Coming Tours

Arlington Angel“I thought it was great and I’d recommend it without hesitation to anyone.”  — Tracy Mosebey on Arlington National Cemetery tour.

Capital Photo History Tours are 2-hour tours devoted to photography and history buffs who want to enhance their knowledge of Washington’s landmarks and legends. The tour is a twofer of photo composition and historical background of sites. We like to say, “Come for the history — leave with great photos.”

PLEASE NOTE VARIED START TIMES. Ticket ordering links are below. We offer private photo tours year-round. Email us at monumentalthoughts@gmail.com.

PRICES – All tours are $40, though we also offer half-priced tickets at Goldstar below. If you’d like to order directly from us at $40, we accept PayPal with payment to RickSnider99@aol.com. If you’d like $20 tickets from Goldstar, see link below. We’ll also have another ticket seller soon.

NOTE TO GROUPON AND AMAZONLOCAL VOUCHER HOLDERS – Anyone with outstanding tickets can use them for all future tours. Just email us that you’re coming.

Jack and Jackie in Georgetown – Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 8

 3307 N StBefore Camelot came to the White House, Jack and Jackie Kennedy lived in several homes in the fashionable Georgetown district. The two-hour walk includes homes (exteriors only – they’re still private residences) where John F. Kennedy was a U.S. Congressman and Senator before meeting Jacqueline Bouvier, their honeymoon home where daughter Caroline was raised and two homes where Jackie resided after JFK’s death. Licensed guide shares many large photos of when the Kennedys lived inside at each stop. We’ll also see Martin’s Tavern where Jack proposed. Unlike our other photo tours, this is more for history buffs, though feel free to bring your camera. Tour meets outside 3301 M St NW (Georgetown Cupcake) at 3 p.m.

Click HERE for Goldstar half-price tickets.

 

Georgetown – from Canal to Camelot * Sept. 20, Oct. 11, Nov. 1canal3

Georgetown is known for its university and fine homes, but life along the old C&O Canal port is a photographer’s dream. This two-hour walking tour includes the Old Stone House, several blocks along the canal with its picturesque bridges, Francis Scott Key Park named for our national anthem’s author that lived nearby, “Exorcist” steps where the horror movie’s climatic scene was filmed, Car Barn from the cable car days, university campus and homes where John and Jackie lived before their White House days plus Jackie’s two residences after John’s death. Tour begins and ends at the Old Stone House at 3051 M Street N.W. Tour begins at 10 a.m.

Click HERE for Goldstar half-price tickets.

 

Abe_explanationMonuments on the National Mall - SEPT. 13  – Follow the trail of national icons. We start with three contrasting memorials framing the city’s western border that remind us civil wars, domestic and foreign, are always paid in blood. The Vietnam Wall serves as a vivid reminder to the 58,286 names of deceased soldiers etched in black marble. A Greek temple is the site of celebrations and demonstrations since its 1922 dedication to the nation’s greatest president – Abraham Lincoln. The Korean War Memorial shows 19 soldiers walking through a field, their eyes everywhere to detect the enemy. Their reflections in the black marble wall adding 19 more to their numbers to reach 38, as in the 38th Parallel that remains the border of North and South Korea.But there’s more. We’ll walk along the Lincoln Reflecting Pool, World War II Memorial, D.C. World War I Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Tour begins at Lincoln Memorial bottom steps. Tour is approximately 2½ hours.Click HERE for Goldstar half-price tickets.

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MOUNT VERNON  Aug. 24 – Only tour of the year!Thanks to increasing demand for private tours of George Washington’s home, we’re offering Mount Vernon once this season when the heat lessens and crowds thin, but the beautiful gardens and orchards remain.We’ll walk the grounds of the first president’s home that remain in keeping with Dec. 14, 1799 when Washington died. The home has separate mansion guides that are part of admission cost where you see Washington’s bed chamber, dining hall and personal office plus many artifacts like the key to the Bastille prison in France given to Washington by the Marquis de Lafayette. (Sorry, Mount Vernon doesn’t allow photos inside the mansion.) We’ll also visit the tomb that houses George and Martha Washington, many buildings on the property and the Potomac River below.The cost of Mount Vernon admission is separate — $18 adults (12 and up), $16 seniors (62 and better) and $8 children (6-11). Buying tickets takes only a minute or two at Mount Vernon, but you can also order online at at Mount Vernon.org.This two-hour tour begins at 9 a.m. We meet at the archway of the left entranceway. Abundant nearby parking is free.
Click HERE for half-priced tickets from Goldstar.