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Unique things to do in Washington

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The United States capital is not only an epicenter of American history. It’s also one for culture which is on display at its restaurants, on U Street, and behind the secret doors of a historic mansion. When it comes to the iconic things to do in Washington, DC, explore with a fresh perspective on a tour of the White House with a former Kennedy staff member; at twilight on e-bikes to see the National Mall; and on running tours to cover more ground. With Airbnb Experiences, locals help you see the city through their eyes with unique activities.

Top-rated activities

Make a Celebration Ring
We will begin with a peek in the Gallery, featuring jewelry handcrafted by US artisans, and a tour of our Studio School. I will also share some history of our 1890 Victorian-era building. In the workshop, you will use steel letter stamps and a hammer to impress words of your choice onto sterling silver strips. Then, you will form the strip into a circle and solder it together (with help). Finally, oxidize (blacken) the ring, and polish to your desired finish. We limit the workshop to four students to guarantee lots of personal instruction, as well as the opportunity to get to know your classmates. Other things to note Unfortunately, our Victorian-era building is not fully accessible to the handicapped.
Art & Soul of Black Broadway
Discover the musical heritage of U Street --aka Black Broadway-- from jazz to hip hop to punk to go go. Walk the streets & back alleys and learn how murals, theatres, music venues, and memorials embrace the history of this amazing neighborhood. Along the way, we'll listen to a diverse playlist that will match up with the murals and venues. Other things to note: This tour ends at the intersection of 13th & U NW, 8 blocks from the starting point. Typically I hold tours rain or shine, unless the weather posses a safety hazard (lightning, ice, tornado, etc). If a weather-related emergency arises, I will be in contact with the group to cancel, delay, or reschedule. The tour includes long periods of standing and walking outdoors. Please wear comfortable and weather-appropriate footwear and clothing. Restrooms may not be available during your tour; please plan accordingly.
Washington DC Night Tour w/Transportation
See DC with us on this professionally guided 3-hour tour of the National Mall. We tour in small groups which gives you a more personal experience and allows you to cover all of the major DC sites in just 3 hours. This tour is a combination of driving and walking. If you want to “see it all” then this is the tour for you. We start at the Washington Grand Hyatt. Meet your driver and guide in front of the Starbucks, hop in the van, and head over to the National Mall. Your guide will provide you with live commentary and historical background about the monuments, memorials, and other attractions that make up the Americas Capital City. You will have the chance to get out and explore several major DC attractions. Drop off and pick-ups are as close as legally possible to each of the sites. Tour ends back at the Washington Grand Hyatt. Thirsty? Just ask for complimentary water. Phone needs to be charged? Just let your driver know and they will provide you with charging equipment. We tour rain or shine and provide umbrellas if needed. Interested in a private tour? Check out some of our private tour options. https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/949515?guests=1&adults=1&s=67&unique_share_id=22a9bb34-7291-4be9-bdc0-9ee793272345
Fall in Love with Virginia Wines
This intimate winery experience is tailored to fit your own wine experience! From a curated list of wonderful wineries, we will visit two in Virginia's picturesque Wine Country - on the relaxing drive though the verdant and colorful Virginia countryside, we'll get to know each other a bit and you'll learn some of the history and backstories of Virginia wine - at each winery, you'll taste several award-winning red, white, and rose wines - following each tasting, we will sit, relax, and enjoy a selection of seasonal wine-friendly snacks often in a beautiful outdoor setting. Plan to stay at each winery for about 1-1.5hrs, with an approx 4-5hr total trip time (including travel time). The day trip is perfect for solo travellers, couples, and small groups - it's meant to be a intimate day with a personal tasting in the beautiful Virginia Piedmont. The Experience can be up to 5 Guest, so there is a chance if you are a solo traveller or a couple, additional wine lovers may join! While I'm a pet-lover, many wineries do not allow dogs in their tasting rooms - I cannot accommodate anyone who wants to bring their pet. Limited flexibility with start and end times. Metro-accessible.
See the Sites by Segway
You'll arrive 15 minutes to tour time to check-in and be fitted on your Segway. Segways are perfect for city riding and have a handle bar bag and rack so you can store all the essentials - phone, keys, wallet. I also provide a water bottle for the ride. After getting set up, you'll meet the rest of your group and go through a 30 min training session to get comfortable before heading out. Your tour will cover about 5-6 miles in 2 hours, making stops at all of the major monuments and memorials on the National Mall from the Capitol Building to The Lincoln Memorial and around the different Smithsonian Museums. At each stop, you'll hear some history, and unique facts, and perhaps a dark secret or two. Our tour route will end back at the shop. Other things to note No Experience Necessary! We will teach you how to how to ride :)

