Secrets and Scandals Walking Tour

Join us for this laugh out loud tour that walks you through the more sordid past of our founding fathers. From inaugurations gone awry, duels, bigamy, curses, and love affairs, Secrets and Scandals covers the misadventures, misfortunes and misbehaviors of some of the most notable names in American history. If you’re looking for the lighter side of DC history, this name-your-own-price walking tour is something you can’t miss.

Hamilton-burr-duelYou’ll learn:

  • Which first lady committed bigamy?
  • The history of the Secret Service.
  • Who really saved Washington’s portrait when the White House burned?
  • Why the Treasure Building blocks the view of the Capitol from the White House?
  • The curse of presidential assassinations.

And so much more!

This tour is generally appropriate for all ages as we don’t go into all the gory details, but do keep in mind that not all children are alike. The tour does cover murders and affairs!

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Where: Meet at the Andrew Jackson Statue in Lafayette Square (North front of the White House). Look for your guide with the DC by Foot logo.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Total distance three-quarters of a mile

When: Most Thursdays at 7pm (March- early November) View our Calendar

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

Start: Andrew Jackson Statue in Lafayette Park on the north side of the White House (1600 H St NW) (map)
Closest Metro: McPherson Square (Blue and Orange)

End: South Lawn of the White House
Closest Metro: McPherson Square (Blue and Orange)