Watch The Great Tours: Washington DC

  • 2019
  • 1 Season

The Great Tours: Washington DC from Amazon Addon is an educational and informative show that takes viewers on a virtual tour of the capital city of the United States. The show is hosted by a knowledgeable and engaging guide who leads viewers through the various historical and contemporary landmarks and attractions that make Washington DC such an interesting place.

The show begins by providing an overview of the city's geography, history, and architecture. Viewers are introduced to the layout of the city's streets, parks, and buildings, and learn about the various historical periods and styles that have shaped the city's appearance over time. From there, the guide takes viewers on a tour of some of the most significant landmarks in the city, including the White House, the National Mall, and the Lincoln Memorial.

Each segment of the show focuses on a particular theme or feature of the city. For example, one segment explores the various museums and cultural institutions that are located in Washington DC, including the Smithsonian museums, the National Gallery of Art, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Another segment focuses on the city's political significance and highlights the various government buildings and monuments, such as the Capitol Building, the Supreme Court, and the Washington Monument.

Throughout the show, the guide provides fascinating insights and historical context for each site, as well as interesting anecdotes and little-known facts. Viewers will learn about the inspiration behind the design of the city's famous cherry blossom trees, the history of the Vietnam War Memorial, and how the Smithsonian museums came to be one of the most respected research institutions in the world.

In addition to showcasing well-known attractions, the show also takes viewers off the beaten path to explore some lesser-known but equally interesting aspects of the city. For example, viewers will learn about the city's vibrant food scene and the many different cuisines that can be found in the city's diverse neighborhoods. They will also discover some of the city's hidden treasures, such as historic mansions and gardens, hidden alleyways and courtyards, and unique cultural events and festivals.

One of the strengths of the show is its use of stunning visuals and high-quality production values. Viewers are treated to breathtaking aerial shots of the city, immersive 360-degree views of famous landmarks, and beautifully filmed footage of the city's streets and neighborhoods. The show's editing is also impressive, seamlessly blending together different shots and perspectives to create a cohesive and engaging viewing experience.

Overall, The Great Tours: Washington DC from Amazon Addon is a highly enjoyable and informative show that will appeal to anyone interested in history, culture, architecture, or travel. Whether you are a long-time resident of Washington DC or a first-time visitor, the show provides a unique and engaging perspective on one of the most important and fascinating cities in the world.

The Great Tours: Washington DC is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (32 episodes). The series first aired on March 28, 2019.

