Since its first tour of local landmarks in District of Columbia, CapitolCity DC Tours, LLC. has chaperoned visitors and the city's own curious residents on motor-coach and walking tours of the city. Dozens of available tours bring to life the history of the notable and little-known local neighborhoods and historic buildings that occupy the Washington DC's celebrated acreage. Licensed tour guides lead outings in seven languages, such as Mandarin, Spanish, and Italian, to make it easier for all to take in the city's breadth of historic, architectural, and municipal themes. Depending on the tour, some stops may include informative jaunts to the White House and the National Mall—places that evoke American ideals and where British tyranny in the form of unjust taxation and irresistible Phil Collins ballads were once publicly denounced.
Mangia DC Food Tours takes its name from the Italian interjection, "Mangia!", which roughly translates to both "Eat!" and "Enjoy!" It's fitting, then, that the company's signature tour focuses on Italian food, especially restaurants near historic Dupont Circle. In addition to visiting eateries and sampling foods, the tour includes insights into other hidden gems found throughout the neighborhood.
These stunning gardens, designed by Beatrix Farrand, are a popular urban oasis, especially when the fragrant cherry blossoms are in full bloom. In fact, National Geographic was so smitten with them, it named them among the Top 10 Gardens in the world. Meanwhile, inside the museum, a brilliant collection explores Byzantine and pre-Columbian art, including illuminated manuscripts, Eucharistic vessels, and Mayan stonework.
Amidst more than 2,000 animals, two stand out: Tian Tian and Mei Xiang, the famed giant pandas. But there’s plenty more to see at this free zoo, including orangutans that traverse a series of towers and cables 35 feet above spectators’ heads.
Adventures for Creative Tourists helps DC visitors explore the city's more artistic side. Tour guides lead groups to museums and art galleries across the Georgetown and Dupont Circle neighborhoods, helping them get a deeper look at the area's art than what you can find on the mall. Though, if you do want to see the top museums, custom tours can help you explore the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, Portrait Museum, the Anderson House Museum, and the Kreeger Museum. Tours include the option to upgrade to transportation and an option to stop for meals so that you don't feel tempted to nibble on a still-life bowl of fruit.
The story of the descendants of the nation’s First Family is told at Tudor Place, an historic home hidden away on a Georgetown side street. The five-acre estate was the home of Martha and George Washington’s granddaughter Martha Parke Custis Peter. Five more generations of the family lived here before it became a National Historic Landmark in the 1980s, and now the notable home contains more of George and Martha’s memorabilia than anywhere outside of Mount Vernon. But because the home was occupied by members of the Washington family for nearly 200 years, its riches span the centuries, from original keepsakes handed down by Martha herself to more current pieces that tell the family’s rich history. The extensive gardens are particularly lovely in the spring, when many of the period flowers bloom.