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You'll see so much of Washington DC on this DC in a Day Tour! Pay your respects to fallen heroes at the World War II Memorial and see some of DC's famous landmarks. From history to science, this Washington DC tour has it all!
Come aboard Washington's premier dining ship! This three-hour dinner cruise takes you along the Potomac River for panoramic views of the nation's greatest monuments as you dine on a four-course dinner.
See Washington DC from the land and water on a unique duck tour! Traveling in an original WWII amphibious vehicle, this 90-minute tour takes you to the famous monuments of Washington DC before splashing down into the Potomac River for the most unusual ride of your vacation.
As you cruise through the Nation's Capital, past the monuments, White House and American icons, you will receive a great orientation, informative historical and current-day information, heaps of unique and fascinating stories, fantastic photo ops and superb personal service from your guide. The Segway is the first of its kind - It's new, it's cool and a ton of fun!
Join a cruise around the capitol and admire the cities skyline while on board this wonderful 2 hour brunch cruise. Admire unmatched skyline views from a unique vantage point while enjoying a mouth-watering feast and listening to the live jazz trio.
This Washington DC tour takes you to the most popular monuments and historic buildings in Washington to provide tips on architectural photography, outdoor portraiture, and interior photography without flash by professional photographer E. David Luria.
Seeking an activity in Washington DC that offers culture, history, sightseeing and a lot of fun, all in one package? This round-trip cruise from Washington DC to Mount Vernon is an exciting 6.5-hour cruise offering a narrated Potomac River tour and admission to Mount Vernon.
This museum complex is composed of three parts: the Museum itself, the Watson Reading Room, and the African American Heritage Park. Dedicated to promoting tolerance and understanding among all cultures, the museum offers insight on Alexandria's rich cultural heritage.
Robert E. Lee once did his banking in this Greek Revival building, once home to the Bank of the Old Dominion. Today, it is home to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA), which presents art exhibitions and performances. Admission to the gallery is free.
This colossal memorial was designed to look like one of the seven wonders of the ancient world: the lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt. Inside, a 17-foot bronze statue of Washington is on display along with an extensive collection of Washington artifacts.
Visit three floors of working artist studios and galleries at this landmark, founded in 1974 at the site of a WWII munitions plant. Overlooking the Potomac River in Alexandria's historic Old Town, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest collection of publicly accessible working art studios anywhere in the United States. Entry is free and open to the public.
Built in 1753 by Alexandria's founder John Carlyle, this Georgian Palladian manor was once the site of a meeting between five governors who met there to discuss the funding of the French and Indian War. Experience one of Alexandria's many historical treasures by taking a tour (offered daily) or attending an exhibit or lecture.
Explore this historic building, which once housed the largest domestic slave trading company in the nation. Now, the Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL) operates the property as a museum, dedicated to preserving the stories of those who passed into slavery through this very building.
Northern Virginia's most popular attraction is the final resting place of over 400,000 American servicemembers, including former presidents John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft. Other attractions include the elaborate Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Arlington House, the former home of Robert E. Lee.
Once the colonial home of George Washington, Mount Vernon is now the most visited historic estate in America. Located 8 miles south of Alexandria, the riverside estate encompasses the Mansion, a working farm, gardens, galleries, and Washington's tomb. The first president's former house is now a museum, filled with documents and historical ephemera.
Downtown Washington's first modern white tablecloth Italian restaurant is located in the Arnold and Porter building. Ristorante Tosca offers the finest in contemporary northern Italian cuisine by executive Chef Massimo Fabbri. He interprets Italian cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, using a creative approach that respects the great traditions of Tuscan gastronomy.
This glam Penn Quarter eatery has received scores of industry accolades since opening in 2002. The menu's small-plate, or mezze, options allow guests to sample a variety of flavorful Mediterranean creations by award-winning chef Jose Andres.
Rasika, which means "flavors" in Sanskrit, is a modern Indian restaurant showcasing Tawa (griddle), Sigri (open barbeque), Tandoori and other regional dishes. They have a temperature controlled wine cellar, offer small plates and a modern lounge.
JALEO invites you to explore the spirit and cuisine of Spain. JALEO means "uproar" or "melee" and also "revelry" and "merry-making". The concept is owned and managed by ThinkFoodGroup (Jaleo DC, Bethesda, and Crystal City; Zaytinya, Cafe Atlantico, and Oyamel), under the culinary direction of Jose Andres - winner of the James Beard award and Bon Appetit's Chef of the Year. Patrons unable to make a reservation are more than welcome to walk-in. Jaleo reserves a limited portion of its dining room leaving available space to welcome its walk-in guests.
Sitting on a quiet residential street in Georgetown, this 1789 restaurant has the charm of a historic country inn. Chef Daniel Giusti uses indigenous ingredients in simple yet classic recipes. Classic desserts are on offer by Travis Olson, Pastry Chef. Both chefs have been nominated by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington for a 2009 RAMMY Award.
The Blue Duck Tavern, a contemporary neighborhood restaurant, invites its guests to gather and celebrate in good taste with a menu focusing on the freshest ingredients available from local purveyors and artisans. The menu notes every farm where the main ingredient for the dish was raised before its journey to the table. Dishes are genuine, time-honored and traditional - slow roasting in wood embers, braising, preserving and smoking techniques bring the true flavors of America's great, simple and wholesome foods to the Blue Duck Tavern.
Established in 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill is the oldest dining saloon in Washington, DC. Across from the White House, Old Ebbitt serves American Cuisine, and offers the largest selection of oysters in DC. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining, as well as Saturday and Sunday Brunch.
