Unique things to do in Washington
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Unique things to do in Washington

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Travel like a local

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

National Mall Guided Moonlight Adventure w/Transportation
Experience the heart of Washington, DC with us on a guided 3-hour journey through the National Mall. This dynamic tour seamlessly blends driving and walking to ensure you "SEE IT ALL." Starting at the Washington Grand Hyatt, our adventure begins right in front of Starbucks. Meet your knowledgeable Tour Guide, board our comfortable van, and set off for the National Mall. With live commentary from your guide, immerse yourself in the stories behind the monuments, memorials, and other captivating attractions that define the National Mall's significance. Throughout the tour, you'll have the opportunity to disembark and explore several of DC's major attractions for 15 to 25 minutes at each location. Our drop-offs and pickups are strategically situated as close as legally feasible to each site, ensuring convenient access. As the tour concludes, we return you to the Washington Grand Hyatt. And to cater to your comfort: - Stay refreshed with complimentary water. - Keep your phone powered up with our charging equipment, simply inform your driver. - No need to worry about the weather – rain or shine, we've got you covered with umbrellas.
Exploring a Secret Fort
We're going to explore one of the true hidden wonders of Washington, D.C., a Civil War fort nestled deep in Rock Creek Park. In July, 1864, a Confederate Army attempted a surprise invasion of Washington, D.C., hoping to sow panic and drive Congress and President Lincoln from the Capitol. Confederate forces swept into the city, and fought a desperate battle among the northern defenses of Washington. President Lincoln rode over to the see the fighting, the only time in American history a president has been under enemy fire. Eventually Union forces repelled the attack, and Washington was saved. It’s considered one of the greatest what-ifs in American history: Had the Union lost the battle, most historians believe there would have been a negotiated settlement to the war, and a durable Confederate nation. We’re going to visit Fort DeRussy, one of the forts that drove back the Confederate attack, and learn the full story of how the Civil War came to Washington. Abandoned after the war and overgrown, Fort DeRussy was practically lost to history. Today, it’s virtually unknown: I grew up blocks away and didn't even know it was there. It's an astonishing, beautiful ruin in a peaceful forest grove. Other things to note Please check the weather in advance and dress accordingly. Wear clothing that you don't mind getting a bit dirty and be sure to wear comfy shoes.
See DC in a Day National Mall Guided Adventure
Discover the heart of the Nation's Capital with our expertly guided 4-hour tour of the Iconic National Mall. If you're eager to "SEE IT ALL," then this is the tour for you. Tour Highlights: Meeting Point: Your adventure begins at the Washington Grand Hyatt, where you'll meet your friendly and knowledgeable tour guide in front of Starbucks. After a warm welcome, you'll hop into our comfortable van, ready to explore the treasures of the National Mall. Driving and Walking: This comprehensive tour combines the convenience of driving with the intimacy of walking, offering you the best of both worlds. You'll cover all the major DC sites, including monuments, memorials, and other attractions. Live Commentary: Throughout the journey, your expert guide will provide live commentary, offering fascinating insights into the history, significance, and stories behind the monuments and landmarks that grace the National Mall. Exploration Time: At each major site, you'll have the opportunity to disembark and explore for 15 to 25 minutes. We ensure drop-off and pick-up locations are as close as legally possible to make your experience seamless. Private Experience: Want an exclusive tour for just your group? You can book our Private Experience, accommodating groups of up to 30 people. Enjoy a personalized adventure tailored to your interests.
Kayak to the National Arboretum
Meet at Bladensburg Waterfront Park 15 minutes before departure to talk and outfit before we paddle a couple of miles down to the National Arboretum (part of the USDA's park and research gardens in Washington, D.C. ). If you are game, we'll take trash bags with us to collect any floating debris. After returning from our paddle, we will shuttle to the National Arboretum to enjoy lunch and conversation. Your guide(s) will share stories about the Anacostia and its surroundings, including the story of The Peace Tree (1625), which survived 1945 Hiroshima, Japan, and was later gifted to the Arboretum. About 2-3 hours of time in the kayaks. Total experience is 4.5-5 hours. Price includes kayak rental and gear, lovely picnic lunch, pleasant company, story time, and peaceful/relaxing sights and sounds. Parties of 4 or more earn discounts--to qualify book all guests under one reservation. Note: experience will be be rescheduled or refunded if there is 51% or greater chance of rain or thunderstorms (based on the hourly forecast the Friday before departure). Watch your email for updates. Update 6.25.23: The dock at the Arboretum is temporary unavailable. Therefore, will will kayak first and shuttle to the Arboretum for the second part of your experience.
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.

