Sightseeing in District of Columbia


$12 for a Ghost Tour from Scary DC ($25 Value)

Scary DC

Scary DC

Tour guides lead 90-minute strolls through haunted locales and tell tales of scandal with historical facts

$25 $12

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Find Hidden Architectural Gems During a Walking Tour of DC

Architectural Walking Tour of DC

Bill Lebovich

Architectural historian Bill Lebovich leads a 2 mi. walking tour of often-overlooked spots from west of the White House to Foggy Bottom

$25

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After-Hours Brew Tour with Dinner and Driver for One or Two at DC Brew Tours (Up to 39% Off)

DC Brew Tours

DC Brew Tours

Groups sample up to 18 craft beers at local breweries with designated driver included

$90 $55

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2.5-Hour Weekday Guided Segway Tour for One or Two from Bike and Roll (Up to 46% Off)

Bike and Roll

North Building - Suite 905

Guides lead a 2.5-hour tour aboard segways, passing sites on and off the National Mall such as the Capitol and the White House

$64 $35

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Happy Hour, DJ Nights, or Monuments by Moonlight Cruise for One or Two from DC Cruises (Up to 48% Off)

DC Cruises

DC Cruises

During cruises down the Potomac River, adult passengers enjoy great views, music, and a cash bar

$28 $15

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Spy History Walking Tour for One, Two, or Four from American Snapshots (Up to 67% Off)

American Snapshots

American Snapshots

Tour takes guests through history of espionage in Downtown Washington on a Spies & Scandals tour or Georgetown on a Spies & Scoundrels tour

$60 $25

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Master Gourmet-Wine Seminar for Two or Four with Tour and Lunch at Little Washington Winery (Up to 59% Off)

Little Washington Winery

Washington Virginia

Winery with top rankings in Virginia Wine Lover uses seminars to share knowledge of wine-related topics

$80 $35

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Three-Hour DC at Night or American Spirit Monument Bus Tour for Two from Chariots for Hire (45% Off)

Chariots For Hire

Ronald Reagan Building

Tour-goers visit historic landmarks aboard a luxury bus, seeing the city’s best-known monuments by day or viewing a sparkling DC by night

$98 $54

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Two-Hour Chocolate Walking Tour for One, Two, or Four from Great Food Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Great Food Tours

Great Food Tours

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

$50 $25

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Visit for Two or Four to the National Building Museum (Up to 50% Off)

National Building Museum

National Building Museum

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

$16 $8

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Hop-On, Hop-Off Monuments Bus Tour with Madame Tussauds Visit for Two or Four from CitySights DC (Up to 36% Off)

Citysights DC

Union Station (Main Lobby)

View DC monuments and landmarks during double-decker bus tour of the city that also includes a wax-museum visit

$114 $75

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Admission for Two or Four Adults or Private Tour for Up to 15 at The Kreeger Museum (Up to 50% Off)

The Kreeger Museum

The Kreeger Museum

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

$20 $12

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1, 2, or 4 Tour Tickets With or Without Drinks from Carpe DC Food Tours (Up to 41% Off)

Carpe DC Food Tours

U Street and Shaw

Three-hour walks through U Street & Shaw neighborhood take guests to 6 different local restaurants

$68 $40

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Membership Packages with Two or Four Priority Passes to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

As a living memorial to victims of the Holocaust, Museum seeks to inspire people to confront hate, prevent genocide & promote human dignity

$12.50 $5.50

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Three- to Four-Hour Tour of Washington D.C. for One, Two, or Four From Zohery Tours (Up to 52% Off)

Zohery Tours

Zohery Tours

Experienced guide shows visitors famous landmarks, picturesque cherry blossoms, and obscure sites, such as cafes frequented by politicians

$39 $20

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Half-Day Photo-Walk Tour for One or Two from Premier Photo Tours (Up to 52% Off)

Premier Photo Tours

Multiple Locations

Themed photography tours teach composition and design as participants snap shots of nature, monuments, and artwork on any type of camera

