America’s capital city is dotted with memorials, museums, and majestic monuments paying tribute to our nation’s past. It’s also a modern city of hip neighborhoods, a buzzing nightlife, and a palpable sense of power. Here are some ways to experience Washington DC like a local.
Hop aboard a boat for a lunch cruise along the Potomac River, passing DC landmarks, such as the Washington Monument, Woodrow Wilson Bridge, and Admiral’s Row, along the way.
Pedal along the scenic Mount Vernon Trail from Old Town Alexandria to historic Mount Vernon on a self-guided bike tour.
Take your taste buds on a food tour through Little Ethiopia, home of the largest Ethiopian community outside Ethiopia.
Learn about DC’s vibrant African-American community and culture, including easy-to-miss street art and unmarked historic homes, during a walking tour of U Street.
Rent a kayak and take in the sights and sounds of the Capitol Riverfront from the Anacostia River.
Satisfy your sweet tooth on a pastry tour through Eastern Market in historic Capitol Hill, stomping grounds of historic figures and modern-day politicians.
Enjoy food, fun, and entertainment with a view of Washington DC on this narrated lunch cruise along the Potomac River. Onboard the elegant Spirit of Washington, choose to cruise from three air-conditioned interior decks or the rooftop lounge. Either way, the view is spectacular, there’s a delicious buffet lunch to enjoy and a DJ is spinning the latest Top 40 hits on spacious dance floors. Look and listen as the captain points out DC’s fascinating history while drifting past the Washington Monument, Reagan National Airport and much more.
Get a taste of Washington DC's historic U Street neighborhood on this guided culinary walking tour. Discover the history and culture of these streets, formerly known as ‘Black Broadway,’ while stopping at multiple local restaurants to sample the foods that make these neighborhoods unique. A portion of every ticket price goes to feed district residents in need.
Expand your palate on a leisurely food tour through Little Ethiopia in the heart of U Street, Washington DC. Going with a guide allows you to skip the research and head directly to the area’s best restaurants, where you sample a variety of complex flavors—from deep-fried lentils to freshly-baked traditional breads. Throughout the tour, listen to stories oven unheard by visitors about the largest Ethiopian community outside Ethiopia.
Experience the beauty of the Potomac River and Old Town Alexandria on this independent bike tour along the Mount Vernon Trail. Check out the historic estate, which was once home to George Washington, and wander through the grounds, galleries, and hallways of this stately mansion. Opt for a tour upgrade and kick back for your return trip on a narrated Potomac River cruise to Alexandria. This independent tour offers plenty of flexibility and is one of the best ways to explore Mount Vernon.
Discover the Nation’s spiritual center and one of Washington’s most magnificent historic monuments with a visit to Washington National Cathedral. Explore at your own pace with a flexible entrance ticket or join a guided tour (depending on availability) and take in highlights including the Canterbury Pulpit, the Space Window, and President Woodrow Wilson’s Tomb.
Experience Washington, DC’s many sights at your own pace, on a bike with a private tour. Ideal for families, the tour can be customized to suit your tastes with itineraries including kid friendly museums and splash pads. Your guide is a seasoned cyclist with deep knowledge of the best routes for an enjoyable day out. Healthy, kid-friendly snacks and water are provided to keep you energized through the ride.
Cocktails have been a part of U.S. history since George Washington ran his own Mount Vernon distillery. In the heart of downtown DC, your guide gives you insider access to the city’s best bars, from a rooftop pub with views of the capital to a Prohibition-era speakeasy often missed by visitors. The evening includes light snacks, one complimentary drink, and a cocktail-making demonstration.
Dig into Washington DC’s history on a walking tour of U Street, a neighborhood that was once the nation's hub of African American culture. In addition to navigating for you, your guide points out murals, street art, and unmarked historic homes often missed by visitors exploring on their own. The walking tour begins and ends conveniently at the U Street Metro station, a direct line back to downtown DC.
Shop your way through Tysons Corner Center with a Visitor Rewards Booklet stuffed with over $500 in savings on shopping, dining and entertainment. Enjoy VIP treatment with access to complimentary guest services, package-carry out, reservations and visitor information. Take a break with gift cards for snacks and appetizers, enjoy a treat-filled bag from L’Occitane en Provence, and ride into the Metro DC area with a Smart Trip card that's pre-loaded with travel credit.
There’s something for everyone at Busch Gardens Williamsburg — the theme park with a European twist. Get your heart racing on dozens of thrilling rides and attractions inspired by Old World legends, including the Griffon, Loch Ness Monster and Alpengeist coasters, plus the Land of Dragons and other kid-friendly areas. Grab a pint at the Oktoberfest beer hall, dine at an authentic Italian ristorante, and catch live shows like the Celtic Fyre Irish extravaganza for a day of international fun!