Tammy Belden, the owner and operator of Guides of DC, has lived in DC for more than 40 years, and spent a good amount of that time working on Capitol Hill. She was also the president of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides in Washington, which means she combines her deep knowledge of the area with an aptitude for turning tours into experiences as informative as they are lively and fun. Tammy and her colleagues have curated creative jaunts through DC that spotlight the iconic sites and the stories that surround them. One example is the Monuments by Moonlight tour. This four-hour tour offers a privileged view of sites like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and the U.S. Capitol as seen at night, alit by the moon and spotlights and framed by the evening sky and cityscape. Also of interest is the African American-themed tour, which centers around sites like the Martin Luther King Memorial, African American Civil War Museum, and Frederick Douglass House, as well as eight-hour tours that weave through all the necessary stops?the Smithsonian and Supreme Court, to name a few.
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.
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.
There are many different ways to see the sights of Washington D.C., but in a city with so many interesting neighborhoods and architectural details, perhaps the best opportunities for exploration come on foot. Washington Walks takes visitors through the city’s many unique neighborhoods, from hip urban thoroughfares to upscale and historic parts of town, then on to the corridors of power. Get Local Saturdays feature a different region of the city every weekend. The U Street tour covers a neighborhood once known as the “Black Broadway”, due to the number of entertainment venues in the area frequented by the likes of Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. Many of Washington Walks’ guides are native Washingtonians, actors, semi-professional historians or all of the above.
Policy’s owners opened the restaurant and lounge with one goal in mind: to create a nightlife hot spot that would be customers’ first and final stop of the evening. With that in mind, they developed a chic design that incorporates painted chandeliers and colorful graffiti artwork. Revelers can split their time between the main floor’s Love dining room and the second floor’s Liberty lounge. A typical night could start with happy-hour cocktails at the bar, continue with a meal of shareable plates featuring seasonal and local ingredients in the dining room, and end with drinks and music in the upstairs lounge. Cocktails include the Kentucky Ninja with Woodford Reserve bourbon, lime, vanilla simple syrup, and ginger beer, as well as the Beekeeper, which blends honey with Stoli Citron and champagne. The food menu is split into meat, seafood, and vegetable small plates, and includes dishes such as crispy pork belly with sweet-chili glaze, and sambuca-blackened-fish sliders. The beer menu features a variety of craft beers, both in bottles and on draft, from popular breweries such as 21st Amendment in San Francisco and Bell’s in Michigan as well as local spots including DC Brau and Port City Brewing Company.
Capitol Pedicabs' fleet of pedal-powered vehicles all boast headlights, taillights, and seat belts. Spawned from a passion for cycling and adventure, the eco-friendly pavement gondolas give visitors and locals alike the refreshment of open-air travel without the burden of pedaling themselves. Drivers work with you to arrange the itinerary of your prescient pedal dreams. Whiz past the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Constitution Gardens, or the local sights of your choice.