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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Tours

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial lies on the National Mall in Washington DC, on the edge of the Tidal Basin. The sprawling site comprises four distinct parts, portraying each of the 32nd president’s terms in office. Bronze sculptures and quotes engraved into the stone walls take visitors on a journey through FDR’s presidency and era.

The Basics
The 7.5-acre (3-hectare) memorial, opened to the public in 1997, is a fitting tribute to a man who stressed the importance of the National Park Service, saying that the “country belongs to the people.” The memorial is one of the capital’s most popular and inviting, with waterfalls; engravings of 21 famous FDR quotes; sculptures of the president, the first lady, and their beloved dog; and depictions of the difficult days of the Great Depression.

Many Washington DC city and monuments tours take in the FDR Memorial. National Park Service Rangers offer various tours as well; check the NPS website for details.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The FDR Memorial is a must-see for those with a keen interest in presidential history.
  • Entrance to the memorial is free.
  • The statues are part of the memorial’s interactive nature. You may touch the statues but please do not climb or sit on them.
  • Distances between locations on the National Mall can be a lot farther than anticipated, so wear comfortable shoes and carry water with you.
  • Washington DC can have unpredictable weather. Dress appropriately for the climate and tote an umbrella.
  • The FDR Memorial is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. The former can be borrowed from the bookstore.

How to Get There
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is located along the National Mall’s Tidal Basin and easily reached by bus, on foot, or by Metrorail. The two nearest stops are Federal Triangle and Smithsonian (on the blue, orange, and silver lines), a few blocks from the memorial. Street parking is very limited, but there is designated visitor parking on Ohio Drive, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. There is also handicapped parking available in front of the memorial on West Basin Drive.
 
When to Get There
The FDR Memorial is open to the public year-round. The best times to visit DC are in the spring and fall, when temperatures are generally mild and the summer crowds are not in full swing. Washington DC can experience extreme or unpredictable weather, so check the forecast and dress accordingly. 
 
Tidal Basin Cherry Blossoms
Every spring, DC celebrates the National Cherry Blossom Festival to commemorate the gift of cherry trees given to the nation’s capital in 1947 by Tokyo’s then-mayor Yukio Ozaki. The stunning pink blossoms reflected in the Tidal Basin are a sight to behold. Peak bloom is without a doubt the most beautiful time to visit the National Mall and the FDR Memorial, though this window varies from year to year and is quite fleeting. The buds generally open between the end of March and the first few days of April, but if possible check in advance to plan your visit.
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DC the Lights - an Unforgettable Night Tour!Half-day Tours

DC the Lights - an Unforgettable Night Tour!

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This is the highest-rated and longest-running night tour in Washington DC. This tour makes more stops than any other, and the top-rated tour guides will hop off with you at each stop to narrate your experience. You will truly experience all that Washington DC has to offer at night on this four. FREE bottled water is included on the bus. You will be on the same bus for the tour, so you can leave your personal belongings on the bus at stops. Climate-controlled buses and comfortable, padded seats instead of hard plastic, make this tour more enjoyable.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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Private SUV Tour of Washington DC's HighlightsHalf-day Tours

Private SUV Tour of Washington DC's Highlights

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Experience the history and grandeur of the nation’s capital on a private 3-hour tour. Work with your personal guide and driver to curate the ideal tour incorporating your must-see spots or rely on their local expertise to create a fascinating tour. Go inside the House and Senate Galleries and see where the nation’s laws are debated. See the White House, Supreme Court and much more. This tour is ideal for visitors looking for a personalized experience
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The Washington DC Sightseeing Day Pass: Save Big at 15+ Monumental AttractionsSightseeing Passes

The Washington DC Sightseeing Day Pass: Save Big at 15+ Monumental Attractions

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Discover the highlights of DC with a sightseeing pass that includes convenient hop-on hop-off bus transportation and the chance to visit more than 15 different attractions. There is so much to see in DC, it can be hard for travelers who are short on time to fit it all in. However, with this pass, you can experience everything without worrying about wasting time getting from one place to the next.
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  • 1 to 3 days
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  • 1 to 3 days
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Private DC Tour 4 HourHalf-day Tours

