Destination Deep Dive: Washington, D.C.
Hello! Washington, D.C. opened its doors in January 2011 and it’s no surprise our growing destination management company planted its seeds in nation’s capital. Now also serving the surrounding Virginia and Maryland areas, the Hello! team enjoys having the opportunity to show their guests the historic sites while also innovating the ways they get to see them. Hello! Washington, D.C. General Manager Susan Saville says she loves having the opportunity to get to know her hometown community inside and out, “Not just where everything is or what the best restaurants are, but the history, culture, and little gems hiding in every corner of this fantastic city.” Find out Hello! Washington, D.C.’s take on basic tourist hot spots and how we revamped them to be once in a lifetime events.
Monuments by Moonlight Tour
Looking for something MONUMENTAL that will make your trip to Washington, D.C. stand out? During the Monuments by Moonlight Tour, guests are introduced to our nation’s capital and see the best of Washington as it’s illuminated at night. With a private vehicle and dedicated tour guide, attendees are transferred to the National Mall in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. where they visit popular monuments and memorials and learn the rich history of the city. Sights along the way include famous landmarks such as the White House, U.S. Capitol Building, Washington Monument, and more!
Drinking History Tour
The War of 1812, a White House party, two presidents, and a funeral. What do all these events have in common? A stiff drink! On the Drinking History Tour, guests experience an educational and sociable journey through Washington, D.C.’s history. Think of it as an interactive version of the Comedy Central’s television show, “Drunk History.” Led by a professional tour guide, the group visits famous establishments including Old Ebbitt Grill, Hotel Washington, and The Willard, enjoying a beverage at each location. The tour will also stop by Lafayette Park and the White House to discuss the history of the area and how some stiff drinks helped shape this city.
Want to get up-close and personal with the nation’s capital? Get your guests out of their meetings and on their feet to experience the city in Segway style. Guests will cruise effortlessly through the beautiful parks and around notable buildings with a tour guide that provides both historical and current facts, heaps of fascinating stories, unique photo ops, and superb personal service.
International Spy Museum
Washington, D.C. has always been a hotbed of espionage activity, earning it the title of “Spy Capital of the World.” Spies have walked the halls of foreign embassies, intelligence agencies, and government offices since the day the city was born, and it’s no mystery that it is home to the renowned International Spy Museum. The museum is in a brand-new, state-of-the-art building featuring the largest collection of espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Underneath lies a stunning event space offering one of the best views in Washington. The newly reopened Spy Museum features exclusive ballroom space on the 7th floor of their facility, sitting along the National Mall with panoramic views from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Washington Monument and all the way around to the Southwest waterfront. The space can be easily transformed to fit a variety of event setups and themes.
Aside from the versatile space and fantastic view, additional event enhancements are available such as exclusive museum access, interactive spy themed entertainment, and special presentations hosted by the museum curator or other former intelligence officials.
At Nationals Park, guests can own the field for a day! They will join the ranks of the few who have experienced a Major League ballpark from the player’s point of view. Guests can achieve a lifelong dream of taking batting practice or having dinner on the diamond. Stretching around the field, the concourse provides a lively setting for groups to eat and drink during their celebration
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo offers the extraordinary opportunity to host an event surrounded by magnificent wildlife in a fun and educational environment. With unique ways to amaze, inform, and entertain, creating a memorable event is easy at the Zoo! Imagine a picnic at the Great Meadow while marveling at the orangutans swinging freely overhead. Or explore a working lab full of artifacts and animals in Amazonia Science Gallery. Living exhibits combined with imagination make every event at the Zoo special.