Washington D.C.: Walking America's Front Yard

Washington D.C.: Walking America's Front Yard

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What You'll Do
  • Tour the National Mall with an expert historian and an emphasis on the meaning of what you see
  • Discuss the events and symbolism associated with the Mall in an intimate small group
More than a tour, this National Mall walk led by a historian lets you explore the major monuments in a small group while discussing the significance of "America's front yard," where memorials and museums have shared space with protest movements.
What to Expect
The National Mall, which stretches over 300 acres of the U.S. capital from the Potomac River to the Capitol building, presents an exceptional opportunity to understand Washington and its central role in the American experience.

We start at the Capitol in a group of no more than 6 and review how Washington was conceived and built as a city symbolic of America and the ideals of its founding fathers.

With this in mind, we walk the length of the Mall, noting the many symbolic reminders of U.S. history and national identity. The exact itinerary depends on the guide and interests of the group, but stops may include the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Castle, Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, and Washington Monument.

We will discuss how these have become backdrops for and symbols of American struggles and idealism. Our 3-hour walk and discussion will end at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial.
What's Included
  • Historian or architectural historian as your guide
What's Not Included
  • Gratuity
Meeting Point

We meet at the Botanic Gardens, just to the left of the information desk in the main vestibule. The Gardens are located at 100 Maryland Avenue SW.

Know Before You Go
• The tour is conducted in small groups of no more than 6 participants to give you the best experience you can get!
• Walks are held rain or shine, with some variations to accommodate the weather
• We do not encourage children's participation in these tours
• If you will be late for the tour start, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide
• Walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours in advance with an 85% refund; otherwise all reservations are final and cannot be refunded for any reason, including no-shows
• Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly by calling our local office or the emergency number provided; cancellations made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored

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