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    Self Guided Bike Ride to Mount Vernon

    Bike and Roll DC
    Hop on your bike for a beautiful ride through historic Alexandria as you make your way to Mount Vernon, home and resting place of George Washington. As you roll along the Mount Vernon Trail, you'll pass through scenic Dyke Marsh and the aptly named Belle View Park. Once you reach the estate, you can wander at your leisure through the mansion, the outbuildings, stunning gardens, and even the family tomb, which holds George and Martha Washington. Enjoy the breeze in your hair as the picturesque surroundings transport you back to Colonial America.
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    Morning Trolley Tour

    Royal Trolley Tours
    See the nation's capitol like never before on a fun, informative and relaxing 3 hour trolley tour, which takes you to the must see monuments and memorials of Washington D.C! The carefully selected stops you make on this tour such as the White House and Lincoln Memorial are the fabric of the history of this venerable city. The tour departs early enough to catch a glimpse of the skyline in the late morning sunrise and late enough to allow you to go through your morning routine without any rush. Come on board and enjoy a fun ride that will take you through a live narrated tour of the long standing vestiges of our past, perfect if you want to explore the rich heritage of D.C. but are on limited time. Don't forget your camera for unparalleled photo opps that will preserve your trip for a lifetime!
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    Happy Hour Tour on 14th Street

    Things to do in Washington DC
    Hungry for the D.C. foodie experience? Satisfy your appetite with this happy hour tour! You'll explore the burgeoning food culture of 14th Street with a local guide, making three different stops to try tasty bites and indulge in a few equally tasty drinks. Your guide will also offer insights into the restaurants you visit and the food scene at large, helping you connect with D.C.'s tasty side. You'll kick things off at K&Pizza near McPherson Square Metro Station for some innovative slices, before heading to B Too, where eclectic menu items paired with local craft brews await your discerning judgement. Finally, you'll head to Sotto to wind up your experience. This speakeasy-styled destination offers retro cocktails and delicious American fare. Food for thought, huh?
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    Art Night

    Torpedo Factory Art Center
    What's it like inside the mind of an artist? Find out for yourself during this monthly mixer at Torpedo Factory Art Center! Founded in 1974 on the site of a former munitions plant, the center is home to 82 studios and galleries. During this event, you'll have the chance to browse open studios, galleries, and enjoy special programming. You also have the chance to meet and interact with some of the artists themselves, getting the inside scoop on what inspires and motivates them. This is a great way to discover a few new favorites! Go easy on the critique though. They're a sensitive bunch.
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    March for Freedom Tour (US Holocaust Museum)

    Bi-Partisan Tour Company
    Surrounded by cherry trees, incredible monuments, and war memorials, the Tidal Basin is the perfect place to walk amongst icons of America's past. Over the course of just a few hours, witness the memorials of greats such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson while experiencing your own freedom march. As you enjoy breathtaking vantages of the Potomac River, learn about the fascinating stories and events that created the meaning of a free world. The one-of-a-kind March for Freedom tour aims to make your excursion engaging and exciting. Allow Bi-Partisan Tour Company to take you on a remarkable journey to the past.
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    Capital Hill Walking Tour

    Tours for Humanity
    You don't have to be a high-profile Washington insider to see the city like one! During this two-hour walking tour, you'll enjoy an up-close look at some of our nation's most iconic sights while walking from the Supreme Court to the Capitol Building. Along the way, you'll see the House of Representatives, Senate, the Library of Congress, and more as you stop to discuss each site's importance and place in the political landscape. Plus, this tour operates on a name-your-own-price basis, meaning that your guide will be working hard the entire time to ensure that you have the best experience. Finally, a government experience that's not so taxing!
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    National Mall Tour

    Tours for Humanity
    Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, all names that have gone down in history. Will you join them? On this tour you can! At the National Mall, you'll check out some of the most famous landmarks in the country. Your tour guide will point out monuments commemorating American heroes and legends and tell you amazing stories about our nation's history. You'll see the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, plus memorials for World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Want to better yourself while at the same time giving back to your community? Here's to America the beautiful!
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    Annapolis Afternoon Photography

    Washington Photo Safari
    In this all-levels class, your expert Annapolis-area instructor will review techniques for architectural photography as you prepare to photograph several historically significant buildings in the area. You'll practice shooting abstracts, using F-stops for blurred or sharpened backgrounds, taking close-ups, and more. You'll also learn all about photographing intricate bow carvings and nautical ropes and finding beauty in details, all the while developing the skills to make your future travel photography more interesting and colorful. The afternoon light will create the perfect setting and provide you with the chance to discover the best techniques for shooting during this time of the day. This Safari includes a visit to the state capitol as well as other historic buildings on State Circle, City Dock, and Main Street. You'll also explore the click-worthy scenery at Spa Creek and take in vistas of downtown Annapolis, the Naval Academy and the Chesapeake Bay.
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    Photo Tour: Monuments At Night

    Washington Photo Safari
    Taking a great picture at night can be tricky, but certainly not impossible! This class will prepare you with the proper instruction on how to take photography at night without a flash. Then, you will see some of the most photogenic areas that Washington has to offer. You will start at the Lincoln Memorial and work your way towards the Three Servicemen Statue, the Vietnam Women's Memorial, and Albert Einstein Memorial. How to manipulate white balance, achieve intricate composition, and get the most out of nighttime photography will be covered. Come make the most of this unique photography opportunity!
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    Secrets and Scandals Tour

    DC by Foot
    If you've ever thought of history as boring, then this tour is about to change your whole perspective about our country's past! Join this laugh out loud guided walking tour that takes you through the more sordid past of our founding fathers. From inaugurations gone awry, duels, and a first lady who committed bigamy, all the way to curses, love affairs, and the history of the secret service; this tour covers the misadventures, misfortunes and misbehaviors of some of the most notable names in American history. Uncover D.C. mysteries, such as who really saved Washington's portrait from a burning White House, and why the Treasury Building is structured in a way where it blocks the view of the Capitol from the White House. If you're looking for the lighter side of D.C.'s history, this tour is something you absolutely can't afford to miss.
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