Loved by locals

DC Classic Cocktail Experience with Drinkmasters' Kapri
Looking for one of DC’s best-kept secrets? Join us for an exclusive cocktail experience showcasing Netflix-featured, award-winning mixologist Kapri Robinson. In an engaging 60-minute session, you’ll be guided through a professional tasting, learn the history of two classic cocktails, and get answers to your pressing bartending questions — once you have the password to enter! This intimate experience is limited to 8 people per sitting and is hosted at a hidden gem in DC— it can only be found if you know what and who you're looking for. The experience includes 2 spirit tastings, 2 cocktails, snacks, drink recipes, private VIP access to one of DC’s top venues, and lessons on cocktail 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 know-how to dazzle your friends with your newfound ability to make 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, drink in hand.
Professional Photo Session in DC
I will take photographs of you while we walk to a few locations throughout Washington DC. This will include the United States Capital Building, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument. If the weather is good, we will also go to a beautiful park where you really feel and see the lovely DC landscape. I will focus on taking pictures in as natural a way as possible, while you go about enjoying the scenery. In the end, you will have professional-looking pictures that I believe you will thoroughly enjoy. We will take a look at some of the pictures and I will then send them to you digitally.
Discover Baltimore with Private Chef Calvin
Enjoy your very own private chef experience at your place! Take advantage of our group discounts! ★ 15% OFF — groups from 4 to 5 guests ★ 20% OFF — groups of +6 guests Learn the secrets hidden within each dish, and enjoy a delicious multi-course meal. Get ready to discover the taste of Baltimore without leaving your own dining room! I will arrive 90 minutes before your preferred dining time in order to begin working my magic. I won't arrive empty-handed! No-no, I will show up at your doorstep equipped with every ingredient needed in order to prepare your meal. Feel free to put your apron on and cook some of the dishes with me! I am eager to share with you the secrets behind my recipes and Baltimore local hidden treasures. Not in the mood? Well then lay down, relax, enjoy a few appetizers and allow me and my team to take care of you. Eat, share, drink, laugh, and explore Baltimore dining scene from your own table. Oh and don’t worry about tidying up, everything will be left spotless for you to continue to enjoy! To have a closer look at my menus check out the What's Included section below. Please note that to book an experience there is a minimum of 2 guests required.
French Cooking Class - Make Crepes From Scratch
Come learn a bit about French culture while learning how to make traditional-French crepes from scratch with Chantal, a French native and owner of Crepes by C! This class is a completely hands-on experience. You will prepare your own batter by mixing pre-measured ingredients, learn how to use a professional crepe machine and have the opportunity to try your hand at making delicious crepes. I will provide all the necessary tools and ingredients. By the end of the class, you will have the skills and confidence to prepare 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!
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.

