Day Trips

Date: Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees and several other nature books, for a spring walking tour of historic and botanically diverse trees of the U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretum (the new official name of the site). The visit offers the chance to admire trees in springtime splendor including several species of maple and magnolia, century-old oaks, pecans, giant sequoia, and the intriguing jujube. One Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Date: May 4, 2024 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We will leave from the Conn Ave Store.

See the "Thinker" sculpture in person and van Gogh up close. In the late morning, we will walk through the Rodin garden and see his art on display in the gallery. Then after lunch study color, lines, space and light in the works of Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso at the Barnes Foundation.

Date: Sunday, May 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Join Bruce Beehler, author of Birds of North America: A Photographic Atlas and Birds of Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, on a guided bird walk in the heart of Rock Creek Park. This bird walk will encounter an assortment of locally-breeding birds as well as the last of the spring migrants that pass through the D.C. area in May and early June. One Sunday, May 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Date: Friday, May 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of The Joy of Forest Bathing and A Year in Rock Creek Park, for a spring forest bathing walk through the enchanting Tregaron Conservancy, a woodland garden tucked away in the midst of northwest Washington that has been restored and stewarded by a non-profit organization since 2006. One Friday, May 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Date: Saturday, June 29th from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

This summer, join Politics and Prose's perennial favorite: the wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater! We are leading a trip to the wooded area of western Pennsylvania where you can enjoy the harmonious surroundings of summer and explore the house known worldwide as a resonant feat of architectural achievement and a UNESCO World Heritage site! Saturday, June 29th from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join author and guide Lauri Williamson, to explore the Shaw neighborhood, adjacent to U Street and Washington’s “Black Broadway,” and learn more about the broader history featured in her new book “111 Places in Black Culture in Washington, DC that you Must Not Miss.” One Saturday, July 13th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.