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Private Cocktail Experience & Tasting with Netflix-Featured
Ever wanted to up your mixology skills but didn’t know where to start? We can help you! Join us for a private cocktail experience and tasting showcasing Netflix-featured and award-winning mixologist Kapri Robinson. In an engaging 60-minute session, you will learn how to make two classic cocktails, get answers to your most pressing bartending questions, and taste carefully curated distilled spirits — and you don’t even have to pick up a shaker! This intimate experience is limited to 8 people per sitting and is hosted at one of the premier speakeasies in Washington, DC. Hidden behind a nondescript door in the library of one of the city’s hippest hotels, it can only be found if you know what you're looking for. The experience includes 2 spirit tastings, 2 cocktails to drink, snacks, drink recipes, private VIP access to one of DC’s top speakeasies, and lessons on cocktail mixology and history. It is great for a unique date night experience as well as for groups looking to relax and have some fun! You’ll leave with enough knowledge and know-how to dazzle your friends with your newfound ability to make class cocktails at home. Pull up a stool and get ready to take notes in the best possible atmosphere to learn — sitting back at the bar with a drink in your hand.
Hidden Union Station
Join Atlas Obscura in partnership with Union Station Redevelopment Corporation for a behind-the-scenes tour of Washington Union Station, where you will learn the secrets of Daniel Burnham's 1907 architectural masterpiece! The opening of DC's opulent Union Station energized the city and forever changed how Washingtonians traveled. More than a century later, the station still buzzes with travelers, trains, and history. On this approximately one and a half hour tour, we will explore spaces that the 37 million passengers, tourists, and shoppers who pass through Union Station rarely get to see. You will climb steps and open doors into areas where the public is not normally granted access, be shown unique vantage points to view and photograph the station, gain up-close looks at the magnificent details and ornamentation of the station, as well as learn what is being done today to preserve Union Station for years to come. Great for groups visiting Washington, DC. A percentage of the proceeds will go toward ongoing preservation efforts at Union Station. Other things to note: Proof of Vaccination is required. All participants will receive a complimentary Union Station tote bag and a coffee table book on the history of the station.
Nice Gettysburg Day Tour from Washington DC
We will pick you up from our meeting point in Virginia, Washington D.C. and Rockville Maryland, and then we are heading to Gettysburg! The famous Gettysburg is located in Adams County and in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The Battle of Gettysburg (1863) and President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address are to important impactful remarks of the town. The town also hosts visitors to the Gettysburg National Battlefield in the Gettysburg National Military Park. Itinerary: Washington D.C. → Gettysburg National Military Park (4 hours) → Gettysburg Downtown (1 hour) → Washington D.C.
The Art of French Desserts
A class on the Art of French Pastry. ....probably Pastry Codex's most popular class! Enthusiasts will learn basic and advanced techniques on how to make a variety of classic and modern French desserts, including making a Creme Brulee, and layered desserts including building your very own Opera cake ( a sumptuous almond sponge layered cake made with a genuine French Buttercream and a Chocolate Ganache , Madeleines, and a delicate Pistachio Financier cake round out this comprehensive 3 hour class. All classes will be hands on with a demonstration, and allowing students to have their own ingredients and equipment in a follow up modality of this interactive class offering. Patrons finish up by torching their own Brulee, and caramelizing them along with decorating and finishing their very own individual Opera cake glazing it with a mirror Chocolate glaze. As a finishing touch they adorn the Opera with a fleck of edible gold leaf as decor adornment.
Traditional French Crepe-Making Class
Come learn a bit about the French culture and how to make traditional-French crepes from scratch by Chantal, a French native and owner of Crepes by C, LLC! This class is a completely hands-on experience. Guests will prepare their own batter, learn how to use a professional crepe machine and you will have the opportunity to try your hand at making crepes, with the most common sweet crepe toppings. I will provide all the necessary tools and ingredients. By the end of the class, you will have the skills and confidence to create delicious crepes at home for your friends and family. And who knows, you may even discover a new passion for French cuisine! This class is suitable for all skill levels and is a great activity for foodies, couples, and groups of friends. I can't wait to share my love of crepes and French culture with you!

