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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

1. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

Let your guide help you navigate through the over 145 million specimens at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History with on this tour. Discover an extensive collection of human artifacts, dinosaur bones, preserved plants, and animals. Meet your tour guide outside of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and begin your tour. Go directly to the collection highlights without getting lost. Save time and energy by visiting with a guide that knows the museum well. Listen to additional commentary on exhibits from your guide. See the world's most extensive collection of natural history specimens and human artifacts. View dinosaur remains and tools used by early humans. Admire unusual gemstones and ancient mummies.

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Washington DC: National Mall Night Bus Tour

2. Washington DC: National Mall Night Bus Tour

Start your 3-hour night tour at the U.S. Navy Memorial. Head to the U.S. Capitol Building, taking in views of the Smithsonian – the world’s largest museum complex – and the Washington Monument – the world’s tallest freestanding stone structure. Continue to the White House, the official residence of the U.S. president. Take a walk past Lafayette Park. Visit the World War II Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial, built on the Tidal Basin, lined with cherry trees that were a gift from the people of Japan. Across the Tidal Basin, see the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Take a walk to the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and on to the Lincoln and Vietnam Veterans memorials.

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Washington DC: 2-Hour National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

3. Washington DC: 2-Hour National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

Glide around the streets of Washington DC on a guided tour by a battery-operated eCruiser. See all the major monuments of the US capital, like the Capitol Hill, the White House, and the Lincoln Memorial. Start your tour at the impressive Smithsonian complex and pass the famous monuments to Jefferson, Lincoln, and Washington. Pay tribute to the veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Continue past the most famous Washington landmark of all – the White House. As you meander, listen to stories and tales of Washington’s history from your guide. Get tips and advice on any upcoming events you might be interested in. Finally, feast your eyes on the buildings of Capitol Hill and learn the history behind them. End your tour on a high note by asking your guide for an amazing lunch spot before exploring the rest of DC on your own.

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Washington DC: Monuments Self-Guided Walking Tour

4. Washington DC: Monuments Self-Guided Walking Tour

Visit the most iconic landmarks of America’s capital city on this flexible self-guided walking tour. See the White House, Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol Building, and much more, and learn the revolutionary history behind the creation of Washington, D.C. Along with being developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists, most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. You'll begin your adventure next to Pershing Park, right across from the White House south lawn. From there, make your way to the White House itself, where you can admire the seat of American power and learn some fascinating tidbits about its construction. From here, head south toward Constitution Gardens and pick up some insight into D.C.’s complicated history along the way. Through the gardens, you’ll find what was once the city’s most controversial monument: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Next, head to the Lincoln Memorial, one of the most iconic memorials in D.C. The Korean War Veterans Memorial is next, where you’ll hear about the fraught political struggle which wracked the White House during this bloody conflict. As you continue east, you’ll be filled in on the aftermath of the War of 1812 and how D.C. grew into what it is today. The next monument you’ll arrive at will be the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, honoring the nation’s most revered civil rights leader. Then, cross the Kutz Bridge and learn why the Potomac River is so significant to this city’s history. From this bridge, you’ll also be able to see the impressive Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Later, reach the National Mall, which you’ve definitely seen on TV plenty of times. Get an up-close look at the Washington Monument and learn the history of George Washington’s connection to this important city. If you like museums, the next stretch of the tour is absolutely for you. You’ll pass the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and the National Gallery of Art. On the final leg of the tour, visit three of the most crucial buildings in the city: The Library of Congress, the Capitol Building, and the Supreme Court of the United States. The tour concludes amid these three awe-inspiring structures.

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Washington DC: Full-Day Tour of Washington Monuments

5. Washington DC: Full-Day Tour of Washington Monuments

Hop onboard a climate-controlled bus that will take you around Washington D.C. — perfect for first-time visitors or those who want to make the most of their day. Throughout the tour, your guide will enlighten you about what life in D.C. is like now and in its exciting historic past. The tour includes photo stops at the U.S. Capitol and White House. You will also be able to get out and explore with World War II Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and Air Force Memorial. From the bus or boat, you’ll see the National Archives, the National Mall, numerous Smithsonian Museums, the Jefferson Memorial, the Pentagon, the Kennedy Center and so much more. Break up your day with a lunch stop at the DC Wharf or Georgetown in the colder months, or the Potomac River Cruise in the warmer months.

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National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

6. National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

The collection is housed in a purpose-built structure that covers the area of 18 football fields, but your guide will be there to make sure you don’t waste a second exploring the best parts. Your local English speaking guide will be an expert on the museum who will share a mix of historical & scientific information, background stories and surprising details with you.  Tour highlights: • The 46-karat Hope Diamond • The glowing Dom Pedro Aquamarine and the Star of Asia Sapphire • Real mummies • The Ocean Hall, where a real life coral reef exhibit brings the sea to you • The replica of Phoenix, a 45-ton whale that the museum has been following in the wild • The Fossil Lab • The Arctic Narwhal • Giraffes, elephants, polar bears and other land giants on display With over 126 million artifacts housed in the collection, 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.