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David M. Rubenstein, Philanthropist
32. David M. Rubenstein, Philanthropist
December 17, 2020
David Rubenstein is the chair of the Smithsonian Board of Regents and the Chairman of the Kennedy Center. He also is an amazing philanthropist, having given millions of millions of dollars to various causes. Hear directly from him why he is a champion of American history and what DC means to him.
Jose Andres, Chef and Philanthropist
31. Jose Andres, Chef and Philanthropist
December 17, 2020
Jose Andres has brought a whole new concept of food and cooking to Washington, DC, and is using food to change the world. Hear how his travels influenced his culinary styles, which, in turn, influenced the way DC views food. Further, hear how he has taken his passion for cooking to create philanthropic endeavors and to help DC become one of the food capitals of the world.
Brandie Smith, National Zoo
30. Brandie Smith, National Zoo
December 17, 2020
Brandie Smith, the associate director for Animal Care Sciences at the National Zoo, discusses one of the most popular attractions: the pandas. Hear some adorable stories of these lovable and unique residents: how the Zoo came to have pandas, how they are taken care of, what their personalities are like, how they play, and so much more.
Joseph Alonso, National Cathedral
29. Joseph Alonso, National Cathedral
December 17, 2020
The head stone mason at the National Cathedral, Joseph Alonso, provides first-hand insights into this iconic cathedral. He shares a perspective on the history, creation, architecture, and design that you won't get anywhere else—including getting up close and personal with the unique gargoyles and sharing how the mid-Atlantic earthquake of 2011 affected the structure.
Yo-Yo Ma
28. Yo-Yo Ma
December 17, 2020
One of the most talented cellists and musicians in the world, Yo-Yo Ma, discusses what it's like to perform in the nation's capital and why art and culture is such an imperative part of DC. Hear his perspective on the Kennedy Center as the nation's platform for performing arts and how his own history is intertwined with this iconic institution.
Ellen Miles, Smithsonian
27. Ellen Miles, Smithsonian
December 17, 2020
Ellen Miles, Curator Emerita at the National Portrait Gallery for the last 39 years, provides a deep dive into the history of one of the most recognizable paintings in America: the Lansdowne portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. She'll also take you through highlights of the Gallery, including a special guest portrait that brought lines of visitors to the museum.
Lonnie G. Bunch III, Smithsonian
26. Lonnie G. Bunch III, Smithsonian
December 17, 2020
Founding director of Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture Lonnie Bunch III shares the challenges he faced in getting the museum from its planning stages to its fruition as a completed structure. Plus, he provides fascinating insights into what the unique and symbolic design choices for the museum building represent.
General Colin Powell
25. General Colin Powell
December 17, 2020
Follow General Colin Powell's path through his years of military service to eventually becoming the number-one person in the United States Armed Forces: the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During his interview, you'll get an insider's perspective of what it's like to work in the Pentagon and insights into the monuments and museums in DC that mean the most to General Powell.
The National Archives and the Future of DC
24. The National Archives and the Future of DC
March 29, 2019
Finally, learn about the treasures within the National Archives, including original copies of America's founding documents, historic murals, and the poignant "Records of Rights" exhibit. Revisit the history of DC, and consider city plans that were never realized, "disappeared" Washington, and proposals for the city's future. Conclude with thoughts on the dynamic, changing environment of DC.
Exploring Washington's Great Outdoors
23. Exploring Washington's Great Outdoors
March 29, 2019
DC contains an array of beautiful green spaces. Among many, discover the story and the amenities of historic Rock Creek Park, and the riverfront walks and outdoor activities along the Potomac Heritage Trail. On the Anacostia River, visit Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, with its plethora of wildlife, and the botanical riches of the United States National Arboretum.
Washington for Sports Fans
22. Washington for Sports Fans
March 29, 2019
Sports have a longstanding place in the history and culture of DC. Track the backstory of baseball, football, and basketball teams in Washington, and learn where to watch and play these highly popular sports now. Delve also into DC's hockey and soccer scene, and the abundance of "imported" sports in the capital, from rugby and cricket to Irish hurling and Gaelic football.
Washington's New Waterfront
21. Washington's New Waterfront
March 29, 2019
Investigate the history of DC's riverfronts on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, and the outstanding revitalization programs now underway. Stop at Kingman and Heritage Island Park, and Anacostia Park, featuring trails, boat tours, and wildlife watching. Then visit National Harbor, District Wharf, and the Georgetown waterfront, with their many dining, shopping, and cultural offerings.
Dining Out in Washington DC
20. Dining Out in Washington DC
March 29, 2019
Washington offers an astonishing wealth of dining experiences, from historic to contemporary. First discover two of DC's longstanding food traditions: seafood and soul food. Visit treasured historic restaurants around the city, and delve into the city's world cuisine, from Ethiopian and Mediterranean to global fusion. Also take note of food festivals that take place in DC throughout the year.
Smithsonian's National Zoo
19. Smithsonian's National Zoo
March 29, 2019
Trace the history and mission of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Learn about the National Zoo's remarkable exhibits of zoological rarities, from the clouded leopard to the giant panda. Take note of the National Zoo's approach to recreating natural habitats, and the institution's deep involvement with animal research and conservation of endangered species.
Spiritual DC: The National Cathedral and More
18. Spiritual DC: The National Cathedral and More
March 29, 2019
Take account of the plethora of religious institutions in Washington and consider the role of faith in the city's history. Stop first at St. John's Episcopal Church, closely associated with the presidency, and DC's architecturally rich Catholic churches. Visit Jewish and Muslim houses of worship, and finally take in the historic and artistic treasures of the Washington National Cathedral.
Washington's Historic Homes and Gardens
17. Washington's Historic Homes and Gardens
March 29, 2019
Washington's private homes provide a fascinating window into the city's history. Begin at the pre-Revolutionary colonial building of the Old Stone House, which shows how early DC citizens lived. Then discover three grand and storied mansions in Upper Georgetown. Visit the remarkable Octagon House; the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden of Marjorie Merriweather Post; and Woodlawn Plantation.
Neighborhoods of Northwest DC
16. Neighborhoods of Northwest DC
March 29, 2019
DC's Northwest Quadrant is home to some of the city's oldest and most historic neighborhoods. Take in the beautiful architecture of Embassy Row, and that of two magnificent nearby mansions. Visit the Dupont Circle neighborhood and its extraordinary museums, as well as those of The George Washington University. Finish with a first look at the history and cultural richness of Georgetown.
