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  • Washington, DC: Old Town Trolley City Tour

    1. Washington, DC: Old Town Trolley City Tour

    Climb aboard the Old Town Trolley and enjoy a comprehensive tour of Washington. Listen to the colorful anecdotes, humorous stories, and well-researched historical information your guide has to share. Upgrade to include a tram tour of Arlington Cemetery and a boat cruise on the Potomac River Sit back while expert tour guides help you discover the beauty and majesty of Washington, D.C. This popular tour covers Washington's major attractions such as the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial.  The trolley will make one stop along the tour route at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial. While off the trolley, you can visit the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. You will have 30 minutes to explore the area while your guide and the trolley wait for you. Please see below the...

    One of the best experiences we have ever had! We Absolutely love Washington and this tour was incredible. Doug was a great teller. In the evening, we did this tour but the Monuments by night with Mr. History. Mind blowing, Incredible. The best best best decision to do this. Thank you!!!! highly recommend.

  • Washington DC Must See Sights Half-Day Tour

    2. Washington DC Must See Sights Half-Day Tour

    Washington D.C. showcases some of the most majestic monuments and memorials in America. With so much to see this sightseeing bus tour makes for a great orientation option, especially for those with little time. Tailored to offer you a historic journey through the rich heritage of the United States, the tour is a quick and efficient way to learn the history of the capital. Ride past the essential monuments, museums, and attractions to relive the history of America on a 3-hour tour. You will stop at the following memorials and monuments on your tour to take pictures: • U. S. Capitol (exterior only and a photo stop only) • White House (exterior only and a photo stop only) • World War II Memorial • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial • Franklin Delano Memorial • Korean Memorial • Vietnam Memorial • Vietnam Women's Memorial • Lincoln Memorial (tour ends at this memorial)

    Tour was okay and the Guide Tyrone was fine. I might have liked a little more discussion and information about the sites and attractions. Perhaps some more attractions could have been included. Thanks. Harry.

  • Washington, D.C.: Monuments Self-Guided Walking Tour

    3. Washington, D.C.: Monuments Self-Guided Walking Tour

    Visit the most iconic landmarks of America’s capital city on this flexible self-guided walking tour. See the White House, Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol Building, and much more, and learn the revolutionary history behind the creation of Washington, D.C. Along with being developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists, most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. You'll begin your adventure next to Pershing Park, right across from the White House south lawn. From there, make your way to the White House itself, where you can admire the seat of American power and learn some fascinating tidbits about its construction. From here, head south toward Constitution Gardens and pick up some insight into D.C.’s complicated history along the way. Through the gar...

  • Air & Space and American History Museum: Guided Combo Tour

    4. Air & Space and American History Museum: Guided Combo Tour

    Start at the the National Air and Space Museum to learn all about the country’s more futuristic side. From the Apollo 11 Command Module to real moon rocks, this museum features some of the most out-of-this-world artifacts. Talk about Buzz Aldrin when you examine his space suit as well as moon boots and models of the International Space Station. You’ll see earlier examples of planes like the Wright Brother’s aircraft and the Spirit of St. Louis. Discover the history of the world’s leading air and space program including the innovation and technology that made it possible to land a man on the moon. There’s even freeze dried ice cream in the gift shop to complete the experience. Then after a break for lunch, move to the National Museum of American History, which traces this ascent through a one-of-a-kind collection of items including the actual banner that inspired the country’s national a...

    Richard is amazing!! We had a great time with him and glad he was our guide. He tailored the tour to our interests.

  • National Museum of American History: Guided Tour

    5. National Museum of American History: Guided Tour

    From a ragtag group of colonists to one of the world’s super powers, the United States has made quite a name for itself. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History traces this ascent through a one-of-a-kind collection of items, helping you to understand this turbulent history. Your local English speaking guide will not only be an expert on the museum, but also share a mix of historical, scientific, cultural, social, technological, and political information, background stories and surprising details with you. Tour highlights: • The actual Star-Spangled Banner that inspired the country’s national anthem • Learn about the first president, George Washington, while viewing his sword • Discover how Hollywood has helped shape this country • Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” • Discuss segregation through the Greensboro lunch counter • View Thomas Jefferson’s desk • U...

    Our guide was fantastic. We explored most of the main exhibits and enjoyed it very much.

  • Washington D.C: Full Day Walking Tour with Private Guide

    6. Washington D.C: Full Day Walking Tour with Private Guide

    Explore the presidential city of Washington D.C on a private full-day walking tour. See the city's iconic landmarks such as the White House and the Washington Monument. Stop by the many memorials including the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. After your morning walking tour, catch a brief taxi ride to an area where your guide will recommend several spots for lunch (the price of lunch is not included). After lunch, join your guide for a tour of one of the Smithsonian Museums, where you will have the opportunity to see the original Star-Spangled Banner.

  • Washington DC: Private Tour of Two Smithsonian Museums

    7. Washington DC: Private Tour of Two Smithsonian Museums

    Walk through the halls of history with a guided tour of the Smithsonian museums in Baltimore. Explore the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American History on this 3-hour private tour. Start your tour at the National Museum of American History. Here, admire artifacts that tell the story of America's political history, with an emphasis on American women's history and Latino American history. View national treasures including original pictures of survivors of the Titanic and the flag that flew during the Battle of Baltimore. Wander through the museum, learning about medical advancement, segregation, and the breakthroughs made by female mathematicians, artists, and artisans. Continue to the Museum of Natural History and explore the permanent exhibits of volcanic rock, rare gemstones, and dinosaurs. Marvel at the Hope Diamond, one of the most famous jewels in ...

  • Arlington Cemetery & Museum of American History Guided Tour

    8. Arlington Cemetery & Museum of American History Guided Tour

    With more than 624 acres of the Arlington National Cemetery, and the 3 million pieces in the collection of the National Museum of American History, this guided 5-hour tour will make sure you get to see the absolute highlights. More than just storytellers, your passionate, and engaging guide will approach touring in a different way bringing a personal touch to each tour, and being sure to answer all your questions.  The combination tour starts at the Arlington National Cemetery. This stunningly beautiful tribute is the final resting place for many of America’s greatest heroes, from General Robert E. Lee, to President John F. Kennedy, to boxer Joe Louis and many more. Your guide will take you around some of the most noteworthy parts of the cemetery which honors the more than 300,000 veterans of every American conflict, from the Revolutionary War through to the modern wars in Iraq and Afgh...

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What people are saying about National Museum of American History

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 92 reviews

One of the best experiences we have ever had! We Absolutely love Washington and this tour was incredible. Doug was a great teller. In the evening, we did this tour but the Monuments by night with Mr. History. Mind blowing, Incredible. The best best best decision to do this. Thank you!!!! highly recommend.

Knowledgeable guide with nice touches of humor. Driver was professional & helpful. Several passengers had difficulty walking or climbing steps & both men were chivalrous. Air conditioned bus was great too.

It was a very enjoyable and comfortable way to see a number of important historical sights. We were well taken care by our guide and driver with punctual stops and plenty of information.

Our guide was fantastic. We explored most of the main exhibits and enjoyed it very much.

Very informative. Driver was funny. Highly teccomend