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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.

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Guided Twilight DC 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 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 Check out the great photos taken on our tours. https://www.instagram.com/seedctoday/
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.
Guided National Mall Day Tour w/Transportation
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 Check out the great photos taken on our tours. https://www.instagram.com/seedctoday/
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 :)
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.

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Morning Photo Session in Washington DC
Avoid the crowds and 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'll take a 10 minute walk and take more photos along the way at one of the beautiful parks used often by local photographers for it's great scenery. Price is per person. For groups of two or more, this experience is private. And groups are discounted during checkout. If you are making a reservation for one person, the experience is not private and another guest may book and join you. We will walk together as a group and rotate between who is taking pictures. Select two people if you do not wish to share your session with another person. 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 want a longer session so we can visit more DC landmarks.
Reflections DC Private Boat Cruise
-All staff fully vaccinated -Group discount (3 or more) 10-20% ($117-135 p/p) -Children (min. age 5) $80 -Sunset Cruises (6:30PM) are $159 per person -Times: 11am, 130pm, 4pm, 630pm A trip with Reflections DC with Captain Jerry is a private, special tour experience where you book your own vessel and captain. I will take you up and down the waterways of Washington D.C. and show you an entirely new angle of the city. I do take pride in providing my guests with a very special experience. I love showing people how joyful it is to be out on the water, and this city is one of the best places to do it in. I love to share stories about my time at sea, both local and afar, and talk about the happenings of Washington DC both in and out of the water. A much more personable experience than simply going on a generic boat tour. The vessel is a beautiful runabout, designed in the 60's. She has very classic lines and comfortable seating and a lounging area that makes the experience intimate. What my guests always tell me is that you feel like you're 'on the water,' and not 'in a boat.' This vessel us feel like we are part of the river instead of intruding on it. -Vessel for this tour is Cortina, a 17 foot classic Boston Whaler -Guests will sign a waiver -Please use 'Book as a Private Group' whenever applicable -Please message if guests have mobility issues
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 25 Instagram 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, andI 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.
Washington DC After Dark Bike Tour
This evening bike tour takes you to the National Mall and Potomac Tidal Basin when the monuments are less crowded, the air is cooler, and the views are magnificent. You'll arrive 15 minutes to tour time to check-in and be fitted on your bike. Our hybrid bikes are perfect for city riding and we have a variety of sizes to fit you - no matter how tall or small. Our bikes have a handle bar bag and rack so you can store all the essentials - phone, keys, wallet. We'll head out to the first stop, where we'll stop and your guide will share some history, and unique facts, and perhaps a dark secret or two. Your tour will cover about 5 miles in three hours, making stops at all of the major monuments and memorials on the National Mall and around the Tidal Basin. At each stop, you'll hear from your guide before being given a few minutes to explore on your own and snap a photo or two. Don't worry! Your guide will stick close to the bikes, giving you the freedom to wander a bit. Our tour route will end back at our shop, where our staff can help direct you to your next activity. Or you can, choose to keep your bike and keep exploring on your own (additional cost). Other things to note Arrive for check in 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Attachments for children are available. There is an optional insurance policy available in-store.
Smithsonian American History Museum Tour
This semi-private guided museum tour welcomes up to 8 guests to hear the tale of a ragtag group of colonists who built one of the world’s most powerful countries, the United States. Spend 2.5 hours with one of our charming and knowledgeable guides visiting the unique collection of American artifacts at the National Museum of American History.   The Smithsonian National Museum of American History traces this ascent through a one-of-a-kind collection of items including the actual banner that inspired the country’s national anthem. Learn about the first president, George Washington, while viewing his sword and discover how Hollywood has helped shape this country when you check out Dorothy’s ruby red slippers. Discuss segregation through the Greensboro lunch counter and the role of women through the first ladies’ gowns. This tour will help you to understand the turbulent history that has marked the United States of America. Highlights Generally Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.) The Star Spangled Banner Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers First Ladies’ Gowns George Washington’s Sword Greensboro Lunch Counter Thomas Jefferson’s Desk

