7 Best Places to Hike around Washington DC

People usually don’t associate Washington DC with nature, hiking, and camping. The immediate image in people’s mind is the majestic Capitol, White House, memorials, and museums. After you spend some time living here you find there is actually a ton of places to get away from the urban grind and get in some truly beautiful nature.

I’m going to point you to some of my favorite outdoor activities in Washington DC, two of which are sites where I lead 2 hour hiking tours in Washington, DC, Rock Creek Park and Teddy Roosevelt Island.

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Washington DC Night Tours

Washington DC Night Tours

This post lists the various Washington, DC night tours available to you, including walking, bus, bike and Segway tours. We review and compare the different options to help you make the best decision for yourself.  


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Disclosure: In addition to our free night walks, we have also provided other night tour options. While our recommendations are always unbiased, we may receive a small share of sales through some of the links below at no cost to you. See the full text.


Washington DC is perhaps best experienced through walking tours.

Although bus and boat tours will give you a unique perspective of many historically important memorials, most of these attractions can only be accessed on foot.

All of our walking tours are pay-what-you-want, which means there’s no cost to join and you can pay whatever you want or could afford. 

Our company has earned an overall 5 out of 5-star rating on TripAdvisor. Read the reviews for yourself.

National Mall Tour 

We offer this tour both day and night. Walk along the National Mall and discover the history of the United States through the many memorials and monuments in the area.


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Discover the Washington Monument, The White House, The Lincoln Memorial and many other significant landmarks on your journey.

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Memorials & Moonlight

If you really want to see the memorials in a different light, take this tour to visit the most beautifully lit memorials.

We explore WWII, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial. And we will see and talk about from afar the Jefferson Memorial.

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Lincoln Assassination 

Hear the tale of Abraham Lincoln’s last days and discover the truth behind the plot to assassinate our nation’s 16th president.

Uncover the truth and find out what really happened on that night over 150 years ago.



Visit locations such as The National Theatre, Ford’s Theatre and the Star Saloon to learn more about how it all went down.


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Ghosts of Georgetown 

Washington DC is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the United States, and there is a lot of history in the area of Georgetown. Do the ghosts of our nation’s past still lurk these streets?



Join us for this family-friendly night tour and visit a variety of historic locations as you hear some of the spooky tales that were born in this area.


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Wicked Embassy Row & Georgetown 

ADULTS ONLY – From the assassinations and international intrigue of Embassy Row to the tragedy of Georgetown’s darker side, we’ll explore the oldest neighborhoods in DC with local legends and true crime events from its past.

Starting in Dupont Circle, we’ll hear about the original mean girls and stories from the Gilded Age, then we’ll cross of Rock Creek to see old cemeteries, supernatural tales, and the sites of unsolved murders, ending in downtown Georgetown

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White House at Night – Secrets and Legends

ADULTS ONLY – Scandalous side of White House? Who would’ve thought it?

Join Free Tours by Foot, if you’re an adult, for a walk through the neighborhood around the White House at night to talk about presidential affairs, nearby duels, murders, and scandalous first ladies.

Our historian guides take you through this small park, known as Tragedy Square, for the true stories of some of the city’s darkest secrets and most haunted houses, including the White House.


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There are a lot of bus tours at night in Washington DC, and they’re all quite highly rated.  

Some companies use double-decker buses, which could have 30-45 passengers, while others use smaller shuttles that seat no more than 30 people.  


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One company offers sprinter buses with no more than 11 passengers.  

Some of these night tours have both a driver and a tour guide, which means you will be provided guided walking tours at some stops.  

Also, some memorials, such as Iwo Jima and the Air Force Memorial, are not really accessible by foot.  

Expect to pay between $30-$50 on average per adult ticket.

Some of the night bus tours listed below can be taken as part of a larger bus tour package.  

Visit our Washington DC bus tour comparison post for more details.


This 3.5-hour open-top bus tour will take you past all of the most iconic buildings in DC.  


DC Trails Bus Tour


Of all the hop-on-hop-off companies, DC Trails offers the most stops of any similar night tour. The stops included are:

  • White House (Photo stop only)
  • U.S. Capitol (Photo stop only)
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • World War II Memorial
  • Iwo Jima Memorial
  • FDR Memorial
  • MLK Memorial

DC Trails Twilight Bus Tour offers a live guide who will get off the bus with you at each stop.

