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    DC Unveiled

    Urban Adventures
    Join this small group tour of the National Mall on board our all-electric Red Roadster — perfect for covering the huge area and many monuments in DC! Your local guide will give you the scoop on the White House, Capitol Building, Smithsonian, and more. Soak in the fantastic sites in our nation’s capital on this unique tour.
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    Capitol Hill and Monuments Electric Cart Tour

    See Washington DC's major sites in a fun, unique way -- aboard an electric cart! As you explore Capitol Hill, see famous monuments and landmarks including the White House, US Capitol Building, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Smithsonian and more. These eco-friendly, all-electric vehicles let you enjoy the fresh air while admiring great up-close views of DC's major locations and off-the-beaten-path areas. You'll also hop off your cart to explore some areas by foot. Meet at the Smithsonian Metro Stop in the morning to hop aboard your all-electric cart - a unique, fun, relaxing, and eco-friendly way to experience Washington DC. Each electric cart seats four people plus your local guide, and you'll drive in a group of three carts. Your tour starts at the Smithsonian complex and proceeds through the major monument areas. Marvel at the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, and visit the World War I Memorial, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Continue past DC's most famous icon: the White House. Be sure to have your camera ready for this portion of the ride! In Capitol Hill, DC's largest historic residential neighborhood, visit the Visitor's Center inside the US Capitol Building. You'll also stop by the Supreme Court and Library of Congress buildings. As your meander through the city, enjoy the fresh air and great up-close views aboard your open-air, eco-friendly cart. Your guide will entertain you with stories and facts about DC's history, as well as point out any festivals, exhibits, demonstrations or special events occurring along the way. Your tour ends back at the Smithsonian complex.
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    Small Group National Gallery of Art Tour

    On this small-group art tour limited to six people, see some of the most outstanding works in the history of Western art - works cited repeatedly as the pinnacles of beauty and talent. As you follow your art historian/ expert guide through the National Gallery of Art's West Building in Washington DC, admire everything from 17th-century Dutch and Flemish still lifes and portraits to boxing rings and gritty urban settings created by American realists of the 19th century. The Gallery's West building is home to many famous works of art, such as the only Leonardo da Vinci piece in the Americas - Ginevra de' Benci or Claude Monet's The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil.Touring the gallery with an art historian/ expert guide provides you with unique perspectives on the art, as well as an understanding about what it takes to create a national collection and how this collection has evolved over 70 years. Learn about the philanthropy of the arts in the early 20th century, and see portraits of the gallery's earliest benefactors. These generous individuals had vision - the vision to bring to the United States a prominent collection comparable to other national collections at the Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery in London. Decide for yourself if that vision was achieved!
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    DC Evening Tour (Archives/Navy Memorial Metro)

    Bi-Partisan Tour Company
    Washington, D.C.: An important place filled with important people running the country... and a lot of walking. Sightseeing seems daunting, especially at night, and the visits to landmarks so impersonal. Lucky for you, the Epic Evening Tour not only takes away the stress of planning, but also aims to make your tour special and fascinating! As you sit back and relax on an 11-seater bus, see the capital through the lens of the human-interest stories that shaped America, provided by your personal D.C. tour guide. Over a short three and a half hours, witness the grand beauty of the U.S. Capitol Building, the World War II Memorial, the White House, and much more -- all with Bi-Partisan Tour Company's unique, fun touch.
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    Street Scape Photo Tour

    M.J. Love Photography
    Calling all aspiring shutterbugs and city explorers! Improve your photography skills and get a tour of some of DC's streets in M.J. Love's Street Scape Tour. You'll see a side of DC you may have missed and learn how to take killer pictures of it. A professional photographer, will teach you how to best take advantage of light, focus and composition, regardless of the camera you bring with you. If you've never been able to get those picture perfect postcard photos, now's your chance!
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    Historic U Street & Shaw Food Tour

