For the team at Royal Trolley Tours, the story of our nation's capital never ends. Each day, the trolley bus rumbles out onto the city's streets for fully narrated trips to Capitol Hill, the White House, and memorials across D.C. These journeys can take place during three-hour tours in the morning and evening, when the moonlight shimmers in the Mall's reflecting pool and sprouts werewolf hairs on the Lincoln Memorial.
Royal Trolley Tours marries comfort and visibility during these tours. While its roof guards against the elements, the window covers easily flip up to let passengers soak in a cool breeze, take photos through the roof, or reach out a hand to catch politicians' falling approval ratings.
An American government professor may not seem like the first person to ask about ghosts. But if you want to learn about the D.C.'s spectral past, then Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg possesses inside knowledge on the capital's paranormal past. A presidential consultant for PBS's website and founder of Scary DC, the professor heads up a staff made up of fellow Schoenbergs and a cast of storytellers that lead visitors on weekly tours. Trips explore the haunted history of sites across the city, possibly encountering John Quincy Adams residing over the Capitol Building or James Madison checking out a book about himself at the Library of Congress.
Smithsonian Tours by Segway knows that the best way to see the National Mall is at a swift glide. Teaming up with the Smithsonian Institution, its tours tackle 5 miles of DC's museums, gardens, and monuments. Learned guides tell stories about the history of the national treasures housed in the Smithsonian's hallowed halls, and a stop next to the National Museum of American History highlights the original star-spangled banner that inspired Francis Scott Key's historic anthem.
My City Tours transforms D.C. into one big playground. Their plush, clean buses take visitors to hotspots such as Maryland Live Casino and Hollywood Casino, as well as family-friendly destinations that might include the National Air and Space Museum, Great Falls Park, and Six Flags. Sports enthusiasts hop aboard to take a trip to a professional football training camp, where they can watch their favorite players run drills and work on touchdown dance choreography.
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.