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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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Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour, Washington DC, null
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
The White House as an Office Walking Tour, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

The White House as an Office Walking Tour

The White House As An Office Walk is an interactive walk and talk with an historical character (a costumed interpreter) who actually worked in the White ...  Read more

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

From USD $23.00
Washington DC Haunted Houses Walking Tour, Washington DC, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Washington DC Haunted Houses Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Two-hours of haunted history that features sites in Lafayette Park, location of the White House. The walk is led by a licensed D.C. tour guide who is also a ...  Read more

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

From USD $20.00
DC City Tour by Bus with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch, Washington DC, Ghost & Vampire Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

DC City Tour by Bus with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 671 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
Washington DC After Dark Wonder Tour, Washington DC, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Washington DC After Dark Wonder Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 105 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
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials, Washington DC, Night ... 
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 230 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 Essential Hop-On Hop-Off, Washington DC, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 9

Washington DC Essential Hop-On Hop-Off

4 star rating: Recommended 1489 Reviews

From the comfort of our fully air-conditioned and heated tour buses, enjoy the view as we show off the Nation’s Capital and it’s many “must see” monuments, ...  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 2160 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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Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour, Washington DC, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 9

Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 112 Reviews

Confused by all the dials and menus of your camera? Would you like to get away from "auto" and learn to use all the features of your camera when you ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: Varies

From USD $88.99

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