Walking Tour On Embassy Row in Washington Dc
Tour Washington's popular Massachusetts Avenue, more often referred to as Embassy Row, where you'll be treated to some incredible architecture with the Walking Tour On Embassy Row in Washington D.C.
Embassy Row is famous for the captains of industry who built incredible homes. Here, barons of the banking, mining and publishing industries spent their fortunes on lavish homes, as well as politicians and speculators, in the late 1800s. Though many families lost their fortunes to overspending and the Great Depression, and were later bought by embassies, institutions and clubs who purchased these lavish homes for 10 cents on the dollar, these incredible mansions still stand and draw quite the crowd to view their magnificence. Your tour begins when you meet your licensed Washington D.C. tour guide near Dupont Circle Metro Station. From there, you'll begin this walking tour at Dupont Circle itself before moving along down Massachusetts Avenue, Sheridan Circle, R Street and finally Phillips Collection Museum. You'll be able to tour this interesting museum and view their lovely collection before enjoying a lovely lunch at one of the nearby cafe's.
This tour requires either paper or electronic ticket. This is a walking tour, please dress comfortably and wear walking shoes. The walking route is quite level and easy, but the tour extends roughly 1.5 miles. Food and drinks are not included in the price of the tour. Admission to the Phillips Collection Museum is not included in the tour and is an additional cost to the guests. Gratuities are not included in the tour and are optional. This tour is entirely wheelchair accessible.
Tour some of the most lavish and incredible mansion built over a century ago with the Walking Tour On Embassy Row in Washington D.C.
The nouveau-riche crowd has made many an eyeball roll reflexively skyward. Call them robber barons or captains of industry, dub their heyday industrial or gilded, today we can revel in the Beaux-Arts grandeur of Washington's Massachusetts Avenue, better known as Embassy Row. We'll begin at Dupont Circle and introduce you to the families who decided to showcase their fortunes in the nation's capital: members of the first ranks of mining, railroads, banking, publishing, politicians and speculators in the 1880s and 90s. Spendthrift offspring, the Great Depression and other misfortune eventually drained the resources of many families. Only 50 years later, embassies, clubs and other institutions were buying up their mansions for as little as 10 cents on a dollar.
In between, the high life and high architecture has made for some great stories. Alice Roosevelt Longworth delivered her famous line here — 'If you don't have anything nice to say, sit next to me' — and spirited chum Evalyn Walsh McLean lived a few doors up where she kept the Hope Diamond. Our walk ends outside the magnificent Phillips Collection museum, former residence of steel heir and avid art collector Duncan Phillips.
Meet your licensed D.C. tour guide outside the Dupont Circle Metro station at 19th Street and Connecticut Avenue, NW. The walk will travel approximately one and a half miles, stopping first in Dupont Circle itself and then continuing along Massachusetts Avenue (aka 'Embassy Row'.) At Sheridan Circle, the walk travels on R Street, NW until the tour's conclusion at the Phillips Collection Museum. Here participants can enter the museum (admission charge), make the short walk to the Dupont Circle Metro station's Q Street entrance or enjoy lunch at one of the many nearby cafes and restaurants. The entire walk route is level.
This will be a walking tour of Washington, D.C.'s Embassy Row. Hear about the wealthy families who built mansions along Massachusetts Avenue. Then, see the former home of the socialite who last owned the Hope Diamond.
Learn about America's oldest hereditary society and its elegant headquarters and find out why embassy properties are not required to adhere to American laws. Discover where Franklin D. Roosevelt lived when serving as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy.
Make an optional visit into America's first modern art museum, the Phillips Collection.
Pickup & Return:
Dupont Circle neighborhood near Metrorail station.
Tour ends at the Anderson House (2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW) which is near the Dupont Circle Metro station's Q Street/North entrance.
Departure Times: 10am
You can present either a paper or an electronic ticket for this activity.
- Walking tour
Does not include:
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately