Tours in Washington, D. C.

Up to 56% Off Guided Walking History Tour

Washington

$78 $39

In depth historical lessons accompany tours that swing by the Jefferson Monument, FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Vietnam Memorial

DC Harbor Cruises – Up to 50% Off

Southwest Waterfront

$30 $15

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Up to 225 passengers board a luxury catamaran for a sailing excursion amid the peaceful waters of Washington

Up to 50% Off History and Photography Tour

Washington D.C.

$50 $25

Two- to three-hour tours explore historic sites in DC; guides provide historical background and offer composition ideas for photos

Up to 60% Off Chocolate Walking Tour

The Old Stone House

$50 $25

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

Up to 54% Off Private and Semi-Private Guided Tours of DC

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

Up to 52% Off a DC Photography Tour

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

Up to 60% Off a Nine-Hour DC in a Day Tour

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

Up to 52% Off Tour of Washington D.C.

Hyatt Regency Hotel

$78 $39

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

Up to 60% Off Urban-Race Entry

Mackey's Pub

$50 $20

Teams race on foot past city landmarks, solving clues and tackling obstacles for a chance at cash and other prizes

Up to 51% Off a Cherry Blossoms Photo Tour

Multiple Locations

$148 $75

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Expert photographer leads hobbyists of all experience levels to the best locales to shoot cherry blossoms at sunrise or in the afternoon

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

The Pour House

$90 $45

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

Up to 57% Off Urban Scavenger Race

The Ugly Mug DC

$40 $19

Teams navigate the city in search of 14 clues, which they must document via smart phone; first prize is $500 and entry for the championship

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

Fairgrounds

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

52% Off a Scary DC Tour

Capitol Hill

$25 $12

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

50% Off Zombie Problem-Solving Game

College Park

$28 $14

Work with teammates to solve clues and find the key that opens the escape door before being grabbed by a zombie chained in the corner

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The trio of seasoned tour guides understands that being a guide is more than just being able to carry a microphone and CDL driver’s license with style. Being a guide is a great responsibility; it means safeguarding history and passing its great secrets and wisdoms on to others. Whether visiting DC’s iconic structures and memorials in the daylight or evening, they passionately share the stories of the individuals, ideals, and food-based dares that shaped the United States into what it is today. Fueled by the realization that planning a trip to the nation’s capital may be a once in a lifetime experience for some people, they put extra effort into ensuring that experience is as memorable as possible, leading all of their tours in a luxurious 2012 Mercedes bus.

1101 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington,
DC
US

502 23rd St NW
Washington,
DC
US

Licensed professional tour guides could tell you about the design plan of the U.S. Capitol, the specifics of the congressional resolution to build the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the quotes engraved on the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Or, they could show you.

Excellent Tours' four experienced guides share their knowledge of the capital during three narrated tours aboard vans, mini-buses, and coach buses. Each tour includes stops at the White House, Capitol building, Lincoln Memorial, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, which is where the similarities end. Tours run at three different times and visit several different additional sights, such as the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the World War II Memorial. During each excursion, guides divulge facts such as how President Theodore Roosevelt gave the White House its name in 1901, and why the engineer who laid the cornerstone of the Washington Monument used the same trowel George Washington used nearly a century earlier instead of the nice one his mother bought for him.

4016 Meadow Trail Ln
Hyattsville,
MD
US

Lynford Morton doesn't like to be called an instructor. Instead, he prefers photo coach. To Lynford, coaching more accurately describes his process of giving advice and support and boosting confidence in photographers as they actively snap shots of their subjects. His teaching method sticks to this sports analogy, as he first forms a foundation of photography principles—a playbook of sort. Then during hands-on sessions, photographers practice using techniques and calling audibles to get clouds into the right position. Since Lynford keeps most classes at a ratio of 1 to 12 or fewer, he can guide students with tips or illustrate a point with a teaching app on his iPad.

Lynford has always loved to tell stories with pictures. His father, a self-taught photographer from a village on St. Kitts, fueled Lynford's passion at an early age—which he later bridged with a photojournalism college major and a career in public relations. Now, he walks the historic streets of DC each weekend with troops of eager photographers anxious to tell their own visual stories.

10 G Street Northeast
Washington,
DC
US

Before Comfort One Shoes' sole experts are allowed to fit a single shoe to a customer's foot, they must graduate from Comfort One University and undergo a mentorship process. It's only then that they can help shoppers find their desired footwear, whether it be lace-up Ziera boots, On running shoes with CloudTec technology, or Thierry Rabotin shoes, handmade without uncomfortable, rigid components. Alongside men's and women's footwear, the shop stocks an assortment of bags and accessories such as colorful iPhone cases from Triple C Designs that protect phone exteriors and conceal scratches from the last time you transformed into a werewolf.

Comfort One Shoes also seeks to better the world through creative philanthropic efforts, such as collecting 25,000 shoes for those without and offering their employees half their pay and time off to volunteer in the community. Perhaps such initiatives are part of the reason Comfort One Shoes earned the National Shoe Retailers Association’s Retailer of the Year Award in 2011.

50 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington,
DC
US

Already an award-winning photographer, Cindi Hobgood also spent 25 years scouting locations for Hollywood studios and TV programs. Her locations were showcased on The Amazing Race, used by Disney, HBO, and Columbia Pictures, and shot by Spike Lee and Sam Shepard. As a location scout, Hobgood recorded her finds with a camera, carefully composing each shot in order to convey each scene’s mood, landscape, and lighting.

Today, she teaches others how to hone a similarly discerning eye during instructive photo expeditions. Magic Hour walking tour send participants snapping shots of the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Potomac just as the sun comes up. Memorials by Moonlight takes walkers on a nocturnal jaunt past sites such as the Lincoln Memorial, and Intro to iPhoneography helps pupils get the most out of their iPhone cameras. There are even a few out-of-town trips for adventurous shutterbugs.

1010 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest
Washington,
DC
US