Hidden Halls of Power: Secret History of the White House & DC
Explore the secret history of the White House and DC. Discover hidden stories and historical sites from post-Revolutionary War to today.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Lafayette Square - Explore this historic park that has hosted numerous protests throughout its history and served as a racetrack, cemetery, slave market, and military encampment.
  • White House - Learn about the Executive Mansion’s past and mysteries, including its most recent renovation.
  • United States Department of the Treasury - Uncover the truth of the Treasury, which was the first department to settle in with its 65 employees when the Federal government moved to Washington, DC.
  • The President’s Park - Discover President’s Park’s fascinating and somewhat perplexing past.
  • The Ellipse - Visit this location to learn the construction’s secrets.
  • Haupt Fountains - Learn about Enid A. Haupt, who supported numerous charitable endeavors such as cancer research, historic preservation, horticulture, and the arts and architecture, and is remembered with these fountains.
  • Octagon Museum - Learn about this unusual home that is notable both aesthetically and supernaturally.
  • Blair House - Uncover the stories of the home that houses foreign dignitaries and heads of state that visit the US.
  • Decatur House - Learn how former president John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline helped to keep this historic house standing.
What's Included
  • Professional and knowledgeable local guide
  • Thoroughly researched and accurate history
What's Not Included
  • Food and drink
Additional Information

Washington, DC, hasn’t always been the federal government’s headquarters. After the Revolutionary War, the Residency Act of 1790 permitted the federal government to be established in New York City, Philadelphia, and eventually Washington, D.C. Setting up the federal government’s seat was challenging due to the undeveloped nature of what is now downtown Washington, DC. Land had to be surveyed, maps drawn, and plans made for the new US capital. Given the massive debts the newly formed federal government had from the Revolutionary War, these tasks were easier said than done. As we explore historical sites from the period right after the Revolutionary War to today, we’ll be reminded of the American story.

Lafayette Square
16th Street Northwest
Meet your tour guide in Lafayette Square. Your guide will be wearing a company T-shirt.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Select Date and Tickets
up to 15 guests
July 2024