Presidential Residences Tour: Explore Lafayette Square
8 Ratings
Discover the historic presidential residences in Lafayette Square and Foggy Bottom. Explore the homes, buildings, and stories of past presidents in DC's oldest neighborhood.
Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Lafayette Square - The “President’s Park” was the hub of political and social life in the early years of DC. Get great views of the White House and check out the presidential history for the neighborhood.
  • Octagon Museum - We’ll see the exterior of one of DC’s oldest buildings – which was also a makeshift White House!
What's Included
  • Walking tour led by a history expert
  • Insights from a former comedian
  • Focus on presidential history
Additional Information

Tours typically run from March to October and it’s recommended for individuals who are 13 years old and above.

This tour provides you with extensive insight into the lives of the presidents in Washington D.C.

The desire to be in proximity to power has always centered around immersing oneself in the environments close to the White House since the city’s origin.

You’ll visit Lafayette Square and the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Discover the residences and structures that encapsulated the lifetimes of presidents – right from their dwelling, workspaces, social circles, strategic planning stations, and prayer houses – before, while, and after their presidential tenures. You’ll lay your eyes on some of the city’s oldest architectures and savour the spectacle of one of the world’s renowned public zones.

And remember, the stories are the gems of this tour. Our guide will narrate the city’s construction journey and the British attempt in 1814 to demolish it. The tales cover a range from high-society dramas, gunfights in Pennsylvania Avenue, slaves’ struggle for independence and a lot more.

DC Improv Comedy Club
Connecticut Avenue Northwest
The tour starts in front of the DC Improv comedy club on Connecticut Avenue.
Cancellation Policy

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

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Oct 23, 2023
Fun and informative - even for locals - Chris was engaging and knowledgeable! Lovely tour and learned about buildings that we've walked past many a time without exploring their past.
Review provided by Viator
Jul 15, 2023
Extremely professional, knowledgeable and entertaining tour! - Chris was great at keeping all members of our group entertained with stories of past presidents and historic buildings within a manageable number of blocks. Communication was excellent from before booking and remained strong as we changed the schedule to miss a thunderstorm. Anyone with an interest in American history (and in particular presidents) should do this tour. Price is extremely reasonable considering the knowledge and experience provided. Thanks Chris, from the group of Aussies!
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Jul 2, 2023
Entertaining tour with very knowledgeable guide - The tour was amazing. Learnt so much. We were a family of seven. All our many questions were answered. The presentation was entertaining and engaging. Highly recommend this tour when visiting Washington. Vanessa from Australia
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Apr 28, 2023
Chris was a wealth of... - Chris was a wealth of knowledge about the history of the presidents. What we saw was awesome, but there was a lot of walking past the modern city to get to the few historic buildings. Our favorite part was the thwarted assassination attempt on President Truman's life. None of us had ever heard this story. Thank you!
Review provided by Viator
Oct 10, 2022
Everything was... - Everything was interesting. Our guide 10/09/2022 explained everything like a story. He made it very interesting.
Review provided by Viator
Aug 6, 2022
Historic moments in time - Had solo tour as members of my party passed due to the heat.the path of Kennedy’s funeral March was moving, the steps of St Matthews where John-John gave his salute was touching.
Review provided by Viator
May 24, 2022
Great tour filled with fun and funny info! - Chris was a great guide & was super friendly and entertaining! He was very knowledgeable and made the whole experience very enjoyable. We loved getting the inside scoop about former presidents and hearing stories that are not well known. The info about Andrew Jackson being a bit of a "psycho" was probably my favorite! So funny and realistic!
Review provided by Viator
Nov 14, 2021
Great for all - Chris was fantastic! Knowledgeable bright funny and an excellent guide. We really enjoyed this experience in DC.
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up to 8 guests
1 Adult
July 2024