$99 $49

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$67 for $105 Worth of Gallery Visits — All We Art

All We Art

Washington

From the merchant: Fine wood carved bowl with two bronze jaguars

$105 $67

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Historic Georgetown or National Mall Walking Tour for Two, Three, or Four from Walking DC (Up to 61% Off)

Walking DC

Multiple Locations

Spend up to 2.5 hours seeing sights such as Georgetown University, Kennedy homes, and historic churches, or the White House and memorials

$100 $45

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One, Two, Four, or Ten Admissions to a DC Bar Crawl from Barcrawlin.com (Up to 83% Off)

Barcrawlin.com

The Atlas Room

Drink craft beer and cocktails at four to five bars while dressed according to a playful theme

$49 $16

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Admission for Two or Four to The President Woodrow Wilson House (Up to 48% Off)

The President Woodrow Wilson House

Dupont Circle

Georgian Revival home where the 28th president resided after his term of office still showcases his furniture, art, photos, and state gifts

$20 $11

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Georgetown Tour for One, or Two from Adventures for Creative Tourists (Up to 59% Off)

Adventures for Creative Tourists

Dumbarton House

Guided tours walk and stop at galleries and notable sites in Georgetown

$35 $17

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Admission for Two or Four at National Museum of Civil War Medicine (Up to 71% Off)

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Multiple Locations

Museum with an authentic Civil War surgeon’s tent, a 19th century holding coffin, and dioramas detailing medical evacuations