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Washington DC Day Tour - See It All In A Day
See DC with us on this professionally guided 4-hour tour of the National Mall. We tour in small groups which gives you a more personal experience and allows you to cover all of the major DC sites in just 4 hours. This tour is a combination of driving and walking. If you want to “see it all” then this is the tour for you. We start at the Washington Grand Hyatt. Meet your driver and guide in front of the Starbucks, hop in the van, and head over to the National Mall. Your guide will provide you with live commentary and historical background about the monuments, memorials, and other attractions that make up the Americas Capital City. You will have the chance to get out and explore several major DC attractions with your guide. Drop off and pick-ups are as close as legally possible to each of the sites. Tour ends back at the Washington Grand Hyatt. Thirsty? Just ask for complimentary water. Phone needs to be charged? Just let your driver know and they will provide you with charging equipment. We tour rain or shine and provide umbrellas if needed. Interested in a private tour? Check out some of our private tour options. https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/949515?guests=1&adults=1&s=67&unique_share_id=22a9bb34-7291-4be9-bdc0-9ee793272345
Morning Photo Session in Washington DC
Treat yourself to great pictures as a souvenir while experiencing DC landmarks. The photo session starts at the Lincoln Memorial which has great views of the Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument. Then we have the option of taking a 10 minute walk to take more photos at either a beautiful park or at another Memorial on the National Mall. This photo session can be adapted for engagements, elopements, families, graduating seniors, maternity, surprise proposals and business headshots. Pricing is: * $110 for one person in a non-private session * $154 for a private session (any number of people) In a non-private session, another person may book and join you. We will walk together as a group and rotate between who is taking pictures. Select the private option if you do not wish to share your session with another person. Photos are typically delivered in 1 to 3 days. 10 edited high-res photo downloads are included. Additional photo downloads can be purchased: * $15 per additional photo -or- * $150 additional for full gallery download (80+ photos) After signing up, check your Airbnb messages to answer a short questionnaire and to receive the prep guide. Message me if you wish to have a session for a time not listed or if you have any questions.
Mini Photoshoots all over Washington DC
Get professional photos at the most iconic picturesque spots in DC with this photo pass! We will meet you at each location throughout the day and provide you with a personal photoshoot at each spot. You will get a 15-20 minute photoshoot at up to 4 spots. You can show up at any of these locations during the day: - White House - Lincoln Memorial - MLK Jr. Memorial - World War 2 Memorial - Atlas Allery We are also available for 1-hour photoshoots on any day at any place in DC at any time. Please feel free to message me directly and check out our IG @seizetheapp
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour
Explore Capitol Hill, the epicenter of activity in Washington DC, on a 2.5-hour semi-private guided walking tour, welcoming up to 8 travelers. Our knowledgeable local guide will show you the buildings and institution that have made DC such an important part of the United States. Visit the beating heart of Washington DC where two of the three branches of the United States government meet. This tour includes the stunning exteriors of the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, and the Capitol. Walk the grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted who designed Central Park in New York City. Go inside the Thomas Jefferson building of the Library of Congress designed as a temple of knowledge (and to prove the United States understood Art, Culture, and Sophistication as well as any country in Europe.) While there check out a real Gutenberg Bible, this copy is one of only four complete Gutenberg Bibles printed on vellum, in the world. You will also learn about Thomas Jefferson’s love of books and how his collection became the seed from which the world’s largest library grew. Learn about the judicial system within the elegant marble halls at the Museum of the Supreme Court, and maybe get a peek inside the actual courtroom. Your guide will end the tour providing access passes (and information about security protocols) for the visitor’s galleries of the current chambers for the House of Re Other things to note Bring Valid photo ID Arrive 10min before starting time Don't bring large bags or suitcases Tour runs Rain or Shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather Latecomers risk missing the tour Wheelchair tours under request only
Amazing Washington DC Photoshoot
Capture some of the best moments while you're in Washington, DC with your own personal photoshoot. With my experience in fashion photography and understanding of the face angles and body poses, I'd love to show you how uniquely beautiful you are through my camera's lens. Understanding that taking professional photos can be nerve-wrecking sometimes, I will help guide you through the photoshoot, and allow you to step out of your comfort zone. Don't be camera shy, be camera brave! You will get social media worthy shots that will leave all your friends jealous! We will meet in front of the Washington Monument Monument. Then we will walk around the neighborhood, where I will be guiding you through a cool shots of the Monuments. We can also explore hidden gems around the city. If you have a desired location, please feel free to contact me, and I will be your personal photographer for the day. If you wish to have a shoot with your significant other or friends, please contact me as well to arrange a custom photoshoot.

