. . . toured with the experts. The Smithsonian may be "America's attic," but the folks there still know a bit about the capital's back yard. Each month, the institution offers a variety of educational excursions. One popular day trip retraces John Wilkes Booth's escape route, starting at Ford's Theatre and ending at the Virginia farm where he died. Local walks delve into the details of neighborhood histories or notable moments. It sure beats watching the History Channel, so get out and learn a little.
A pair of September study tours will focus on Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater.
(File Photo/Gene J. Puskar -- AP)
Prices vary. For details on membership or information on upcoming offerings, call 202-357-3030 or go to www.smithsonianassociates.org.
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