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Washington, D.C.

The City Within the City

Join former White House speechwriter Ed Moser for the strangest tour of centuries-old Georgetown.

Just a mile west of the White House sits the one-time thriving tobacco port of Georgetown. Its cobblestone streets are studded with historic brick facades and were once stomped on by the likes of Washington, L’Enfant, and Twain.

Join us as we take an unusual walking tour of this city within a city led by the walking, talking encyclopedia Ed Moser. A former White House scribe, writer for the “Tonight Show,” historian, and professional tour guide, Moser is also the author of The Two-Term JinxFoundering Fathers, and America A to Z

We’re going to learn the strange reason why the oldest house in town is still being preserved. And track down the unassuming storefront with a small memorial that has baffled residents for almost 200 years. We will see the birthplace of America’s spy service, where JFK proposed to Jackie, and locations of politico sex scandals galore.

Additional Details:

  • Meet on the Georgetown Waterfront, outside of Mr. Smith's Saloon.
  • The nearest Metro stop is Foggy Bottom, a 15-minute walk away.
  • There's also the DC Circulator with various stops around Georgetown.
  • Street parking is available, but on a weekend it can be really tough. We recommend public transportation.
  • This is a walking tour, so please dress for the weather and bring water. 



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