We like how a child ticket is just $20.  Combined with our discount, this is also the cheapest of the night tours.  In our opinion, this is the best value night tour (other than ours).

DC Trails gets good overall reviews and that also goes for their night tour, which guests rate highly.

3.5 hours departing daily at 7 pm.

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  • $45 for Adults
  • $40 for Seniors
  • $30 for Children

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NOTE: This night tour is included for free with a 48-hour DC Trails hop-on hop-off ticket. Click here to purchase!



DC at Dusk

USA Guided Tours is one of the better-reviewed bus tour companies in DC.  

The DC at Dusk Tour has both a driver and a tour guide.


USA Guided Tours DC Night Tour


Your tour guide will join you for guided strolls through each stop, which is helpful as sometimes the sights cannot be fully experienced from the road. 

This is a premium service that uses shuttles rather than coach buses with a maximum of 30 guests per tour and thus reflected in the prices.

The tour stops at and includes guided walking tours at the following locations:

  • US Capitol Building
  • White House
  • World War II Memorial
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Martin Luther King Memorial
  • Korean War Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Vietnam Memorial

Hotel Pick Up can be arranged via select hotels, otherwise, you can meet your tour at the Navy Memorial conveniently located downtown on Pennsylvania Ave NW – there is a Metro station right there on the Green/Yellow lines.

  • 3-hour tour departing at 7:30 pm.
  • $54 for Adults (additional fee for hotel pick up)
  • $44 for Children (additional fee for hotel pick up)

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This two-hour tour begins just after the sun goes down, allowing you to see what the nation’s capital looks like after dark.

Unlike their other offerings, the Big Bus Night Tour includes a live guide that will explain the significance of every landmark on your journey.  

The night tour is not a hop-on-hop-off tour like their day tours, rather you will see most of the sights listed on their page from the bus.  

The tour includes 1 stop where your tour guide will accompany you to the Lincoln, Vietnam, and Korean War Memorials.  

Reviews of Big Bus’s night tour are better than the company as a whole.  

This is probably due to the fact that passengers are guaranteed one bus for the entire evening and will not have to wait for the next bus, as they do with the daytime tours.

2 Hour Tour

NOTE: The night tour is included in the price for the 2 days all-inclusive ticket, which is just $20 more per adult. This combo pass also includes a free bike rental, free refreshments and free admission to Madame Tussauds.

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In addition to their National Mall and their Arlington National Cemetery trolley services, Old Town Trolley also offers a night tour.  

Professional guides will lead you around the city and provide a plethora of information about the history of our nation.

Purchase your ticket with confidence, as Old Town Trolley offers a money-back guarantee.

This is not a hop-on-hop-off tour, rather you will make 3 stops with your tour guide.  

Old Town Trolley also offers a shuttle service from certain hotel areas to the tour starting point, which is a nice addition.

2 ½ Hour Tour

  • $40.50 for Adults
  • $29.70 for Children
  • Children under 4 ride for free

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Epic Evening Tour: Small Group Bus TourEpic Evening Bus Tour – Discover all of the most significant locations in DC during the evening!  There are a few good points for this tour.

  • First, it’s a small group (up to 11 people) tours.
  • Second, Bi-Partisan Tours is one of the highest-rated tour company.
  • Third, this night tour visits the Air Force Memorial, which most other companies don’t do, and this stop is a real treat at night.

However, this is a driver-guide only tour, so there is no tour guide to accompany you through the memorials which can be a negative if you have any questions while at the sites since many sites cannot be seen from the coach.

With that said, none of the reviewers seem to have any issues with this aspect and the guided bus portion seems to make up for it.

They do offer hotel pick up and drop off. 

  • 4 hours starting at 7 pm.
  • $59 for Adults
  • $44 for Children

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Bike and Roll DC

Bike and Roll is well known for providing excellent service in cities all over the country. In Washington DC, they offer a wide variety of excursions both day and night.



Each of their night tours will take you to several monuments and memorials in the area, where tour guides will explain the historical significance of each landmark. 

With a 5 out of 5-stars rating on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews). It’s clear that most guests really appreciate the service that Bike and Roll provides. 

Monuments @ Nite

  • $49 for Adults
  • $39 for Children

Tour Length: This tour will require 4 miles of cycling over the course of 3 hours.

Availability: March–November


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Seeing the sights from the water can be just as fun and educational as getting a closer look. 



Some of these services are actually dinner cruises, and they will typically cost more than the other options on our list.