Private DC Tour 4 Hour

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Enjoy Four-hour private tour in an air conditioned and luxury vehicle. Small group. the driver guides and stays with the vehicle at the destination.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Grand Monuments & Memorials TourHalf-day Tours

Grand Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Classic Monuments & Memorials TourHalf-day Tours

Classic Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Full Monuments & Memorials TourHalf-day Tours

Full Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Extended Monuments & Memorials TourHalf-day Tours

Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
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DC Monuments By MorningHalf-day Tours

DC Monuments By Morning

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Ideal for families, people with minimal time, or the business traveler, this 3 hour guided morning tour is tailored to offer you the essential that you can’t afford to miss. We’ve taken our best-selling tour and packaged it into a compact format that showcases highlights such as the U.S. Capitol, White House and Lincoln Memorial plus so much more. Boarding at 10:15 am outside the Smithsonian Metro, this tours ends at either the National History Museum (mid-Oct-mid April) or Lincoln Memorial (mid-April-Mid Oct) – locations convenient to the museums, public transportation, restaurants and many other attractions. With so much to see and so little time, guests can take a memorable journey through DC that is quick, efficient and entertaining – all in the company of one of our personable and knowledgeable guides. Whether riding on our climate-controlled bus or walking through one of the world-famous sites and attractions, you’ll see it all and still have time to do more in the afternoon.
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DC Monuments By Day Day Trips

DC Monuments By Day

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Get to know the monuments of Washington DC on a sightseeing tour that provides the ideal introduction to the city--perfect for the start of your stay. You'll pass by top attractions such as Lincoln Memorial and the White House, plus, depending on the season of your visit, visit Georgetown or take a Potomac River cruise. This tour combines riding in a climate-controlled bus and walking around some areas, providing a comprehensive overview of the memorials and landmarks.
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  • 6 hours
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Essential Monuments & Memorials TourPrivate and Luxury

Essential Monuments & Memorials Tour

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Take the strain off your visit to Washington D.C. This private pedicab tour lets you avoid the crowds and hassle of bus tours while minimizing the amount of walking you have to do—ideal for those with mobility issues. At your own pace, see the most important monuments and memorials, including the Washington Monument, Jefferson, FDR, MLK, and Lincoln Memorials, and Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The Washington DC Sightseeing Flex Pass: Capital Savings at 15+ AttractionsSightseeing Passes

The Washington DC Sightseeing Flex Pass: Capital Savings at 15+ Attractions

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See Washington DC your own way with the Washington DC Sightseeing Pass, which lets you choose between 1, 2, or 4 attractions, museums, and tours that you can visit at your own pace over a 7-day period. The pass includes entrance to some of DC's top attractions such as the International Spy Museum, as well as access to niche tours (think ghost walks and historical tours), and discounts at DC restaurants.
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  • 30 days
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  • 30 days
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Arlington Cemetery Including Monument Tour w/Washington Monument AdmissionFull-day Tours

Arlington Cemetery Including Monument Tour w/Washington Monument Admission

This unforgettable, fun 8.5 hour day starts with a walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery followed by a bus tour around DC's most important monuments, with stops to walk and take pictures in the company of our top-rated live guides.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Private Guided Tour of Washington DCHalf-day Tours

Private Guided Tour of Washington DC

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Get a personal introduction to Washington, DC, on a 3-hour, private tour that can be customized to your preferences. Design the perfect route for you with help from the guide, from the city’s monuments and memorials to government buildings, museums, and landmarks. This 3-hour, private DC tour includes pickup and drop-off at DC accommodations, with flat rate pricing available for private groups of 1–5, 6–12, or 13–42 people.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Monumental Electric Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Monumental Electric Bike Tour

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Washington DC’s historic center spans a large area and can be difficult to see on foot. This electric bike tour allows you to cover more ground and cycle past highlights such as the Smithsonian museums, the Capitol Building, the White House, and Tidal Basin. With a motor to assist as you pedal, you’re free to concentrate on the city’s notable sights and listen as your guide points out hidden treasures you might not notice on your own.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private 3 Hour Tour of DCBus Tours

Private 3 Hour Tour of DC

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Are you busy taking care of your business and don’t have much time to spare, but would love to enjoy a guided tour of DC to see some of the most fascinating sites? Then this is the DC tour for you! The Anytime Private Tours are usually in a van with a group of people on the move to the sites or in a private vehicle! It’s amazing how many guests only have 2-3 hours of free time when scheduling a trip to DC, now Loba Tours can help fill this time with a quick tour in DC.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Guided DC City Bus Tour W/ Potomac River Cruise & Washington Monument AdmissionHalf-day Tours

Guided DC City Bus Tour W/ Potomac River Cruise & Washington Monument Admission

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See the very best of Washington, DC with a 6-hour combination tour that takes in the city by bus, on foot and with a sightseeing cruise of the Potomac River (in season). Choose a longer tour for plenty of time to snap photos at the White House and U.S. Capitol Building, explore DC’s presidential memorials and moving war memorials and browse for souvenirs at the Pentagon City Shopping Mall. Finish the day onboard a Potomac River boat, which is the perfect way to get unobstructed views of key sites.
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  • 6 hours
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Private DC Monuments at Night Biking TourMountain Bike Tours

Private DC Monuments at Night Biking Tour

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DC’s monuments are especially scenic at night, when they’re brightly lit against the dark sky. See the landmarks by bike on a private, 2.5 to 3.5-hour tour with an experienced guide that includes all cycling equipment, snacks, and drinks, and follows secure bike lanes and trails for a safe, fun ride through the city.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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Washington DC 3 Hour Day TourHalf-day Tours

Washington DC 3 Hour Day Tour

This tour is a quick way to learn about Washington, DC for those with limited time. You will be with the same driver guide the entire tour. Maximum 6 passengers.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US Capitol Tour with Monuments and Washington Monument AdmissionFull-day Tours

US Capitol Tour with Monuments and Washington Monument Admission

The US Capitol tour with Monument including admission to Washington Monument is the most complete, fun-filled way to experience the city's best sights - including guaranteed entrance to the US Capitol, Washington Monument and a seasonal Potomac cruise - all in one single day!!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Plus Night Tour With 2 Day PassMulti-day Tours

Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Plus Night Tour With 2 Day Pass

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On this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour through Washington DC, travelers can choose to see the city at their own pace. Linger longer at some sites while skipping others entirely. With several stops, you have access to the US Capitol Building, National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, and more. Hear live narration, and choose between a 1-day pass or 2-day pass with a bonus night bus.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
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Morning DC Small-Group Bus TourKid-Friendly

Morning DC Small-Group Bus Tour

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Discover the best of Washington DC on this half-day bus tour. Your guide takes you to some of the U.S. national capital’s most famous spots, such as the WWII Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the White House. Make stops to explore the major landmarks and take pictures, while your guide fills you in on the history behind each place.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Top of the Line Tour including US Capitol and Washington MonumentFull-day Tours

Top of the Line Tour including US Capitol and Washington Monument

The Washington, DC Top of the Line Tour is the most complete, fun-filled way to experience the city's best sights - including guaranteed entrance to the US Capitol, Washington Monument and a seasonal Potomac cruise - all in one single day!!
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes

Dynamite Day Tour: Small-Group DC Bus TourFull-day Tours

Dynamite Day Tour: Small-Group DC Bus Tour

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this guided, small-group sightseeing tour. Climb aboard a Dodge Sprinter van and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the US nation’s capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous monuments and memorials, featuring the White House, the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and many other landmark locations. A variety of lunch options (own expense) will be made available.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation