Inspired by their first joint visit to the nation's capital in 2015, Aubrey Paris and Emily Black are leading National Treasure Hunters on informal walking tours of downtown Washington, D.C. Their route and activities showcase key filming and story locations featured in the National Treasure movies. Learn more about the tour in the Frequently Asked Questions section below.
The National Treasure Hunt Tour runs one weekend each spring and fall. Check back frequently for updated tour dates and sign-up instructions, or join our mailing list to be notified when dates are announced.
Note: National Treasure Hunt is able to accommodate a limited number of private tours each year. Visit the FAQs section below for details regarding how to send a private tour inquiry.
Guided by National Treasure Hunt hosts Aubrey Paris and Emily Black, the walking tour route includes*:
U.S. National Archives (optional indoor visit available)
Library of Congress (optional indoor visit available)
Lincoln Memorial & Reflecting Pool
U.S. Capitol Building & Reflecting Pool
Jefferson Memorial & Tidal Basin
*Subject to change. Tour stops are outdoors unless otherwise indicated. The tour runs rain or shine, unless unsafe weather is expected.
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The National Treasure Hunt Tour is, first and foremost, an opportunity to meet other National Treasure fans and experience Washington, D.C., through the lens of a beloved film franchise. Over one day, attendees will visit numerous sites of filming and plot significance to both National Treasure movies (see route above). This includes optional indoor visits at the U.S. National Archives and the Library of Congress.
While walking from location to location, attendees will partake in informal polls, discussions, and other fun activities related to National Treasure. Tour route, locations, and indoor visits are subject to change and based on availability.
The National Treasure Hunt Tour involves a substantial amount of walking. The route is approximately 4 miles long, not including in-tour activities and optional visits inside the U.S. National Archives and Library of Congress. Several stops will be made to allow for rest, photographs, and activities during the walk.
Disclaimer: Attendees participate in the National Treasure Hunt Tour at their own risk and agree that the hosts are not responsible for any injuries sustained through participation.
The full-day National Treasure Hunt Tour costs $50 per person, though National Treasure Hunt Patreon members at the "Ben" tier receive a discount. Attendees will be asked to pay in advance of their tour date (i.e., after registering). This non-refundable attendance fee helps the hosts pay for the materials, props, and other preparations needed to make the tour possible. The fee does not go toward optional entry at the U.S. National Archives or the Library of Congress, as entry at these locations is free.
While not required, if you are interested, consider wearing your favorite National Treasure Hunt shirt from our merch store during the tour (matching shirts look great in group photos!).
Please note that attendees are responsible for planning and paying for their own travel to, from, and within Washington, D.C., as well as lodging and meals during their stay.
Check back frequently for our next tour date announcement.
When tour dates are announced, we'll post a sign-up form right here on our website. Simply fill out the form, wait for your confirmation email with instructions for paying your registration fee, and then start planning your travel! We will send additional communications with more details as the dates draw nearer.
Given the long tour route and multiple opportunities for indoor site visits, the one-day tour lasts most of the morning and afternoon (e.g., 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; subject to change). The tour will pause for approximately one hour to allow attendees to eat lunch.
It's up to you! There are lots of cool things to see and do in and around Washington, D.C. Consider exploring downtown spots that you'd like to see featured in National Treasure 3, like the Smithsonian museums, U.S. Capitol building, or Embassy Row. We also recommend visiting* a few additional National Treasure-relevant locations situated nearby, all of which are easily found on Google Maps:
*Note that "visiting" some of these locations likely means viewing from the outside!
No. At this time, there is no formal "treasure hunt" component to the National Treasure Hunt Tour.
Beginning in spring 2023, National Treasure Hunt will accommodate a limited number of weekend private tours each year; these tours follow the same route as the semi-annual group tours and include modified versions of group tour activities. The non-refundable attendance fee is $100 per attendee (to be paid after the private tour date is confirmed by National Treasure Hunt). To inquire about the possibility of scheduling a private tour, send us a contact form message with your desired weekend tour date and number of guests. Please note that while we cannot guarantee availability for private tours, we will be more likely to accommodate your request if you provide several date options.
As is the case for our semi-annual group tours, the non-refundable private tour attendance fee helps the hosts pay for the materials, props, and other preparations needed to make the tour possible. The fee does not go toward optional entry at the U.S. National Archives or the Library of Congress, as entry at these locations is free.
Please note that private tour attendees are responsible for planning and paying for their own travel to, from, and within Washington, D.C., as well as lodging and meals during their stay.
Washington, D.C., can be reached easily by car, train, or plane. The closest airport is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, while Dulles International Airport is located approximately 30 minutes away (by car) in Dulles, Virginia. Amtrak trains can be accessed at Washington Union Station just north of the U.S. Capitol building.
After you've arrived, there are several options for getting around Washington, D.C., and the surrounding suburbs. WMATA metro and bus lines are tourist-friendly and can be used to reach most common destinations (including the National Mall). For out-of-the-way locations, including George Washington's Mount Vernon, self-driving or using ride-share services, such as Uber or Lyft, is recommended.
There are many hotels, Airbnbs, and other lodging options located in and around Washington, D.C. Attendees who fly into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport may consider the wide range of airport hotels located adjacent to the airport in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia.
National Treasure Hunt is an independent entity and is not affiliated with the Disney company. Attendees participate in the National Treasure Hunt Tour at their own risk. Photographs of attendees may be taken and published on National Treasure Hunt's social media profiles and/or website; attendees are responsible for communicating with the hosts if they do not want their photograph taken during the tour.