On average, the typical boat tour will cost between $25-$50, while a dinner cruise will run you about $90-$130.

Reviews indicate that these trips do not focus much on providing historical information about our nation’s capital.

Most of these excursions are only going to be available between March–November.  


Spirit Cruises

When it comes to dinner cruises in our nation’s capital, few names are as notable as Spirit Cruises.

This company is well known for providing excellent service, and they are one of the most popular choices for a nighttime cruise on the Potomac.

Unlike their competition, you’ll actually have access to a dinner buffet on this cruise. This company also provides DJ music and dancing for anyone who wants to finish the night off with a party.

Most of the reviews for their dinner cruise are positive, but there are a few negative comments as well.

Complaints range from lack of service to poor food quality, but there are just as many customers who enjoyed their meal and the people who served them.

Several reviewers mentioned that their food was delicious and the crew was both helpful and polite. This seems to be a common thread among both happy and unhappy guests.

Spirit of Washington Dinner Cruise

NOTE: Ticket prices fluctuate depending on how many seats remain open and other factors.

Ticket Price: $87.90-$99.90 per person

Included Amenities:

  • Dinner Buffet
  • Music and dancing
  • Unlimited coffee and tea
  • Interactive games

Availability: This cruise is available pretty much year-round, but departures depend on whether or not Spirit Cruises has filled enough seats.

Tour Length: 2 ½ – 3 hours


Odyssey Cruises

This cruise company is actually owned by the same business that runs Spirit Cruises. Their dinner cruise offers fairly similar service, but it is intended as a much more upscale experience.

Odyssey Cruises offers live music and three-course plated dinners, ensuring a more romantic and intimate experience.

Enjoy a more traditional and professional dining experience as you float past some of the most notable monuments in Washington DC.

As a result of offering a more opulent service, Odyssey enjoys an overall 4-star rating on TripAdvisor.

A majority of the reviews for this dinner cruise are positive, indicating that most people enjoyed their fine dining experience. Even those who took issue with the food quality admitted that the live music was excellent.

Most passengers were very impressed with the cruise, stating that both the staff and their meal were wonderful. Odyssey Cruises is particularly popular among couples due to its focus on a more romantic atmosphere.

Washington DC Dinner Cruise

NOTE: As with Spirit Cruises, ticket prices fluctuate depending on remaining seats and other factors.

Ticket Price: $107.90-$127.90 per person

Included Amenities:

  • Three course plated dinner
  • Unlimited coffee and tea
  • Live band music

Availability: Odyssey’s dinner cruises are also available year round, but the boat won’t depart unless they receive enough guests. You will be informed if this is the case.

Tour Length: 2 ½ – 3 hours


DC Cruises

If you’re looking for a more entertaining sightseeing experience, consider DC Cruises.

Although they don’t necessarily focus on providing a lot of information about our nation’s capital, their Monuments By Moonlight cruise will give you an opportunity to see the memorials and landmarks from the Potomac.

They offer panoramic windows, indoor and outdoor decks, and a full bar. This trip is definitely more about having fun and seeing the sights!

With an overall rating of 3 stars on TripAdvisor, DC Cruises doesn’t exactly have the best reputation.

Ratings for their Moonlight cruise are mixed, with some customers complaining that the music on the boat is too loud and the trip is too short.

Other passengers knew what they were getting into and actually enjoyed their experience. If you’re looking for a more laid back cruise, reviews indicate that this may be an excellent service for that purpose.

Monuments By Moonlight

Although it’s a sightseeing cruise, there will be very little narration. Instead, you will hear a selection of popular music as you float by the monuments.

Ticket Prices:

  • $25 for Adults
  • $20 for Students/Military
  • $12 for Children

No Children under 10

Tour Length: This cruise will last approximately 45-60 minutes. It is offered on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM from March – November.

DJ Party Cruise

In addition to their sightseeing trip, DC Cruises also offers a party service during the spring and summer. This is intended as more of a party, with loud music and social drinking.

Ticket Prices:

  • $25 for the DJ Party Cruise
  • $20 for the Exclusive Hour
  • $36 for both

No Children Allowed

Tour Length: The Exclusive hour runs from 9:15 PM-10:30 PM. The DJ Party Cruise runs from 10:30 PM-11:45 PM. Both cruises are only available during the warmer months of the year.


Boomerang Boat Tours

Much like DC Cruises, you’ll find that this tour company is more about having fun and sightseeing than it is about providing an educational experience.

