect to a deeper level of history to frame the rest of your trip
  • You’re hoping to discover the city through the eyes of a local expert
  • You're a history lover wanting to follow in the footsteps of famous historical figures
National Mall - The National Mall and Memorial Parks preserve more than one thousand acres of federal parkland in Washington, DC.

General Information
  • The tour starts outside the Botanical Garden, then visits the main sites along the National Mall and ends at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial. 
  • Time spent and the actual venues visited can vary per guide and depending on the client's interest and pace.
  • This tour will only cover external visits to the monuments, so no entrance fees are included.
  • This is a very walking-intensive tour, but covers almost entirely flat terrain and all the major monuments and memorials of the National Mall are wheelchair accessible.

For more information about Context Tours, please visit our FAQs.

Does this tour go inside of the Lincoln Memorial?
No, it doesn't usually go inside of the Lincoln Memorial because the site is so crowded. Instead, we recommend visiting at nighttime since there's often no one there.

Does this tour include the museums of the National Mall?
No, this tour doesn’t include the museums, however, for clients interested in art, we do have a focused tour of the National Gallery of Art.
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She was exceptional. The best guide we have ever had. She made the Mall come alive with its historical progenitors whether they were wealthy philanthropists or brave soldiers.
Don was nice to work with. He had lots of great information to share about the monuments and is clearly a teacher because he engaged my kids (ages 12 & 14) by asking questions that involved their knowledge and sleuthing skills along the way.
Knowledgeable and fun!