SMITHSONIAN MUSEUMS

Any private tour of Washington DC should include at least one or two of the 19 museums and galleries, as well as the National Zoological Park, that comprise the Smithsonian Institution. Eleven are on or near the National Mall, the strip of land that runs between the Lincoln Memorial and the United States Capitol. Other museums are located elsewhere in Washington, D.C., with two more in New York City and one in Chantilly, Virginia.

When planning any DC guided tours, call Loba Tours for help in creating a monumental experience for your family or any other group coming to visit DC. Our private guided tours of Washington DC will create an exceptional tour for all ages and be entertaining and engaging from start to finish no matter what kind of event that has you interested in a tour in DC.

WORLD WAR ll MEMORIAL

The U.S. National World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. Consisting of 56 pillars and a pair of arches surrounding a plaza and fountain, it is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on the former site of the Rainbow Pool at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

All Washington DC bus tours should stop at the WWII Memorial to pay respects & give recognition to a generation that changed the world forever. This is also the best spot for tour buses in Washington DC, guests are dropped right on top of the memorial. Loba Tours has worked with tours in DC that gave performances inside the WWII Memorial. Many argue that might be the most incredible place to be on any of the night tours in Washington DC.

JEFFERSON MEMORIAL

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to an American Founding Father and the third President of the United States. The neoclassical building was designed by John Russell Pope and it was built by Philadelphia contractor, John McShain. Construction began in 1939, the building was completed in 1943, and the bronze statue of Jefferson was added in 1947.

This memorial is an incredible place for private tours of Washington DC and is a stop on the DC IN A DAY TOUR. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial deserves to be a rich part of any visit and is always recommended for any tour in DC. The Tidal Basin is excellent backdrop for taking photos and our licensed DC tour guides will gladly help guests get the best shots!

THE SUPREME COURT

The highest tribunal in the nation, the Supreme Court is charged with the power of “judicial review”: deciding whether actions of Congress, the president, the states, and lower courts (in other words, of all branches of government and government officials), are in accordance with the Constitution, and applying the Constitution’s enduring principles to novel situations and a changing country. Arguably the most powerful people in the nation, the Court’s chief justice and eight associate justices hear only about 100 of the most vital of the 10,000 or so petitions filed with the Court each year. The Court’s rulings are final, reversible only by an Act of Congress.

The Supreme Court is a very unique visit on any private tour of Washington DC, unfortunately it is not accessible to any Washington DC bus tours because of security reasons. Even on private DC tours, the Supreme Court is generally a shorter visit on a DC itinerary, but is easily added because of its close proximity to the Library of Congress and the US Capitol. Not every tour in DC may decide to visit the Supreme Court, yet pulling up in front is always impressive and worth a little bit of time taking pictures or simply to show off the largest marble building in the world.

THE US CAPITOL

The Capitol Building centers a 450-acre Capitol Campus that includes House and Senate office buildings, the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court. Immediately surrounding the Capitol are 59 acres of beautifully kept grounds, landscaped originally in 1892 by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also planned New York City’s Central Park. Stroll these winding paths and admire the flower plantings and memorial trees. Before you get too close to the Capitol, stand back to take a look at the “Statue of Freedom,” the 19-foot-tall bronze female figure crowning the Capitol’s dome.

This magnificent building is excellent for tour buses in Washington DC, there are convenient loading / unloading areas with multiple options for short walks, photos, and extended tours. The US Capitol is American architecture and American Art, yet the building, its inhabitants, and its symbolism defined a country, it should be experienced at least briefly on any tour in DC. Loba Tours offers Washington DC walking tours, capital tours, and other Washington DC private tours. The US Capitol is a stop on the DC IN A DAY TOUR, DC AFTER DARK TOUR, and possibly the ANYTIME TOURS & PRIVATE DC TOURS.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL

This beautiful and moving tribute to the nation’s 16th president attracts millions of visitors annually. Like its fellow presidential memorials, the Lincoln was a long time in the making. Although it was planned as early as 1867 — 2 years after Lincoln’s death — Henry Bacon’s design was not completed until 1912, and the memorial was dedicated in 1922. Join Loba Tours for a tour in Washington DC to find out about one of Lincoln’s many legends!

A visit to the Lincoln Memorial is accommodated on almost any of the Washington DC bus tours. It’s a powerful place to be on a DC day tour or on a night tour of Washington DC, now that the reflection pool is open again, the Lincoln Memorial returns as one of the most commanding photo opportunities in the city. This memorial is included on the DC IN A DAY TOUR. DC AFTER DARK TOUR, ARLINGTON CEMETERY TOUR, and possibly on the ANYTIME TOURS and PRIVATE DC TOURS.

THE WHITE HOUSE

The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., the house was designed by Irish-born James Hoban, and built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia sandstone in the Neoclassical style. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the house in 1801, he (with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe) expanded the building outward, creating two colonnades that were meant to conceal stables and storage.

There are many guests on tour buses in Washington DC that are overheard saying that’s it when looking at the White House for the first time. How did the White House become the most powerful seat in a government that is freely elected by the people. All Washington DC bus tours will at least get a glimpse of the White House from one side or another, hopefully you’ll make the White House one of the stops on your DC itinerary by taking the DC IN A DAY TOUR, DC AFTER DARK TOUR, ARLINGTON CEMETERY TOURS, ANYTIME TOURS, and MOUNT VERNON TOURS.

FDR MEMORIAL

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is a presidential memorial dedicated to the memory of U.S. president, the First Lady, Fala and to the era of the Great Depression and World War II. For the memorial’s designer, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, the memorial site represents the capstone of a distinguished career, partly because the landscape architect had fond memories of Roosevelt, and partly because of the sheer difficulty of the task.

The FDR Memorial is truly a hidden gem and is often overlooked by many visitors due to the design as a living memorial. The difficulties during multiple phases of construction prevented a more classical memorial like FDR’s neighbors. Many guests on these DC bus tours and our private DC tours are willing to experience the memorial over its 8 acres to share their memories of the era. People of all ages enjoy the FDR Memorial on tour in DC because it is so different from the other attractions around DC or are connected to the greatest generation of Americans.

WASHINGTON MONUMENT

The Washington Monument is an obelisk near the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate the first U.S. president, General George Washington. The monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss, is both the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk, standing 555 feet 51?8 inches.

The Washington Monument is a symbol of George Washington and the city named after him. This area on the national mall is always featured on our Washington DC bus tours or any of the private tours of Washington DC for our guests. The Washington Monument is seen on every tour , including DC IN A DARK TOUR, DC AFTER DARK TOUR, ARLINGTON CEMETERY TOUR, MT VERNON TOURS, ANYTIME TOURS, and our PRIVATE DC TOURS.