Washington, DC Culture & history

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Washington DC: Monuments by Moonlight Nighttime Trolley Tour

1. Washington DC: Monuments by Moonlight Nighttime Trolley Tour

See the most popular monuments of the U. S. capital illuminated at night on a guided trolley tour. The route follows streets that have been traveled by presidents and makes three stops for you to get off the trolley and explore the memorials on your own and take photos. Enjoy entertaining commentary from a professional tour guide who will entertain you with stories about the Capitol’s colorful past. The three stops on the tour are: 1. The Martin Luther King Memorial & the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial 2. The Iwo Jima Memorial (aka US Marine Corps War Memorial) 3. The Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial Besides stops at the major memorials, you will also get spectacular views of the Washington Memorial the White House, the National Mall, the Capitol Buildings, the Jefferson Memorial, the Smithsonian Museums and Castle, the FBI & Dept of Justice Buildings, and the World War II Memorial.

Washington DC: Museum of the Bible General Admission

2. Washington DC: Museum of the Bible General Admission

Steps from the National Mall, the Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, and educational institution with the purpose to invite all people to engage with the Bible. Showcasing rare and fascinating artifacts spanning 3,500 years of history, the museum offers visitors an immersive and personalized experience with the Bible, and its ongoing impact on the world. Admission includes access to 7 floors of informative and interactive displays and exhibits including a 12-minute film immersing viewers in the remarkable story of how the followers of Jesus grew into a thriving community and a 30-minute Hebrew Bible experience, where viewers encounter significant narratives including the stories of Noah's ark, the burning bush, and the Passover. This ticket allows you to explore the museum without the crowds with exclusive early access to the Museum from 9 AM, 1 hour before the Museum is open to the General Public at 10 AM (except on Sundays, when there is no Early Access). You also have the option to upgrade your ticket to include the 6-minute “Washington Revelations” Flight Simulator video. Take a dazzling, multi-sensory tour, "flying" past biblical references in and around Washington, D.C., from the Lincoln Memorial to the Library of Congress. Guests must be at least 42” in height to purchase this option.

From New York City: Washington and Philadelphia 1-Day Tour

3. From New York City: Washington and Philadelphia 1-Day Tour

Learn about American history on a tour of Washington DC and Philadelphia, both of which played important roles in the development of democracy in the USA. Visit the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall, Independence Hall, and more on a guided day trip with roundtrip transfers from NYC. Your day will begin with an early morning departure from Times Square in Manhattan, where you’ll be greeted by your bilingual tour guide for the day. After 4-5 hours, your first destination will be the nation's current capital, Washington, DC. Once there, visit the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. During the tour, stop for a classic outside view of the White House, home and office of the U.S. President, and the Capitol Building, home of the U.S. Congress. Your visit to Washington concludes with free time for lunch on your own. Your next destination, after a 3-hour journey, will be the first-ever U.S. capital, Philadelphia, PA. Visit its historic Old City neighborhood and the Independence National Historical Park where your guide will lead you on a brief walking tour. Then, ascend to the top of the Rocky Steps before returning to Times Square in Manhattan.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

4. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

Let your guide help you navigate through the over 145 million specimens at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History with on this tour. Discover an extensive collection of human artifacts, dinosaur bones, preserved plants, and animals. Meet your tour guide outside of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and begin your tour. Go directly to the collection highlights without getting lost. Save time and energy by visiting with a guide that knows the museum well. Listen to additional commentary on exhibits from your guide. See the world's most extensive collection of natural history specimens and human artifacts. View dinosaur remains and tools used by early humans. Admire unusual gemstones and ancient mummies.

From NYC: Washington D.C. Day Trip

5. From NYC: Washington D.C. Day Trip

Depart from New York City, and pass through the states of New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland before arriving in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. On this full-day tour you’ll see the iconic landmarks of the U.S. government, such as the Capitol, home to the U.S. Congress, and the White House, home to the president. Continue on to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum before visiting the Lincoln, Washington, Korean War, and Vietnam War memorials. In the late afternoon you’ll enjoy a panoramic city tour before setting off on your return journey to New York City, arriving in the early evening.