If you want to see the monuments from the Potomac while enjoying a few drinks on a yacht, this would be an excellent option.

Tickets for the Nighttime Party Yacht are a bit more expensive than the services offered by competitors, but reviews for Boomerang are also a lot more impressive.

This yacht includes a full bar and an air-conditioned dance floor in the main cabin.

According to customers on TripAdvisor, this is one of the most entertaining cruises in Washington DC.

Reviewers have seen fit to give the Boomerang Party Yacht a 4 ½ star rating, and most of them seem very happy with their experience. 

Older customers weren’t as excited about the trip, but they did suggest that this would definitely be more fun for younger audiences.

Nighttime Party Yacht Cruise

Price: $35-$45 per person

Availability: March–December

Additional Information: This cruise is limited to adults 21 and older. An ID will be required to board the yacht.


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There are actually a wide variety of Segway tours in Washington DC. Unfortunately, most of them do not offer night tours, instead opting for trips at sunset.


Night segway Tours DC


Some of these sunset tours will last long enough to see the monuments as the sun goes down and during the magic hour, which is yet another wonderful experience.

Others will run until 9 pm, giving most guests an opportunity to see our most treasured landmarks after the sun goes down.  This is certainly the case the closer you are to June 21st.  

Expect to pay anywhere from $65-$75 per person for each tour.  

NOTE: These tours cannot accommodate children or youth under 16 years of age.

City Segway Tours

This company offers fairly long tours and one of them begins at 6 pm.

This 3-hour trip will last until about 9 pm, giving you plenty of opportunities to see the monuments and memorials both as the sun sets and at twilight.

Their review profile is excellent. Read the reviews for yourself.

National Mall Segway Twilight Tour

This trip is intended for guests who are new to Washington DC. If you want to learn the basics, this is the perfect introduction to our nation’s capital.

  • Ticket Price: $75 per person
  • Tour Length: Approximately 3 hours
  • Availability: Spring-Fall
    • The daytime version runs year-round


Bike and Roll

In addition to their many bike tours, this company also offers a segway tour which has one offer at 6 pm.

Each tour lasts for 2 ½ hours, so it’s entirely possible that you will see the monuments during sunset and after nightfall.

This is a slightly more affordable segway ride and it comes from one of the most trusted tour companies in Washington DC. 

As we previously mentioned, Bike and Roll enjoy an excellent 5-star rating on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews). 

Sites By Segway

  • Ticket Price: $64 per person
  • Tour Length: You will cover 6 miles over the course of 2 ½ hours
  • Availability: March – November


Capital Segway

This is the shortest but least expensive Segway night tour in Washington, DC. It departs at 7 pm. 

This company has a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor and all indications are that their service is excellent. 

See the City Segway Tour

  • Ticket Price: $60 per person
  • Tour Length: 2 hours
  • Availability: March–October
    • The daytime version runs year-round


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Several tour companies provide combo packages and deals which allow you to save money on their services.

If you’re in the market to experience more than one attraction or activity in Washington DC, you might want to consider one of the following opportunities.  There is also a tourist attraction discount card that allows a mix and match of different tours.  

Some of the bus tours we listed above offer combo tickets which include their night tour for free. 

DC Trails

Just like its competitors, this company also provides a free night tour with every 48-hour ticket. Prices are comparable to other bus tours and reviews for this service are very good.

Ticket Prices: $56 for Adults | $27 for Children


Big Bus Tours

With the purchase of a Deluxe 2-Day ticket, you will receive access to their night tour.

This combo pass also includes a free bike rental, free refreshments and free admission to Madame Tussauds.

Ticket Price: $59 for Adults | $39 for Children

NOTE: This is only $20 more than the price of their night tour alone.


City Sights DC 

Similar to Big Bus Tours, City Sights offers their night tour for free when you purchase a 2-Day ticket. However, they also offer a combo pass which includes everything you get with a 2-Day ticket plus admission for up to 5 different attractions.

Ticket Prices:

  • 2-Day + Night Tour: $49 for Adults | $39 for Children
  • 2-Day + Night Tour + 1 attraction: $69 for Adults | $64 for Children
  • 2-Day + Night Tour + 2 attractions: $79 for Adults | $65 for Children
  • 2-Day + Night Tour + 3 attractions: $94 for Adults | $84 for Children
  • 2-Day + Night Tour + 4 attractions: $104 for Adults | $94 for Children
  • 2-Day + Night Tour + 5 attractions: $114 for Adults | $104 for Children

City Sights DC also offers a variety of discounts through Groupon. These will not always be available, but you should always check to see if your chosen tour is currently on sale.

