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Walking Tour: White House and Memorials

The first public building built in Washington, the White House, is your first stop on today's itinerary. The White House has been home to every U.S. president, beginning with John Adams. To get to the White House from Arlington , take the Blue or Orange Line to Federal Triangle. Walk north on 12th Street, west on Pennsylvania Ave, crossing 14th Street.

At the end of the Commerce Building, (E Street), where the flags are flying, you'll find the White House Visitors Center. Be sure to see the Visitor's Center movie on the history of the White House. You can choose to see the inside of the White House by watching the movie, or purchase tickets for a tour. After you have completed your tour of this area, plan to have lunch at one of the excellent nearby restaurants. Continue your day's tour of Washington, D.C.'s world-famous memorials.

Visit the Old Executive Office Building, then head south on 17th Street, past the Corcoran Art Gallery, DAR Constitution Hall, the Red Cross and the Pan American Union on your right. Cross Constitution Avenue, and continue about 50 yards to the path on your right which winds past the pond commemorating the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and on to the solemn Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

From there, continue ahead to the Lincoln Memorial. Head south to the Korean War Memorial, with its 19 poncho-clad, combat-ready soldiers. Exit the Memorial onto Independence Avenue, going east. Follow the signs to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial on the Tidal Basin.

Continue on around the Tidal Basin, turning right on Raoul Wallenberg Place. Pass by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the Holocaust Museum. Timed tickets for the latter are required, obtainable from the museum at least 15 minutes before it opens at 10:00 am each day or from Protix.

There are two exhibits appropriate for children that do not require a ticket. Walk straight ahead to 15th Street, and you'll see the Washington Monument on your left. Timed tickets are distributed at a kiosk on the grounds of the Monument. Your travels on Day One have ended; from 15th Street, walk toward the Capitol to the Smithsonian Metro stop and catch an Orange or Blue line train to return to your hotel in Arlington.

The White House and Predidential Park
The White House and Predidential Park



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