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Back in Action!


Today’s the day! As of 1pm today, following this morning’s ceremony, the Washington Monument has re-opened. And it’s about time.  It closed August 23, 2011 after the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook up the city left it cracked in several places. Then, two weeks after the earthquake, Hurricane Irene stopped by and filled the Monument’s cracks…

Spotlight on: The Hirshhorn Museum


Whenever we take our tour guests to the National Mall, they always ask us the same question: “what’s that round thing?”  We completely understand their curiosity and bewilderment as they point to a strange, circular building by the National Air and Space Museum.  That round thing is in fact DC’s oddest-shaped and hardest-to-spell museum, the…

Our Pick for a Romantic Valentine’s Venue


There is one place in DC that never fails to sweep us off our feet: the National Mall!  So what better place to spend a romantic night then taking in the best view in the city?  That’s why our pick for most swoon-worthy Valentine’s Day outing is the The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden…

Story Time at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum


Looking for an activity to keep the kids busy and engaged during your DC visit?  Check out story time at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum!  Every week, the museum hosts a session with a story and a hands-on activity.  The best news?  It’s all free!  You can see the upcoming schedule here.

Tour the Shutdown!


We’ve been getting a lot of questions of late about how the government shutdown is affecting our tours.  The short answer is: it isn’t really.  The only real inconvenience is that we are currently unable to take guests inside the Lincoln Memorial.  However, all the other memorials and monuments are still fair game, and every…

Screen on the Green Returns!


There are so many events and activities going on in DC in the summer it can make your head spin!  But there are a few that are truly not to be missed.  One is the annual “Screen on the Green”, an outdoor film festival that takes place on the National Mall.  On select Mondays in…