October 31, 2012
San Francisco, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2012) —As the excitement and anticipation rises with just days to go before Election Day, the team at Viator.com—the leading resource for researching and booking more than 10,000 tours and activities worldwide—is sharing the scoop on how to experience Washington, DC like a true insider. Exclusive tips and tours from local professional private guides as well as traditional and unique sightseeing experiences will help those in search of an authentic capital experience during the election, leading up to the inauguration and beyond.
A View From the Inside
Washington DC is a complex destination with a significant history, a unique political culture, and myriad monuments, museums and major current events to take in. Viator checked in with two of the company’s most popular private guides to score some inside scoop for anyone traveling to the nation’s capital.
According to Tim Kelly, a Washington DC Viator private guide who specializes in the Civil War and offers traditional tours of DC as well as a new Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour: “While most of the country will watch the election returns from the comfort of their sofas, local bars and restaurants across Washington will be firing up the plasmas and hosting politicos and novices for the early returns.” A few of Tim’s suggestions for anyone hoping to get an insider’s look at the Election night buzz can try Bullfeathers, a well-known Capitol and House of Representatives hang out; the Capitol Lounge which boasts plenty Nixon memorabilia and lots of flat screens; and Lounge 201, DC’s newest hot spot located near Senate office buildings. Through January 20, 2013, Tim will be leading the Presidential Inauguration Preview—an exclusive 3-hour journey through the inaugural process, pomp and circumstance.
Maricar Donato, specializing in traditional tours as well as experiences that uncover the Spanish and Italian influences on the culture on Washington, notes: “Washington is sure to live up to its nickname—party town DC—during this election season. Establishments throughout the capital have already begun the celebrations with politically themed cocktails to cupcakes. With options across the city as diverse as the political parties themselves, places like Ultrabar (nightclub vibe) and Union Pub (neighborhood hangout) are sure to draw big crowds on Election Night.” Maricar is running a free Election Season tour on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. which will take travelers on a two-hour journey highlighting Washington DC’s political history as well as how the capital is preparing for the upcoming presidential election. Participants will see the construction of the Inaugural Stage, the Newseum and John Russel Pope’s National Archives, America’s Ceremonial Route, and much more. Participation is limited, so to be considered for a spot on the tour visit Viator’s “Washington DC Things To Do” Facebook page, select the “Free Washington DC Election Season Tour” icon, and fill out the short form provided.
Enjoying Must-See Landmarks and Top Local Attractions Any Time of the Year
Travelers looking to experience the nation’s capital during election season—or any time of the year—will enjoy Viator’s selection of tours and activities in Washington DC. Leaving no stone unturned, the comprehensive six-hour Washington DC Guided Day Tour stops at all monuments and memorials during a combination bus and walking tour, and the Washington DC Night Tour gives travelers an up-close-and-personal look at major attractions like the US Capital Building and Washington Monument after hours (and in their full lit-up glory). Those looking for a unique perspective of the city will enjoy the Washington DC Segway Tour, which cruises past the White House and other American icons with many opportunities for fantastic photo ops. The Arlington National Cemetery and War Memorials Tour includes visits to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial, Pentagon Memorial and more, where travelers can learn about the history of these sites and hear stories of the sacrifices made by valiant military heroes.
For more of the best things to do in Washington DC, as well as the latest deals, promotions, contests and Viator news, travelers should visit www.viator.com and the Viator Travel Blog as well as Viator’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
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