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Local Experiences in Washington DC

Local Experiences in Washington DC

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.

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  • 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.

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Washington DC Signature Scenic Lunch Cruise
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Washington DC Signature Scenic Lunch Cruise

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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.
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  • 2 hours
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$79.67
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$79.67

U Street: Food, History, and Street Art Tour

U Street: Food, History, and Street Art Tour

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.64
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Private Family-Friendly DC Tour by Bike

Private Family-Friendly DC Tour by Bike

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$549.00
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DC Brew Tour with Tastings and Meal
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DC Brew Tour with Tastings and Meal

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Learn about Washington, DC’s thriving brewpub scene and taste a variety of award-winning beverages on a guided brewery tour. Get an inside look at how beer is made and chat with brewery owners about their operations. Visit four of DC’s top brewpubs and enjoy beer-centric food pairings, substantial enough for a meal. Round-trip transportation by bus is included.
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  • 5 hours
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$120.00
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The Magic Duel, DC's #1 Comedy Show
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The Magic Duel, DC's #1 Comedy Show

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Freshen up date night with a comedy magic show. Watch as two magicians, Mark Phillips and Brian Curry, battle for the title of DC’s Best Magician. With audience participation from start to finish, the show is a high-energy, interactive, alternative to dinner and a movie. At the end of the performance cast your vote to decide who was the funniest magician. Visit the Mayflower Hotel’s Edgar bar before the show and bring cocktails in with you.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$50.00
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Little Ethiopia Food Tour
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Little Ethiopia Food Tour

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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.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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