Sightseeing in Arlington

Up to 50% Off Tour of President Lincoln's Cottage

President Lincoln's Cottage

Washington

$30 $15

Multimedia-rich guided tours through house built in 1842; museum exhibits on Civil War, slavery, and life of President Lincoln

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Membership

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Washington Mall

$12.50 $5.50

(2606)

Museum memorializes the victims of the Holocaust, teaches its lessons, and aims to inspire people to prevent future genocide

Up to 50%Off National Fund for the US Botanic Garden Membership

National Fund for the US Botanic Garden

Washington Mall

$75 $39

Botanic gardens host American plant life, public education programs, and year-round events

Up to 50% Off Bus Tour from Chariots For Hire

Chariots For Hire

Federal Triangle

$98 $49

Choose one of four historical tours and visit important landmarks aboard luxury bus

Up to 60% Off Chocolate Walking Tour

Great Food Tours

The Old Stone House

$50 $25

Chocolate tour introduces guests to Georgetown's homemade ice cream, artisan truffles, and pies

Up to 54% Off Private and Semi-Private Guided Tours of DC

ELD Touring Enterprises

Washington

$120 $59

Tour guides chauffeur groups of up to six in SUVs or vans, giving them private or semi-private tours during the day or evening

National Building Museum – Up to Half Off

National Building Museum

Penn Quarter

$16 $8

(175)

Colossal 19th-century building's array of exhibits explores principles of architecture, engineering, and design

Up to 52% Off a DC Photography Tour

M.J. Love Photography

The National Mall

$140 $69

A skilled photographer leads groups of 6–10 to various monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial to learn photography techniques

42% Off a Monuments Tour Cruise

DC Cruises

Georgetown

$26 $15

(19)

Celebrate July Fourth weekend with a narrated cruise down the Potomac River to see DC's major monuments

39% Off Round-Trip Bus Ride to Delaware's Beaches

BestBus

Multiple Locations

$90 $55

(31)

Buses outfitted with free wi-fi and outlets ferry passengers to and from Dewey and Rehoboth beaches; trips take about 2.5 hours each way

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Spirit Expeditions

Dupont Circle

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

DC Harbor Cruises – Up to 50% Off

DC Harbor Cruises

Southwest Waterfront

$30 $15

(28)

Up to 225 passengers board a luxury catamaran for a sailing excursion amid the peaceful waters of Washington

Up to 56% Off Guided Walking History Tour

HistoryGeekDC

Washington

$78 $39

In depth historical lessons accompany tours that swing by the Jefferson Monument, FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Vietnam Memorial

Up to 60% Off a Nine-Hour DC in a Day Tour

Gray Line DC, Martz Group

Gray Line Terminal Union Station (Bus Level)

$45 $22

(15)

Nine-hour tour by motorcoach passes by national monuments and federal buildings and includes a visit to the US Capitol

Up to 30% Off Double-Decker DC Bus Tour

CitySights DC

Union Station (Main Lobby)

$48 $35

(13)

View DC monuments and landmarks during double-decker bus tour of the city; choose various museums to visit

Up to 56% Off Potomac River Boat Tour

Capitol River Cruises

Georgetown

$30 $14

Tour boats stocked with refreshments cruise Potomac waters as narrator points out Roosevelt Island, Curtis-Lee Mansion and other landmarks

Boomerang Pirate Ship – Up to 44% Off Cruise

Boomerang Tours, Inc.

Georgetown

$27 $16

(19)

Two-hour cruises aboard a pirate ship provide views of the Potomac along with drinks and dancing

The Kreeger Museum – 50% Off Visits

The Kreeger Museum

Foxhall - Palisades

$20 $12

(29)

Set in residential estate, museum houses paintings by Monet, Cézanne & Picasso & hosts youth events with storytelling based on famous works

Up to 14% Off Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Soaring Adventures of America, Inc.

On Location

$229.95 $199

Leisurely float through the skies from the basket of a colorful hot air balloon

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Crystal Framing Gallery's staff skillfully handles a range of customer requests, from traditional photography and portrait framing to special projects such as engraving, photo restoration, and object framing. Patrons choose from more than 2,000 available materials and framing styles that include conservation, shadow boxing, and glued macaroni.

