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$89 Tours & Sightseeing

African-American History City Tour with Reserved Museum Entry

This tour explores the rich and often untold history of African-Americans in our Nation’s Capitol. Ever since the 17th century, when African-Americans were first brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia, they have contributed to the creation and flourishing of our Nation’s Capital. This tour highlights several historically significant African-American areas, starting with a drive to Cedar Hill in the historic community of Anacostia. The community was once home to the famous freed slave and abolitionist Fredrick Douglass, a renowned civil rights activist, lawyer and writer. After taking a glimpse into the past at Anacostia, visit Howard University, one of the oldest black universities in the United States. On the way to Howard University you will drive by Lincoln Park to visit the statue of educator, activist and founder of the National Council of Negro Women, Mary McLeod Bethune. Following the visit to the beautiful Howard University campus, pass through LeDriot Park, Shaw Neighborhood and historic “U” Street. These areas of D.C. showcase the vibrant and unique local culture that still thrives in these neighborhoods. Home to the largest urban African-American community in the United States in the early 1900s, the areas were known for launching their own “Black Broadway,” a home to entertainment legends from past and present. Continue your trip by journeying into downtown D.C. to visit site of the national headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, and the M.L.K. Memorial. As the trip heads downtown, you will also enter Logan Circle where you can see the historic Metropolitan AME Church and the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House. Finally, you will stand where civil rights heroes and icons stood and changed the history of our great Nation at the temple-like Lincoln Memorial. The Memorial's views across "the Mall," as well as its metaphorical view into our past, provides a glimpse into the rich and intricate pattern that African Americans have brought to the "tapestry" of American history. The tour concludes with reserved entry into the National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

$16 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Jamestown Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum Admission in New York

When you arrive at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum in Jamestown, Lucille Ball’s hometown in New York State, you are free to tour the museum complex at your leisure. See re-creations of sets such as the Ricardo family's New York City apartment from I Love Lucy, and the Hollywood hotel suite where Lucy performed with Harpo Marx. As you listen to excerpts from Desi’s autobiography and explore displays about Lucille and Desi’s life and career together, learn about their influence on American comedy and its relevance today. Memorabilia buffs will love checking out props from the TV show like the cello and professor outfit from the pilot and ‘The Audition’ episodes, and the lion tamer costume worn by Pepito, the Spanish Clown from episode 52, ‘Lucy’s Show Biz Swan Song.’ Plus, see Lucy’s Emmy awards, and make your own Vitameatavegamin commercial at an interactive display.

$25.50 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum 7-Day Pass

Our historical four-site, 7-day value pass will open our guests eyes to an amazing part of American history.  Our self-guided, living history museums will tell the story of our nation’s beginnings through film, gallery exhibits with historical interpretation and hands-on fun in our outdoor re-created settings of a Powhatan Indian village. There will also be Expansive gallery exhibits and an introductory film describe the cultures of the Powhatan Indians, Europeans and Africans who converged in 17th-century Virginia, and trace Jamestown’s beginnings in England and the first century of the Virginia colony. Climb aboard replicas of the three traditional tall-ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607.  Throughout the outdoor areas, costumed historical interpreters describe and demonstrate daily life in early 17th century Jamestown.  Near the site of the original colony, Jamestown Settlement tells the story of 17th-century Virginia; from the arrival of English colonists in Jamestown in 1607 to the cultural encounters and events that planted the seeds of a new nation. The world of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony, comes to life through film, gallery exhibits and outdoor living history. You will also experience historical colonial forts at Jamestown Settlement and at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, then experience a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm. Feel free to dine at the cafes and shop in museum stores for fun and interesting mementos.

$49 Tours & Sightseeing

Richmond Virginia 3-Hour Plantation Tour by Trolley

Walk in the footsteps and homes of 3 U.S. Presidents. Site of the First Thanksgiving in the nation, 1619. Beautiful grounds nestled next to the James River. All starting in 1613!Sherwood Forest Home of the 10th US President John Tyler from 1842-1862, and has been the continuous residence of the Tyler family since he purchased it in 1842. Known to be the longest frame house in America, over 300 feet long. Sherwood Forest Plantation reflects the lifestyle of this mid-19th century Presidential family.  Shirley Plantation is Virginia’s first plantation, founded in 1613, and America’s oldest family business. The chronicle of Shirley Plantation best exemplifies the period in our nation’s history between the settlement at Jamestown in 1607 and the movement towards American independence from Great Britain in 1776. After eleven generations and under the leadership of one family, Shirley Plantation has survived Indian uprisings, Bacon’s Rebellion, the American Revolution, the American Civil War, and the Great Depression.  Evelynton was originally part of William Byrd’s expansive Westover Plantation. Named for Byrd’s daughter, Evelyn, this site has been home to the Ruffin family since 1847. The family patriarch, Edmund Ruffin, fired the first shot of the Civil War at Fort Sumter. Evelynton was the site of fierce Civil War skirmishes in 1862, when General George McClellan waged his destructive Peninsula Campaign; J.E.B. Stuart, Stonewall Jackson and John Pelham bravely led the Southern offensive in the Battle of Evelynton Heights. Westover was built circa 1730 by William Byrd II, the founder of Richmond. It is noteworthy for its secret passages, magnificent gardens, and architectural details. The grounds and garden are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, but the house is not open to the public. Westover was named for Henry West, fourth Lord Delaware and son of Thomas West, Governor of Virginia. The shady tulip poplars framing the building are more than 150 years old. The house is considered one of the most outstanding example of Georgian architecture in America.

$23.50 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

National Comedy Center Admission

More than 50 immersive exhibits take visitors on an interactive journey through comedy history, from early vaudeville acts to the latest viral memes. Cutting-edge personalization technology makes the entire experience unique: After creating a humor profile, visitors can explore content tailored to their individual tastes, from broad slapstick to edgy satire. Along with educational games and fun competitions, guests can step into the shoes of comedy pros, trying their hand at cartooning, comedy writing, live stand-up, and faux pie fights—or simply cheer on their friends. Visitors will leave the museum with a profound appreciation for comedy icons and innovators, as well as the tremendous influence of humor on how we think, live, and laugh.

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