Typically, when we think of our nation’s capital our mind conjures up images of monuments, museums and politics, which of course can all be found there. But there’s so much more to Washington D.C. It is a vibrant city with many facets – all waiting for you to discover them. And discover them you will!
Of course, you can always head to Washington D.C. and pick yourself up a tourist map upon arrival, make your way around as best you can and hope you see all there is to see. Or – you can contact the luxury travel experts at Beyond Times Square – and take advantage of our high-end D.C. products that allow you to indulge in a 360-degree experience of D.C.’s history, culture and amazing food.
Should you choose the second option as your preferred way to tour Washington D.C., then you probably want to know just exactly what your D.C. tour choices consist of. And you’re in luck because we have compiled a list of them below with an overview of what you’ll encounter on each!
I know you may be thinking – what in the world is a circle of power? In this particular case it references the executive, judicial and legislature branches of the government – or the White House, the Capitol Building, the Supreme Court and the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. This four-hour introduction to these iconic D.C. establishments will start with an exterior tour of the White House from Pennsylvania Avenue where you’ll get a great vantage point of its north side. From there, you’ll make your way to the Capitol Building where you will watch a short film and check out some of its famed rooms. Afterwards you’ll visit the Supreme Court for a judicial 101 lesson and then finish your day inside the Library of Congress where you’ll get the chance to overlook the magnificent main reading room. Now that’s a circle of power you do not want to miss!
Before you get too excited all my shoppers out there – The National Mall is not the type of mall you are envisioning. It’s actually a large area of green space (1000 acres!) that can be found in the middle of D.C. and is the most visited national park in America. It stretches over two miles from the Lincoln Memorial and Potomac River on the west end to the Capitol Building on the east end. As home to many of D.C.’s world-famous monuments, memorials, museums and government buildings, the National Mall was actually created to “provide a monumental, dignified and symbolic setting” for which to house them in and around. This four-hour walking tour will get you up close and personal with all of its attractions – including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as well as some of the Smithsonian museums, the Carousel and the Tidal Basin – just to name a few – making this a true walk through history.
When darkness falls upon Washington D.C. you have the opportunity to experience the city from an entirely different vantage point, as the monuments and memorials become illuminated in such a fashion that they will surely take your breath away. With this three-hour self-guided tour, you get a luxury vehicle that will chauffeur you to some of the most beautiful memorials to see at night – the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial. At each stop, you can explore them – and photograph them – at your own pace. And during the drive to each, you are sure to spot many other amazing photo ops. If you think the city is beautiful during the day – wait until you see it at night!
Up for a different way to see all those D.C. landmarks? How about a tour that starts with a bike ride and ends with a cruise down the Potomac River? You’ll begin your day with an expert bike guide who will take you on a four-hour tour via two wheels of all of the not-to-be-missed landmarks – including the White House and the Reflection Pool – among many others. After the bike portion is completed, you will enjoy a lunch break (at an additional cost) and then you are off to board a private boat for a 90-minute cruise that will allow you to see the city from another amazing vantage point – the waters of the Potomac River. Here you can sit back and relax after the morning’s exercise, sip on some water or soft drinks and just take it all in. For those of you who like to add a little adventure to your tours – we highly recommend this super cool way to experience the city.
If you are a fan of museums, then this is the experience for you. Why? Because it’s all about the Smithsonian museums. Yes – that is plural. Did you know that the Smithsonian actually consists of 19 world-class museums plus a zoo? Well, it does – and on this four-hour excursion, you can pick two of them to get to know better via your expert tour guide. While they are all incredible – we think the Air, Sea and Space Museum and the American History Museum are the two most unique of the bunch. But the choice is yours and some of your other options include the American Indian Museum, Natural History Museum, National Portrait Gallery, African American Museum, African Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Zoo. So many treasures to behold here!
What’s really interesting about Georgetown is that when the city was first created it was not part of D.C. – but instead it was its own separate city. Due to this fact it definitely has a different vibe – as well as an old feel – thanks to its cobblestone streets and stone houses. This three-hour jaunt takes place in a luxury vehicle with your guide pointing out famous homes along the way plus a few stops at some of them. You will also have an opportunity to walk those quaint streets and perhaps get an Instagramable photo op at the infamous “Exorcist Stairs.” Afterwards you will be driven down Massachusetts Avenue – known as Embassy Row – for a glimpse of some of the notable embassies. From the exorcist to the embassies – now this is one inclusive tour!
Thanks to the fact that people from all over the world, of all different ethnicities and religions, call Georgetown their home, you are going to find amazing gastronomy experiences here. And our three-hour private tour is just the place to learn all about the culturally diverse history of Georgetown as well as the blended cuisine that came from it. From handmade donuts to scrumptious street food – all food tastings and drinks are included. You’ll also get introduced to cultural and historical landmarks along this mile and a half walking tour. Plus – we are proud to say that a portion of the cost for this tour will be donated to “Bread for the City” which is a charity that provides services to D.C. locals in need of various provisions – making it a socially responsible tour as well as a tasty and educational one.
Not familiar with U Street? This D.C. area has become known for its hip nightlife – think live music – as well as a neighborhood for upscale yet eclectic cuisine and shopping. It is also rich in history due to the fact that U Street was once known as the historic Black Broadway and during segregation was home to all of the black leaders. In fact, it is one of the most significant African American heritage districts in the country. And their culinary scene? It consists of many locally owned and operated restaurants and eateries including the well-known Ben’s Chili Bowl. Not only will you get to taste some of the fabulous fares that U Street offers – but you will also learn about its history, the stories behind its colorful murals and the sculptures and buildings that define it. Be sure to bring your appetite – and your walking shoes – as this tour covers about two miles.
So – like I said. You can give it a go on your own – or you can enjoy the very best in hospitality by choosing to tour with Beyond Times Square thanks to a customized travel experience created to meet your needs. And what does that include? Well, it starts with a meet-and-greet at the airport and transportation via a luxury vehicle, then there are our top-notch local tour guides who can meet you at your hotel to start the tour and of course our 24/7 support line while you are traveling. So, to tour Washington D.C. in luxury – and book with confidence thanks to our flexible booking policy – contact us today and let’s start planning!