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This seven-acre public park, named in 1824 for a French marquis who fought in America’s Revolutionary War, is surrounded by some of D.C.’s most historically significant buildings. In addition to the White House, the Square is adjacent to the Old Executive Office Building, the Department of the Treasury, and the Renwick Gallery.

Set directly across the street from the White House, the park here was part of the White House grounds during Thomas Jefferson’s administration, but set apart when John Adams approved the plans for Pennsylvania Avenue.  Formally landscaped in 1851, the Square features walking paths and formal hedges, as well as four horse-mounted monuments to foreign heroes of the American Revolution.

The Square’s proximity to power turned it into a fashionable 19th-century address for political luminaries like Martin van Buren, John Milton Hay, and Henry Brooks Adams; the latter two lived in adjacent row houses, which were renovated in 1927 to create the Square’s famous Hay-Adams Hotel. In the 1950s, several of the Square’s original houses were demolished to make way for proposed office buildings, but this tide was stemmed in 1970, when the park was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Since 1981, Lafayette Square has been the site of the world’s longest running peace vigil, a volunteer-driven campaign that consists of two yellow signs heavily inscribed with anti-nuclear slogans.

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Washington DC Haunted Houses Walking Tour, Washington DC, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Washington DC Haunted Houses Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Two-hours of haunted history that features sites in Lafayette Park, location of the White House. The walk is led by licensed D.C. tour guides, most of whom are ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $20.00
The White House as an Office Walking Tour, Washington DC, Ghost & Vampire Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

The White House as an Office Walking Tour

Walk and talk with a costumed historical character who used to work in the White House on this interactive, 70-minute tour in Washington, DC. Follow Liz ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 70 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.00
Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour, Washington DC, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour

A private narrated tour is ideal for those who want to sit back, be chauffeured, and learn about the city at the ease of our drivers and fun tour guides. ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00
DC City Tour by Bus with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

DC City Tour by Bus with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Beat the long entrance lines and see some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC on this full-day sightseeing extravaganza. Enjoy priority entry ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials, Washington DC, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

3 star rating: Worth doing 24 Reviews

Enjoy easy transportation across the city by double-decker bus on three sightseeing loops with this hop-on hop-off tour in Washington DC. With a 24-hour pass, ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 24 or 48 hours from time of redemption

From USD $48.00
Washington DC After Dark Wonder Tour, Washington DC, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Washington DC After Dark Wonder Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

DC after dark wonder is a comprehensive tour with the guide directing you to all the monuments and memorials at a wonderful pace while giving you fascinating ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00
Haunted Evening DC Pub Tour, Washington DC, Night Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Haunted Evening DC Pub Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Combine a top-rated ghost tour with a pub crawl around the White House on this guided, 2.5-hour, Washington, DC adventure. This haunted walking tour covers ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $28.00
White House Outdoor Architectural and Political History Walking Tour, Washington DC, Bar, Club & ... 
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White House Outdoor Architectural and Political History Walking Tour

Enjoy this unique and informative outdoor walking tour outside the gates of the White House and its immediate environs, enabling tour participants to observe ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $18.00
Washington DC Essential Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Washington DC, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 9

Washington DC Essential Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

From the comfort of climate-controlled tour buses, explore the sights of Washington DC with a hop-on hop-off pass that provides easy transportation to the ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $38.00
Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley and Monuments by Moonlight Tour, Washington DC, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 9

Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley and Monuments by Moonlight Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 62 Reviews

Explore Washington DC at your leisure on a hop-on hop-off trolley and see the city's landmarks illuminated on a guided night tour with this super saver combo. ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $72.90

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