Washington Walks offers a diverse list of walking tours, each lasting approximately two to three hours and led by passionate, knowledgeable guides. The Embassy Row tour, offered on Saturdays at 10 a.m., explores the highfalutin housing of the city's once-upper crust, and Thursday night's The Most Haunted Houses tour takes off Lafayette Park's shirt to expose its violent underbelly and stops at the highly haunted Octagon. Scholarly Sundays can be devoted to the Georgetown tour, which elegantly strolls through the Georgetown neighborhood to examine 200-year-old mansions and talks about the olden days when horse-drawn carriages were pulled by eagles. There's also a series of Saturday and Sunday tours dedicated to individual neighborhoods, providing locals with the opportunity to master their living zone.
Old Town Trolley Tours provide sightseers with extensive, fully narrated tours of the national capital, taking tourists past both the heavy-hitting attractions and the little-known gems. This deal gets you a full-day pass (9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.) to hop on and hop off the trolley at any of its 19 stops. This means you can get on at the Washington Welcome Center, ride it until you're enticed by the hypnotic pilasters and cartouches of the Jefferson Memorial, then get on again at any other stop throughout the day. The full tour of Washington takes about three hours, and each tour is patriotically lead by a licensed tour guide, who'll tell historical anecdotes, share intriguing facts, and cast any tie-breaking votes in the Senate. Sit back and relax as your trolley smoothly takes you past Washington hotspots such as the National Mall and the Smithsonian.
Tapping into twin senses of civic responsibility and respect for heritage, the D.C. Preservation League's architectural defenders help citizen activists conserve Washington's most laudable landmarks. Members can step into American history books without worrying about period costume or attacks from librarians, with exclusive access to historic buildings, free members-only events, and discounts on league tours and lectures. Aside from assisting in the defense of DC's historic haunts—ranging from Union Station to the old post office on PA ave.––the Preservation League's structural stewards also compile an annual list of Washington's most endangered places, popularizing the plight of landmarks beset by crumbling foundations or brick-stealing giraffes.
With a variety of group classes available during evening hours, a class at ABC Language School is ideal for young professionals, middle-aged professionals, and elderly professionals. The teaching staff consists of experienced polyglots who have spent their lives not only studying and teaching language, but putting their skills to use while living and working abroad. Over the course of six weeks, once a week, a teacher will guide your progress and stretch your brain's plasticity as it absorbs the shapes and contours of a foreign language. Group classes are small, typically from three to nine people per class, and last 1.5 hours.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Pro Tip: Bring your appetite and wear comfortable clothing and shoes as we will be walking about one mile.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: DC's 14th Street Food Tour
Recommended Age Group: Adults
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
Several years as I traveled all over the U.S. I found myself always asking where the best places to eat are. It was then I decided that I would provide a place not only to showcase where to go to eat but also create an alternative dining experience instead of the hum drum of dining out as usual.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Bring your adventurous spirit and appetite. We will sample a variety of items that you may not have eaten before. Also, don't be shy. This is a shared dining experience where food is served family style.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
Guides go through a rigorous process of selection and training to lead any of our tours.
After having 70% of her quadriceps removed because of a tumor, Shaady Fakhrai was indefinitely confined to a wheelchair. Though relearning to walk was the first step, her ultimate goal was to get back on her beloved bicycle. She dedicated herself to exceeding the expectations of her recovery, and regained enough leg strength to start riding. In fact, she was so grateful to be mobile again that she eventually found herself cycling up to 40 miles a day. She couldn’t even bear to tear herself away from her favorite pastime to go to work, so she gave up her teaching career and started a pedicab business.
But, Shaady didn’t completely abandon her educator instinct. In fact, she guarantees that tourists and locals alike can learn up to 10 new things about DC during her tours. She and her team lead sightseeing outings that take visitors past the National Mall or the Tidal Basin, or they can pedal Washingtonians deep into the ‘hood of their choice to introduce them to great bars, new restaurants, and the fire hydrants that know the best neighborhood gossip. Passengers can also embark on themed explorations with topics as varied as the Washington Wizards, the Lincoln assassination, and wine tasting.