Live from NPR in Washington…

The tours of NPR’s headquarters are on hold because of the pandemic. But when they come back it is a must see for those coming to Washington for more than a few days and want to do something off the beaten trail.

Located in the NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) neighborhood the building is what you’d expect from NPR: A portion of it used to be a Smithsonian warehouse, it has a green roof, is gold LEED certified, has a bike room holding 70 bicycles, and has beehives on the roof.

The NPR tour is a treat for both techies, news junkies, and long-time NPR fans/nerds. The tour includes the theater where live concerts are held and recorded, a walk above the massive newsroom that operates 24 hours, and a visit to one of the many spaceship-like studios where programs are produced. You’ll probably walk past many of your program favorites, but since it’s radio you won’t recognize them unless they say hello.

Security is tight, photography limited, metro is close, and reservations are needed.

Duration
2 hours
Group Size
2 to 8

Above It All - Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece. Perched on a hill overlooking the city it is the second largest cathedral in the country and the 6th largest in the world. It is a living work of art filled with stained-glass, hand-carved wood, and wrought iron. While a modern structure (finished in 1990) it is constructed in the old-world way and has no structural steel.

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55 USD
Duration
2 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
1 to 8

Hidden on Capitol Hill

Few people think beyond the Capitol when they think of the Hill. This tour takes you to the heart of a neighborhood with a fascinating history that still speaks to us today. Learn about these famous locations from a former Capitol Hill resident.

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250 USD
Duration
2 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
1 to 8

Embassy Row: Divinity & Diplomats

Most Embassy Row tours don’t venture far beyond Dupont Circle. But ours does. We see it all from top to bottom. This stretch of Massachusetts Avenue used to be called Millionaires Row where Gilded Age robber-barons built grand mansions. Today those mansions house most of Washington’s embassies, along with private clubs and statues of world heroes such as Mandela, Gandhi, and Churchill – and we will be right in the heart of it.

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250 USD