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Things to do near Old Town

Walk in George Washington's Footsteps
We'll take a tour of historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, the hometown of George Washington, and a center of the American Revolution. And take in a bunch of Civil War history along the way. This is a Live tour, not an online tour. We follow safe practices. We'll visit a church from 1776 that contains the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution. The home of the mentor of Patrick Henry ("Give me liberty or give me death!") We'll discuss the enslaved woman who irked Martha Washington, and why George decided to free his slaves. We'll see the home of Washington's doctor, where we'll discuss the ill-fated remedies used at the time of GW's death. Civil War sites will include the Appomattox statue, the site of a fiery skirmish between Union troops and Confederate sympathizers, and the workplace of a famous rebel spy. Also, the market place where Washington lost a fist fight! And the place of GW's mysterious lady friend. As well as the meeting hall where George Mason composed the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution. The townhouse of GW's older brother Lawrence. The mansion where GW helped plan the French and Indian War. The tavern where he held his inaugural ball. And his townhouse away from Mt. Vernon, & more! Other things to note Old Town can reached from the King St. metro station. From it, take the free trolley bus down King St. (https://www.visitalexandriava.com/plan/maps-and-transportation/king-street-trolley/).
The Spies of Georgetown
If you enjoy real-life spy stories, covert operations, and international intrigue, this tour is for you. All of our tours are developed and delivered by former intelligence officers. Learn spy mindset as you explore the hidden history of Georgetown. Hear about the crucial role residents played in espionage during WWII and the Soviet Era. And…conduct a secret operation! Hint: Bring your map reading skills. This tour is ideal for groups and teams. Don’t forget your walking shoes, bring water, and dress for the weather. Not seeing a tour on the calendar that works for your schedule? Submit a request for a new date/time. We'll work with you and do our best to accommodate your needs.
Soap Making Workshop - Essentail Oils - Plant Based
Create 4 custom plant based bars of soap with a hands on class that takes you through each step of the melt and pour soap making process. About this event Create your own bright, fun, scented soaps using a moisturizing triple butter base, premium essential oils, and skin-safe colorants. During this class we will walk you through the melt and pour soap making process. This is a 2 hour, completely hands on, class where you will get to pick out your own mold(s), micas and favorite essential oil(s). You will create 4 unique handcrafted bars of soap you can proudly show off to family and friends. This event is both educational and entertaining for all participants. *This class is meant to be an experience NOT a soap making course for learning how to start a soap business. Our location is 9400 Livingston Road, #318, Fort Washington, Maryland. *Group rates available, email or messsge us for information and scheduling. IG @vibe_320 DETAILS: Admission is $65 and includes: * 2 Hours of Instructed Class * Selection of 15+ Essential Oils * Selection of 10+ Micas * Selection of 2 Soap Bases * 4 handmade bars of soap * $10 off coupon - valid on Vibe 320 products * Vibe 320 Swag bag: Lavender body oil, Lavender bar soap, soap saver bag * Networking **YOU MAY CREATE UP TO 4 Soap bars**
Walking Tour Featuring Classic Restaurants of Alexandria
From seaport pubs to international cuisine, Alexandria's culinary history runs deep. George Washington danced in the ballroom of Gadsby's Tavern, an Old Town landmark. Chadwick's has survived fire and flood in its home on the Potomac waterfront. The storefront of legendary Shuman's Bakery may be closed, but the latest generation continues to serve its famous jelly cake to loyal locals. Join "Classic Restaurants of Alexandria" author Hope Nelson on an exclusive walking tour featuring the history of some of the city's most memorable restaurants from the past and present. Your reservation also comes with a complimentary signed copy of "Classic Restaurants of Alexandria." (Please note: This is not a tasting tour.)
Charcuterie & Luxury Picnic Experience
We will meet in a beautiful park located in Old Town Alexandria for a beautiful luxury picnic that'll include a charcuterie board making experience class. We will provide different cheeses, fruit, crackers, deli meat and nuts. During this time we will play a game to see if you can guess which cheese, meat, fruit and nuts pair best together. **If there's a nut allergy we will swap out the nuts to meet your health needs Once you've paired your faves we will then build our board! During this time you will enjoy different flower techniques with meat and fruit as well as cheese cuttings with our guided specialist. At the end we will get photos of our completed charcuterie boards & indulge in what we've created.

