Sightseeing in District of Columbia

Guided Tour for Two or Four of President Lincoln's Cottage (Up to 50% Off)

President Lincoln's Cottage

Washington

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

$30 $16

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Guided Tour for Two or Four of President Lincoln's Cottage (Up to 50% Off)

President Lincoln's Cottage

Washington

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

$30 $16

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Go Gallery-Hopping with a Contemporary Art Collector

Gallery Tour with a Contemporary Art Collector

Logan Circle - Shaw

Explore D.C.’s top art galleries with Laura Roulet, who teaches you how to evaluate a collection and become an art-scene insider

$25

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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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Potomac River Boat Tour for Two, Four, or Six with Capitol River Cruises (Up to 56% Off)

Capitol River Cruises

Georgetown

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

$28 $14

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

American Snapshots

Washington Mall

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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24-Hour Double-Decker Bus Tour or 48-Hour Bus Tour with Attractions from CitySights DC (Up to 30% Off)

CitySights DC

Union Station (Main Lobby)

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

$48 $35

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Visit for Two or Four to the National Building Museum (Up to 47% Off)

National Building Museum

Logan Circle - Shaw

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

$16 $8.50

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Walking Tour of Historic Georgetown or The National Mall for Two, Four, or Six from Walking DC (Up to 53% Off)

Walking DC

Multiple Locations

Expert guides helm tours of the quaint cobblestoned streets of historic Georgetown, or lead treks through the heart of the National Mall

$100 $49

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Walking Tour of Historic Georgetown or The National Mall for Two, Four, or Six from Walking DC (Up to 53% Off)

Walking DC

Multiple Locations

Expert guides helm tours of the quaint cobblestoned streets of historic Georgetown, or lead treks through the heart of the National Mall

$100 $49

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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

The Old Stone House

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

$50 $25

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Private or Semi-Private Chauffeured Tours of DC from ELD Touring Enterprises (Up to 54% Off). Six Options Available.

ELD Touring Enterprises

Washington

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

$120 $59

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After-Hours Brew Tour with Dinner and Driver for One or Two at DC Brew Tours (Up to 45% Off)

DC Brew Tours

Washington, D.C.

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

$90 $50

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DC Monuments Photography Tour for One, Two, of Four from M.J. Love Photography (Up to 52% Off)

M.J. Love Photography

The National Mall

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

$140 $69

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Nine-Hour DC in a Day Tour by Bus for One, Two, or Four from Gray Line DC, Martz Group (Up to 60% Off)

Gray Line DC, Martz Group

Gray Line Terminal Union Station (Bus Level)

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

$45 $22

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Nine-Hour DC in a Day Tour by Bus for One, Two, or Four from Gray Line DC, Martz Group (Up to 60% Off)

Gray Line DC, Martz Group

Gray Line Terminal Union Station (Bus Level)

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

$45 $22

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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

Hyatt Regency Hotel

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

$39 $20

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DC Highlights Day Tour for One, Two, or Four from USA Guided Tours (Up to 43% Off)

USA Guided Tours

US Navy Memorial

Three-hour tour of the National Mall including the White House, US Capitol Building, and Lincoln and the MLK Memorial

$49 $29

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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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Georgetown or Dupont Circle Tour for One, Two, or Four from Adventures for Creative Tourists (Up to 55% Off)

Adventures for Creative Tourists

Multiple Locations

Guided tours walk or travel by car and stop at galleries and notable sites in Dupont Circle and Georgetown

$55 $27

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Georgetown or Dupont Circle Tour for One, Two, or Four from Adventures for Creative Tourists (Up to 55% Off)

Adventures for Creative Tourists

Multiple Locations

Guided tours walk or travel by car and stop at galleries and notable sites in Dupont Circle and Georgetown

$55 $27

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Friends Membership With Option for Garden Event at National Fund for the US Botanic Garden (Up to 50% Off)

National Fund for the US Botanic Garden

Washington Mall

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

$75 $39

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Three-Hour Morning or Evening Tour for Two or Four with Royal Trolley Tours (28% Off)

Royal Trolley Tours

Washington

Three-hour trolley tours of D.C. stopping at landmarks such as the White House, the FDR Memorial, and—at night only—the Iwo Jima Memorial

$78 $57

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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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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.

1728 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington,
DC
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.

1728 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US

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.

1275 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington,
DC
US

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.

2 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest
Washington,
DC
US

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.

50 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
Washington,
DC
US

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.

500 17th St NW
Washington,
DC
US