For more information on their combo pass, check out our comparison of Washington DC attraction passes.


Go Washington DC Card

Although most of the attractions and tours included with this combo pass are daytime activities, there are a few options you can experience during the night.

For instance, if you choose to build your own pass, you could actually save money on both The Capital Wheel and the Sites By Segway tour offered by Bike and Roll DC.

Each of these activities can be experienced after dark, and you can save 20% or more by using the Go Washington DC Card!

For more information on the Explorer Pass and the Build-Your-Own Pass, please look at our comparison of Washington DC attraction passes.


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Lincoln’s Last Day

Join our Washington DC guides as they bring the tragic story of Lincoln’s Assassination, 155 years after that fateful day in American history.

The best way to learn about Lincoln’s Assassination is to take our Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour in Washington DC.

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We will be following the footsteps of key players throughout the day starting at 9am on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter using hashtag #LincolnsLastDayFTBF

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APRIL 9, 1865

Leading up to our Lincoln’s Last Day event on April 14, Dan gives a brief overview of Confederate General Robert E Lee’s surrender.

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APRIL 10, 1865

Former Lincoln Assassination tour guide, Christopher talks about the tragedies in Lincoln’s life as Washington DC celebrates Lee’s surrender.

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APRIL 11, 1865

Leading up to our Lincoln’s Last Day event on April 14, Christopher talks about John Wilkes Booth at Lincoln’s Last Speech on April 11, 1865

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APRIL 13, 1865

Lincoln Assassination tour guide Lindsey tells us a little about Mary Surratt.

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APRIL 14, 1865 | Lincoln’s Last Day

John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators hatched a plan after their kidnapping attempts fail to cripple the Union by assassination the Secretary of State, Vice President, and President – all at the same time. Around 10pm, Friday, April 14, 1865.

The Attempted Assassination of Secretary of State Seward

Lincoln’s Last Day was almost the last day for Secretary of State Seward. Booth co-conspirator, Lewis Powell attacked Seward at his home near the White House the night of April 14, 1865 at the same time that Booth was entering the President’s Box at Ford’s Theatre.

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The Planned Assassination of Vice President Johnson

While Booth was entering Ford’s Theatre, and Lewis Powell was entering Secretary of State Seward’s home, George Adzerodt was waiting for Vice President Andrew Johnson.

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Lincoln’s Assassination

Shortly after 10pm on April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth will enter the President’s Box at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC while President Lincoln is watching Our American Cousin. That would be Lincoln’s Last Day.

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Tour Guide Tell All Podcast

Tour Guide Tell All

Professional Tour Guides in Washington DC share the true and sometimes scandalous stories from history, DC travel tips and hacks, hidden gems and hilarious stories of what we’ve heard on tours.

Support the Podcast (100% goes to the guides!): https://www.patreon.com/tourguidetellall

You can listen for FREE on Apple or Google Podcasts, Podbean, Spotify … wherever you get your podcasts.

If you liked the podcast, please remember to leave a 5 star review!


Season 1, Episode 19: The Mattachine Society

“Frank Kameney, who does not have a law background, petitions the Supreme Court pro se, which means he does this on his own. They do not grant him cert, they do not hear his case. So that is the end of his suit for reinstatement so he goes on to really devote the rest of his life to gay activism. He helps to found the Mattachine Society. He also organizes the first LGTBQ protest in front of the White House in 1965.”

Tour Guide Tell All celebrates the start of Pride Month with a look at early LGBTQ activism in DC.

Join us as we discuss Frank Kameney, the Mattachine Society and the early days of the struggle for Gay Rights.

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You’re Listening To: Becca Grawl, Rebecca Fachner

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“The reason we asked you on here was because your grandmother had a very special role in WWII, a role that a lot of people today still aren’t always familiar with, so can you tell us a little bit about what your grandmother did during the war?

During WWII, my grandmother served with the Women Air Force Service Pilots, which was the first group of female military pilots for the United States Armed Forces”

Erin Miller’s grandmother, Elaine Harmon, was a pilot during WWII. Her final wish was to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. A request that was denied. Erin and her family continued the fight all the way to Congress.

Becca talks with Erin about her grandmother and the fight to have her buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

You can support Tour Guide Tell All by becoming a patron at www.patreon.com/tourguidetellall – we have a special offer right now where you can get an autographed copy of Erin’s book!

