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Washington DC: Monuments by Moonlight Electric Vehicle Tour

1. Washington DC: Monuments by Moonlight Electric Vehicle Tour

Test your night photography skills and see some jaw-dropping views while learning the history of the United States on this monuments tour at night. Hop into the electric-powered vehicle and learn about the monuments illuminated at night with your guide. Start at the Smithsonian Metro station, before heading towards the Smithsonian complex. Your guide will regale you with the story behind the amazing museums at the largest museum complex in the world. Drive past two of the city's most famous monuments, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. Afterward, wander through the Franklin D Roosevelt and Martin Luthe King memorials and enjoy a stroll along the serene Tidal Basin at sunset.  Continue past the World War I and World War II Memorials before arriving at the Lincoln Memorial. Here, be amazed by the views of the Potomac River and the National Mall sparkling in the dark.  Be entertained by stories of the city’s history, statues, and famous buildings on your way to the White House. Take a monument here to capture what is possibly the most iconic American landmark, known worldwide.  Your tour will end by exploring Capitol Hill. Home to the world-famous dome of the United States Capitol, plus the United States Supreme Court Building and the Library of Congress. 

National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

2. National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

The collection is housed in a purpose-built structure that covers the area of 18 football fields, but your guide will be there to make sure you don’t waste a second exploring the best parts. Your local English speaking guide will be an expert on the museum who will share a mix of historical & scientific information, background stories and surprising details with you.  Tour highlights: • The 46-karat Hope Diamond • The glowing Dom Pedro Aquamarine and the Star of Asia Sapphire • Real mummies • The Ocean Hall, where a real life coral reef exhibit brings the sea to you • The replica of Phoenix, a 45-ton whale that the museum has been following in the wild • The Fossil Lab • The Arctic Narwhal • Giraffes, elephants, polar bears and other land giants on display With over 126 million artifacts housed in the collection, you’ll be thankful to your passionate, and engaging guide for navigating you, bringing a personal touch to each tour, adding own favorite anecdotes and tips along the way.

U Street Neighborhood Food Tour

3. U Street Neighborhood Food Tour

The U Street neighborhood tour begins at Ben's Chili Bowl, directly across from the U Street metro. From there visit the other stops during a 3-hour long leisurely walking tour, that covers approximately 2 miles. During your tour, you will learn about several significant buildings and check out street art and murals that contribute to the story of U St. In addition to the stops at multiple restaurants, where you will enjoy a variety of carefully selected tastings, you will explore the history of the neighborhood. Stay for approximately 20 minutes at each stop and enjoy brief walks in-between. The tour will end close to the Shaw Metro stop at approximately 2:30 PM. A portion of each ticket is donated to Bread for the City, a charity that provides services to DC locals including providing food, clothing, and legal and medical services. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate vegan diets on this tour.

Washington D.C.: Taste of Georgetown Walking Food Tour

4. Washington D.C.: Taste of Georgetown Walking Food Tour

Sample Southern comfort food in a Prohibition-era bar, where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie Bouvier, sip tea near a canal once used to transport goods to the West and taste socially-conscious street food that helps feed refugees. Once a thriving port town, Georgetown is D.C.’s oldest neighborhood and still reveals glimpses of mule-drawn boats and flour mills. Discover Georgetown’s cosmopolitan past, where people from every continent and many religions lived together and built an eclectic culinary community. If you listen closely, you’ll hear melodies from one of the oldest jazz clubs in the country or feel the chill from the spookiest stairs ever used in film history. More than just a premier shopping destination, Georgetown has a delicious and culturally diverse history that might surprise you. A portion of your ticket will be donated to Bread for the City, a local charity that provides DC locals living in poverty with food, clothing, and medical and legal services.

Washington, DC: African American Heritage Walking Tour

5. Washington, DC: African American Heritage Walking Tour

Explore the U Street Corridor, once known as "Black Broadway," with a local guide and learn about African American history and heritage in Washington, D.C. After meeting your guide, set off on your stroll through what was once the heart of Black culture in America, attracting locals and visitors for an unparalleled music and nightlife scene. During your tour, hear about jazz musician Duke Ellington, a celebrated D.C. hero whose birthplace was here, and admire a towering sculpture in reverence to him. Soak up a section of the city that was once home to the largest urban African American community in the United States, and which is still as vibrant as ever, The food in the area is also eclectic and exciting. From soul food to Italian to the world-famous Ben's Chili Bowl and, uniquely, on the eastern end, the area known as “Little Ethiopia” for its concentration of residents from that country, you're sure to find somewhere to stop to eat after your tour.

Washington DC: National Gallery of Art - Guided Museum Tour

6. Washington DC: National Gallery of Art - Guided Museum Tour

Your local English speaking guide will not only be an expert on the museum, but they will also share the stories and scandals behind these paintings, discuss the techniques used to create these important works and explain how the museum itself transformed from a nearly empty building to a world-class museum in less than 100 years.   Tour highlights include (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.): • "Ginevra de’ Benci" by Leonardo da Vinci – the only painting by this artist in the USA • "Little Dancer" by Edgar Degas • The famous portrait of "George Washington" by Gilbert Stuart • "Self Portrait" by Vincent Van Gogh • "Venus with a Mirror" by Titian • "Woman with a Parasol" by Claude Monet • "The Alba Madonna" by Raphael With the collection featuring roughly 141,000 paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and forms of new media that stretch all the way back to the Middle Ages, you’ll be thankful to your passionate and engaging guide for navigating you, bringing a personal touch to each tour, adding own favorite anecdotes and tips along the way. 