Don't miss these local landmarks

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. 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 for an additional cost. 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.
Fun and Interactive Guided National Mall Tour with a Local
Experience this 2.5 hour guided walking tour of the National Mall. You will get to experience the nation's capital through the practiced poetic gaze of a local. First, we'll meet on the corner of 15th St NW & Madison Drive NW. Bring something to drink and some comfortable shoes. We will begin our walk to the first stop on the tour, The Washington Monument or as I like to call it, The Eiffel Tower of DC. Then, we will proceed to the World War II Veteran's Memorial where an amazing little secret lies. Before we head to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, we will make a bathroom stop for all those who might need it. Then, we will continue on to the Lincoln Memorial (a personal favorite) and finally end our tour with the Korean War Verterans Memorial. Throughout this tour, guests will be encouraged to participate. I will pose a few DC-specific trivia questions that will keep you engaged and whose answers will come into as the tour progresses and your knowlegde of DC grows. Be prepared to learn well kept secrets and interesting facts, little known even to most DC locals. Guaranteed to leave you feeling in awe of our resilience as a nation. You are in for a treat.
Arlington National Cemetery Guided Tour
A sobering reminder of the realities of war, but a stunningly beautiful tribute, the Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place of over 400,000 service members and their families. This semi-private guided walking tour welcomes up to 8 people to explore the grounds, which once belonged to General Robert E. Lee – don’t worry, we’ll tell you who he was, as well as many other of its permanent inhabitants. Learn about the more famous tombs of President John F. Kennedy, soldier Audie Murphy on this semi-private tour. We’ll even explore a few less known graves, like that of famed boxer Joe Louis. Along with a few carefully selected residents, your engaging guide will take you to the Tomb of the Unknowns where you may even witness a Changing of the Guard ceremony. Visit the more modern memorials to the victims of the space shuttles Columbia and Challenger while walking these hallowed grounds.
WASHINGTON DC PASEO tour español
Caminata en National Mall. Un recorrido para conocer las principales atracciones, históricas y lugares de esta bella ciudad. Impresionantes paisajes y vista de la capital de los Estados Unidos de América. Recorremos los monumentos más importantes y conocidos de la ciudad, apreciaremos algunos de los visitados Museos del Smithsonian. Conversaremos sobre la interesante historia de esta peculiar ciudad.
Struggle & Triumph - Black History on Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC was dubbed Chocolate City due to being a major center of Black population, political leadership, culture, arts, and wealth. A big part of that story involves Pennsylvania avenue. Walk the Avenue and learn about the emancipation of enslaved DC residents, a grand march for the women's vote, the infamous Snow Riot, the evolution of Home Rule, local DC history, and much more. This tour focuses on the Black history of DC and the country as a whole! Stops include Old City Hall, the National Council of Negro Women, National Archives (outside), FDR's original memorial, the FBI, Newspaper Row, Freedom Plaza, and the new World War I Memorial. Other things to note: This tour ends at the intersection of 14th & Penn Ave NW, 11 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.

Activities near top attractions

National Mall1,111 locals recommend
National Air and Space Museum809 locals recommend
Washington Monument790 locals recommend
Smithsonian National Zoological Park771 locals recommend
Lincoln Memorial697 locals recommend
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History647 locals recommend

Things to do near Capitol Hill

Professional Photo Session in DC
I will take photographs of you while we walk to a few locations throughout Washington DC. This will include the United States Capital Building, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument. If the weather is good, we will also go to a beautiful park where you really feel and see the lovely DC landscape. I will focus on taking pictures in as natural a way as possible, while you go about enjoying the scenery. In the end, you will have professional-looking pictures that I believe you will thoroughly enjoy. We will take a look at some of the pictures and I will then send them to you digitally.
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. We might 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 site of the Appomattox statue, the locale 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. Plenty free parking on streets 3-4 blocks north and south of King St.
Private Shoot w/ Celebrity Photographer
This Airbnb experience is for those wanting a few casual photos of their time in DC. This experience takes place at the National Mall. We'll stroll past a few landmarks and monuments and get some amazing photos of you and your family or friends! ((I have no availability until September)) **All photoshoots are private and not a group experience. **You will receive your photos the SAME DAY! **Price is per person. Discount for 4+ people (please message me directly) **No outfit changes for 1hr shoots **Kids and pets are welcome. (No charge for pets or kids 2 and under.) **Additional fee for different location in DC ----------------------------- Anyone being photographed needs to pay for a slot. I don't allow people to just hop in a few photos. We will be walking the entire time so wear comfortable shoes & dress appropriately for the weather :)
White House Tales of Scandal & Intrigue
Join me in exploring the hidden history of the White House neighborhood, Lafayette Square, and its most unusual events and personalities. As part of this tour, you’ll learn about the biggest scandal in Washington's history, which toppled an entire presidential Cabinet. Best way to contact: savvyveteran at gmail dot com Meet in the middle of Lafayette Sq. at the Gen. Jackson statue. You’ll hear stories you won’t hear anywhere else, including: the hidden symbols within the White House's architecture, spies who operated from the Square, the wildest parties in presidential history, the murder of a District Attorney by a Congressman, the enslaved woman who ignited a Civil Rights revolution, deadly duels between military officers, the tragic death of America's first female professional photographer, the untold stories of presidential assassinations, the nation's first and little-known civil war, where the CIA and the space program were founded...and more!
Arlington National Cemetery Guided Tour
A sobering reminder of the realities of war, but a stunningly beautiful tribute, the Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place of over 400,000 service members and their families. This semi-private guided walking tour welcomes up to 8 people to explore the grounds, which once belonged to General Robert E. Lee – don’t worry, we’ll tell you who he was, as well as many other of its permanent inhabitants. Learn about the more famous tombs of President John F. Kennedy, soldier Audie Murphy on this semi-private tour. We’ll even explore a few less known graves, like that of famed boxer Joe Louis. Along with a few carefully selected residents, your engaging guide will take you to the Tomb of the Unknowns where you may even witness a Changing of the Guard ceremony. Visit the more modern memorials to the victims of the space shuttles Columbia and Challenger while walking these hallowed grounds.