Guest: Erin Miller

Erin Miller is the granddaughter of WASP WWII pilot Elaine Danforth Harmon. Erin has a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, a Master’s in international studies from the University of Leeds (UK), and a B.A. in history from the University of California, San Diego. She is a licensed attorney in Maryland, where she lives with her two Shiba Inus.

Erin has become an ambassador for the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II by sharing her own story of honoring her grandmother who wanted to ensure future generations learn about the history of these trailblazing pilots.

Twitter: @millerlawmd
Instagram: @millerlawmd
Facebook: @officialerinmiller
Website: Finalflightfinalfight.com

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“As they are retreating, he’s going to hold off the Germans on his own with his rifle as the men retreat. He’s also on his radio directing artillery fire to the German lines. Once he runs out of  ammunition in his weapon. He gets into the burning tank which is again on fire and could blow up at any moment, and takes the machine gun and starts firing at the Germans. He does this for an hour on his own.”

This week we talk about two of the many WWII figures buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Audie Murphy and James Doolittle.

You can get a full self guided tour of the cemetery (when it opens!) that includes Audio Murphy here: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/washington-dc-tours/walking-tours/arlington-cemetery/#self

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“You know where I was on VE Day? I was in Washington DC. The streets were so crowded the buses couldn’t run”

Rather than listen to us talk about WWII, we interview three people about their experiences in the war.

  • Ann Fuqua, who worked at the Navy Department in DC
  • Mona McNeese, whose husband was a Japanese POW
  • Waldo Beck, a Marine pilot stateside on VE Day waiting for orders to the Pacific.

These interviews were recorded on Zoom and flip phones, so the quality isn’t always the best. We’ve included the transcript in the show notes on the episode.

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Transcriptions: Rebecca Fachner

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“He was once airlifted to meet a Thai King. He jumps out of a plane. He is holding a machine gun and he has a tuxedo in his backpack.”

Sidney Dillon Ripley was a spy during WWII as part of the OSS (yes, he knew Julia Child – if you didn’t know she was in the OSS, listen to our episode on her!). But mostly he used his time in the OSS to travel and collect bird specimens.

This came in handy when he was appointed as the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. 

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You’re Listening To: Becca Grawl, Rebecca Fachner

The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Dan King

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Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

“She has decided that married into the upper echelon is not enough for her only daughter. So Alva Vanderbilt decides in order to show up New York society she is going to get something for her daughter that you just can’t get in the United States – a title”

Connections in history and between historical figures is one of the things that interest us most. Join us as we tell a story of a hidden and fascinating connection between two of the most fascinating characters in World War II. You’ll be surprised where this story ends up!

This episode is part of our WWII Series, #WWII75FTBF where we commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, May 8, 2020.

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“One of the things she worked on was shark repellent. This was a big problem during the war. They were developing explosives to combat German U boats but these explosives were being set of by sharks, so they needed ways to repel sharks from the explosives. This was one of the things Julia Child was working on”

Before perfecting the art of French cooking, Julia Child worked at the OSS, the precursor to the CIA. Learn more about her work, her boss, Wild Bill Donovan, and actual spy, Virginia Hall. 

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You’re Listening To: Becca Grawl, Rebecca Fachner, and Canden Arciniega

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We decided we can call it a new memorial even though its not officially open or dedicated yet. The dedication of DC’s newest memorial has been postponed to September 17th, 2020 but it is nearly completed so we took a quick sneak peak.

We talk about the DRAMA leading up to this memorial and its design.

For a look at the video Dan took while visiting the memorial on his daily walk, check out our YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/freetoursbyfoothq.

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You’re Listening To: Becca Grawl, Rebecca Fachner, Dan King and Canden Arciniega

Video and Sound Editing: Canden Arciniega

Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

May 8th is the 75th Anniversary of Victory Europe Day (VE Day) which ended WWII in the Atlantic Theatre. It is also Harry S Truman’s, who was President of the US at the time, and Becca’s, who wasn’t born yet, birthdays!

Becca and Rebecca chat about President Truman in this episode in honor of his birthday.

All month long we’re releasing WWII related content in honor of this anniversary using #WWII75FTBF on our Facebook (/freetoursbyfoothq) and Instagram (@freetoursbyfoot) accounts.

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Our highlight mini-sode this week focuses on the Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II, sometimes called the Japanese Internment Memorial.

