Visitors here find plenty of ways to experience the city on their own, from self-guided Smithsonian routes to Capital Bikeshare rentals. But sometimes getting the inside scoop requires a little guidance. Here are four of our current favorite (and mostly indoor---brrr!) tours:
The new Bluejacket brewery from beer meister Greg Engert offers tours of its 5,600-square-foot space in Navy Yard. At the facility, once a U.S. Navy boilermaker factory, four brewers embrace Old World brewing traditions experimenting with ingredients from avocado honey and figs to fresh air. Six free tours take place at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and tasting tours are at 2:30 and 3 p.m.($22/pp.) The ultimate tour: "Bluejacket Beer & Food Experience," offered Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. ($75/pp.) Call 202.524.4862 to make reservations.
The Hope Diamond, yes, but an Ice Age, freeze-dried bison stitched together with dental floss? With Watson Adventures, would-be sleuths track down obscure objects at well-known sites like the National Museum of Natural History and the National Gallery of Art. Since 1999 Bret Watson, a former Entertainment Weekly writer-editor, has created scavenger hunts that aim for learning and laughing. Among his fans Watson counts Amazon head and new Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos. See this month’s schedule online.
From Morning Edition to All Things Considered, NPR content surfs the radio waves of more than 1,000 stations, and now listeners can glimpse where it launches. Weekdays at 11 a.m., free tours of NPR’s new $201 million, LEED Gold HQ reveal the high-tech property with its open two-story newsroom and the studios that record familiar voices like correspondent and host Scott Simon (pictured). Register for a tour.