Things to do near Georgetown

Residential · Historic · Quiet

National Mall Guided Moonlight Adventure w/Transportation
Experience the heart of Washington, DC with us on a guided 3-hour journey through the National Mall. This dynamic tour seamlessly blends driving and walking to ensure you "SEE IT ALL." Starting at the Washington Grand Hyatt, our adventure begins right in front of Starbucks. Meet your knowledgeable Tour Guide, board our comfortable van, and set off for the National Mall. With live commentary from your guide, immerse yourself in the stories behind the monuments, memorials, and other captivating attractions that define the National Mall's significance. Throughout the tour, you'll have the opportunity to disembark and explore several of DC's major attractions for 15 to 25 minutes at each location. Our drop-offs and pickups are strategically situated as close as legally feasible to each site, ensuring convenient access. As the tour concludes, we return you to the Washington Grand Hyatt. And to cater to your comfort: - Stay refreshed with complimentary water. - Keep your phone powered up with our charging equipment, simply inform your driver. - No need to worry about the weather – rain or shine, we've got you covered with umbrellas.
DC Classic Cocktail Experience with Drinkmasters' Kapri
Looking for one of DC’s best-kept secrets? Join us for an exclusive cocktail experience showcasing Netflix-featured, award-winning mixologist Kapri Robinson. In an engaging 60-minute session, you’ll be guided through a professional tasting, learn the history of two classic cocktails, and get answers to your pressing bartending questions — once you have the password to enter! This intimate experience is limited to 8 people per sitting and is hosted at a hidden gem in DC— it can only be found if you know what and who you're looking for. The experience includes 2 spirit tastings, 2 cocktails, snacks, drink recipes, private VIP access to one of DC’s top venues, and lessons on cocktail 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 know-how to dazzle your friends with your newfound ability to make 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, drink in hand.
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.
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. 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 for an additional cost. 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.
Fun and Interactive Guided National Mall Tour with a Local
Experience this 2.5 hour guided walking tour of the National Mall. You will get to experience the nation's capital through the practiced poetic gaze of a local. First, we'll meet on the corner of 15th St NW & Madison Drive NW. Bring something to drink and some comfortable shoes. We will begin our walk to the first stop on the tour, The Washington Monument or as I like to call it, The Eiffel Tower of DC. Then, we will proceed to the World War II Veteran's Memorial where an amazing little secret lies. Before we head to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, we will make a bathroom stop for all those who might need it. Then, we will continue on to the Lincoln Memorial (a personal favorite) and finally end our tour with the Korean War Verterans Memorial. Throughout this tour, guests will be encouraged to participate. I will pose a few DC-specific trivia questions that will keep you engaged and whose answers will come into as the tour progresses and your knowlegde of DC grows. Be prepared to learn well kept secrets and interesting facts, little known even to most DC locals. Guaranteed to leave you feeling in awe of our resilience as a nation. You are in for a treat.

