Rather than providing an interesting account of our nation’s history, these services often include meals and music. While some companies offer cruising options during the day, others focus their attention primarily on night tours.
With so many different options, it can be difficult to pick the right excursion for your schedule. Taking this into account, we’ve decided to offer a comprehensive comparison of the boat tours and cruises offered in Washington DC.
Prices range from $25-$40 for a boat tour and $80-$100 for dinner cruises.Read more »
You can also visit the Women in Military Service Memorial & Museum though free timed tickets are required.
8. Eat at a local restaurant
DC has a lot of great places to eat! You can Support DC Businesses by ordering to go or eating on some of the outdoor patios. Many restaurants will have heated patio seating as the days get cooler.
Some of our favorite places to eat are:
Ben’s Chili Bowl (U Street NW)
Founding Farmers (Foggy Bottom)
Queen Vic (H St NE)
Martin’s Tavern (Georgetown)
Pizza Paradisio (Georgetown)
9. Learn about DC from a local Justice perspective
DC by Foot has partnered with Justice Walks DC to offer tours of Washington DC neighborhoods through the lens of Civil Rights and Social Justice.
Join Kate, a social justice educator, for a discussion about these neighborhoods and where available a chance to talk to community leaders and business owners.
NOTE: this is a tour that will discuss topics some may find controversial such as race, racism and economics. It is also a participatory, discussion based tour. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and thoughts.
Ford’s Theatre has closed (again) but we’re still offering our famous Lincoln Assassination Walking Tours. Our walking tours do not enter any buildings and we end outside the famous theatre painting a picture for you. It is a great alternative for going inside!
12. Explore the Great Outdoors
In addition to the National Mall, Washington DC has a lot of open green space for exploring.
14. Go to an immersive Art experience at ARTECHOUSE
‘Renewal 2021’ opens March 15, 2021 and is inspired by DC’s Cherry Blossom season. You’ll walk through an industrial city 100 years in the future where nature struggles to survive. Leave with a sense of hope though seeing cherry blossoms peak through the plastic and concrete.
Long before the 1971 Exorcist movie put Georgetown on the map for horror fans, tales of ghosts and the otherworldly was a deep part of the town. It may be a combination of ambiance, architecture, and landscaping… but Georgetown is seriously haunted. Below are some, not so well known, spooky facts about this old port town.
1. There is a fence made of gun barrels
Some of the black iron gates that adorn the houses are made from old gun barrels from long forgotten wars.
Indeed, check out the fence at 2803-11 P Street NW to see the Mexican War muskets that owner Ruben Daws purchased from a pawnshop.
2. There are century old railcar tracks
On O Street you will see the remains of old railcar tracks. For more than a hundred years these charming railcars were a part of city life.
The last ones ran until 1960… but even today, late at night, you may hear their bells and the conductors call to attention.
3. There is an old church where you can join a seance
On Q Street you will find the Church of Two Worlds inside an old Methodist gothic church. The members here practise spiritualism, whose aim it is to prove the continuity of life by contacting and communing with the dead.
Join the seance every Wednesday and Sunday from 2pm.
4. Albert Clemons slept in a crypt at Halcyon House
Albert Clemons, onetime owner of the Halcyon House, had built a crypt on-site and may have slept in it.
Indeed, his last will and testament begins, “First, I direct that upon my death… the attending physician shall thereafter pierce or puncture my heart sufficiently for the purpose of absolute certainty of death.”
5. The K Street Bridge is haunted by a headless man
In the 1800s Georgetown‘s children lived in mortal fear of the “headless man of K Street bridge”. Apparently the victim of some heinous crime, his documented apparitions in this dark wooded area kept locals away after dark.
6. Oak Hill Cemetery was the site of a satanic ritual
>Georgetown‘s Oak Hill Cemetery is straight out of a Victorian novel. Visit during the winter to experience it in all of its creepy splendor and glory. In the early 1980s, a crypt was broken into and some kind of a satanic seance was held, complete with a spike through the heart of the body of a long-dead Navy Commodore.
7. There was a Civil War Hospital that is now Apartment Buildings
The Colonial Apartment building was once Seminary Hospital during the American Civil War. Amputations and surgeries with no anesthesia happened in what is now living rooms. And the bodies of poor and unidentified dead soldiers would be stacked outside waiting to carried to nearby cemeteries.
8. Healy Hall has a portal to the underworld…
Georgetown‘s Healy Hall, with its dark and dramatic spires, is most certainly haunted. It is well known that long ago a young Jesuit student accidently opened the gates to the underworld when reading forbidden chants in a book about exorcism.
Unable to close these gates, the fifth floor has remained sealed ever since.
9. Samuel Davidson was not a friendly neighbor!
In 1810, Georgetown resident Samuel Davidson took out an advertisement in the local paper warning his neighbors not to trespass on his estate.
He ended his warning like this; “Therefore, I beg and pray all of my neighbors to avoid Evermay as they would a den of evils, or rattlesnakes, and thereby save themselves and me much vexation and trouble.”
10. Mary Todd Lincoln contacted her son Willie after he died
During and after the Civil War, 3226 N Street was the home of Cranstoun and Margaret Laurie.
Spiritualists and seance conductors, they were said to have entertained Mrs. Mary Lincoln who was seeking contact with her beloved son Willie who had died of typhoid in the White House.
