Washington D.C. Private Tour with a Political Insider
If you are looking for a wonderful tour through the most interesting and exciting places in Washington DC then you will love this tour from a political insider. You will learn things you never knew before about the city and you will be able to really have fun and enjoy yourself. This will be three hours of fun and excitement for you as you experience a rich and rewarding world that will leave you speechless. You will be able to spend this time learning about American history and you will be able to walk with a political journalist who will teach you a lot about the city and give you the opportunity to learn about the federal government and other important aspects of the country. You will get to stroll of Pennsylvania Avenue and have great views of the White House as well as other places that are very important for the government. This will be a special opportunity for you to enjoy the new world.
You will understand the political forces that have shaped the country over the last 200 years and you will start at the Willard Hotel way you will include a lot of new and exciting things and you will learn about where the term largest came from. It will be a wonderful and exciting time for you that you will never forget. You will get to see how the city was laid out and the political principles that show that layout.
It is going to be a wonderful time for you that is filled with adventure and you will be rewarded with this new and exciting experience. This is going to be a special tour that you will really like.
In the course of this 3-hour tour, you will join either an American historian or a seasoned political journalist for a stroll up Pennsylvania Avenue. Using the city of Washington D.C. itself as a mechanism for understanding the U.S. federal government and the political forces that have shaped it over the last 200 years, your tour begins at the Willard Hotel, where tradition and political lore include the term lobbyist, coined in the 19th century during the Grant administration.
With this Beaux-Arts structure as a backdrop and the White House a block away, take a look at the plan of Washington and gain an understanding of how the city was laid out according to certain political principles. From here, start your walk up Pennsylvania Avenue toward the U.S. Capitol. Make numerous stops along the way at places where American political history has been forged. The exact itinerary depends on your guide's background and expertise, and may include sites such as the Justice Department and FBI buildings where you can perhaps discuss the famous battles between Robert Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa; or maybe stop in front of the location where Jack Abramoff's restaurant, Signatures, once stood — ground zero for the biggest lobbying scandal in recent memory. Or, you might see the Federal Trade Commission, set up during the Progressive Era to protect consumer rights. You might even stop at all of them.
As you go, your guide links anecdotal and historical details together into a comprehensive narrative that provides context to larger questions about the U.S. government and political power in Washington. Detour off the avenue once or twice; you might visit the National Archives, where the nation's treasures are stored, including an original of the Constitution. You'll circle the Capitol Building, and spend time dealing with the exterior of the building and its role in government, history, and the inaugural ceremonies of presidents. (Participants wishing to take a tour of the U.S. Capitol can book one of the building's tours for the conclusion of your walk on your own.)
You may also stop in at the Supreme Court to discuss some of the seminal cases that have been argued here and the demonstrations that have been held on its steps.
Finally, finish at the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, which was founded on Thomas Jefferson's private collection. With a glimpse of the beautiful central reading room, consider the implied meaning of this library — that knowledge should underpin political decisions — in light of all you've learned and discussed. If you wish, you are able to book the official library tour at the conclusion of your time with your guide.
Pickup & Return:
Willard Hotel, Washington.
Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.
Departure Times: 9am or 1pm
- Local guide
- Private walking tour
Does not include:
- Gratuities (recommended)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Adult pricing applies to all travelers