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Washington D.C. Unplugged

Why take the typical tour of Washington D.C.’s attractions when you can dance your way around the city? Choose a more memorable way to see our nation’s capital, whether it’s by a dance party dinner cruise, a neighborhood food tour, a Segway tour or a nighttime stroll past illuminated monuments.

Groups can choose their own way to see Washington’s sights, learn a little history and have a remarkable amount of fun doing it. City tours range in topic and style, with customization possible in even the most outside-the-box outings.

Next time your group has a chance to visit this ever-popular destination, spice up your experience with one of these standout city tours.

Secrets and Scandals, D.C. by Foot

Who really saved George Washington’s portrait when the White House burned? Which first lady committed bigamy? Find the answers to these and other questions you didn’t know to ask during D.C. by Foot’s Secrets and Scandals Walking Tour.

This humorous tour incorporates laughs alongside history and tells lesser-known stories of government scandals from the sordid pasts of the Founding Fathers to the history of the Secret Service.

While you learn about misadventures of notable names in American history, you can also admire the city by night. Night tours allow the city’s world-famous buildings to stand out even more, with golden spotlight beams highlighting every feature.

D.C. by Foot offers numerous nighttime tours, with focuses as wide-ranging as the Lincoln assassination and the White House’s rumored ghosts. But your options don’t end there; the tour company also offers nine daytime walking tours.

“D.C. by Foot is ideal for groups,” said Kate Gibbs, domestic media relations manager for Destination DC. “They have so many experts on their team that even as large of a group as 200 people could be split up into smaller groups.”

Spirit of Washington Dinner Cruises, Spirit Cruises

With the Capitol Dome, the Washington Monument and downtown Washington D.C. glowing from the city lights in the background, passengers can dance with abandon aboard the Spirit of Washington Dinner Cruise. The Spirit Cruises ship offers elegant dinner cruises along the Potomac River with incredible night views of National Harbor.

Groups can enjoy the cityscape from the rooftop lounge or the windows around the climate-controlled decks. The cruise buffet offers a range of contemporary options.

After dinner, guests sip from signature cocktails or other beverages while the onboard DJ entertainment encourages dancers. Narration on the three-hour cruise informs guests which landmark is currently in sight, such as the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Old Town Alexandria and the George Washington Masonic Temple.

Daytime viewing aboard the vessel occurs during the company’s lunch cruises or on a number of other themed cruises.

“Spirit Cruises offer a number of different opportunities,” said Gibbs. “They have Gospel Brunch cruises, D.C. After Dark reggae cruises and one that is really terrific that goes to Mount Vernon.”