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Washington DC: Museum of Natural History Tour for Families

7. Washington DC: Museum of Natural History Tour for Families

Enjoy a private family-friendly tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on the National Mall, which can be customized based on your family's interests. Partake in interactive kid-friendly activities such as holding bugs at the insect zoo and marvel at the beloved Dinosaur Hall and the mummies exhibit.  Discover the enormous collection of natural gems and minerals, artifacts of early human civilizations, a live coral reef, and much more. Explore alongside an expert guide and learn behind the scene facts about one of the biggest and most visited natural history museums in the world.

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Washington DC Monuments at Night Electric Vehicle Tour

8. Washington DC Monuments at Night Electric Vehicle Tour

Ready to test your night photography skills and see some jaw-dropping views while learning the history of the United States through the National Mall? Hop into the all-electric red Roadsters and get ready for the ride of your vacation. Start your tour at the Smithsonian metro station, where your guide will take you back in time to the city’s origins and give you some tips for exploring the city on your own. As you work your way through the Smithsonian complex, your guide will regale you with the story behind the amazing museums and help you choose which one you will visit during your stay.  Next, you’ll be taken past two of DC’s most incredible monuments, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. Afterward, wander through the FDR and MLK memorials and enjoy a stroll along the jaw-dropping Tidal Basin at sunset.  Continue on past the World War I and World War II Memorials to the Lincoln Memorial, where you will be blown away by views of the Potomac River and the National Mall sparkling in the dark.  Be entertained by stories of the city’s history, statues, and famous buildings on your way to the White House, where you’ll see possibly the most iconic American structure. Continue on towards Capitol Hill to be astounded by the Capitol Building. End your tour on a high note by asking your guide for some recommendations for the rest of your stay in the city. RedRoadsters are the personal and comfortable way to tour the National Mall. Equipped with roll-down clear siding they’re the perfect way to sightsee in the rain or wind and come equipped with warm blankets in the winter for your comfort.

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Natural History Museum & National Gallery of Art Guided Tour

9. Natural History Museum & National Gallery of Art Guided Tour

With more than 126 million artifacts housed in the National Museum of Natural History, and approximately 141,000 works of art to see in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, this guided 5-hour tour will make sure you get to see the absolute highlights. More than just storytellers, your passionate and engaging guide will approach touring in a different way bringing a personal touch to each tour, and being sure to answer all your questions.  The 5-hour combination tour starts at the National Museum of Natural History. The collection is housed in a purpose-built structure that covers the area of 18 football fields, but your guide will be there to make sure you don’t waste a second exploring the best parts. See an amazing array of wonders from the 46-karat Hope Diamond, to real mummies, to an arctic narwhal and everything else in-between. After a break for lunch, visit the National Gallery of Art for a guided highlights tour of an eclectic mix of art of Renaissance artists, the French Impressionists and great American painters, all under one roof. Your guide will make sure you get to see such famous works of art as "Ginevra de’ Benci" by Leonardo da Vinci, "Little Dancer" by Edgar Degas, the famous portrait of "George Washington" by Gilbert Stuart and much more.

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Washington DC: Private Tour of Two Smithsonian Museums

10. Washington DC: Private Tour of Two Smithsonian Museums

Walk through the halls of history with a guided tour of the Smithsonian museums in Baltimore. Explore the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American History on this 3-hour private tour. Start your tour at the National Museum of American History. Here, admire artifacts that tell the story of America's political history, with an emphasis on American women's history and Latino American history. View national treasures including original pictures of survivors of the Titanic and the flag that flew during the Battle of Baltimore. Wander through the museum, learning about medical advancement, segregation, and the breakthroughs made by female mathematicians, artists, and artisans. Continue to the Museum of Natural History and explore the permanent exhibits of volcanic rock, rare gemstones, and dinosaurs. Marvel at the Hope Diamond, one of the most famous jewels in the world and see an intact T-Rex fossil among others. Watch a short film depicting the history of mammals and explore earth's many ecosystems, including the Sant Ocean Hall, and observe some of the smallest and largest animals in the oceans.

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Highly recommend! We had our 3 kids, ages 19, 15 & 11. He drove us around and gave us history on whatever we passed. He stopped and let us out at the FDR monument (which we loved), the MLK Jr monument, and the Lincoln Monument where we could also walk over to the Vietnam & Korean War monuments. We had ear pieces so we could hear him over the noise of traffic if it got loud.

Fantastic way to get oriented and see a lot in a short period of time. It would take you two days of walking to see everything we saw during the tour. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and really enhanced the tour with history and stories as we rode along.

The dusk sightseeing tour of the Washington Mall, The White House and The Capitol was excellent. Dion our tour guide was very knowledgeable, funny and truly provided a very educated tour. I highly recommend this tour while visiting Washington DC.

I am glad I booked a tour. I would not have seen as much a we did without the help of our tour guide Larry and driver Chris both amazing, friendly, funny knowledgeable. Thank you you guys made my trip to Washington memorable.

It was an amazing tour, slow and ease. Cassie and Chris were "fantastic".