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Our Insider Tip for MLK Day

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With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day just hours away, we thought we’d share a tip for commemorating Dr. King’s legacy during your trip to DC.  There are the obvious tourist sites, like the The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. But those…

Photo of the Week (courtesy of “Ghosts of DC”)

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All of us here at DC Insider Tours are huge fans of Ghosts of DC, a local blog that never fails to amaze us with incredible historic photos of the District.  We couldn’t resist re-posting this particular post featuring a photograph of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (formerly called the Old Executive Office Building).  Not…

President John Tyler’s Living Legacy

U.S. President John Tyler

Everyone at DC Insider Tours was AMAZED by this story. That is if you think being a living grandson of President John Tyler — who was born in 1790 and served as tenth president of the United States from 1841 to 1845 – is an incredible feat. To boot, there are TWO grandsons that are…

Fight, Bicker, and Party Like It’s 1799

Thomas Jefferson v. Alexander Hamilton

With the looming sequester and furloughing of government employees, DC Insider Tours’ home of Washington, DC is abuzz with the politics of the day.  It seems one cannot open a newspaper or turn on a TV without learning about the shrewd finagling and bitter disputes across party lines among our politicians.  With so much party…

Men on Horseback: DC’s Quiet Obsession

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I don’t know how I went ten years without noticing, but it appears that the District of Columbia has an almost clinical obsession with equestrian statues.  The District is seriously into statues of men on horseback, and they are scattered throughout our squares, circles, and obscure street corners.  Here are 5 facts about DC’s love…

The Day the U.S. President Met “The King”

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On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley was busy recording his soon-to-be hit song, “Shake, Rattle, and Roll.”  Listening to this famous tune got us thinking about one of the least-known (and most weird) events in DC history.  The story goes like this: When he wasn’t busy thrusting his pelvis on stage, Elvis Presley enjoyed…

President William Harrison: When Being A Blowhard Is Fatal

William Harrison - Died After Giving Longest Inaugural Address

President George Washington’s record for the shortest Inaugural Address made us wonder: which American President gave the longest Inaugural Address?  We’ll give you a hint: he also served the shortest time in office. Give up? It was William Henry Harrison! President Harrison, who was 68 years old, delivered his one hour and forty-five minute speech…

Our Founding Tweeter: President George Washington

President Washington with Red, White, and Blue stripes behind him

Always a man of few words, President George Washington would have been well-suited for today’s social media world.  At just 135 words, George Washington’s second inaugural address was the shortest in history, and would have fit into just 6 tweets.  Yes, 6.  We did the math.  President Washington delivered it on March 4, 1793, and…

Presidential Limousines Get Political

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You might notice something new about the President’s limousines if you happen to see one as you walk through the city, or perhaps on one of our walking tours that take you by The White House.  They are now sporting DC license plates.  Apparently, after spending four years in the District, President Obama supports our…

Drink Like A U.S. President

A collection of different liquors that are used in making Presidential cockails. This includes gin, tequila, rum, champange, whiskey, brandy, and vodka.

Want to drink like a U.S. President?  Then check out the list of the American Presidents’ signature cocktails at the below link.  But first, try to guess which 5 presidents preferred virgin concoctions.  We’ll give you hint- it’s not President Obama, who brews his own beer at the White House using honey from the First…