A Tour de Force
Private Guided Tours of the Nation's Capital

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The Nation’s Capital comes alive on this in-depth tour highlighting the city’s history and development. Visit some of Washington’s most popular attractions such as memorials dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Martin Luther King, and Franklin Roosevelt. See war memorials dedicated to the veterans and heroes of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and military memorials dedicated to the men and women of the Navy, Air Force and  the Marine Corps. Drive by, stop for photos, or visit (time permitting) the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, Ford’s Theater, Embassy Row, the Washington National Cathedral, Arlington Cemetery, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Gallery of Art, the Capitol and the White House (by appointment).

Washington is even more dazzling by night than it is by day. Drive by the Capitol, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, the Federal Buildings, Pennsylvania Avenue, and the White House. Visit major memorials including the Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, and the World War II Memorials as well as the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Pentagon 9/11 Memorial and the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps War Memorials. An additional stop can be made (time permitting) at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to enjoy a spectacular view of the city from the roof terrace.

Many noteworthy places are located just across the Potomac River in Virginia. Take a walk through Arlington Cemetery to see the Kennedy grave sites, the Custis-Lee house and the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Visit Old Town Alexandria with its quaint homes, churches, shops and restaurants. Enjoy the great view from the top of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Visit several historic properties such as Carlyle House, the Lee-Fendall House, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Christ Church, the Lyceum, Mt. Vernon, Gunston Hall, Woodlawn Plantation, the Frank Lloyd Wright Pope-Leighey House, Sully Plantation, and Oatland Plantation. A cruise on the Potomac River to Mt. Vernon can be arranged in season (Spring, Summer, Fall).

If walls could talk, these notable old homes would have amazing stories to tell. Visit several of the historic homes in Washington and nearby Virginia.  Possibilities include Mt. Vernon (home of George Washington), Anderson House (former home of Ambassador Lars Anderson, now the headquarters for Society of the Cincinnati), Carlyle House (built in 1752 for shipping merchant John Carlyle), Cedar Hill (former home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass), Decatur House (former home of Commodore Stephen Decatur), Dumbarton House (now headquarters for the Society of the Colonial Dames), Dumbarton Oaks (a mansion built in 1800 with fabulous gardens – former home of Robert Woods Bliss), Gunston Hall (former home of patriot George Mason), Heurich House (former home of the local brewmaster, Christian Heurich), Hillwood (former home of heiress Marjorie Merriwether Post), the Sewall-Belmont House (now headquarters for the National Women’s Party),  Octagon House (former home of John Tayloe, now owned by the American Institute of Architects), Old Stone House (oldest house in Washington), Tudor Place, Woodlawn Plantation and Arlington House (all former homes of Martha Washington’s grandchildren), and the Woodrow Wilson House (former home of president Woodrow Wilson).

Even for experienced Washington visitors and local residents the city is filled with surprises. Visit Washington’s charming and unusual sites including some of the city’s curious memorials such as the Temperance Memorial, hidden gardens like the Aztec Gardens, little-known museums and galleries such as the National Building Museum, the DAR Museum, the Red Cross Museum, the Navy Museum, the Textile Museum, the Kreeger Museum, the Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Folger Library, the home of the National Women’s Party, Hillwood, and the Renwick Gallery., See some of the many less visited memorials, such as, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, the U. S. Navy Memorial, Albert Einstein Memorial, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, the Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial, the Boy Scout Memorial, the African-American Civil War Memorial, the Memorial to the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, and some of the many Civil War Memorials.

Nearly 200 foreign governments are represented in Washington’s diplomatic community. Visit several of Washington’s neighborhoods where the diplomatic community lives and works. By advance appointment, arrangements can be made to see the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the State Department, Meridian International Center, the Organization of American States, the Mexican Cultural Institute, the Russian Cultural Center, the Japanese Cultural Center, or a possible visit to one or more of the of the Embassy buildings and their special art exhibits.

Washingtonians live in many diverse neighborhoods. Visit historic Georgetown, the old shipping port city on the Potomac River where the Kennedys lived. Tour the Capitol Hill neighborhood and the oldest farmer’s market in the city, or Kalorama, a neighborhood of beautiful homes where five presidents chose to live. Explore the Dupont Circle neighborhood where the nouveau riche of the 19th century built their grand mansions, the U Street / Black Broadway neighborhood where Duke Ellington grew up and played jazz in the local clubs, or Adams-Morgan, an ethnically diverse neighborhood of beautiful homes and historic apartment buildngs, great restaurants and unusual shops. Visit Southwest/Southeast Washington where the fish market is located and the Navy Yard. Appointments to visit special sites and several stops can be arranged in each neighborhood.

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