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About Rick

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

Wandering around Arlington National Cemetery

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U.S. Botanic Gardens more than a greenhouse

One of the joys of becoming a tour guide is stopping at places I’ve driven past a million times. High on the list is the U.S. Botanic Garden on 1st and Maryland Ave. S.W. on the footstep of the U.S. … Continue reading

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Grading Washington’s attractions

Lincoln A+ Capitol A (when open) Arlington National A Mount Vernon A National Cathedral A Museum of Bible A FDR B+ National Archives B+ Vietnam Memorial B+ White House B Jefferson B MLK B World War II B Korean Memorial … Continue reading

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Lily Pond: art for art’s sake, I guess

On this site was the first water to be piped through the streets for city residents. I’ll let you have a moment to absorb all that. The Lily Pond in John Marshall Park at 4th and C Sts. N.W. by … Continue reading

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Cenotaphs define Congressional Cemetery

They hit you right away. Amid the acres of graves, the rows of cenotaphs made me say, “What the . . . “ (And shame on you with dirty minds even if you guessed right.) Congressional Cemetery has 168 nearly … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: U.S. Capitol Dome

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Bugler welcomes visitors to Arlington National Cemetery

The first makeover of the Arlington National Cemetery welcome center in 20 years included six large murals of scenes around the cemetery. However, the centerpiece of the room is a Taps bugler patterned after Staff Sgt. Jesse Tubb of South … Continue reading

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Happy 11th anniversary to . . . me

The upside of 2021 was some tourism in Washington versus zero for me in 2020. But, it was still a rough year for guides walking and talking the streets of the nation’s capital. I went 18 months overall without touring … Continue reading

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DAR Christmas tree

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New aquatics center opens

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Merry Christmas

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National Christmas Tree

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The German POW in Arlington National Cemetery

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Early Christmas message from Santa

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Christmas comes to Nationals Park

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The coolest memorial at Arlington National Cemetery

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Henry Rathbone’s house – the man next to Lincoln

The White House isn’t the only house to walk by the front door around Lafayette Park. A famous bystander to history is a few doors down. Major Henry Rathbone was in Abraham Lincoln’s box when murdered by John Wilkes Booth. … Continue reading

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How donuts are made in DuPont Circle

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That’s Smithson . . . as in Smithsonian

Who’s the man in the bathtub? Wow, what am I going to do with you guys? That’s the remains of James Smithson as in the man that founded museums that bear his name. So what’s he doing in a bathtub? … Continue reading

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Christman stands tall in death

Sometimes I wander by a grave at Arlington National Cemetery and wonder who inspired such an interesting marker. And sometimes there’s very little information to learn. Cpl. Claude B. Christman  of the 27th U.S. Infantry was killed in Manila on … Continue reading

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