Capital Photo History Tours are devoted to photography and history buffs who want to enhance their knowledge of Washington’s landmarks and legends. We like to say, “Come for the history — leave with great photos.”
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. Times vary per tour so please check carefully.
We offer private tours year-round. Email us at email@example.com
Tickets are $40 (kids under 10 free), but check out the Goldstar half-price links below.
Sex, Ghosts and Guns – The White House Neighborhood
June 11, July 2. All tours 2 p.m.
A forbidden love leads to murder in the park and the first case of “temporary insanity.” A gun battle failed to kill a president while a duel left an admiral dead and his ghost staring out windows since been shuttered. Why, even First Lady Dolley Madison supposedly still rocks on the porch of her final home just a few doors from where the Lincoln conspirators tried to kill Secretary of State Willam Seward.
No wonder the White House has a fence around it.
Visit 21 sites around the White House that includes the President’s Church, President’s bank, a building designed by Napoleon, lions bought for a pope and a whole lot more. The two-hour tour begins and ends at the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Park by the White House.
June 25, Sept. 24, Oct. 15. All tours 2 p.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.
Lincoln assassination tour
June 11, June 25, July 2, Oct. 15. All tours 10 a.m.
Why did America’s most popular actor kill the president? And how did he do it? We stroll from the White House to Ford’s Theater and many points in between over 90 minutes examining many of the sites where John Wilkes Booth stalked President Abraham Lincoln before killing him at the end of the Civil War. A madman exacting revenge for his beloved South or maybe more. Rick is a distant relative of John Wilkes Booth and co-conspirator Mary Surratt so keep a wary eye on him.
Tour begins at Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Park by White House and ends at Ford’s Theater.
Jack and Jackie Kennedy’s Georgetown homes
June 18, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Nov. 5. All tours 2 p.m.
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 19th 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.
Georgetown – from Canal to Camelot
June 18, Sept. 17, Oct. 8. All tours 10 a.m.
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.
Capitol Hill — Oct. 1, 10 a.m.
Everyone knows the U.S. Capitol, but did you know the dome is actually the third version? That the middle building underneath the dome was empty space at first. Why Lady Freedom faces away from downtown? Where’s the spring that includes drinking fountains and 21 seats for visitors?
When we’re done circling Congress’ home and seeing the Library of Congress and Supreme Court, we’ll head down to the Grant statue that includes breath-taking cavalry and artillery charges along with the Capitol fountains. We’ll finish inside the Botanic Gardens learning to photograph many of the nation’s plants. Tour begins at the bottom steps of the Supreme Court.
Mount Vernon — Sept. 10, 10 a.m.
We offer Mount Vernon every September when the heat lessens, crowds thin and beautiful gardens and orchards bloom.
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 — $17 adults (12 and up), $16 seniors (62 and better) and $8 children (6-11) – and includes the mansion. Remember, our price covers the guides and photographer while a separate admissions price is required for entering Mount Vernon.