Only groups of eighth graders are still subjected to a canned bus tour with a prerecorded voice-over (we feel for you, kids). These days there are as many ways to see the sights as there are travelers. Here are our favorite Washington, DC tours with options to please fitness fanatics, Instagrammers and VIPS. Once you’ve made the rounds, be sure to post up at a few of our favorite bars and restaurants.
Cool Washington, DC tours worth taking
Get to know the District via brewpub crawls, bike excursions, culinary walks and more fun Washington DC tours
Washington, DC tours worth taking
2. Washington Photo Safari
3. Bike and Roll
4. City Running Tours
5. DC Brew Tours
6. DC Metro Food Tours
Anyone craving an urban adventure had better arrive with an appetite for any of the 14 DC Metro Food Tours. Stroll through a distinct neighborhood as your host stuffs your brain with who-slept-here’s and guides you inside no fewer than four neighborhood restaurants for a substantial nosh. Each of the stops has been selected to highlight the culinary histories of a neighborhood; perhaps it’s an historic kitchen or a taste of new immigrant culture or a recent award-winner. Whatever it is, pace yourself. Learn the secrets of Embassy Row as you taste DC’s international side; uncover ancient traditions, like a coffee ceremony, in Little Ethiopia; and meet the people who put soul in a bowl on U Street. Tours last three and a half hours—and you won’t need dinner afterward. Vegetarians and most food allergies can be accommodated, but advanced notice is required. 202-683-8847, dcmetrofoodtours.com.
7. Entertainment Cruises
8. The Guild of Professional Tour Guides
Have a VIP to impress, a foreign in-law to entertain or a desire to learn niche historical topics from a true expert? These trained guides are your go-to. Though not inexpensive, the tours are tailored to each group’s interest: Envision a three-hour, on-the-go lecture about anything from Italian art and culture to Civil War generals to female politicians. Need that tour in French, Russian or Mandarin? They can hook you up. Consider this a concierge service, too, as the company can make hotel arrangements and restaurant reservations. washingtondctourguides.com.
9. Reston Limousine: Virginia Wine Country Tours
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