Scandals and Secrets: Private Walking Tour of Washington D.C

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Lift the lid on the infamous political scandals and secrets in Washington D.C on this private walking tour through the heart of power in America.

Itinerary Details

Explore the political heart of Washington D.C with an expert private guide to regale you with the stories of corruption and scandal at the very heart of political power in the U.S.A from presidents to politicos, police to media pundits, law-makers to spies. On your private tour you will: 

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of your private guide. 
  • See the famous buildings synonymous with American power and democracy the world over. 
  • Hear tales of corruption, secrets and lies at the heart of political power in Lafayette Square, including of Kennedy's affair with suspected East German spy Inga Arvad and how his father involved the notorious FBI director, J Edgar Hoover, in ending the tryst.
  • Learn about the 4 presidential assassinations from Abe Lincoln to JFK, and the many attempted assassinations – and how they were thwarted. 
  • Hear about the wild parties thrown in the White House, including Andrew Jackson's inauguration party in which he slipped out of the house through a back window to escape the rabble.
  • Enjoy stories of how during the Prohibition era, DC was likely, and hypocritically, the least dry place in the United States.
  • Hear all the historic and very latest gossip about what really goes on behind those secure, closed doors protecting those in power, and the various drinking holes that litter the city. 
  • End your tour outside the presidential residence, at the Ellipse of the White House. 

Washington DC has a reputation as a wheeler-dealer city where billion-dollar contracts, cosy media deals, political alliances are sealed in smokey bars, boardrooms, and dinners hosted by power brokers in swanky Georgetown townhouses. On your tour down memory lane of scandals past, discover the secrets, lies and backstories behind DC’s congressmen, journalists, military men and politicos throughout history, from Capitol Hill, the Judicial Branch and the FBI to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

On this tour, your guide will spill all the details of the stories of the occupants of the White House - both those from the recent past, including Nixon, Kennedy, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Obama and Trump - and its nineteenth-century occupants. You will trawl the haunts associated with some of Washington’s greatest rumours, indiscretions and media storms, security details, news-hounds, senators, lawmakers, cable news stars and White House officials. 


Tour duration
2.5 hours 30 minutes

Type of tour
Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.

Tickets included
No tickets required

Other inclusions
Food and drink not included
Gratuities are optional but not included

Suitable for
Family, Friends, History Buffs, Intellectually Curious

Attractions along this route:

The White House
The White House is one of the most easily recognizable buildings on earth, yet shrouded in mystery and power.

J Edgar Hoover Building (FBI HQ)
Named after former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, this building is now the Bureau's Headquarters.

Lafayette Square
Given its proximity to the White House, the square is notable for innumerable scandals, most famously for Confederate spy “Rebel Rose.”

Presidential Conspiracies
From W.H. Harrison through JFK, every 20 years a president died in office. Reagan 'broke the curse' with an assassination attempt that almost killed him outside a DC Hilton.

Decatur House
The second-largest mansion in the Square area after the White House was the home of Commodore Stephen Decatur, a hero of the early-1800s Barbary Pirate Wars.
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