Memorial on the Edge of Town

You’ve probably driven by this memorial dozens of times and not noticed it. Between Memorial Bridge and National Airport (on your right heading south of the GW Parkway) is the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove. Dedicated in 1977, three years after the 36th president’s death, the centerpiece of the site is a tall, roughhewn piece of Texas granite that in many ways gently resembles LBJ’s craggy face. Most interesting about this memorial is its location. It is not in Washington, DC.  

 

LBJ is admired for calmly taking on the presidency in the midst of tragedy, his unrivaled legislative prowess that passed civil rights legislation, and his recognition of the worth of every person as shown in the anti-poverty programs he founded. But his legacy is tarnished by the unmitigated disaster that was the war in Vietnam.  

 

 

Not honored on the Mall like Washington, Lincoln, and FDR but not ignored like Pierce, Fillmore, and Buchanan, LBJ finds himself relegated to the edge of town. A location representing our still ambivalent feelings about this president.  

 

So, if you have time before your next pick up of a friend or relative at National, pull over and visit LBJ’s memorial. Despite being close to a highway, it’s rather peaceful. And contemplate the complicated legacy of this president.

Duration
2 hours
Group Size
2 to 8

Above It All - Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece. Perched on a hill overlooking the city it is the second largest cathedral in the country and the 6th largest in the world. It is a living work of art filled with stained-glass, hand-carved wood, and wrought iron. While a modern structure (finished in 1990) it is constructed in the old-world way and has no structural steel.

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55 USD
Duration
2 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
1 to 8

Hidden on Capitol Hill

Few people think beyond the Capitol when they think of the Hill. This tour takes you to the heart of a neighborhood with a fascinating history that still speaks to us today. Learn about these famous locations from a former Capitol Hill resident.

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250 USD
Duration
2 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
1 to 8

Embassy Row: Divinity & Diplomats

Most Embassy Row tours don’t venture far beyond Dupont Circle. But ours does. We see it all from top to bottom. This stretch of Massachusetts Avenue used to be called Millionaires Row where Gilded Age robber-barons built grand mansions. Today those mansions house most of Washington’s embassies, along with private clubs and statues of world heroes such as Mandela, Gandhi, and Churchill – and we will be right in the heart of it.

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250 USD