I've Got a Secret

In August 1999, Washington Walks debuted its very first walking tour, “Discover the National Mall.”  In celebration of our 20th anniversary, we’re reprising that tour, which we later rechristened as “I’ve Got a Secret.”


This walk is perfect for every smarty-pants suffering the delusion of omniscience about the nation’s capital as well as those looking for Little Known Facts with which to impress friends and loved ones.  We’ll test your knowledge with periodic quizzes (prizes awarded for correct answers) as we meander past the Smithsonian museums located on the National Mall, some of D.C.’s most familiar sites.  What could possibly be secret there?  Without giving anything away, we offer the following tidbits: a memorial to electromagnetic induction, the city’s swankiest bordello, a psychopath, and the severed leg of a Civil War general.


Discover more great D.C. walking tour adventures: Women Who Changed America and Memorials: Remembrances of War.

Guides that may lead this tour: 

CAROLYN attributes her devotion to walking tours to perambulations through her new hometown when she arrived to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. She is the founder of Washington Walks.

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Available for private and group tour bookings only. Please email info@washingtonwalks.com for more information.

Approximately 2 hours
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Embarks from outside the Smithsonian Metrorail station (Independence Avenue exit). 1200 Independence Avenue, SW
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