    Things to do in Washington DC
    What's a foodie to do in D.C.? Sample the city's tastier side during this 3-hour walking tour! Centered around the U Street and Shaw neighborhoods, you'll enjoy an inside look at the burgeoning food culture of these suddenly very hip destinations. Altogether, you'll visit six different food locations, enjoying mouthwatering samples, and learning about the local food culture from your guide. While the itinerary is subject to change, your tour typically begins with a meet up at Ben's Next Door, where you'll sample some delicious chili. Afterward, you'll make your way to Eatonville for southern cuisine, Fast Gourmet for some innovative bites, and Etete for Ethiopian dish samples. You'll finish up with a trip to Compass Coffee for a peek at the city's current coffee climate, and Calabash Tea & Tonic for handmade teas and dessert! Altogether, you'll walk for approximately 2 miles, stopping at each restaurant for about 20 minutes. This tour should give you quite a bit to chew on!
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    Mt Vernon Independent Independent Bike Tour

    On this independent bike tour from Old Town Alexandria, enjoy views of the Potomac River as you cycle along the scenic Mt Vernon Trail to historic Mt Vernon Estate, George Washington's famous 18th-century home. Explore the stately mansion, gorgeous gardens and fascinating educational exhibits at your leisure, and hop back on your bike for your return trip back to Alexandria. This is a fun, active and scenic way to experience Mt Vernon! When you pick up your bike at the bike shop in Old Town Alexandria between 10:30am and 11am, you'll be provided with a map and easy directions on how to get to Mt Vernon. Bikes come in all sizes so you can find the right fit for the tour, once you've chosen, you're ready to ride! Take in views of the Potomac River on your easy 9-mile (14.5-km) ride along the historic Mt Vernon Trail. When you arrive at beautiful Mt Vernon Estate, George Washington's famous home, lock up your bike outside the grounds and spend time at your leisure exploring this 18th-century National Historic Landmark, which once spanned 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares) and now features 500 preserved acres (202 hectares). Walk through the restored mansion and admire the stately architecture and lavish décor, and spend time wandering through the lovely gardens. Visit the farm, browse fascinating historical exhibits at the Donald W Reynolds Museum and Education Center, and stop by Washington's tomb, a memorial dedicated to the slaves who lived and worked on the estate. Have lunch at the food court (own expense) before hopping on your bike and returning 9 miles (14.5 km) along the scenic Mt Vernon Trail, arriving at the bike shop in Old Town Alexandria by 5:45pm.
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    Monuments by Night Trolley Tour

    Onboard your trolley, you'll see 100 of Washington DC's most popular monuments and points of interest, including the Capitol Building, the White House, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument. The trolley also makes night-time stops at the FDR Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veteran's Memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial, allowing you to see these impressive monuments floodlit by night. As you pass by these infamous landmarks, your guide will provide entertaining anecdotes and historical information about the sights, along with a sprinkling of bewitching ghost stories about the spirits who haunt the nation's capital.
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    Guided Night Tour of DC

    Take a guided evening tour of Washington DC's monuments and memorials -- majestic by day and spectacular when floodlit at night! See the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and more from the comfort of a state-of-the-art luxury 30-passenger coach, and discover why Washington DC is considered one of the world's most beautiful cities at night. See all the major sights and monuments of Washington DC lit up for the night on this comprehensive tour of the nation's capital.While touring the city in a luxury coach, accompanied by your professional tour guide, enjoy guided photo stops at some of Washington DC's major attractions dramatically floodlit at night: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and more.Washington DC's monuments and buildings are particularly impressive when illuminated at night, so don't miss this opportunity to tour the city on a small-group evening tour!
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    Politics and Pints Tour

    Urban Adventures
    Trying to wrap your head around the American political system? We admire your courage! Get the inside scoop on the origins of the nation's capital during this walking tour of DC's oldest residential neighborhood! Traipse alongside a knowledgeable local guide, and enjoy anecdotes tied to the birth of the American politics. Check out the U.S. Capitol Building, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress. Partake in discussion about the current system, and broaden your perspective. To break things up, you'll also check out various local shops and eateries, and finish up with a drink at the famed Barrack's Row! Who knew politics could be so intoxicating?
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