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Washington D.C.

Evening Walking Tour

One of the most pleasant and interesting ways to see the monuments and memorials is on a “Memorials by Moonlight” evening walking tour with a well-versed guide. With a Memorial Day-to-Labor Day window on these tours, a setting sun often provides a glorious backdrop until darkness takes over and the floodlights come on, dramatically illuminating the sites. Accompanied by expert guides who provide history and perspective, groups are sure to walk away feeling much more knowledgeable about the nation’s capital.



It is easy to spend a whole day wandering through the Newseum, which is why it’s a big plus that the admission ticket is good for two days. Rated as a “Traveler’s Choice Top 10 Museum in the U.S.” by TripAdvisor, the Newseum champions the five freedoms of the First Amendment through interactive exhibits that let visitors experience the stories of today and yesterday through the eyes of the media. The Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery alone will draw groups for hours as they listen to the photographers tell the stories behind their photos in short video segments that visitors can select on individual monitors. The 9-11 Gallery explores the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the extraordinary first-person accounts of journalists who covered the story.


International Spy Museum

The shroud of secrecy is lifted off espionage at the International Spy Museum, which features the largest public display of international spy-related artifacts. These artifacts illuminate the work of famous spies and pivotal acts of espionage, as well as help bring to life the strategies and techniques behind some of the most secretive spying missions in world history. The museum will customize activities for groups through team-building activities or Operation Spy, which sets groups on a course to uncover espionage.


Smithsonian Butterfly Garden

The butterfly garden gives groups the opportunity to marvel at Mother Nature’s artistry up close. Located at the Smithsonian on the Ninth Street side of the National Museum of Natural History, the garden has four distinct habitats — wetland, meadow, wood’s edge and urban garden. On view at all times, the garden is a perfect complement to a visit to the Insect Zoo on the second floor of the museum.