Things to do near Capitol Hill

Nice Cherry Blossom Day Trip from Washington DC
Enjoying amazing blossom views of thousands of cherry trees. The cherry blossom trees are without a doubt the stars of springtime in Washington, DC. Visit the District during this time and you’ll find the nation’s capital is accented in pink. It’s the best time to take a tour finding the nation’s capital is accented in pink while exploring some more about the city itself at Jefferson Memorial, Tidal Basin, East Potomac Park and Kenwood Community. Itinerary: Thomas Jefferson Memorial+Tidal Basin (120 mins) → East Potomac Park (60 mins) → Lunch at Union Market (60 mins) → Kenwood Community Cherry Blossom (90 mins) Special notes:: 2023 Washington D.C. National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held during March 20 and April 16. However the actual blossom view will be varied depending on the weather conditions.
The African American historic Shaw neighborhood walking tour
This is a two hour walking tour of the Shaw community in Washington, DC. It begins and ends at a metro stop for connivence of the attendees. I use personal communication devices so that the attendees do not have to bunch up to hear me. Shaw is a historically black community there are many little known facts to discover and uncover. Along with discussions about famous community residents and little known residents as well. The murals that we pass will be highlighted and discussed along with Washington institutions such as The Whitelaw Hotel, the YMCA, Lincoln Congregational church and others. We highlight the history of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Duke Ellington and other residents. I use my iPad with historic photos as well as music to give this tour added life. Guests will probably have never heard of some of the historical facts that I bring to this tour. One of the stories I call a family reunion always leaves the attendees in awe. It is an easy two mile walk.
See the Sites by Segway
You'll arrive 15 minutes to tour time to check-in and be fitted on your Segway. Segways are perfect for city riding and have a handle bar bag and rack so you can store all the essentials - phone, keys, wallet. I also provide a water bottle for the ride. After getting set up, you'll meet the rest of your group and go through a 30 min training session to get comfortable before heading out. Your tour will cover about 5-6 miles in 2 hours, making stops at all of the major monuments and memorials on the National Mall from the Capitol Building to The Lincoln Memorial and around the different Smithsonian Museums. At each stop, you'll hear some history, and unique facts, and perhaps a dark secret or two. Our tour route will end back at the shop. Other things to note No Experience Necessary! We will teach you how to how to ride :)
Visita guiada por la National Gallery de Washington DC
¿Te interesa hacer un viaje por la historia del arte en una de las principales pinacotecas del mundo? ¡Ven a conocer conmigo la Galería Nacional de Washington DC! ¡Te invito a disfrutar del único Da Vinci del continente americano, del dramatismo de Rembrandt, del idealismo de los romanticistas y de la revolución creativa de los impresionistas! Las y los afortunados que acudan, podrán disfrutar de un maravilloso tour de tres horas en las galerías de arte clásico (Rafael, Tiziano, El Greco, El Bosco, Goya), arte moderno (Van Gogh, Gaugin, Monet, Picasso, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Warhol) y contemporáneo (Rothko, Calder, Pollock), que comprenderá un fabuloso viaje por más de 700 años de arte, desde el 1300 hasta nuestros días. Después de ahí, iremos por un café en Dupont o en la misma galería. ¡Están todxs muy invitadxs y un abrazo!
Nice Gettysburg Day Tour from Washington DC
We will pick you up from our meeting point in Virginia, Washington D.C. and Rockville Maryland, and then we are heading to Gettysburg! The famous Gettysburg is located in Adams County and in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The Battle of Gettysburg (1863) and President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address are to important impactful remarks of the town. The town also hosts visitors to the Gettysburg National Battlefield in the Gettysburg National Military Park. Itinerary: Washington D.C. → Gettysburg National Military Park (4 hours) → Gettysburg Downtown (1 hour) → Washington D.C.

