Washington, D.C. audio tour: Lincoln's Assassination

About the Tour

Why did America's most popular actor kill the president? And how did he do it? Was John Wilkes Booth a madman exacting revenge for his beloved South or maybe more? Guide Rick Snider, who is a distant relative of Booth and co-conspirator Mary Surratt, takes you through that fateful night's journey.

Stroll from the White House to Ford's Theater and many points in between examining many of the sites where assassin John Wilkes Booth stalked President Abraham Lincoln before killing him at the end of the Civil War.

Tour Producer


Rick Snider

I'm a native Washingtonian who's a lifelong journalist and third-generation tour guide. And oh, I'm related to Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth and co-conspirator Mary Surratt. You'll hear the inside stories when touring Washington with me. Besides the Lincoln assassination, my tours include Lafayette Park by the White House and the Kennedy homes in Georgetown plus Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, my favorite place in the world.

Major Landmarks

  • White House

  • Ford's Theatre

  • Petersen House

  • U.S. Treasury

  • National Theater

  • Willard Hotel

Directions to Starting Point

The statue of Andrew Jackson in the middle of Lafayette Park, across from the White House.

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Places to stop along the way

The best White House souvenirs are at 16th and Pennsylvania Avenue, near the end of the walk. You can also duck inside the Willard Hotel near 14th and Pennsylvania, to see the historic hotel.

Best time of day

The clock is irrevelant, but remember time is of the essence as we race from the White House to Ford's Theater, following the assassination route.


Traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue is restricted to police vehicles, but keep an eye out in the the crowds and occasional protests.


Half of the tour was blocked off by gates and unable to find any of the spots we were supposed to go to.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 9 months ago

Excellent information!

Posted by Lyn , about 2 years ago

There was a bit of gps echoing losing the Route, but great content and information. Highly recommend, then follow up with an actual tour of the theater. Start the tour at least 60 mins before the theater ticket time if you walk fast. More of you go slow. You want time to get in the theater line.

Posted by Lyn , about 2 years ago

This was a fun tour and worth the time. It could use a little tweaking on the location mapping. We got a little off track a couple of times at the start when we didn't hit the right spot. Overall informative and engaging.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 4 years ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.