$29 $10

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  • ArtJamz
    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 paint 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 years since that fateful, paint-spattered night, ArtJamz has become a citywide phenomenon, organizing collaborative events with 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 venues across D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, the permanent studios in Dupont Circle and Brookland have an open-house policy to enable paint parties every week. Freestyle paint sessions and classes are offered, charging separately 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 20 distinct colors await inspired brushes, and the walls of the cozy venues 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.
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    1728 Connecticut Ave NW
    Washington, DC US
  • Destination DC Pedicab Tours
    A certified sixth-grade teacher and a longtime resident of the DC metropolitan area, Shaady Fakhrai seems perfectly suited to deliver informative tours of the capitol. But it wasn't her professional experience or her hometown pride that got her in the saddle?it was a medical emergency. After a terrible accident left her wheelchair bound for several months, her only release was her physical therapy sessions, where she'd rebuild her leg muscles on a stationary bicycle. She made a vow in that doctor's office: "The day that I can ride a bike again, I'm going to ride my bike for, like, fifty miles, and I'm not going to stop." And that's exactly what she did. Soon after her recovery, happenstance led her to cross paths with a pedicab, and two days later, she was starting a brand-new career. Today Fakhrai oversees a fleet of pedicabs and drivers who lead not only historical tours, but also bar crawls, holiday excursions, trivia tours for prizes, and demonstrations in ponytail physics. On the Monuments Tour, locals and tourists alike get the inside scoop on the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Vietnam War Memorial, and the National Mall. The Lincoln Beer Tour starts out by tracing the footsteps of the assassin John Wilkes Booth, and ends at a local brewery where guests toast the Great Emancipator with free samples. The DC Wonderland Wine Tasting tour ups the ante on capitol refreshments by letting riders sip still or sparkling wine while they tour the Newseum, the Crime and Punishment Museum, and the Friendship Arch, among other locales.
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    1275 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
    Washington, DC US
  • Ravenchase Adventures
    Josh knew the first treasure hunt he set up was a success when he saw the happy look in his three younger brothers' eyes as they uncovered the final treasure chest. Based on Josh's clues, the younger Schwabs had just gleefully trekked across Warrenton, Virginia, and into the Shenandoah Mountains in search of their goal. But the event was more than just a fun way to spend the day: it also gave them inspiration at a time when the future felt grim, as their mother was undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Although that has since become a fond memory of a good day, it's also warmly remembered by the family as the catalyst that led Josh to establish Ravenchase Adventures, where he now sets up just such engaging hunts for the public. Now Ravenchase is an event company that offers pre-set and custom treasure hunts and adventure races. As the company has grown, Josh's team has even set up events for a variety of well-known clients, from DreamWorks Studios to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. But regardless of who participates, he and his dedicated staff ensure each two- to three-hour adventure is filled with brainteasers, mysterious clues, and baffling ciphers. Each solved clue leads the groups across town with treasure maps. Fun prizes await at their final destination. In an effort to give back to the community, the company also set up the nonprofit Ravenchase Foundation, which supports organizations that inspire and teach tolerance for history, logic, and the arts.
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    2 West/40 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
    Washington, DC US
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art
    William Wilson Corcoran believed in American artists at a time when most collectors bought only European paintings. The financier-turned-philanthropist made friends with masters such as Thomas Doughty and George Inness, bought what interested him, and even opened up his home twice a week so the public could view his collection. And that practice was the seed which grew into the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The formal location opened in 1874 with 98 paintings and sculptures from Corcoran's personal collection. Today, that collection exceeds 16,000. The focus on 18th- to 20th-century American artists such as Mary Cassatt and Andy Warhol remains—but that doesn't mean the gallery has blinders on. It also holds works by European luminaries such as Pablo Picasso and Edgar Degas. The collection even extends into decorative art such as the Salon Doré, an 18th-century French period room once housed in Paris's Hôtel de Clermont. In the same way the Corcoran Gallery extends beyond American art, it pushes its purpose beyond simply displaying masterpieces. Year-round events include lectures from prominent critics as well as live performances and wine mixers. The Corcoran even nurtures the next generation of talent with after-school and weekend classes that teach students how to draw everything from landscapes to landscapes covered with bowls of fruit.
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    500 17th Street Northwest
    Washington, DC US
  • The Washington Post
    When the first issue of The Washington Post was published on December 6, 1877, it was only four pages long and cost just three cents. For a couple of pennies, readers gained access to some of the world?s most brilliant minds, including Joseph Pulitzer and Teddy Roosevelt, who were among its earliest contributors. In the century that followed, The Post became known not just for the headlines it reported, but the ones it inspired. Over the years, the paper?s world-class investigators broke the story of Watergate and helped force the declassification of the Pentagon Papers. Today, the Post has maintained nearly unrivaled relevance by expanding into digital content, winning a 2014 Pulitzer Prize. Its website and apps allow the paper to publish up-to-the-minute developments on national and world news, but, like its print edition, also includes op-ed articles and coverage of sports and pop culture. On the apps, however, readers can access additional in-depth coverage on what didn't make it to print in the hard copy edition, as well as exclusive stories by Post writers and contributors. The smartphone and tablet apps also include special features such as 40+ comic strips, easy access to The Forum, The Post's real-time Twitter tool, as well as live discussions and the ability to quickly share stories via social media feeds.
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    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
    Washington, DC US
  • Washington Photo Safari
    French-trained photographer E. David Luria loves many subjects, but he directs most of his attention toward Washington, DC's historic architecture. His images, which lovingly depict the city's landmarks, have been published in Time magazine as well as several local Washington papers. Luria teaches tricks of his trade privately for the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program, but also through Washington Photo Safari's tours. Luria, along with a team of 11 other instructors?many experienced independent photographers and photojournalists?shepherd small groups through the capital's streets, gardens, and halls while teaching them photographic techniques. These include how to use selective focus, control F-stops and shutter speeds, and remove vampires from pictures taken at night. They then help participants practice these skills on expeditions through buildings such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington National Cathedral, and the National Building Museum. More seasonal tours let guests document the short-lived cherry blossom season, challenging them to capture striking tableaus of the pink petals from land or water. They also teach composition among the verdant garden landscapes and elegant buildings at Hillwood Gardens and the US Botanic Garden to foster tourists? appreciation for nature and their ability to heckle squirrels.
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    1661 Penn Ave. NW
    Washington, DC US

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