Day Trips

Sunday, October 1st from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Join Politics & Prose this fall on a 2.5 hour private guided and interactive tour with a focus on slavery and its legacies at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home.

We’ll begin on the mountaintop with an exploration of the first floor of the house, surrounding grounds and Mulberry Row through the perspectives of enslaved people who lived and worked there.

Afterwards, we’ll visit the Burial Ground for Enslaved People, and participate in a facilitated dialogue on race and the role of slavery in the United States.

Date: Sunday, October 15th 2023, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET

This fall, join Politics and Prose's perennial favorite: the wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater! We are leading a trip to the wooded area of western Pennsylvania where you can enjoy the fall foliage, harmonious surroundings and explore the house known worldwide as a resonant feat of architectural achievement and a UNESCO World Heritage site! Sunday, October 15th 2023, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday: October 8th at 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

White house with collums in the front entry.

Join architect Marty Towles this fall for a local tour of Washington’s Woodley Park neighborhood. We will view structures constructed in 1804 up through 2015, including structures that were, structures that remain, and some unusual structures that might have been. Sunday: October 8th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 29th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

General Post Office Building, South Portico, 1836-1842, Robert Mills, architect. Photo: Elise Friedland.

Join GW Professor Elise Friedland for a walking tour from the Treasury Building to Judiciary Square to compare D.C. federal architecture to its ancient Greek models. Inspired by the museum exhibition Classical Washington, co-curated by Friedland and on view at the George Washington University Museum through Nov. 18, this tour provides a closer look at downtown D.C. and considers why the art and architecture of our nation’s capital so consciously adopts and adapts these classical models.

Date: Saturday, November 4th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees and several other nature books, for a fall walking tour of the historic and botanically diverse trees of the U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretum (the new official name of the site). The visit offers the chance to admire trees in early autumn splendor including several species of maple and magnolia, century-old oaks, pecans, giant sequoia, and the intriguing jujube. Many of the trees, such as oaks, pecans, black walnuts and dogwoods, will be bearing fall fruit, a perfect time to study and appreciate them.

Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Join Andréa Seiger and John Dean, author and photographer of 111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss guidebook for a walk in this elegant and peaceful cemetery, the setting of George Saunders prize-winning Lincoln in the Bardo. DATE: Saturday, December 2nd, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.