Sightseeing in Gainesville

Home and Grounds Visit for Two or Five Adults at Gunston Hall (Up to Half Off)

Gunston Hall

Mason Neck

$20 $10

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Guided tours through 18th-century Georgian mansion with period furnishings and historical recreated grounds

90-Minute Historical Mansion and Carriage Museum Tour for Two or Four at Morven Park (Up to Half Off)

Morven Park

Leesburg

$20 $10

A historical interpreter leads tours through a Greek revival mansion filled with art before showcasing a collection of horse-drawn carriages

$22 for a Haunted Pub Tour for Two from Nightly Spirits ($44 Value)

Nightly Spirits (Terror Tours, LLC)

Old Town Tour

$44 $22

Starting at one of Alexandria, VA's historic pubs, guides draw on hours of research to spin tales of haunting history at several pubs

Happy Hour, DJ Nights, or Monuments by Moonlight Cruise for One, Two, or Four from DC Cruises (Up to 51% Off)

DC Cruises

Georgetown

$28 $14

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

Ghost Tour for One, Two, or Four from Scary DC (Up to 50% Off)

Scary DC

Capitol Hill

$25 $14

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

Kalorama House and Embassy Tour, or Admission for Two to The President Woodrow Wilson House (Up to 44% Off)

The President Woodrow Wilson House

Kalorama

$20 $12

Georgian Revival home where the 28th president resided; explore Kalorama in northwest DC known for its beautiful homes and embassies

$45 for an Urban Dare Adventure Race for a Two-Person Team (Up to $90 Value)

Urban Dare

McFadden's

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

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

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

Follow an Art Curator Through D.C.’s Contemporary Galleries

Contemporary Art Gallery Tour

Dupont Circle

$40 $40

Art curator and enthusiast Roxanne Goldberg leads a tour of local contemporary art galleries, discussing their works along the way

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

Bike and Roll

National Mall

$64 $35

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

Autumn Craft Beer Happy Hour Cruises from DC Harbor Cruises (Up to 50% Off)

DC Harbor Cruises

Southwest Waterfront

$30 $15

Up to 225 passengers board a luxury catamaran for a sailing excursion equipped with a full cash bar

After Hours Event or Visit for Two at National Museum of Crime & Punishment (Up to 50% Off). 2 Options Available.

National Museum of Crime & Punishment

National Museum of Crime & Punishment

$48 $24

Visitors explore simulated crime scene, practice investigative skills, and learn about criminals; after-hours events focus on a single topic

Museum Visits for Two or Four Adults or StoryTime for Two Children at The Kreeger Museum (50% Off)

The Kreeger Museum

Foxhall - Palisades

$20 $12

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

Wax-Museum Visit for One or Two at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. (Up to 45% Off)

Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.

MADAME TUSSAUDS

$22.79 $13

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Stand face-to-face with wax-made cultural figures, sports stars, and all 44 US presidents

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Dupont Circle

$50 $25

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

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)

$48 $35

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

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

National Building Museum

Logan Circle - Shaw

$16 $8

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

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

$75 $39

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

Three- or Seven-Hour Bus Tour For Two People from Chariots for Hire Tours (Up to 50% Off). Four Tour Options.

Chariots For Hire

Federal Triangle

$98 $49

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

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

$50 $25

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

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

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

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

$140 $69

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

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)

$45 $22

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

Three-Hour Guided Walking Tour for One, Two, or Four from Guides of DC (50% Off)

Guides of DC

Washington

$35 $17.50

Curated and creative jaunts through DC that spotlight the iconic sites and the stories that surround them

Three- to Four-Hour Tour of Washington D.C. for One, Two, or Four From Zohery Tours (Up to 61% Off)

Zohery Tours

Hyatt Regency Hotel

$78 $31

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

Two-Hour Walking Ghost Tour for Two or Four from The HauntedDistrict (Up to 59% Off)

The HauntedDistrict

Oak Hill Cemetery

$79 $35

Tours investigate paranormal side of Georgetown neighborhood by visiting historical crime sites and learning about area's beginnings

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

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Multiple Locations

$29 $10

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

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

$80 $35

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

$129 for a Hot Air Balloon Ride for One with Sparkling-Cider Toast from Valley Ballooning ($220 Value)