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Explore Secret Doors & Themed Rooms
From spies to secret passageways put your super sleuth skills to the test as you search for over 70 secret doors and explore our themed rooms. We would never give you a map - this would ruin the surprise of finding a secret door. We do show you a video and talk to you about the Big O before you start your journey. It’s not in the finding, it’s in the seeking that is important. Experience the magic! Your self-guided experience will begin with an in-depth video introduction to our history and our secret doors, as well as what to look for as you go. Then, we will send you off on your own to search for the secrets and treasures that are everywhere to be found. As you explore the mansion, which is steeped in history and intrigue, you'll be walking in the footsteps of presidents, freedom fighters, G-Men, historians, famous musicians, and fiction writers. Built 125 years ago, nearly every President since Teddy Roosevelt has visited. • socially distanced self-guided tour • masks available & required for unvaccinated guests • hand sanitizer stations throughout • complimentary gloves available • signage to promote social distancing Other things to note All ages can attend. If you have a short attention span, this is the place for you because there is so much to see and do. If you are a minimalist, you will be overwhelmed. Museum closes: 5pm except for Fridays and Saturdays: 9pm.
Ultimate DC Highlights Tour by Bike
You'll arrive 15 minutes to tour time to check-in and be fitted on your bike. Our hybrid bikes are perfect for city riding and we have a variety of sizes to fit you - no matter how tall or small. Our bikes have a handle bar bag and rack so you can store all the essentials - phone, keys, wallet. After getting set up, you'll meet your guide & your group and hear a few safety tips and "rules of the road" before setting off on tour. We'll head out to the first stop, where we'll stop and your guide will share some history, and unique facts, and perhaps a dark secret or two. Your tour will cover about 5 miles in three hours, making stops at all of the major monuments and memorials on the National Mall and around the Tidal Basin. At each stop, you'll hear from your guide before being given a few minutes to explore on your own and snap a photo or two. Don't worry! Your guide will stick close to the bikes, giving you the freedom to wander a bit. Our tour route will end back at our shop, where our staff can help direct you to your next activity. Or you can, choose to keep your bike and keep exploring on your own (additional cost). Other things to note Arrive for check in 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Tours depart on time; we cannot accommodate late arrivals. There is an optional insurance policy available for purchase onsite.
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
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.
Monumental History Hike / Washington DC Sunset Walk
Regularly Scheduled Tours are often on Mondays & Thursdays 7pm-930pm but you may REQUEST DATES / TIMES YEAR-ROUND. Hello friends! Join me on a fun-filled walk uncovering the intriguing history and controversies hidden behind the famous landmarks along the National Mall and Tidal Basin. I’ll reveal how DC's favorite pastime; politics and money, shaped our capital city as it made its dubious rise to prominence. We’ll visit the major monuments/memorials including the Washington Monument (exterior), Lincoln, MLK, WWII, Korea, & Vietnam with great views and entertaining stories of the White House, Capitol Building, Smithsonian Institution, & Jefferson Memorial. I’ll give you some time to explore own your own and throw in a few “bad / dad jokes” free of charge! …Tour is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours and about 2.5 miles of mostly flat terrain. After you book, I’ll provide you my Top 5 tips when traveling to DC. Feel free to contact me with any questions! Tour Highlights: Washington Monument Capital Building White House World War II Memorial Lincoln Memorial Vietnam Memorial Korea Memorial MLK Memorial & other hidden gems

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Things to do near Georgetown

172 locals recommend

Explore Secret Doors & Themed Rooms
From spies to secret passageways put your super sleuth skills to the test as you search for over 70 secret doors and explore our themed rooms. We would never give you a map - this would ruin the surprise of finding a secret door. We do show you a video and talk to you about the Big O before you start your journey. It’s not in the finding, it’s in the seeking that is important. Experience the magic! Your self-guided experience will begin with an in-depth video introduction to our history and our secret doors, as well as what to look for as you go. Then, we will send you off on your own to search for the secrets and treasures that are everywhere to be found. As you explore the mansion, which is steeped in history and intrigue, you'll be walking in the footsteps of presidents, freedom fighters, G-Men, historians, famous musicians, and fiction writers. Built 125 years ago, nearly every President since Teddy Roosevelt has visited. • socially distanced self-guided tour • masks available & required for unvaccinated guests • hand sanitizer stations throughout • complimentary gloves available • signage to promote social distancing Other things to note All ages can attend. If you have a short attention span, this is the place for you because there is so much to see and do. If you are a minimalist, you will be overwhelmed. Museum closes: 5pm except for Fridays and Saturdays: 9pm.
Guided Twilight DC 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 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 Check out the great photos taken on our tours. https://www.instagram.com/seedctoday/
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.
Morning Photo Session in Washington DC
Avoid the crowds and 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'll take a 10 minute walk and take more photos along the way at one of the beautiful parks used often by local photographers for it's great scenery. Price is per person. For groups of two or more, this experience is private. And groups are discounted during checkout. If you are making a reservation for one person, the experience is not private and another guest may book and join you. We will walk together as a group and rotate between who is taking pictures. Select two people if you do not wish to share your session with another person. 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 want a longer session so we can visit more DC landmarks.
Ultimate DC Highlights Tour by Bike
You'll arrive 15 minutes to tour time to check-in and be fitted on your bike. Our hybrid bikes are perfect for city riding and we have a variety of sizes to fit you - no matter how tall or small. Our bikes have a handle bar bag and rack so you can store all the essentials - phone, keys, wallet. After getting set up, you'll meet your guide & your group and hear a few safety tips and "rules of the road" before setting off on tour. We'll head out to the first stop, where we'll stop and your guide will share some history, and unique facts, and perhaps a dark secret or two. Your tour will cover about 5 miles in three hours, making stops at all of the major monuments and memorials on the National Mall and around the Tidal Basin. At each stop, you'll hear from your guide before being given a few minutes to explore on your own and snap a photo or two. Don't worry! Your guide will stick close to the bikes, giving you the freedom to wander a bit. Our tour route will end back at our shop, where our staff can help direct you to your next activity. Or you can, choose to keep your bike and keep exploring on your own (additional cost). Other things to note Arrive for check in 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Tours depart on time; we cannot accommodate late arrivals. There is an optional insurance policy available for purchase onsite.

