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 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.

We offer private photo tours year-round. Email us at monumentalthoughts@gmail.com.

 

SEE YOU IN 2015 WITH THESE GREAT TOURS. DATES WILL BE POSTED IN JANUARY 2015.

Monuments and Cherry Blossoms BEGINNING LATE MARCH 2015

Cherry blossomsFollow the trail of national icons along the National Mall. 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 58,299 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 to the newly-renovated Lincoln Reflecting Pool, the World War II Memorial, D.C. World War I Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

If Mother Nature is kind, we’ll also photograph the internationally-renown cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin. It’s like a pink rainbow of 3,000 trees. Unfortunately, it only lasts a week and could come any time between mid-March and mid-April. That’s why we don’t make this a cherry blossom tour, but cross your fingers that they’re still blooming.

Tour begins at Lincoln Memorial bottom steps at street level

Lincoln assassination tour

BoothWhy 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.

Capitol Hill

The Capitol HDREveryone 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.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National CemeteryThe sea of white marble headstones. The eternal flame. Changing of the guard. Learn the stories of our nation through its fallen heroes. The secrets of creating images that make one pause. Visit Robert E. Lee’s one-time home with some of the best views around Washington along with monuments to Confederate soldiers, Spanish-American war and many more. Arlington National Cemetery is Rick’s favorite destination around Washington. Maybe because he has a relative buried there, maybe because it’s an unending series of memorials and so many opportunities for memorable photos.

Tour begins outside visitors center on right side.

Georgetown – from Canal to Camelot 

canal3Georgetown 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.

Jack and Jackie Kennedy’s Georgetown homes

georgetown homesThe 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. Tour meets by Georgetown Cupcake at 3301 M St N.W.

Mount Vernon

mount vernonWe’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 $8 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.org. 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 entranceway. Abundant nearby parking is free.