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Presidential Neighborhood - White House & Pennsylvania Avenue Walking Tour
From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Pennsylvania Avenue has been host to inaugurations, protests and celebrations throughout our Nation's history. But the development of this grand boulevard, connecting the U.S. Capitol to the White House, is fraught with conflict and intrigue. Visit the White House grounds, walk down Pennsylvania Ave, and learn how downtown Washington went from Murder Bay to Americas Main Street with DC Design Tours. Sights we discuss include:
- The White House
- Eisenhower Executive Office Building
- Blair House (President's Guest House)
- The Willard Hotel
- Wilson Building (District of Columbia City Hall)
- Pennsylvania Avenue
- Freedom Plaza
- Old Post Tower
- J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building
- U.S. Navy Memorial
- National Archives
- National Gallery of Art
Starting in the front yard of the White House in Lafayette Square, we'll discuss the history of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. From construction to destruction, fire, flood, collapse and renovation, you'll learn how this famous address has changed throughout history. Then, taking a look at other buildings along Lafayette Square, we'll discuss the presidents, politicians, and power players of all kinds that have lived along this storied block.
After exploring the White House neighborhood, we'll stroll down Pennsylvania Ave toward the Capitol Building. Past the hallowed halls and imposing facades of the Willard Hotel, Department of Justice and FBI Headquarters, we can take an optional diversion to the top of the Old Post Tower for a birds-eye view of Washington DC! We'll wrap up outside the Embassy of Canada, in full view of the U. S. Capitol Building and close to the National Mall.
This tour meets in front of the White House in Lafayette Square at the General Rochambeau Statue, 701 Jackson Pl NW. The tour takes about 2 hours and covers approximately 1 mile, ending outside the Embassy of Canada.