Private National Mall Tour
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.
If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
Museums and monuments can sometimes close without notice due to labor strikes, structural problems, or other civic disturbances.
The docent who leads a given walk may become unavailable at the last minute due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance. In these cases we will seek to re-organize the walk to accommodate the change; however, our responsibility in these cases is limited and we cannot be held liable for circumstances beyond our control. Price of the tour does not include entrance fees, meals or necessary transportations. These will be paid on the spot by the participants.
Tour Participation Requirements
Special Medical Restriction
He had served with Washington and Lafayette during the American Revolution, but Pierre Charles L'Enfant could scarcely imagine the battles to come when now-President Washington tasked him with creating a new nation's capital out of what was basically mosquito-infested swamp.
L'Enfant was a man of vision, and men of vision tend not to see eye to eye with the men of politics who hold the purse strings. Moreover, the Frenchman had the grandeur of Paris and ancient Rome in mind for the new city, while Thomas Jefferson, intermediary between the president and the engineer, imagined something plainer, less imperial, and more people-oriented for the new democracy.
What they came up with is a grand compromise, and your docent will lead you through the centerpiece of it all: the National Mall, where the grid layout of what would become "Washington City" comes together in a vast public space still used for festivals, demonstrations, inaugurations, and recreation. As we take in its monuments and memorials, we'll discuss the landscape as a backdrop of history and a symbol of American values and ideals.
Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.