The Kennedy Center and the DC Arts Scene
15. The Kennedy Center and the DC Arts Scene
March 29, 2019
Within Washington's hotbed of live entertainment, visit the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, with its multiple performance spaces. Then learn about the National Theatre, The Shakespeare and Folger theatres, DC's outstanding regional theaters, and music offerings from the National Symphony Orchestra to venues featuring jazz, rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, and alternative music.
Washington, City of Scandal
14. Washington, City of Scandal
March 29, 2019
Delve into the history of political scandals in Washington, and how the nation has come to terms with them. Learn first about the 19th-century Burr Conspiracy, focusing on former Vice President Aaron Burr. Then take stock of the scandals under President Ulysses S. Grant, the infamous Teapot Dome scandal, and finally the Watergate scandal, finishing at the Newseum, a media history museum.
Museums on the Mall: Smithsonian and Beyond
13. Museums on the Mall: Smithsonian and Beyond
March 29, 2019
In a panoramic overview of the Smithsonian Institution, begin at the National Museum of American History and its collection of historical treasures. Continue with the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the phenomenal collections of the National Air and Space Museum. Conclude with the wealth of art museums on the National Mall.
The Holocaust Museum
12. The Holocaust Museum
March 29, 2019
Study the background of the extraordinary United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the movement to memorialize these events through a museum and education center. Observe how the museum poignantly evokes pre-war Jewish experience, the horror of the Holocaust, and its aftermath and legacy, through images, personal objects, and oral histories.
Washington's Civil Rights Landmarks
11. Washington's Civil Rights Landmarks
March 29, 2019
Witness the impact on Washington of the civil rights movement, beginning with the life and work of Frederick Douglass, and the national historic site of his home. As the focus of the episode, take an in-depth tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, its major galleries, and 36,000 artifacts that tell the nation's story through the lens of the black experience.
Ford's Theatre and Lincoln's Washington DC
10. Ford's Theatre and Lincoln's Washington DC
March 29, 2019
This episode considers how the Civil War and the Lincoln presidency transformed the city. Among key sites of the era, explore the historic Willard Hotel and its dramatic connection with Lincoln; the Clara Barton National Historic Site; and President Lincoln's Cottage, the "summer White House." Then visit Ford's Theatre, the site and memorial of the Lincoln assassination.
George Washington's Mount Vernon
9. George Washington's Mount Vernon
March 29, 2019
At the home and estate of George Washington, trace Washington's early life, and his inheritance and expansion of the plantation now known as Mount Vernon. Tour the estate, highlighting the impressive interior features of the mansion, a major focal point of social and political life in Virginia. In nearby Alexandria, visit historic sites associated with the life and career of George Washington.
Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon
8. Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon
March 29, 2019
Grasp the historic connections between Arlington National Cemetery and the American Civil War. At the Cemetery, begin by visiting some of the gravesites of famous citizens, and the former mansion of Robert E. Lee. Among landmark sites at Arlington, see the Memorial Amphitheater, the Tomb of the Unknowns, the Marine Corps Memorial, Air Force Memorial, and the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.
Veterans Memorials on the Mall
7. Veterans Memorials on the Mall
March 29, 2019
At the first of three iconic war memorials, learn the poignant story behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, and how this once controversial monument is now considered a masterpiece. From there, take account of the artistically conceived Korean War Veterans Memorial, and finally the World War II Memorial, and its moving tribute to the "Greatest Generation."
The State, Treasury, and Justice Departments
6. The State, Treasury, and Justice Departments
March 29, 2019
Look into the origins and functions of the State Department, and visit the United States Diplomacy Center, as well as the stellar Diplomatic Reception Rooms. Continue with the Treasury Department's Federal Reserve buildings, the beautiful Treasury Building, and the operations of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Then take in the fascinating history and headquarters of the FBI.
The Nation's Knowledge: Library of Congress
5. The Nation's Knowledge: Library of Congress
March 29, 2019
Visit the stunning premises of the world's largest library, starting with the story of the library's creation in the 18th century. Begin your tour with the monumental Jefferson Building, with its glorious Beaux Arts decor, followed by the remarkable facilities of the Adams and Madison buildings. Also visit the extraordinary Folger Shakespeare Library, and DC's beloved Eastern Market.
The Supreme Court and the Law of the Land
4. The Supreme Court and the Law of the Land
March 29, 2019
Study the founding and history of the Supreme Court, from its early era as an itinerant legal body to the completion of the Court building in 1935 under William Howard Taft. Tour this extraordinary structure, its interior features, court facilities, and artistic decoration. Then explore the Court in action, encompassing courtroom procedure and how cases are selected, adjudicated, and ruled upon.
The Capitol Building and the Legislature
3. The Capitol Building and the Legislature
March 29, 2019
At the seat of the US legislature, learn how the Capitol building was designed, constructed, and expanded in the early years of the nation. Tour the architectural and artistic wonders of the building, from the Capitol Rotunda to the Statuary Hall, Brumidi Corridors, Hall of Columns, and other key features. Conclude with the House and Senate Chambers, and the surrounding parks and gardens.
The White House and the Presidency
2. The White House and the Presidency
March 28, 2019
Track the history and the dramatic fortunes of the White House, from its building, expansion, burning, reconstruction, and further expansions down to the present. Then visit the White House, beginning with the Oval Office and Cabinet Room and following the route of a White House tour. Also visit the parks adjoining the White House, and the Jefferson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorials.
How Washington DC Came to Be
1. How Washington DC Came to Be
March 28, 2019
To begin your journey to this world-class city, uncover the origins of the District of Columbia and how the location for our national government was chosen. Learn about the original design and vision for the city by artist/engineer Pierre Charles L'Enfant. Then trace the creation and history of the National Mall, and the building of the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. #Better Living
Where to Watch The Great Tours: Washington DC
The Great Tours: Washington DC is available for streaming on the Amazon Addon website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Great Tours: Washington DC on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon and Kanopy.
  • Premiere Date
    March 28, 2019