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About Rick

Rick Snider is a native Washingtonian, long-time journalist and licensed tour guide since 2010.

Where the old FBI show was filmed

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Visit the National Archives

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Pig races at the county fair

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Visit Mount Vernon

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Trying Papa John’s crustless pizza

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Visit Harper’s Ferry

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Smithsonian crowds have thinned

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My new book is out

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Party at FedEx

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Fort Washington is a forgotten jewel of two centuries

(Reprinting one of our favorite columns) Growing up near the fort just south of town, I remember walking Fort Washington’s steps and hills down to the Potomac River with great joy. Then for some reason, I went 30 years without … Continue reading

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OK, mistakes were made

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Houdini and Francis Scott Key drank here

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Let’s visit the old Redskins Park

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Strutting in Peacock Alley

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Steamed crabs Southern Maryland style

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War of 1812 remembered

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The memorial FDR really wanted

Name the five greatest U.S. presidents and Franklin Delano Roosevelt should make the list. Ironically, he received the least striking memorial until a second was built in 1997. But that’s the way Roosevelt wanted it. Shortly before his 1945 death … Continue reading

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National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is must see

It has probably been 40 years since I last saw the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and it wasn’t even completed then. A recent visit showed I’ve been away too long. The Shrine on the outer … Continue reading

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The Torch of Freedom still shines brightly

It’s not often one monument can essentially tell the history of the U.S., but the Torch of Freedom gives 12 scenes from the Revolutionary War to Vietnam. Located in front of the Veterans of Foreign Wars building at Constitution Ave. … Continue reading

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Eleftherios Venizelos: Maker of Modern Greece

OK, I admit knowing nothing of Eleftherios Venizelos when coming across the statue along Embassy Row on Massachusetts Ave. by the Greek embassy. But that’s the cool part of being a tour guide – you learn, learn and learn. Venizelos … Continue reading

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