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    Grand All Day Tour

    DC Trails
    How would you like to spend the entire day immersed in the history of Washington D.C.? You will spend 7 hours with talented guides who will reveal new facts about the nation's capital. to you. You will see the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Grant Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, World War II Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Iwo Jima Memorial, Jefferson Memorial and FDR Memorial. You will get the chance to take photos and have lunch at Fashion Center Mall as you relax.
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    Photo Tour: Monuments and Memorials - Full Day

    Washington Photo Safari
    Afraid of being the one person on the photography tour with no photography knowledge? This workshop starts with a 45 minute lesson where you will learn photography basics and rudimentary methods of architectural photography. Then, you will move on to taking pictures of the various monuments and historical buildings around Washington: The White House, Lafayette Park, Vietnam Three Servicemen Memorials, and Union Station, among many others. This particular full-day workshop also includes training in abstract photography in the entertainment district and a trip to the Washington National Cathedral for interior photography training. Start with learning the concepts of F stops and shutter speeds, and gradually progress to more intricate techniques!
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    Front Yard America Tour (The Mall)

    Context Travel
    Let's go to the mall - today! No, not a shopping mall! The National Mall! Come learn about the nation's capitol, the three branches of government, and influential politicians on this tour! Explore the nation's capital with an experienced and educated tour guide who can tell you all of the facts, anecdotes, and stories along the way! You will walk along the National Mall, seeing the gorgeous, white marble sites of the city. Each tour will be tailored to the tour guides' specialities and your personal interests, so the tour could include a number of things, such as the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian Castle, the Tidal Basin, the Jefferson Monument, and so much more! Don't miss this district!
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    Photo Tour: F-Stops and Shutter Speeds

    Washington Photo Safari
    Anyone can point a camera and press a button. What separates photographers who know what they're doing from those who don't is the knowledge of how to use your camera to its fullest extent! This class will demystify the subtle abbreviations you will find on your camera. After this class, you'll be able to differentiate settings from "Auto" and "P" to "Av" and "Tv." As you learn these basic operations, you'll start to unlock the knowledge of how professionals make that closeup look super sharp, but always have the perfectly blurred background. This is a great way to build your own skills on photo composition, mode, speed and exposure, and also teach you how to use your camera to its fullest capacity.
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    American Biography Tour

    Context Travel
    Now join us for the pledge of allegiance. Please stand and put your hand over your art... You got that right! Your art! America's short history is vibrant and fascinating, and has served as the muse for many an artist. Come check out America's Biography on this incredible tour! Explore the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, while learning the history of the institutions and their respective art from an experienced art historian. You'll view the oldest federal collection of art in Washington D.C., which spans three centuries and many movements, and you'll see the works of Houdon, Peale, Stuart, Hopper, Wyeth, and others! It's time to paint the town -- oh wait, these artists already did!
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    Photo Tour: Monuments and Memorials - Half Day

    Washington Photo Safari
    Afraid of being the one person on the photography tour with no photography knowledge? This workshop starts with a 45 minute lesson where you will learn photography basics and rudimentary methods of architectural photography. Then, you will move on to taking pictures of the various monuments and historical buildings around Washington. You will learn important photography techniques, while seeing all the best photography sites and angles in the area. Start with learning the concepts of F stops and shutter speed, and gradually progress to more intricate techniques!
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    Hills of Anacostia Bike Ride

    BicycleSPACE DC
    Many cyclists from D.C. don't realize they have fantastic terrain so close to home at Anacostia Hills! Come explore these hills on a ride that spans from twenty to twenty-five miles at a moderately fast pace. You'll get a great workout that includes riding to the crest of many peaks and seeing the amazing city below. It's a great way to have an invigorating cycling experience with fantastic views. Come learn all about this hidden gem and push yourself to see what you've been missing!
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    City Explorers Bike Ride

    BicycleSPACE DC
    The D.C. area has a lot of well-known bicycling trails and routes that are always enjoyable, but maybe you're looking to explore the less-travelled paths. Come along on this twenty to forty mile ride and discover some of the key connections that allow you to avoid major roads in favor of more tranquil conditions. Gain a new biking experience while journeying through every corner of the city and beyond. The pace will be challenging but not stressful -- and no rider will be left behind. Come prepared to handle some traffic and be comfortable on the city roads and to have a great time!
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