Study Tours
Spring at the National Arboretum
Morning Tour

The National Arboretum, one of DC’s best-kept secrets, is home to 9 miles of winding parkland roads covering more than 450 acres. Enjoy a spring tour at what is usually the peak blooming time for azaleas, dogwoods, and seasonal wildflowers.

Date
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Spring at the National Arboretum
Afternoon Tour

The National Arboretum, one of DC’s best-kept secrets, is home to 9 miles of winding parkland roads covering more than 450 acres. Enjoy a spring tour at what is usually the peak blooming time for azaleas, dogwoods, and seasonal wildflowers.

Date
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wheaton Arts: 300 Years of American Glassmaking
All-Day Tour

The Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville, New Jersey, honors the region’s connection to the glassmaking industry. It’s the perfect destination for a day focused on historic glass and contemporary makers, including a behind-the-scenes visit to the Museum of American Glass.

Date
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
George Washington’s Alexandria
Afternoon Walking Tour

No other town is as closely associated with George Washington as Alexandria, which he considered his home town. He surveyed its streets as a teenager in 1749, and his public memorial service was held here 50 years later. Join author and historian Garrett Peck on a tour that visits churches, houses, taverns, and other sites associated with the first president.

Date
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Splendors of Newport
4-Day Tour

Gilded Age society elevated summering by the sea to a whole new level when they transformed Newport into the fashionable location for an 8-week season that was both formal and flamboyant. Arts journalist Richard Selden leads a 4-day tour that lets you step into the elegant world of Henry James and Edith Wharton.

Date
Depart: Friday, May 5, 2017, 8:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, May 8 2017, 9:30 p.m.
New Market and Fisher’s Hill
All-Day Tour

Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley was both a crucial invasion route and the breadbasket for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Author and historian Garrett Peck leads a tour of two critical 1864 battlefields in the region.

Date
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
DC Goes Green: New Growth, New Approaches
All-Day Tour

Visit local commercial, health care, academic, and residential settings that reflect the city’s most eco-friendly trends in urban architecture and landscape design. Even lunch goes green at a restaurant with its own rooftop gardening program.

Date
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
The Ride to Yellow Tavern: Stuart Confronts Sheridan
All-Day Tour

Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer retrace an epic 1864 campaign across Virginia’s central Piedmont that ended in a battle between Union and Confederate forces outside Richmond.

Date
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Schooner Sultana Cruise and Historic St. Michaels
All-Day Tour

Explore the rich heritage of the Eastern Shore during a day that includes a cruise on a replica of an 18th-century vessel, and time in one of the region’s most charming towns.

Date
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Jewish Heritage in New York City
All-Day Tour

Spend a fascinating day as you immerse yourself in the lives of immigrant families at the Tenement Museum and get an insightful overview of heritage, culture, and art at the Center for Jewish History, a Smithsonian affiliate organization.

Date
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
City of Trees with May 25 Tour

Washington’s rich botanic diversity and arboreal history is a living legacy built on the horticultural expertise and passion for trees of founders such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Local natural historian Melanie Choukas-Bradley offers an illustrated overview of many of the city’s notable green spaces and landscaped landmarks. A tour of the Capitol grounds complements the program.

Date
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. and Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
City of Trees with May 26 Tour

Washington’s rich botanic diversity and arboreal history is a living legacy built on the horticultural expertise and passion for trees of founders such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Local natural historian Melanie Choukas-Bradley offers an illustrated overview of many of the city’s notable green spaces and landscaped landmarks. A tour of the Capitol grounds complements the program.

Date
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. and Friday, May 26, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Potomac Eagle: A Rail Ride Through the Trough
All-Day Tour

Squeezed between two Appalachian ridges, the south branch of the Potomac cuts through a narrow wooded West Virginia canyon known as the Trough. Traverse it with rail historian Joe Nevin on a tour that includes a 3 1/2-hour excursion on the diesel-powered Potomac Eagle along the route of the South Branch Valley Railroad from Petersburg to Romney.

Date
Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
A Mountain Rail Extravaganza: The Cass Scenic Railroad and Other West Virginia Excursions
3-Day Tour

Stunning spring vistas, vintage locomotives, and West Virginia history are on the itinerary for a weekend spent riding the Cass Scenic Railroad and other mountain routes.

Date
Depart: Friday, June 2, 2017, 8:00 a.m.
Return: Sunday, June 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Washington’s Distinctive Gardens
All-Day Tour

The gardens of Washington, D.C, offer a beautiful abundance of widely varying cultural influences and design traditions, and a spring day spent visiting seven unique locations offers the perfect way to experience that range. The destinations reflect inspirations from Asia and Spain, the Victorian and Elizabethan periods, and monastic contemplative gardens.

Date
Friday, June 9, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A Day at Winterthur
All-Day Tour

Join decorative arts specialist Erin Kuykendall for an in-depth exploration of the exceptional collection of American decorative arts and antiques on view at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library. The tour to the historic du Pont estate includes a special visit to Winterthur’s conservation lab for a look at ongoing projects, and a chance to stroll through its famed gardens in all their spring beauty.

Date
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Historic Boundary Markers of the Federal District
Weekend Tour

Historian Kathryn Holt Springston leads a program and tour focused on the laying out the District’s boundaries, marked by 40 stones placed at one-mile intervals along the border. The story of the stones and the people who surveyed and placed them offers insights into a period in which the idea of an American federal city became a reality.

Date
Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Archaeology in Maryland: Excavating History
All-Day Tour

St. Mary’s City and St. Leonard on Maryland’s Western Shore are locations that offer rich archaeological insights into the state’s—and America’s—past. Spend a day led by science and history communicator Steve Lonker exploring that history though excavations from early Native American sites, colonial settlements, 19th-century battle sites, and more recent finds.

Date
Friday, June 23, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Presidential Virginia
Overnight Tour

The Old Dominion was the birthplace of several presidents, the site of a number of their residences, and contains a host of family links to the White House. Join historians Gregg Clemmer and Ed Bearss on a tour that covers both public and private locations that trace this fascinating aspect of the state’s legacy.

Date
Depart: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 7:30 a.m.
Return: Sunday, June 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Niagara Falls: A Summer Spectacular
3-Day Tour

One of North America’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders is the perfect destination for a visit that includes all the don’t-miss attractions of Niagara Falls—and a memorable dinner in one of Ontario’s most historic and charming towns.

Date
Depart: Thursday, July 20, 2017, 7:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, July 22, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.