Make your way to the Ronald Reagan Building on Pennsylvania Avenue, where this tour begins. Learn how the Federal Triangle area grew out of what was once called ‘Murder Bay,’ when saloons and slums lined the streets. You’ll find out insider information on landmarks all along the way: start with the Ronald Reagan Building and the International Trade Center, DC’s first public-private federal building, then see the Old Post Tower, where the Bells of Congress are housed.
Pass the imposing façades of the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building and the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building. Take in tributes to the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine at the United States Navy Memorial, then learn what’s stored inside the vast National Archives.
Continue past the Federal Trade Commission and the Newseum, and see the outside of the National Gallery of Art, which has a collection of works from the Middle Ages to Modernists. This tour covers roughly 1 mile, and concludes outside the National Gallery of Art’s West Building, close to National Mall sights and public transport.