Committing their enterprise to eco-friendly tourism, the women at SegZone Tours guide visitors through the historic streets of Annapolis, along the city waterways of Dover, and around the track at Dover International Speedway—all aboard segways. For groups or private parties, tour leaders can also focus excursions on local gardens, architecture, and wildlife in areas often unreachable by car or paraglider. They also guide themed seasonal tours, such as rides along haunted-house routes or past holiday-light displays. With an eye toward safety, staff members always provide thorough instruction on riding before tours or rentals, though they often give customers license to race or argue over whose segway would look better with flames painted on the side. When not leading guided excursions for customers or school groups, the team organizes corporate team-building events as well as indoor obstacle courses for recreation.
Founded by Post cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is a premier art collector's museum. Featuring the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia, 18th-century French decorative arts, Faberge eggs, Beauvais tapestries--and situated on 16 acres of gardens.
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 16 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 Botanical Gardens to foster tourists’ appreciation for nature and their ability to heckle squirrels.
Beerathon has held rousing runs thoughout the country, including in Boston, Houston, New York City, and Washington D.C., with events centered around scotch, whiskey, burgers, and more. During gut-busting Beerathons they task participants with downing beer at multiple bars around each city. Participants without superhuman stomachs are encouraged to drink responsibly and enjoy the excitement of the tour. More important than finishing the course is the fun along the way—like a keg party at Mr. Roger's house, what matters is how many friends you make, not how many beers you have.
The company's District Oktoberfest guides around Chinatown, enjoying a 12-ounce, Oktoberfest-themed brew at each of 8 venues, such as R.F.D., Rocket Bar, and Fado. A portion of all proceeds from the event go to the D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation and Dreams for Kids DC.