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. Check back frequently for updated tour dates and sign-up instructions, or join our mailing list to be notified when dates are announced.
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. Attendees will be asked to pay in advance of their tour date (i.e., after registering). This 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.
For the first time, the National Treasure Hunt Tour will run twice in spring 2023. The tour will be offered on Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7. The same tour will run both days.
Beginning March 1 (and lasting until both tours are filled), a registration form will be linked on the Tour page of the National Treasure Hunt website. Simply fill out the form, wait for your confirmation email, pay 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 "hunt" component to the National Treasure Hunt Tour.
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.