Things to do near Old Town

195 locals recommend

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.
Bracelet making in 100-year-old building
We will begin with a peek in the Boutique, featuring jewelry handcrafted by award-winning US artists, and a behind-the-scenes look at my working jewelry studio. I will also share some history of my 1890 building, including a copy of the handwritten deed to the original house. In the workshop you will use a combination of specialized jeweler's hand tools (the same that were used to make jewelry in the 19th century) and modern equipment to make your bracelet. First, you will hammer steel letter stamps to impress inspirational words, phrases, and designs of your choice onto a copper strip. Then, you will form the strip into a cuff bracelet with hammers and steel tools, oxidize (blacken) the metal, and polish to your desired finish. You will go home with a meaningful piece of jewelry that you created with your own hands. We limit the workshop to four students to guarantee lots of personal instruction, as well as the opportunity to get to know your classmates. You can relax and enjoy a glass of wine. Other things to note Our studio workstations are separated by plexiglass barriers. Hand sanitizer, masks, and disposable smocks are available. Unfortunately, our Victorian-era building is not fully accessible to the handicapped.
Explore Alexandria's African American History
Together, we will explore the sites that speak to the richness of Alexandria's African American History, and in particular, we will visit sites where runaway slaves joined the Underground Railroad and sites where Alexandria's abolitionists lived and worked.
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.
Private Brunching Made Easy
Join me as I prepare a private chef Brunch experience. I will take you on an interactive culinary journey of enticing flavors. I will be preparing a combination of individual dishes showcasing various ingredients and flavors. Guests will be welcomed with the sound of music playing in the background, a welcome Mimosa and savory bites. Guests will also be indulged with Brunch --- served family style. This Menu includes Brunch Casserole Choose one: Waffle, French Toast or Pancake Bar Bacon & Sausage (this can accommodate non-pork products) Delicious Breakfast Board Assortment of fresh fruits, cheeses, & pastries Caramel Apple Roll ups Drink Station: Mimosas (Orange Juice, Cranberry or Pineapple) Non- Alcoholic Beverages ( Orange, Cranberry, Apple) *If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions (including vegetarian), please contact me at least 48 hours prior to the experience. These experiences feature a set menu. Get ready to eat and indulge in some delicious food. You will also be given the recipe for the meal at the end of the experience. Bon Appétit! Chef Lacey

Things to do near Capitol Hill

58 locals recommend

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 :)
Guided National Mall Day Tour w/Transportation
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 Check out the great photos taken on our tours. https://www.instagram.com/seedctoday/
Reflections DC Private Boat Cruise
-All staff fully vaccinated -Group discount (3 or more) 10-20% ($117-135 p/p) -Children (min. age 5) $80 -Sunset Cruises (6:30PM) are $159 per person -Times: 11am, 130pm, 4pm, 630pm A trip with Reflections DC with Captain Jerry is a private, special tour experience where you book your own vessel and captain. I will take you up and down the waterways of Washington D.C. and show you an entirely new angle of the city. I do take pride in providing my guests with a very special experience. I love showing people how joyful it is to be out on the water, and this city is one of the best places to do it in. I love to share stories about my time at sea, both local and afar, and talk about the happenings of Washington DC both in and out of the water. A much more personable experience than simply going on a generic boat tour. The vessel is a beautiful runabout, designed in the 60's. She has very classic lines and comfortable seating and a lounging area that makes the experience intimate. What my guests always tell me is that you feel like you're 'on the water,' and not 'in a boat.' This vessel us feel like we are part of the river instead of intruding on it. -Vessel for this tour is Cortina, a 17 foot classic Boston Whaler -Guests will sign a waiver -Please use 'Book as a Private Group' whenever applicable -Please message if guests have mobility issues
Explore the streets of Georgetown
Join us to explore the historic streets of Washington's oldest neighborhood! Established fifty years before the Capital, Georgetown began as a gritty port city on the banks of the Potomac River, described by Abigail Adams as a "dirty little hole". Despite its modest start, Georgetown is now home to palatial mansions, elegant cemeteries, stately churches, and a world class University. We'll explore the highlights and secrets of DC's most exclusive neighborhood, while learning about Georgetown's transformation in this rags to riches tale. Other things to note Our Georgetown tour does involved some steep hills and uneven sidewalks, so please wear sturdy shoes.
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.