Washington, DC: Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan Tour

7. Washington, DC: Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan Tour

Experience another side of Washington, DC, as you explore the rich history and cultural diversity of U Street, Columbia Heights, and Adams Morgan. Less than two miles north of the White House, these DC neighborhoods feel a world away from government buildings, monuments, and memorials. Home to carefully designed parks, grand mansions, churches, and colorful row homes, these neighborhoods have hosted and housed every type of resident, from the working class to the social elite. Discover the hidden architectural gems of DC and see the design and architecture that make these neighborhoods stand out in DC history. Hear stories of movers and shakers, protests, disasters, social scandals, and more.

Washington, DC: Georgetown Architecture Walking Tour

8. Washington, DC: Georgetown Architecture Walking Tour

Set at a leisurely pace, this guided walking tour includes Georgetown’s most iconic spots. Marvel at historic architecture while you learn about the neighborhood from your guide. Make your way to a centrally located meeting point in Georgetown and meet your guide to start your walking tour. Learn about a series of historic destinations as you walk. First, follow your guide to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which connects the Potomac River communities with markets and goods. See the Laird-Dunlop House, Newton D. Baker House, and Lydia English Seminary School for Girls, a boarding school that served the upper class. Hear the story of the Grafton Tyler Double House, pass the Christ Episcopal Church, and see the Hyde-Addison School. Visit the historic Yellow Tavern, also called the White Horse Tavern, then follow Pomander Walk past tiny, pastel row houses. Later, see where Alexander Graham Bell founded Volta Laboratory, and take in a series of academic destinations: Georgetown Preparatory School, Healy Hall, and the University Library. Get a look at campus nightlife at The Tombs, then visit the Car Barn, a renovated streetcar depot. Continue to the Francis Scott Key Memorial, Cady’s Alley, and finally the Georgetown Waterfront, where your tour will conclude.

Washington DC: Personalized & Private Food Tour with a Local

9. Washington DC: Personalized & Private Food Tour with a Local

Get a taste of the best food Washington DC has to offer on this tailored, personalized food tour at hipster feasting ground Union Market - a treasure trove of diverse food experiences. Nestled in between murals exploding with color, a haven of hearty flavors awaits. Indulge in artisan croissants at Nino’s or head to the welcoming arms of Sloppy Mama's, before sipping rum at a first of its kind distillery. Your guide will personalize your tour to your tastes and preferences. From world-class to tortillas to freshly rolled sushi, there’s lots to discover but your food-smart local guide will know exactly where to take you.

Washington DC: Dupont Circle & Embassy Row Architecture Tour

10. Washington DC: Dupont Circle & Embassy Row Architecture Tour

Meet your guide in the heart of Dupont Circle and begin your architecture walking tour. See Gilded Age mansions and grand international embassies that line the streets of one of DC's most lavish neighborhoods. Stroll along Embassy Row and marvel at some of the city's most magnificent properties, spanning the architectural gamut from Neo-classical to Beaux-Arts to Queen Anne. See notable buildings such as the Embassy of Indonesia, also known as the Walsh-McLean House, Anderson Mansion, Woodrow Wilson House, and many other architectural gems. With your professional guide, hear the stories and scandals that helped shape the nation behind the doors of some of the District's most extravagant homes.

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What people are saying about Washington, DC

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 27 reviews

Our guide Anne was excellent! She taught us some Georgetown history while feeding us local based foods. My favorite was the scrumptious falafel and second favorite was a tie between the crème brûlée and meatloaf with a mushroom sauce. Interesting history hearing about Mary Meyer, teacher Mary and visiting the various Kennedy ex-residences. Overall, a fantastic day, thanks to Anne. The weather also cooperated, lol. This is a must do tour

Sandy was amazing. She is very knowledgeable and made the tour so much fun. The sites were so beautiful all lit up at night and you will get some amazing photos. Sandy was the best photographer for us. It is great tour and the mode of transportation used enhances that experience. You will not regret booking this tour because we are so glad we did. Thank you Sandy for making this an incredible experience.

Kevin was literally the best guide we could have asked for! He was full of all the facts and super fun at the same time. I wish he could be my best friend! He even gave us some tips for the rest of our trip on what else we should see and do. Would definitely recommend to everyone and anyone! (Just be sure to empty your bladder ahead of time, toilets are scarce on the tour…… NOT Kevin’s fault!!)

Our guide was fun to ride with. She knew a lot about the history and pointed out some unique things like the blue rooster. One of our guests was elderly and she took such good care of us. She made sure to have us hop out and take pictures as well and helped. Dana was her name I think. Amazing!!! Would highly recommend.

The guide was knowledgeable, professional and kind. I enjoyed the pace of the guided tour and how specific highlights of the collection were shared. This allows you to choose what you wish to visit for a more in-depth look.