Valley Ballooning

Woodstock

$220 $129

Pilots lift passengers high above Shenandoah Valley’s picturesque terrain & diverse wildlife in calm air of sunrise or sunset

Private Hot Air Balloon Flight for Two at D&D Ballooning in Woodstock (44% Off)

D&D Ballooning

Woodstock

$700 $389

Family-run balloon company has soared above the Shenandoah Valley's forests and mountainsides for more than 30 years

Vineyard Tour, Souvenir Wine Glasses, and Charcuterie for Two or Four at Philip Carter Winery (Up to 59% Off)

Philip Carter Winery

Marshall

$85 $36

Tour a winery and vineyard helmed by a 12th-generation Virginian, learn about wines, and sit down to a private picnic of charcuterie

Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Up to Eight on Thursday–Sunday at Sandy Spring Museum (Up to 60% Off)

Sandy Spring Museum

Ashton - Sandy Spring

$10 $5

Local museum explores the area’s history as a Quaker community and historic hub of Maryland with rotating and permanent exhibits

Shenandoah Caverns Tour for Two or Four in Quicksburg, VA (Up to 41% Off)

Shenandoah Caverns

Quicksburg

$46 $27

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National Geographic has featured this cavern; on a one-hour tour, you can see its crystalline formations and rainbow lakes

Berkeley Plantation Visit for Two or Four (Half Off)

Berkeley Plantation

Charles City

$22 $11

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In period garb, guides lead tours of a Georgian mansion built in 1726 follow by self-guided tours of its garden, situated on the James River

Farm Tour for Two Adults or a Family of Four and $10 Voucher to the Farm Store at P. A. Bowen Farmstead (50% Off)

P. A. Bowen Farmstead

Brandywine

$40 $20

1.5-hour walking tours educate guests on the farm’s cheese-making process and methods of naturally raising animals and organic food

Select Local Merchants

The Framing Studio and Art Plus Frame carries an assortment of custom framing options, including wood, aluminum, and other materials. Using only acid-free materials, the shop's staff can lend elegance to prints with conservation framing, linen mats, and custom brass and aluminum plaques. For lonely frames with nothing to hold, the studio also stocks prints from several fine-art distributors, including Charles Bibbs, Washington Green, and Rod Chase. The shop's photo-restoration services rejuvenate even the most faded screenshots of Lewis and Clark's live blogging. Many services can be completed in as little as one hour.

11282 James Swart Circle
Fairfax,
VA
US

With an interest in fine art and a dream of owning his own business, Rick Turner felt like he didn’t quite belong at his job with the federal government. So, in 1973, Rick left his office gig behind and took a risk by opening his own shop. Settling into a quaint historic building, Rick enlisted his sister Lorraine to work in the shop. When the two started feeding large frame mouldings through a back window, they realized they needed a bigger space.

Today, at Turner Framing locations in Sterling and Seneca Square, the certified picture framers preserve children's artwork, needlepoint pieces, photographs, diplomas, and hole-in-one golf balls with museum-quality materials similar to those used in protecting King Tut's vacation photos.

1319 Shepard Dr
Sterling,
VA
US

As the Potomac River flows in the distance, George Mason’s historical Georgian mansion overlooks sprawling fields, hiking trails, and a 250-year-old boxwood allée. A senior statesman, Mason laid the foundation for this site in 1755, building his new family home just yards away from the site of his grandfather’s house. Though the original 18th-century carriage roads, tree banks, and wide vistas have since disappeared, experts have reconstructed much of the property’s original splendor through archaeological digs; the written memoirs of George’s son, John; and the testimonials of kidnapped time travelers.

Today, trained guides lead guests on tours of the mansion, which features more than 50 pieces of art and furnishings detailing the life of the politician, his wife Ann, and their family. As guests learn about Mason’s role as the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and as an advocate of freedom of the press and religious tolerance, they walk through opulent halls and rooms designed in French modern, neoclassical, and Chinese styles. In addition to tours, the house and grounds host seasonal events such as an old-fashioned candlelit Christmas celebration, a spring kite festival, and an autumn séance to summon the Great Pumpkin.

10709 Gunston Rd
Lorton,
VA
US

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