Mary Anne

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Washington Walks Guide Mary Anne

MARY ANNE, a Washington area resident since 1972, is a former travel writer who rates the nation’s capital the most fascinating city she ever covered. She’s an avid architecture and history buff and shares broad knowledge of both fields on all her Washington Walks. After retiring from a 30-year career in corporate communications, she produced an award-winning television documentary about Chevy Chase, Maryland – one of America’s first streetcar suburbs. She’ll show you where Washington’s streetcars once ran as you walk with her along Embassy Row.

Where would you take an out-of-town visitor and why?  The crown-like National Museum of African American History and Culture (its shape recalling crowns of African kings and the intricate iron work of enslaved craftsmen in the South) is worth the trouble that entry sometimes takes. Luckily, timed tickets aren’t needed as often as they were in the early years of this popular museum.  If time is short, I take visitors straight to the little-known movie gallery on the first floor to see the stunning Ava Duvernay film, “A Day In the Life of A People.”

"Our tour guide named Mary Anne was fantastic. She was so upbeat, interesting (and interested!), knowledgable, and sincere. We learned so much." - TripAdvisor reviewer

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