Though a chartered yacht is a comfortable way to tour the seas, it can only navigate city streets with the help of hundreds of unhappy pack goats. Tour Washington, DC, in terra-firma style and comfort with today's Groupon: for $7, you get to choose any walking tour valued at $15 from Washington Walks. This Groupon also lets you upgrade to a $20 tour for $5 more. Today's deal expires on October 31, 2010.
Washington Walks offers a diverse list of walking tours, each lasting approximately two to three hours and led by passionate, knowledgeable guides. The Embassy Row tour, offered on Saturdays at 10 a.m., explores the highfalutin housing of the city's once-upper crust, and the nightly The Most Haunted Houses tour takes off Lafayette Park's shirt to expose its violent underbelly and stops at the highly haunted Octagon. Scholarly Sundays can be devoted to the Georgetown tour, which elegantly strolls through the Georgetown neighborhood to examine 200-year-old mansions and talks about the olden days when horse-drawn carriages were pulled by eagles. There's also a series of Saturday and Sunday tours dedicated to individual neighborhoods, providing locals with the opportunity to master their living zone.
If you decide to upgrade to any of the $20 walking tours for $5 more, you can set out on a tour such as Memorials by Moonlight, a tourist-friendly nightly tour that explores the city's celebrated monuments for three patriotic hours. Like the upscale hunting trips, no reservation is necessary. Show up to the meeting place and enjoy a hearty eyeful of local culture. Tours are given rain or shine.
- By the time the group gets to the Octagon Museum, the last stop on the tour, the streets that just two hours earlier were bustling with people are empty. It is perhaps the only time you might find yourself missing the rush-hour crowds. – Amy Orndorff, Washington Post
- A great tour if you are interested in a more in-depth look at the town, its history and its houses--and if you or your children do not want a too-spooky experience. – nicey b., Yelp
- It was a beautiful tour. I would do it again next year! – A N., Yelp