Things to do near Dupont Circle

Bohemian · Quiet · Historic

Exploring a Secret Fort
We're going to explore one of the true hidden wonders of Washington, D.C., a Civil War fort nestled deep in Rock Creek Park. In July, 1864, a Confederate Army attempted a surprise invasion of Washington, D.C., hoping to sow panic and drive Congress and President Lincoln from the Capitol. Confederate forces swept into the city, and fought a desperate battle among the northern defenses of Washington. President Lincoln rode over to the see the fighting, the only time in American history a president has been under enemy fire. Eventually Union forces repelled the attack, and Washington was saved. It’s considered one of the greatest what-ifs in American history: Had the Union lost the battle, most historians believe there would have been a negotiated settlement to the war, and a durable Confederate nation. We’re going to visit Fort DeRussy, one of the forts that drove back the Confederate attack, and learn the full story of how the Civil War came to Washington. Abandoned after the war and overgrown, Fort DeRussy was practically lost to history. Today, it’s virtually unknown: I grew up blocks away and didn't even know it was there. It's an astonishing, beautiful ruin in a peaceful forest grove. Other things to note Please check the weather in advance and dress accordingly. Wear clothing that you don't mind getting a bit dirty and be sure to wear comfy shoes.
Photo session at the National Gallery of Art
Welcome to my unique and exclusive Airbnb experience at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC! Join me for a one-of-a-kind photo session that will take you on a journey through the stunning galleries and open areas of this iconic museum. As we explore the museum, I will capture stunning images of you and your group among the masterpieces, creating a lasting memory of your visit to the National Gallery of Art. Whether you're an art enthusiast or not, this experience is perfect for anyone simply looking to capture some beautiful memories. I'm a professional photographer and not an art historian. So I cannot offer much regarding the history behind the artifacts in the gallery. The experience will be focused more on using the masterpieces and architecture of the museum as a backdrop for photos. So come and join me for a truly unique and unforgettable experience at one of the most iconic museums in the world!
Kayak to the National Arboretum
Meet at Bladensburg Waterfront Park 15 minutes before departure to talk and outfit before we paddle a couple of miles down to the National Arboretum (part of the USDA's park and research gardens in Washington, D.C. ). If you are game, we'll take trash bags with us to collect any floating debris. After returning from our paddle, we will shuttle to the National Arboretum to enjoy lunch and conversation. Your guide(s) will share stories about the Anacostia and its surroundings, including the story of The Peace Tree (1625), which survived 1945 Hiroshima, Japan, and was later gifted to the Arboretum. About 2-3 hours of time in the kayaks. Total experience is 4.5-5 hours. Price includes kayak rental and gear, lovely picnic lunch, pleasant company, story time, and peaceful/relaxing sights and sounds. Parties of 4 or more earn discounts--to qualify book all guests under one reservation. Note: experience will be be rescheduled or refunded if there is 51% or greater chance of rain or thunderstorms (based on the hourly forecast the Friday before departure). Watch your email for updates. Update 6.25.23: The dock at the Arboretum is temporary unavailable. Therefore, will will kayak first and shuttle to the Arboretum for the second part of your experience.
DC Black Broadway Tour
Tour Season is April- November What's the astonishingly simple reason why visitors often miss out on the charm of Black Broadway? Its hidden in plain site. Discover the rich legacy of U street explained through the lens of a local. Stroll with me as we explore historical sites (past and present), uncover interesting truths, and use all 5 senses to do so. Work up a good appetite as we'll end our tour at Ben's Chilli Bowl, an ABSOLUTE staple in DC! To remain flexible, food from Ben's Chilli Bowl is not included in the price of the ticket. Feel fee free to bring money to cover dining expense. Menu items range from around $5-$15/ person Tour Season is April-November
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.

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.