Our Tours

Capital Photo History Tours are devoted to photography and history buffs who want to enhance their knowledge of Washington’s landmarks and legends. We like to say, “Come for the history — leave with great photos.”

All tickets may be exchanged for any tour, though please let us know if you can’t make your original tour. Tours are generally 90 minutes to two hours. Times vary per tour so please check carefully. Please, no dogs for safety.

Tickets are $50 (kids under 10 free), but check out the Goldstar half-price links coming soon.

We offer PRIVATE TOURS year-round. Email us at monumentalthoughts@gmail.com for date availability. Click the link below to request a private tour. You won’t be charged until the tour is confirmed.

Private Tour Bookings on Peek

Peek Schedule

Lincoln assassination tour: April 1, April 15, April 22, May 6, May 27, June 3 and June 17. Tours begin at 10 a.m.

Why did America’s most popular actor kill the president? And how did he do it? We stroll from the White House to Ford’s Theater and many points in between over 90 minutes examining many of the sites where John Wilkes Booth stalked President Abraham Lincoln before killing him at the end of the Civil War. A madman exacting revenge for his beloved South or maybe more. Rick is a distant relative of John Wilkes Booth and co-conspirator Mary Surratt so keep a wary eye on him.

All tour begin 10 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church steps at 1525 H St NW (16th and H) by Lafayette Park and White House and ends at Ford’s Theater.

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Sex, Scandal and Sinners Along Embassy Row: April 1, April 22, June 3 and June 17. Tours begin at 2 p.m.

They were the super rich of the Roaring Twenties. Parties for 2,000 with $1 million spent on a dog’s birthday. A daughter of Teddy Roosevelt who became a fashion icon. Across the street was a daughter of a rich gold miner who carried the curse of the Hope Diamond. A third iconic party host filled a local paper with gossip. Embassy Row isn’t short on stories on affairs, gossip and even a grisly terrorist bombing. DuPont Circle to Sheridan Circle may now be filled with embassies, but it was once the playground of the wealthy. Our new expanded two-hour tour also includes Kalorama with two former presidents’ homes plus other famous people and the Spanish steps.  Tour begins and ends at the DuPont Circle fountain at the intersections of Massachusetts Avenue NW, Connecticut Avenue NW and New Hampshire Avenue NW.

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Capitol Hill Photography: April 23. Tours begin at 10:30 a.m.

Everyone knows the U.S. Capitol, but did you know the dome is actually the third version? That the middle building underneath the dome was empty space at first. Why Lady Freedom faces away from downtown? Where’s the spring that includes drinking fountains and 21 seats for visitors?

When we’re done circling Congress’ home and seeing the Library of Congress and Supreme Court, we’ll head down to the Grant statue that includes breath-taking cavalry and artillery charges along with the Capitol fountains. We’ll finish inside the Botanic Gardens learning to photograph many of the nation’s plants. Tour begins at the bottom steps of the Supreme Court.

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Georgetown’s Famous Folks and Buildings: April 8, April 23, May 6, May 21. Tours begin at 2 p.m.

We’ve combined our two Georgetown tours into one this season. You’ll see the canal, colonial buildings, homes of famous people like the Kennedys and much more. This two-hour walking tour includes the Old Stone House, several historic churches and buildings, a brief walk along the canal while it’s under repair, Francis Scott Key Park named for our national anthem’s author that lived nearby, “Exorcist” steps where the horror movie’s climatic scene was filmed, Car Barn from the cable car days, university campus and homes where John and Jackie lived before their White House days. Tour begins at the Old Stone House at 3051 M Street N.W.

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Mount Vernon Photography: Fall 2017

We offer Mount Vernon every September when the heat lessens, crowds thin and beautiful gardens and orchards bloom.

We’ll walk the grounds of the first president’s home that remain in keeping with Dec. 14, 1799 when Washington died. The home has separate mansion guides that are part of admission cost where you see Washington’s bed chamber, dining hall and personal office plus many artifacts like the key to the Bastille prison in France given to Washington by the Marquis de Lafayette. (Sorry, Mount Vernon doesn’t allow photos inside the mansion.) We’ll also visit the tomb that houses George and Martha Washington, many buildings on the property and the Potomac River below.

The cost of Mount Vernon admission is included with admission to the mansion.

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