2179 Crystal Plaza Arc
Arlington,
VA
US

While living in New Zealand for eight months, Art Hauptman fell in love with the country's thriving café culture. At Cassatt's Kiwi Cafe & Gallery, he captures that spirit with New Zealand–inspired items such as meat and vegetable pies complemented by homemade tomato chutney. Chefs also toss salads with warm roasted beet and goat cheese, sauté pan-roasted chicken breast in a curry coconut sauce, and craft homemade desserts such as pavlova. To help wash down dishes, staffers whip up specialty drinks such as the flat white—a New Zealand-style latte—with coffee brewed in-house and pour imported New World wines from countries such as New Zealand and South Africa.

Named for impressionist painter Mary Cassatt, the café surrounds diners with monthly showings of work by local artists from the Arlington Artists Alliance. Along with visual art, the cozy bistro hosts live musicians every Saturday night, who play everything from Appalachian tunes to American blues.

4536 Lee Hwy
Arlington,
VA
US

The artisans behind K.H. Art & Framing understand that the best kind of preservation combines traditional techniques with modern technology. Each day, they draw on more than 20 years of experience as they craft museum-quality frames with 200 moulding options and conservation-grade glass and matting. Inside their photo lab, staffers look to the future, printing passport photos and canvas prints or digitally restoring images before storing them safely on CDs. While framers and technicians preserve memories, curators stay busy filling the studio's gallery with artwork—such as oil paintings, lithographs, and silk-screens—from both local and international artists. They also sell posters that can turn a house into a home or a bathroom stall into a personal workspace.

4745 Lee Hwy.
Arlington,
VA
US

In June 2010, after a late-night session of painting, drinking, and generally rousting about with a group of friends, magazine editor Michael M. Clements found himself pondering an unshakeable question: “Wouldn’t it be great if we could do this at a bar?” The seeds of ArtJamz sprouted almost immediately into a traveling party, where the caterers brought not only beer and wine but also all-you-can-paint palettes, for-sale blank canvases, and invaluable artistic expertise. In the two years since that fateful, paint-spattered night, ArtJamz has become a citywide phenomenon, organizing collaborative events with the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and finally realizing the founding fathers’ vision of a tie-dyed capitol building.

Although these creative enablers still operate pop-up events at galleries and retail spaces across D.C., the brand-new, 1,800-square-foot permanent studio in Dupont Circle has an open-house policy to enable paint parties seven days a week. Freestyle paint sessions and classes are offered, charging separatley for studio time, canvas, and drinks. Day hours keep artists aged 5–18 in mind, whereas nightly sessions feature beer, wine, and creative cocktails for the 21+ set. More than 32 distinct colors await inspired brushes, and the walls of the cozy venue are fair game for a fresh coat. A trained staff is always on hand to offer advice if needed or requested, and to make sure nobody loses an ear.

645 Morton Pl NE
Washington,
DC
US

Led by a former New York City gallery owner, Hinckley Pottery's experienced staff is adept at teaching fresh potters how to turn mud into masterpiece. The intimately sized, one-hour Try It! course helps patrons bone up on pottery-wheel basics and decide whether or not to pursue more-advanced wheel techniques, such as creating a vase using only your thighs. The 3,300-square-foot studio, housed in an industrial warehouse, boasts 14 electric wheels, two kick/electric combination wheels, and one treadle wheel, in addition to two electric kilns, two gas kilns, and a propane-fired raku kiln. Try it! courses are available at select times. Click here for details and to find a time to meet likeminded crafters, channel workweek stress into a mound of clay, or craft a large bowl that can hold novelty sized paper clips. Call ahead to reserve your space in class.

1707 Kalorama Rd NW
Washington,
DC
US

Long View Gallery's expert framers brandish their geometric prowess to add resplendent rims to border-worthy works. Protect a priceless movie poster, bolster a Botticelli print, or add an attractive distraction to an awkward family portrait with a custom frame constructed with conservation materials. Clients can design provocative perimeters selecting from a cache of moldings, mat selections, and glass pieces ($150–$2,000 depending on materials and size). Long View Gallery promotes the Washington area’s blooming art community with monthly exhibitions, giving adept art hunters ample opportunity to chase and hogtie wild canvases in their natural habitat before incarcerating them in fanciful frames.

1234 9th St NW
Washington,
DC
US