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National Mall

We offer four different National Mall tours from a moonlight stroll to a 3 hour National Mall and Tidal Basin tour to see them all!

This highly engaging National Mall tour will take you through the heart of the Mall, entertaining you and your family with stories, hidden secrets, and historical information.  

Testaments to the history and founders of the USA, these sites are more than just stone and mortar.

The memorials tell about the lives of men and women from America's past and present and our guides will share with you stories - from founding father George Washington to Rosie the Riveter during WWII.

Join DC by Foot as we tell the story of America's journey from a collection of colonial New World outposts to world power. 

Our guide will share with you the history, symbolism, and a few hidden stories of these must-see sites.

By sunlight or by moonlight, make our National Mall Tour the first thing you do on your visit to the nation's capital.

Other options:

  • We also run this tour earlier in the morning to beat the heat June-August.
  • The Memorials & Moonlight covers the best memorials to see at night! (WWII, MLK, Korean, Lincoln)
  • Our 3 hour version covers National Mall & Tidal Basin (WWII, Vietnam, Korean, Lincoln, MLK, FDR & Jefferson)
  • Or check out our Kid-Focused 1.5hour Scavenger Hunt on the National Mall!

Check out our DC Tourism Guide, with budget advice, travel guides, and information about local Washington DC attractions.




  • WWII Memorial
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Martin Luther King Jr Memorial
  • Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial
  • Jefferson Memorial


  • WWII Memorial
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Martin Luther King Jr Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • (we mention the Vietnam Memorial but do not see it up close)

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NATIONAL MALL 2 HOUR TOUR: We meet at the southwest corner of 15th St. and Constitution Ave. NW (the corner closest to the Washington Monument). Use our Google map for directions to the tour starting point or our post on how to get to the National Mall. Look for your guide with the DC by Foot logo! Tour ends at the Lincoln Memorial (map).

The Memorials & Moonlight and the 3 Hour Version meet at a different location, but only a short walk away.

NATIONAL MALL & TIDAL BASIN 3 HOUR TOUR and the MEMORIALS & MOONLIGHT TOUR: We meet at the corner of 17th and Constitution Ave NW by the Lock Keeper's House. (map)

Purchase a guaranteed parking spot in advance near the tour’s starting point with SpotHero

When: View our Calendar

What Should I Bring?

  • Cash or Venmo to pay your guide (where other tours charge $20-30 a person, this tour is name your own price so you can choose what you thought the tour was worth)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • A water bottle
  • Camera
  • Appropriate clothing / umbrella - tours are rain or shine!

What's Included

  • Professional Historian/Tour Guide
  • Recommendations for the best food, music and museums
  • Advice on must-do experiences

National Mall with Kids | Scavenger Hunt at the Memorials

We think our tours are great for all ages and our guides are engaging for even the youngest visitors, but if you want a tour geared specifically to your kids, we've created a highlight tour with scavenger hunts at each memorial.


When you book the National Mall tour, the Scavenger Hunt .pdf will be included in your booking.

You'll get the email with the printable .pdf (or just use it on your mobile device). The guide will be able to help, but please bring your own pencil if you print it off! 


You can also book our guided version of the Kid's Scavenger Hunt on the National Mall as a PRIVATE TOUR.

This 1.25 hour tour is led by a guide geared towards ages 5-12. There is a scavenger hunt and information offered in short bursts for short attention spans. Contact us to book!

Private Kids Mall tour rates start at $195. Rates depend on group size and guide availability.

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