“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 devoted to photography and history buffs who want to enhance their knowledge of Washington’s landmarks and legends. Tours are a twofer of photo composition and historical background of sites. We like to say, “Come for the history — leave with great photos.”
Sorry, we love dogs, but they’re not allowed on tour for safety reasons. And please notice starting times vary per each tour.
All tickets may be exchanged for any tour, though please let us know if you can’t make your original tour.
Tours are generally 90 minutes to two hours.
We offer private photo tours year-round. Email us at email@example.com.
Tickets are $40, but check GoldStar below for special $20 discounts.
Georgetown – from Canal to Camelot — Oct. 3
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. Tour begins and ends at the Old Stone House at 3051 M Street N.W. Tour begins at 10 a.m.
They were the super rich of the Roaring Twenties. Parties for 2,000 with $1 million spent on a dog’s birthday. A daughter of Teddy Roosevelt who became a fashion icon. Across the street was a daughter of a rich gold miner who carried the curse of the Hope Diamond. A third iconic party host filled a local paper with gossip. Embassy Row isn’t short on stories on affairs, gossip and even a grisly terrorist bombing. DuPont Circle to Sheridan Circle may now be filled with embassies, but it was once the playground of the wealthy. Come along for 90 minutes of stories that will leave you eager for more. Tour begins and ends at the DuPont Circle fountain at the intersections of Massachusetts Avenue NW, Connecticut Avenue NW and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tour begins at 3 p.m.
Buy tickets through Goldstar here.
Jack and Jackie Kennedy’s Georgetown homes — Sept. 12, Oct. 24
The future president and the grandest First Lady met, married, began raising a family and help lift a quiet area into the Camelot era before Jackie returned following John F. Kennedy’s death. Walk the brick sidewalks among homes dating back to the 18th century with stops at many of the Kennedy’s homes plus Holy Trinity Church they attended and Martin’s Tavern where Jack proposed. Tour doesn’t include entry because they’re still private homes. This 90-minute walk meets by Georgetown Cupcake at 3301 M St N.W. Tour begins at 3 p.m.
Mount Vernon — Sept. 19
We’ll walk the grounds of the first president’s home that remain in keeping with Dec. 14, 1799 when George 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 additional to our tour — $17 adults (12 and up), $16 seniors (62 and better) and $9 children (6-11) – and includes the mansion. Buying tickets takes only a minute at Mount Vernon, but you can also order online at at Mount Vernon tickets. Remember, our price covers the guides and photographer while a separate admissions price is required for entering the grounds.
This two-hour tour begins at 9 a.m. We meet at the archway of the left entrance way. Abundant nearby parking is free.