One of the finest restaurants in the capital, Plume serves as a discreet and elegant backdrop to the culinary artistry of award-winning executive chef, Damon Gordon. Here you will dine while surrounded by scenes from Monticello hand-painted on silk-covered walls. Choose a cozy nook or a table by their inviting fireplace as you savor classic dishes expertly executed by Chef Damon with lighter, contemporary finishing touches that appeal to today's enlightened palates. Chef Damon draws on the traditional techniques he mastered in Michelin-starred kitchens in his native U.K. and under the tutelage of Alain Ducasse in New York City, creating seasonal menus inspired by the fruits, vegetables and herbs grown in Thomas Jefferson's gardens.
Acclaimed Chef Robert Wiedmaier opened Marcel's in 1999 to rave reviews of his French cuisine with a Flemish flair, derived from his Belgian heritage. Signature dishes that have Washingtonians and critics talking are his seared foie gras, crispy skate wing and light as air Boudin Blanc complemented by his outstanding wine list. Marcel's offers a daily changing three-course Pre-Theater dinner with complimentary executive car service to and from the nearby Kennedy Center.
The views are panoramic from this restaurant, whether you sit indoors or outside on the patio. Lunch, dinner, happy hour, and a weekend brunch are offered, and you can enjoy sweeping waterfront views while you dine or sip.
Specializing in French-Creole New Orleans cuisine, this restaurant in Old Town is housed in a historic building filled with Victorian-era details, like crystal chandeliers, marble fireplaces, and antique furnishings. The restaurant encompasses multiple dining rooms, a live blues club (Basin Street Lounge), cigar room, and a casual bar.
A cobblestone path leads you to this elegant restaurant, located in a historic 19th-century warehouse. Founded by executive chef Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve is critically acclaimed for its keen attention to detail, impeccable dishes and cocktails, and charming atmosphere.
This restaurant has been a neighborhood haunt in Old Town Alexandria since 1932. The historic art deco building, easily approachable menu, and delectable home-style cooking attract locals, tourists, and foodies alike.
"Thanks be to Cod" is inscribed on the door of this 20-seat 'chipper,' which specializes in Irish-style fish and chips. Actually, there's not much else on the menu. The classic combination of fried cod and hand-cut chips are what has made Eamonn's a favorite local haunt.
Part art gallery, part chocolatier, part cocoa bar, Artfully Chocolate is the ultimate guilty pleasure for any chocolate lover.
Nestled in the heart of Falls Church, 2941 is a critically-acclaimed fine dining restaurant with koi ponds, waterfalls, a lakeside view, and contemporary American cuisine. Dishes here are simple but not boring, featuring accents of Mediterrean and French flavors.
In the heart of Vienna, this chef-owned restaurant serves gutsy, eclectic American Cuisine. The front dining room, a garage-like rectangular space, may not look like much - but a meal here just might be the most memorable dining experience in Northern Virginia.
Baby Wale is an urban rustic tavern that serves a small selection of bar snacks which are seasonally inspired. Most of our ingredients are sourced from local farms.
This Dupont Circle East venue from the team behind El Cucho and Jackie's offers clever cocktails and affordable eclectic fare that doesn't take itself too seriously providing something for practically any appetite. The dimly lit space has a basement level bar and dining room that leads into an outdoor patio for a complete laid-back vibe.
Hop on the Metro Red Line to experience Bethesda, a top nightlife area just outside of D.C. Bars such as Tommy Joe's and Flanagan's Harp and Fiddle fit right into the city's classy feel.
This speakeasy-style bar has a glamorous vintage vibe. An intimate destination for a date or just a late-night drink, PX offers expertly made classic cocktails in a laid-back, elegant setting.
Since 1979, this upstairs music club has featured live jazz and blues music on almost a nightly basis, attracting many world-class musicians to its intimate, cozy stage.
This live music, self-proclaimed as "America's Legendary Music Hall," features world-class musicians and comedians. Performers have included Judy Collins, John Hiatt, Aimee Mann, Aaron Neville, and many other notables.
With over 20 craft beers on tap, a vegetarian menu, and live music most Sunday and Monday nights, Galaxy Hut is a friendly, low-key watering hole.
Three brothers - all musicians - own and operate this live music venue, which aims to offer the best live music experience in an all-ages community environment.
As a major transportation hub, the most-visited destination in D.C. also doubles as a shopping mall, featuring a multitude of classy shops with beaux-arts architecture-the ideal setting for window shoppers.
Stunningly charming, this upscale shopping mall epitomizes the restrained elegance of D.C. style. Relatively small with 25 stores, the center features a beautiful sky-lit atrium that beckons tired shoppers to sit back and relax.
While in DC, make a trip to The Shops at Georgetown Park for the best in shopping, entertainment and dining. Whether you enjoy a relaxing dinner at one of the mall's restaurants or spend the day shopping at all your favorite stores, The Shops at Georgetown Park offers a complete entertainment experience.
Old Town Alexandria is well known for its many elegant boutique shops, many of them independently owned and operated. Unique gifts, chic accessories, and charming souvenirs are available for purchase from many kinds of merchants.
Shopping, dining, and entertainment options abound in this sophisticated shopping district, which also boasts free wifi.
"Cornering the market on fabulous," this sophisticated shopping center offers valet parking, numerous amenities, and a seasonal interactive splash fountain.
Chanel, Versace, Cartier, Burberry and other premier designer shops are here at this upscale, luxurious shopping and dining center.
The Shops at Fairfax Square features high-end designer shops and world-class restaurants. Peruse all the pretty little things at Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Hermes of Paris, and more.