Things to do near Georgetown

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Morning Photo Session in Washington DC
Treat yourself to great pictures as a souvenir while experiencing DC landmarks. The photo session starts at the Lincoln Memorial which has great views of the Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument. Then we have the option of taking a 10 minute walk to take more photos at either a beautiful park or at another Memorial on the National Mall. This photo session can be adapted for engagements, elopements, families, graduating seniors, maternity, surprise proposals and business headshots. Pricing is: * $110 for one person in a non-private session * $154 for a private session (any number of people) In a non-private session, another person may book and join you. We will walk together as a group and rotate between who is taking pictures. Select the private option if you do not wish to share your session with another person. Photos are typically delivered in 1 to 3 days. 10 edited high-res photo downloads are included. Additional photo downloads can be purchased: * $15 per additional photo -or- * $150 additional for full gallery download (80+ photos) After signing up, check your Airbnb messages to answer a short questionnaire and to receive the prep guide. Message me if you wish to have a session for a time not listed or if you have any questions.
Washington DC's Underground Donut Tour
Join us on a donut adventure through our nation’s capital, Washington DC. Our tour begins in Lafayette Square across from the White House itself. Here you’ll learn some history around our nation and how donuts fit in, both historically, but also in current DC food culture. From here, we’ll visit our first stop, Astro Doughnuts and Chicken, which is only a short walk from the White House. After we’ve sampled some freshly made donuts from Astro’s, we’re off to Palmer Alley and an amazing Italian bakery and cafe that has some delicious bomboloni for you to sample. Make sure to have your camera ready - this is quite the photogenic experience. From there, we’ll make our way to Farmers and Distillers for another batch of freshly made and absolutely delicious donuts. There’s quite an interesting history behind Farmers and Distillers, but you’ll have to join the tour to learn about it. And lastly, we’ll end our tour at Toscana Market for some truly decadent donuts from a famous DC chef.
Tour with a White House writer
We'll tour Lafayette Square, the historic and scenic park next to the White House, and the surrounding neighborhood. The Nov. 9 tour will focus on the military history of the White House area & the National Mall. With an ex-White House writer, and author of books on U.S. politics and history! The area is jammed with intriguing buildings, statues, and memories of famous persons and events. A good idea of our tours can be found here: https://www.meetup.com/Lafayette-Sq-Tours-of-Scandal-Assassination-Spies-Meetup/ Other things to note MEET at the John Paul Jones statues, at 17th St., S.W., DC, just southwest of the World War II Memorial.
Washington DC Night Tour w/Transportation
See DC with us on this professionally guided 3-hour tour of the National Mall. We tour in small groups which gives you a more personal experience and allows you to cover all of the major DC sites in just 3 hours. This tour is a combination of driving and walking. If you want to “see it all” then this is the tour for you. We start at the Washington Grand Hyatt. Meet your driver and guide in front of the Starbucks, hop in the van, and head over to the National Mall. Your guide will provide you with live commentary and historical background about the monuments, memorials, and other attractions that make up the Americas Capital City. You will have the chance to get out and explore several major DC attractions. Drop off and pick-ups are as close as legally possible to each of the sites. Tour ends back at the Washington Grand Hyatt. Thirsty? Just ask for complimentary water. Phone needs to be charged? Just let your driver know and they will provide you with charging equipment. We tour rain or shine and provide umbrellas if needed. Interested in a private tour? Check out some of our private tour options. https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/949515?guests=1&adults=1&s=67&unique_share_id=22a9bb34-7291-4be9-bdc0-9ee793272345
