Study Tours
Defending the Capital: Civil War Forts and Fortifications
All-Day Tour

Civil War historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer lead a tour that traces the Union capital’s vital role in the conflict, focusing on the sites of forts and defensive fortifications in Maryland, Virginia, and the District. 

Date
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
The Best of Brooklyn
Overnight Tour

Brooklyn offers plenty of delights for lovers of art, music, nature, and of course, food. On this two-day visit, arts journalist and former Brooklynite Richard Selden introduces you to several of the borough’s top attractions.

Date
Depart: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 7:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, April 3, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
The Civil War: Three Key Sites - Harpers Ferry, Antietam, and Gettysburg
All-Day Tour

Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania were the settings for some of the most momentous events of the Civil War. During this introductory tour led by historian Gregg Clemmer, learn about and explore the sites of three major battles in our region.

Date
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
A Rock Creek Park Tour
All-Day Tour

Celebrate the beauty of spring on a daylong guided visit to DC’s beloved urban oasis, Rock Creek Park, with local natural historian Melanie Choukas-Bradley and other experts on the park and its history.

Date
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
George Washington’s Alexandria
Morning 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
Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 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
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Best of Brooklyn
Overnight Tour

Brooklyn offers plenty of delights for lovers of art, music, nature, and of course, food. On this two-day visit, arts journalist and former Brooklynite Richard Selden introduces you to several of the borough’s top attractions.

Date
Depart: Sunday, April 23, 2017, 7:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, April 24, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Sears Houses of Arlington
All-Day Tour

From 1908 to 1940, Sears Roebuck & Co. sold more than 70,000 of its prefabricated Modern Homes kits, affordable dwellings assembled on site that offered Americans of moderate means the chance to own an up-to-date house. Arlington County, which saw a boom in its growth during the 1920s, boasts a significant collection of these kit houses.

Date
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 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 23, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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.
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.