Private Tour of Pennsylvania Avenue's Politics and History
Fake news didn’t begin with the White House’s most recent occupant but stretches back the length of the city’s history.
Things to know
Family, Friends, History Buffs, Intellectually Curious
You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive
No tickets required
Type of tour:
Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.
Meeting points: General Tadeusz Kościuszko Statue
What makes this tour special
Washington DC has a reputation as a wheeler-dealer city where billion-dollar contracts, cosy media deals, death wishes and political alliances are sealed in smokey bars, board rooms, and dinners hosted by power brokers in swanky Georgetown townhouses. On your tour down memory lane of scandals past, discover the secrets, lies and backstories behind DC’s congressmen, journalists, military men and politicos throughout history, from Capitol Hill, the Judicial Branch and the FBI to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Hear innumerable tales in Lafayette Square, including of Kennedy's affair with suspected East German spy Inga Arvad and how his father involved the notoriousFBI director, J Edgar Hoover, in ending the tryst.
Be captivated by the tales of attempted assassinations and how each was thwarted
Enjoy stories of how during Prohibition DC was likely the least dry place in the United States
Hear about the wild parties thrown in the White House, including Andrew Jackson's inauguration party in which he slipped out of the house threw a back window to escape the rabble
Learn about the stories of today's occupants and the drinking parties in local establishments which happen each time another member of the administration departs.
On this tour, all the details will be spilled of the stories the occupants of the White House - both those from the recent past, including Nixon, Kennedy, Regan, Bush, Clinton, Obama and Trump - and its nineteenth century occupants. You will trawl the haunts associated with some of Washington’s greatest rumors, indiscretions and media storms. Security details, news-hounds, senators, lawmakers, cable news stars and White House officials. Examine the phenomena of 'Fake News', the tenures of Presidents past and present, and ask yourself if you would make yourself at home in a city where politicians seem to be a revolving door of residents.
QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.
Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
AIn the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <email@example.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.
For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.
Changes made to bookings may be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling and administration.
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QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Travel Curious, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.
Please do get in touch by either using the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, sending an email to <email@example.com> or calling 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QAm I able to book more than one tour?
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