• Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 85.00 View price calendar

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Take a stroll along America’s ‘front yard’ on this guided, 3-hour, small-group walking tour of the National Mall in Washington, DC. From the banks of the Potomac River to the United States Capitol, this 300-acre national park is the premiere civic and symbolic space of a nation. Take a walk with a historian guide to better understand why this landscape looks the way it does — and how Thomas Jefferson’s 18th-century panorama continues to evolve and adapt today. Visit famous historical sites like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and more.


  • Small-group guided walking tour of the Washington DC National Mall
  • Visit famous historical sites like the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian and more
  • Learn about America’s architectural history from your expert historian guide
  • Discover the legacy of L’Enfant, the architect/engineer who designed the new capital city in 1791

What You Can Expect

Small-Group National Mall Walking Tour in Washington DC

Visit some of America’s most famous monuments and memorials on this small-group guided walking tour of the National Mall in Washington DC

Meet the historian guide and the rest of the small group at the United States Botanic Garden to begin this National Mall walking tour. Walk the length of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in front of the United States Capitol. Along the way, see the Smithsonian Institution Building, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Washington Monument while learning about the significance of these sites in the development of the city. 

Walk around the Tidal Basin between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Step off the beaten path a bit to some less-visited places of remembrance like the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Hear the stories behind each of these structures and find out how they played a role in the city’s development. Also learn about French engineer Pierre Charles L’Enfant, who was appointed by George Washington in 1791 to work with Thomas Jefferson in designing the grid that distinguishes this 300-acre national park.

Customer Reviews

Tammy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

My husband and I were the only people on this tour and it was awesome. Our tour guide was a Georgetown Law professor who teaches constitutional law. She really knew her stuff and incorporated a stop for snacks and bathrooms if needed. She even made sure that we got our picture taken looking back towards the Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial. The only negative was that the tour started 30 minutes late because the confirmation letter from Viator told us to meet at the Botanical Gardens but not where. Wish I would have booked with another tour company!

Clara C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Jackie was a great guide. Her tour was full of information and wonderful stories. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves very much. Our experience at the Mall would have been less enjoyable if we had done it on our own. Thanks for a great tour.

Steve S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Our guide was expert in the history f the development of the National Mall and adjoining monuments and museums. He delivered and provided such in-depth advise, we could clearly understand why the Mall was configured and developed in the way it was.

I came away from the tour feeling I had a better appreciation of the American culture and history of the Mall and its building. I would highly recommend this tour for those who want to know more than superficial information. Well done!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

What an amazing tour! We had a wonderful guide who was so knowledgeable. It was a lot of walking but we got more history and explanation of the mall, monuments and buildings that I had hoped for. There was so much detail I would have missed without someone telling me. I highly recommend this tour!

laura c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

Recently my 2 grown daughters and I took this tour of the National Mall. It was fabulous. Our guide was extremely knowledgable and she gave some very interesting facts about each monument. I highly recommend this tour and that is even though we took it during a freezing, rainy day! That was how good it was!

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