Visiting DC for Memorial Day? This post is about things that are happening for Memorial Day in 2021.
There are usually a number of different events and ceremonies that commemorate this special weekend including a national concert, parade, and motorcycle rally. But 2021 will be a little different. This post covers things to do in Washington DC on Memorial Day 2021 including a top 5 list, nighttime activities, family-friendly things to do, and free things.
Created by Dia Khanthongthip, street That food with creative cocktails. Dia and co owner Nat Ongsangkoon grew up in Thailand with trips to the night market for street food and now have brought that flavor to DC.
The Blossoms on the Tidal Basin are the most famous but there are a number of Cherry Blossom alternatives to the Tidal Basin!
In the age of Instagram selfies and the perfect shot you’ll be hard pressed to get a photo that does not also include a hundred of your new closest friends if you’re visiting the Tidal Basin. Let’s be honest. It gets crowded. And with 2021 Cherry Blossom season, the Tidal Basin may even be closed for public safety.
Though the most photographed spots are along the Tidal Basin, they are not the only ones.
Washington, DC in Spring is beautiful in part due to the number of cherry blossoms but also a variety of other flora and the pride city residents have in their neighborhoods.
WHERE TO SEE THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN 2021
Peak Bloom 2021: April 2-4 (but beware – this can easily change based on weather!)
Our favorite way to decide where to go? Use Casey Trees’ Cherry Blossom Map. Click for larger interactive map.
Can you still see the Cherry Blossoms during Covid? Of course! There are cherry blossoms all over Washington DC! The National Park Service has not officially announced but will likely be closing the Tidal Basin to pedestrians during peak bloom, but if you really want to see the Cherry Blossoms on the Tidal Basin, you can still do so Virtually!
This area isn’t that far from the Tidal Basin and we even have a Cherry Blossom tour that visits it! You’ll see roads lined with blossom trees and there is a chance they close the areas to cars and only allow pedestrians.
This area has both Yoshino trees that bloom at the same time as the Tidal Basin but also brighter pink Kwanzan trees that bloom a little later – meaning you can visit this area for those great photos for most of April 2021.
See the Blossoms in an immersive art exhibit – with a discount!
Guests on our Cherry Blossom tours (private and public) get a discount code to experience RENEWAL 2021!
ARTECHOUSE presents its fourth annual cherry blossom inspired installation with a conservation twist — Renewal 2121
Seeking to inspire optimism and hope amid a global pandemic and concerns of climate change, the immersive, technology-driven art installation will transport visitors 100 years into the future.
On view through September 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C.
2- At the Capitol
The most instagrammable photos in the Spring seems to be blossoms with a DC landmark. Nothing evokes the capital more than the Capitol! At the time of writing, the Capitol Grounds are still closed. We include this in our hope that the fences will come down soon.
You can still see a number of trees at Lower Senate Park, where the fences have been removed! Just across the street from this park is the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism during WWII.
3- At Arlington National Cemetery
Besides being the hallowed ground to honor our fallen men and women, Arlington is also a level II arboretum.
A fitting place for such beauty and serenity, a personal favorite is the Cherry Blossom tree along Crooks Walk, the set of stairs that connects Arlington House to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
This solitary Cherry Blossom has limbs full of flowers set amongst the simple white marble headstones.
There are a number of groves of Cherry Blossom trees at the Washington Monument – meaning you can still get that famous shot of a blossom branch in the foreground and a memorial in the background.
5- At the Arboretum
The National Arboretum is here to share its flowers, trees, plants with us and it is beautiful all year round. In the Spring, you can find numerous variety of Cherry Blossom trees. Our favorite is the Cherry Blossom Willow tree!
It is about 3 miles so a bit lengthy for a walk, even if it is a gorgeous one. We like to do it on a bike but you can drive through the Arboretum – just park in designated spots only.
INSIDER TIP: This is on the top of everyone’s list for 2021 with the suspected closure of the Tidal Basin so try to go on weekday or early in the morning.
6 – Kenwood, Maryland
If you have a car, driving out to this suburb of DC is worth it. You’ll get some beautiful photos without the crowds.
In the 1940s, the beautiful trees were planted as a way to entice new residents. The best spots are along Kennedy Drive, Dorset Avenue and Kenwood Avenue. This is a great for drive but street parking is not allowed – you can find a parking lot nearby though!
7. At the Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception
This is both a beautiful building and a somewhat secret spot for blossom viewing! Even better, they have free parking.
You’re not far from some great restaurants in the Brookland neighborhood – Primrose, Brookland’s Finest, are Right Proper Brewing are some of our favorites.
8. At Congressional Cemetery
This historic cemetery is one of our favorites at any time of year – a “hip” cemetery that does Yoga in the Crypt, 5Ks and “ghost” tours in the fall. They have beautiful trees in the Spring. You can join them for docent led tours on weekends or watch our virtual walk here:
There are tons of things to do while visiting Washington, D.C. during St. Patrick’s Day! Whether it’s enjoying delicious Irish cuisine with some authentic Irish music, or visiting our beautiful landmarks that have been built by Irish hands, there is fun for everyone during this festive weekend.
St. Patrick’s Day is Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Here are some suggestions for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and Irish culture during your stay in D.C: