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Explore the Nation's most hallowed ground

Cleveland Park Cherry Blossom Walking Tour

The Tidal Basin isn't the only place to enjoy Washington's iconic cherry blossoms! Cleveland Park, one of Washington's most beautiful and architecturally eclectic neighborhoods, boasts some of the largest clusters of cherry trees off of the National Mall. Join a special seasonal bloom tour and venture into an original "streetcar suburb" to see cherry trees in their full splendor. Explore the National Cathedral grounds, stroll along picturesque tree lined streets, learn about an early Presidential retreat, and experience the bloom like a local! Sights and stops include:

  • Washington National Cathedral

  • Bishop's Garden

  • Rosedale Conservancy

  • William Slayton House

  • Cherry Blossom Lane

  • Winthrop Faulkner Houses

  • McLean Gardens

 

This tour meets outside the Washington National Cathedral at 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW. The tour takes about 1 hour and covers approximately 1 mile, ending near McLean Gardens at Wisconsin Avenue and Idaho Avenue. Cherry Blossom tours are offered seasonally during the bloom, usually mid-March to mid-April. Please get in touch to request this tour privately or outside of the bloom. The neighborhood is beautiful in all seasons!

Click here to see a map of the tour route and check out this map of all the cherry blossom trees in the city!

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Visions of Power: Architecture and Politics on Capitol Hill

 

At the Eastern end of the National Mall stands Washington's most enduring architectural icon: the U.S. Capitol Building. The conceptual center of the Nation's capital, it sits atop what city planner Pierre L'Enfant described in 1792 as a "pedestal awaiting a monument". Capitol Hill has since expanded to encompass other impressive edifices, including the magnificent Beaux Arts Library of Congress, the classical temple of justice that is the Supreme Court building, and the triumphant gateway of Union Station. Learn about the long and tumultuous history behind these imposing national landmarks. Highlights include:

  • U.S. Capitol Building

  • Capitol Grounds

  • Library of Congress

  • Union Station

  • Supreme Court Building

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Rags to Riches: The Transformation of Historic Georgetown

 

A mention of modern Georgetown conjures up images of stately brick homes, tidy tree-lined streets, and bustling shops. Now one of the most idyllic and elite neighborhoods in Washington DC, Georgetown's origins are much less picturesque. Described by Abigail Adams as "a dirty little hole," Georgetown began as a gritty port, replete with ruffians, sailors, slave traders, brothels and saloons. From Canal Fever to Civil War, factories to condos, learn how Historic Georgetown has gone from coarse to posh in 250 years.  Highlights include:

 

  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

  • Old Stone House

  • Newton D. Baker House

  • Miss Lydia's English Seminary

  • Christ Episcopal Church

  • Pomander Walk

  • Volta Laboratory

  • Georgetown University

  • Exorcist Steps

  • Georgetown Waterfront