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Monuments & Memorials

$125

You may have seen these memorials, but do you know the stories behind them?  As you tread these hallowed ways, hear the tales of heroism and sacrifice of the individuals who they memorialize. See your own image reflected among the names of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom and feel connected to history as you stand on the very spot that bore witness to some of the greatest moments in the fight for civil rights.  

 

Highlights:

  • Washington Monument

  • World War II Memorial

  • Korean War Memorial

  • Lincoln Memorial

  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

 

Is this tour right for me?

  • You should be comfortable walking/standing for 3 – 3.5 hours

  • You should be able to walk for up to 3 miles

  • You will be walking along a flat, though sometimes uneven path

  • Bathrooms available throughout the tour

  • Tour starts at the Washington Monument and ends near WWII Memorial

Scandals, Ghosts & Spies

$90

Would you have guessed that Georgetown has a wilder side?  Listen to the birds singing and feel the breeze on your face as you meander the garden-like paths of Oak Hill Cemetery.  If you are lucky, you just might catch a glimpse of deer, fox, or the other wildlife that frequently stroll the grounds.  As you bask in the beauty of your surroundings, immerse yourself in the stories of some of the more notable figures who now lie in the shady repose of Oak Hill. 

 

Highlights:

  • A Russian noble and his scandalous marriage

  • Civil War spies

  • Historic Washingtonians

  • The women who brought down a President's Cabinet

  • Individuals linked to Lincoln’s assassination

 

Is this tour right for me?

  • This tour cannot accommodate wheelchairs or strollers as some paths are steep and/or unpaved and most are uneven

  • Tours are subject to change as no visitors are allowed during funerals which can occur with short notice

  • You should able to walk/stand for up to 2 miles

  • You should be comfortable walking/standing for 2 – 2.5 hours

  • Bathrooms are only available at the beginning and end of this tour

  • Tour starts and ends at Oak Hill’s main gate

Guide for a Day

$250

Do you like a more personalized touch?  Then enjoy the luxury of having your own personal guide for the day (8 hour maximum).  Tell me the places and things that are most important to you and allow me to help craft your perfect day in DC.     

Highlights:

  • Pre-tour consultation to determine itinerary

  • Services of a licensed, certified professional guide for the day

  • Flexibility to adjust the itinerary as the day progresses

  • Build in time for meals and breaks

 

Is this tour right for me?

  • You should be comfortable walking/standing for the larger part of the day

  • You should be able to walk at least 5 miles, often more, for a full-day tour

  • Ability to walk up and down hills and on paved and unpaved surfaces

  • Depending on sites selected, public transportation and/or ride share services may be required

  • Meals, snacks, and the cost of transportation are not included in the tour price

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Museums, Gardens & Government

$125

Begin your tour standing in the shadow of the Washington Monument.  As you journey toward the Capitol slip into the castle garden that gave birth to a zoo.  Be cheered by the laughter of children riding a historic carousel, as you hear of the magic that lies inside each of the Smithsonian’s museums and then immerse yourself in the surreal realm of a sculpture garden.  Catch the image of the Capitol Building mirrored in the reflecting pool before standing beneath the steps where every President since Ronald Reagan has taken the Oath of Office.

Highlights:

  • Washington Monument

  • Smithsonian Castle & Museums

  • National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

  • The Capitol Building

Is this tour right for me?

  • You should be comfortable walking/standing for 3 – 3.5 hours

  • You should be able to walk for up to 3 miles

  • Be able to walk up and down hills and on uneven surfaces

  • Bathrooms available at the beginning and end of the tour

  • Tour starts at the Washington Monument and ends at the Capitol Building

Historic Georgetown

$90

Did you know Georgetown was founded 40 years before nation’s capital?  Soak in the ambiance of the neighborhood that politicians, foreign dignitaries, high society, and spies, have all called home.  As you walk the sidewalks where some of history’s most noteworthy people once strolled, fall under the spell of this distinctive corner of DC.  Find yourself charmed by its grand homes as you catch the aroma coming from nearby restaurants and bakeries and get caught up in the bustle of its main street all while you enjoy tales of its more colorful residents.

 

Highlights:

  • Georgetown Waterfront

  • Kennedy Homes

  • Spy’s Haunts

  • Civil War Sites

 

Is this tour right for me?

  • You should be comfortable walking/standing for 2 - 2.5 hours

  • You should be able to walk for up to 2 - 3 miles

  • Be able to walk up and down hills and on uneven surfaces

  • Bathrooms available at the beginning and end of the tour

  • Tour starts at the Georgetown Waterfront and ends on M Street

Metro Orientation

$25

Are you just visiting or maybe new to the area?  Maybe you have lived here for a while but never learned or have been intimidated by the Metro system?  Let me show you the ropes.  I will meet you at a mutually agreed upon station and show you how it all works:  the color-coded lines, getting a SmartCard, and the etiquette of riding the rails.  Build the confidence you need to comfortably navigate the system on your own.  This session can be added to any tour and is FREE on all Guide for a Day tours.

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Monuments, Memorials & Moonlight

$90

Think you have already seen the monuments?  You haven’t really seen them unless you have seen them after dark.  Stroll through the monuments and see them in a new way as the lights cast shadows across these tributes to the sacrifice of our fellow citizens.  Become mesmerized by the brightness of the Washington Monument reflected in the murky waters of the reflecting pool and feel the pain of loss as you hear the stories of individuals who paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedoms.  Choose from sunset or sunrise options as fits your needs.

 

Highlights:

  • World War II Memorial

  • Korean War Memorial

  • Lincoln Memorial

  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

 

Is this tour right for me?

  • You should be comfortable walking/standing for 2 – 2.5 hours

  • You should be able to walk for up to 3 miles

  • You will be walking along a flat, though sometimes uneven path

  • Portions of the path may be dimly light, the flashlight on your phone is sufficient

  • Tour starts at the WWII Memorial and ends at the Vietnam Memorial

Education, Empowerment & Community

$90

Did you know that, for nearly a century, Georgetown was home to a thriving African-American community?  Come and experience a different side of Georgetown.  As you leave the frenetic pace of M Street behind, you will traverse the quiet, residential streets that once housed the heart of this neighborhood.  Allow the stories of the individuals and who once lived here to reveal to you the community that worked, played, and prayed together for the betterment of one another.  Be challenged as you hear how the very forces that helped preserve the Georgetown we know and love today, were the same forces that undermined the African-American presence here. 

 

Highlights:

  • Georgetown Waterfront

  • Rose Park

  • Historic Houses of Worship

  • Slave Market

 

Is this tour right for me?

  • You should able to walk for up to 3 miles

  • You should be comfortable walking/standing for 2 – 2.5 hours

  • Bathrooms are only available at the beginning and end of this tour

  • Tour starts at Georgetown Waterfront and ends at the C&O Canal

 
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