White House with former Kennedy staffer
This is a walking and history tour that walks the complete outside circumference of the gated portion of the White House. Prior to 09/11, as a former White House staffer, I could simply show my ID and take visitors in for a tour. That perk evaporated on 09/12/2001, and inside tours must be requested through a member of Congress. An external, walking tour is the next best thing to a tour inside, with my sharing features of major rooms in the White House, the West Wing, and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where my office was when I worked at the White House. In addition to the history of the building and stories about some of its occupants, you get the perspective of a former White House staffer who worked for two US presidents and on the campaigns of two candidates who did not win the presidency. I have met every president who has served during my lifetime, from FDR through the current president. The meet place is outside the White House Visitor Center, on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 14th and 15th Streets, NW. The walk begins by passing through the recently dedicated National World War I Memorial, and proceeds past the Sherman Monument to the Ellipse on the side of the White House, with stories, photographs, and opportunities for questions. Continuing toward the official front of the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, we pass the first headquarters of the America

Your guide to Washington

What do locals do in Washington DC?

Washington, DC is an extremely walkable city, and many locals skip the Metro and ride shares so they can enjoy the storied streets by foot. Hill East (part of Capitol Hill) is a family-friendly neighborhood that makes for a low-key stroll or bike ride to enjoy charming homes; meanwhile those looking for a more lively outing head to U Street (also known as Black Broadway for its impressive African American arts and culture scene) and H Street NE for the arts and some of the best food in the city. In-the-know residents of the capital city of the United States head to the museums after hours, when the crowds have dissipated.


What are the best ways to see Washington monuments?

Join Washington insiders at the National Mall

What better way to learn about the National Mall favorites such as the White House than with the people who had access to presidents and their staff? Tour the perimeter of the White House to hear entertaining stories in places like Lafayette Square from political insiders.

Go on food tours

Walk the beautiful Potomac River, see parts of the Georgetown University campus, pass by historic churches and homes — and top it off with coffee and donuts. Explore Washington’s African American food, art, and music on a neighborhood tour. Taste a sampling of locally owned restaurants in Old Town. For those who want hands-on history, master French macarons, Puerto Rican dishes, and Italian cookies, among other goods, with local chefs during cooking classes.

Kayak to the National Arboretum

One way to avoid the crowds of walking tours: take a kayak instead. On a kayak tour, a local expert shares stories about the Anacostia neighborhood and its surroundings, including the story of the Peace Tree, which survived the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, and was later gifted to the Arboretum.