With 25 major sites on and around the National Mall, along historic Pennsylvania Avenue and in Arlington National Cemetery Tourmobile provides a variety of sightseeing tours around the DC area. Over the past 20 years the shuttle tour concept has been eagerly accepted by the public. The Tourmobile fleet now includes approximately 42 vehicles and serves upwards of 2 million riders annually. Stop include: Arlington Cemetery, Kennedy Gravesites, Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington House, Kennedy Center, Lincoln, Vietnam & Korean War Memorials, White House, Washington Monument, Arts & Industries Bldg & Smithsonian Castle, Air & Space Museum, US Botanic Gardens, Union Station & National Postal Museum, U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress & Supreme Court, National Gallery of Art, Museum of Natural History, Museum of American History, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Old Post Office Pavilion, Ford'sTheatre & FBI, National Archives & US Navy Memorial, National Law Enforcement Memorial,National Museum of American Art, National Portrait Gallery & MCI Center.
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city was built from scratch, Washington's
regular town plan is easy to grasp. Centered
on Capitol Hill and its governmental
monoliths, the District is divided into four
quadrants - northeast, northwest, southeast
and southwest. Dozens of broad avenues , all
named after states, run diagonally across a
standard grid of streets , meeting up at
monumental traffic circles like Dupont
Circle. North-south streets are numbered,
east-west ones are lettered. There's no J
Street, an intentional slight to early
Supreme Court Justice John Jay, or X, Y or Z
Street. I Street is often written Eye
Street. Be sure to note the relevant
two-letter code in any address (NW, NE, SW,
SE), which shows its quadrant; 1600
Pennsylvania Ave NW is a long way from 1600
Pennsylvania Ave SE.
Once in the
city, stop at the
DC Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center ,
Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania
Ave NW (Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm; tel
202/328-4748), which can help with maps,
tours, bookings and citywide information.
Look for visitor information desks at the
airports and Union Station.
The White House Visitor Information Center
, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave NW (daily
7.30am-4pm; tel 202/208-1631), supplies free
maps and handy guides to museums and
attractions; the most useful is the free
Washington DC Visitors Guide .