Tour B - D.C. in the Moonlight
The Origins of the District and the Rhythm of Its Cultures
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Spectacular views, historic landscapes, and festive city cultures await us as we criss-cross the Potomac River over some of the capital’s most historic bridges. This tour will traverse the rolling hills outside of Arlington National Cemetery exploring its transformation from plantation to freedmen’s village to stoic national cemetery. There, we’ll take in the panoramic views of the National Mall afforded by the cemetery’s Netherlands Carillon and Marine Corps Memorial. Making our way through Georgetown we’ll explore the C&O Canal, tracing how the city’s earliest port and industrial zone has become one of its most beautiful (and wealthiest) residential neighborhoods, a community that has been home to, amongst others, John and Jacqueline Kennedy.
As the sun sets, and heading down Massachusetts Avenue we’ll visit Embassy Row, home to the world’s most well-housed diplomats and the Vice President of the United States. Arriving in residential Mount Pleasant, also known as “La Puebla in La Ciudad,” we’ll take a break in Malcolm X Park, where most Sunday evenings district residents gather for a famous drum circle— one of the city’s most impressive displays of local character and charisma! We’ll head home through the nieghborhoods of Shaw, Logan Circle, and MidCity—exploring their rich African American history and culture—before cruising down 16th Street for a night-time view of the gleaming White House and the Mall’s memorials to Washington, Lincoln, and Martin Luther King.
This tour is about 6 hours long, covering about 17 miles. The $75 cost includes the bikes, the helmets, and the guide. (Food cost at stops is not included).