The White House and Lafayette Park

A walk around the White House and its environs is a journey through U.S. history. The domicile at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the seven-acre park across the street have always had a symbiotic relationship: what occurs at one location invariably impacts what happens at the other — and what happens often takes on national significance. It’s all there: sites associated with political movers and shakers, scandals (take your pick) U.S. presidents and first ladies, war heroes, slaves, civil rights leaders, hustlers, spies and even an assassin (or two). Curious about the quirky aspects of the nation’s capital? There’s “money laundering” at the Treasury Department and “solstice alignment” through Andrew Jackson.


Led by Carolyn, Andrew, or Meg


Explore more Washington, D.C. walks: National Mall Memorials and U.S. Capitol and Houses of Congress


2018 dates to be announced.

Approximately 2 hours
No reservations necessary. Simply show up!

$20 per person (kids 3 and younger free). $5 discount with U.S. military or federal government ID. Pay the walk fee in cash or with a credit card when you arrive.

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Embarks from outside McPherson Square Metro station's White House exit.
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