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Small Group Guided Tour: Arlington National Cemetery & Smithsonian Museum of American History

Small Group Guided Tour: Arlington National Cemetery & Smithsonian Museum of American History
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$125
Duration: 5 to 5.5 hrs
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Learn about the history of America through its most prominent national cemetery and museum during this all-encompassing combo excursion to the Arlington National Cemetery and National Museum of American History. On this 5 to 5.5 hour small group walking tour, our local guide will discuss American history and shed light on why these DC landmarks are so important.

Start at the Arlington National Cemetery, a sobering reminder of the realities of war. It’s a beautiful tribute to over 400,000 service members and their families buried there. Learn about the more famous tombs, like those of President John F. Kennedy or of military genius General William Sheridan. We’ll even explore a few surprising graves, like that of famed boxer Joe Louis. The cemetery is even home to memorials commemorating the disasters of space shuttles Columbia and Challenger.

Along with a few carefully selected residents like Audie Murphy, your engaging guide will take you to the Tomb of the Unknowns, you may even witness a Changing of the Guard ceremony. Walk these hallowed grounds to learn how the home of Robert E. Lee, whose Arlington House we’ll visit, became one of the country’s largest national cemeteries.

After a break for lunch, follow your guide to the National Museum of American History. From a ragtag group of colonists to one of the world’s super powers, the United States has made quite a name for itself. The National Museum of American History traces this path through a unique collection of objects including the actual banner that inspired the country’s national anthem. Learn about the first president, George Washington, while viewing his sword and discover how Hollywood has helped shape this country when you check out Dorothy’s ruby red slippers. Visit the extensive collection of first ladies’ gowns to the Greensboro lunch counter that embodies the Civil Rights Movement. This tour will help you to understand the exciting and oftentimes controversial history behind this vast country.

Highlights of this tour combination generally include:

• Tomb of the Unknowns
• Gravesite of John F. Kennedy
• Arlington House, home of Robert E. Lee
• George Washington's Sword
• The Star Spangled Banner
• First Ladies’ Gowns
• Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers

Learn about the history of America through its most prominent national cemetery and museum during this all-encompassing combo excursion to the Arlington National Cemetery and National Museum of American History. On this 5 to 5.5 hour small group walking tour, our local guide will discuss American history and shed light on why these DC landmarks are so important.