Washington, DC: African American History Tour

6. Washington, DC: African American History Tour

Travel back in time to some of the most iconic moments from the civil rights movement on an African American history tour of Washington DC. You will pass by the famous Emancipation Statue, the National Council of Negro Women, and more while learning about the history of the city from your guide.  Get picked up at the U.S. Navy Memorial and head to monuments such as the Emancipation Statue, Howard Theatre, and vibrant local black communities. Stand where Martin Luther King stood when he gave his famous "I have a dream" address and feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. After taking a glimpse into the past at the Home of Frederick Douglas, proceed to Howard University - one of the oldest black universities in the United States. On the way to Howard University, you will drive by Lincoln Park to visit the statue of educator, activist, and founder of the National Council of Negro Women - Mary McLeod Bethune. Following your visit to the beautiful Howard University campus, drive through Le Droit Park, Shaw Neighborhood, and Historic “U” Street. Home to the largest urban African American community in the United States in the early 1900s, it created its own “Black Broadway” - a home to entertainment legends from the past and present.  Next, see the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum to discover how the course of the Civil War was impacted by these disenfranchised soldiers. You will then take a journey into downtown DC to the sites of the national headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Once downtown, enter the Logan Circle historic district to see the historic Metropolitan AME Church and the Mary McLeod Bethune Council house. Finish the tour at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Enter inside and explore the absorbing artifacts and exhibits at your leisure.

Washington DC: Walking Tour and African American Museum

7. Washington DC: Walking Tour and African American Museum

Join a walking tour of Washington and see iconic monuments like Capitol One, Washington Monument, and more with a guide. Later, use your entry tickets to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture at your own pace. Meet your guide at the White House and begin your tour of Washington DC. From the outside, learn about the history of the White House and the people who inhabited it. Your local guide will share stories about America’s history and the influence of African Americans in DC. Next, see Capitol One, one of the most architecturally impressive buildings in the world. Hear about the neoclassical United States Capitol, which is home to the House of Representatives and Senate. Finally, your guide will take you to the Washington Monument. Made of white marble and 550 feet tall, the obelisk is an iconic Washington DC landmark. After the walking tour, use your reserved entry tickets to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Explore the museum on your own at your own pace.

Washington DC: Sightseeing Segway Tour

8. Washington DC: Sightseeing Segway Tour

Segway the sites in Washington, D.C. on this guided tour. Experience an overview of all the important places in the nation's capital city, via your own personal Segway. Zip around the sidewalks and streets of downtown Washington, D.C. on this two-wheeled motorized vehicle. After a 30-minute introduction to operating your Segway, strap on your helmets and set off on your adventure. Learn about the sites, history, and stories behind the National Mall, Capitol Hill, and surrounding area as you pass by the White House on a ride down Pennsylvania Avenue. Continue on to see the various memorials, and receive some tips on fun off-the-mall places to check out. Enjoy the fresh air and explore the history and architecture of DC at a leisurely pace.

Washington DC: Washington Monument Entry & DC Highlights

9. Washington DC: Washington Monument Entry & DC Highlights

Experience Washington DC’s most sought-after attractions/landmarks! On this half-day tour, you’ll continue to DC’s most famous landmarks and monuments: including the outside of the U.S. Capitol Building and the White House, with stops at the Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the historic Martin Luther King Memorial. Beat the long entrance lines and enjoy reserved entry into the Washington Monument. Take the elevator to the 500' observation deck, which provides breathtaking views on the North, South, East, and West sides of the Monument. As well, you can walk down to the small museum located on the 490' level. See all of DC’s major monuments and memorials up-close; taking about 10 to 15-minutes at each stop as your guide shadows you at all attractions. Take advantage of the guided walks and photo opportunities!

Washington DC: Ghosts of the Capital Haunted Walking Tour

10. Washington DC: Ghosts of the Capital Haunted Walking Tour

Visit the capital city's most haunted locations in the company of a knowledgeable and experienced guide. Kick off your tour with an introduction to the dark history of the nation's capital before embarking on a haunted route to 8 locations located near the White House. After an introduction into general history and hauntings of DC, walk through the dark streets to President's Park and listen to stories and eyewitness accounts of personal hauntings, like St. John's Episcopal Church, also known as the President's Church. From there, head to the most important haunted house in the country, the White House. Learn about Lincoln's ghost that greets each incoming President when they take office, and hear how he still tries to help the leaders of the free world from the grave. You will then visit a host of other haunted locations where you will hear, in gripping detail, the history and eyewitness accounts of hauntings and paranormal activity in DC. Finally, head to the final stop at the Treasury Building, where you will listen to a final recap of D.C.'s strange activity, ask any ghost questions you might have, and check out and exchange any paranormal pictures and activity caught on camera.

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This was a great experience for my husband and me. We received over 20 photos at each location! The photographer, Ryan was very professional and helpful with poses. The photos are high quality and I am happy with them.

Dr. Koura was extremely knowledgeable as well as entertaining! After sharing our experience with friends, they too want to take the tour. Inclusion of the NMAAHC was a bonus. Truly an engaging experience...

Excellent overview of African American history in D. C. Informative, relevant and immensely helped by Dre’s encyclopedic knowledge of people, places and events. He made it come alive.

Gustavo was a good driver and Alicia explained everything very well

Very informative. We had an amazing guide to make it more fun.