Rebecca shares with us more information about why you should visit this hidden gem between the US Capitol and Union Station.

All May 2020 we are focusing on WWII sites and historical figures as part of our #WWII75FTBF celebration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day on May 8th.

Support our podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/tourguidetellall

May 8, 2020 is the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, so we’re focusing on WWII figures and sites for the entire month across all platforms using #WWII75FTBF.

Dan and Rebecca share a bit more about this larger than life figure. 

You can see the statue outside the British Embassy on our Embassy Row Tour: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/embassy-row/#tours


On this bonus episode about hidden sites in DC, the Lincoln Emancipation Memorial is one of the most fascinating statues in Washington, not only for what it represented when it was created but for how the perceptions of the statue have evolved over time. Join us to hear about this unique and controversial gem. 



Mary Meyer was a Georgetown socialite, a mistress of President Kennedy, may or may not have introduce him to LSD and was murdered in 1964 in a case that is still unsolved today.

If that doesn’t make you want to listen… 

You can learn more about and see Mary Meyer’s Georgetown homes on our Ghosts of Georgetown and our Wicked Georgetown/Embassy Row tours: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/washington-dc-ghost-tours/

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Don’t feel bad if you have no idea who George Mason is, most people don’t – but you probably are familiar with the works he inspired. He has an oft forgotten memorial on the Tidal Basin, not far from the Jefferson Memorial, that we visit on our National Mall and Tidal Basin walking tour! 

National Mall & Tidal Basin Tour: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/washington-dc-tours/walking-tours/all-in-one/


As part of our #LincolnsLastDayFTBF commemoration of the 155 years since Lincoln’s Assassination, we decided to talk about Robert Todd Lincoln – the eldest son of President Lincoln, who had a fascinating life.

You can learn more about RTL on pretty much any of our tours, but especially the Historic Georgetown tour: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/washington-dc-tours/walking-tours/historic-georgetown/

You can also pay respects at his gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/washington-dc-tours/walking-tours/arlington-cemetery/


Did you know DC has a Titanic Memorial? It’s a hidden gem near the Wharf which we visit on our Wharf Tour.

Find out a bit more about the memorial and its designer in this week’s mini-episode about off the beaten path sites that we love.

DC by Foot Wharf Tour: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/washington-dc-tours/walking-tours/historic-southwest-waterfront-dc-wharf-walking-tours/

In honor of HBO’s mini series based on Phillip Roth’s “Plot Against America,” we talk about the true story of Charles Lindberg, American Hero? 

His life has many ups and many downs that we talk about in this episode so you can have some background knowledge when you watch the show (or read the book!).

A few sources we mention in the podcast: 

USHMM Americans and the Holocaust Exhibit: https://www.ushmm.org/information/exhibitions/museum-exhibitions/americans-and-the-holocaust

Our guide to the Air and Space Museum: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/air-and-space-museum-guide/

What does the movie Taxi Drive have to do with the assassination attempt of President Ronald Reagan? And how long did it take for them to realize the president was shot? Listen to Dan tell the story of “Rawhide” and the Hinckley Hilton in Washington DC.

See the hotel on our Dupont Circle Walking Tour: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/washington-dc-tours/embassy-row/#2

For more presidential history and assassinations, take our White House at Night Scandals Tour: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/washington-dc-ghost-tours/#legends

Alice Roosevelt Longworth’s story is fascinating. She was a rebellious teenager living in the White House while her father, Teddy Roosevelt, served as President. She was the wife of a Congressman, mistress to another. Alice was a staple in Washington DC politics and society – the “Other Washington Monument.” Join Rebecca, Becca and Canden this week to talk about her life and where you can find her stories in DC.

Helpful links:

Wicked Embassy Row & Georgetown Tour: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/washington-dc-ghost-tours/#wicked

Historic Embassy Row Guide: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/washington-dc-tours/embassy-row/#2

Washington Post Interview by Sally Quinn: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/03/29/at-90-alice-roosevelt-longworth-didnt-care-who-she-offended-in-this-mean-funny-1974-interview/


June in Washington DC

What to Do in DC In June

This post covers the top things to do in June in Washington, DC updated for 2020, including nighttime activities, free things to do, and family-friendly options.

Be sure to read our master post on things to do in DC for even more ideas.


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This section covers our top ten list for June.

For more ideas on favorite things to do in DC, check out the following posts:

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Cherry Blossom Festival

The 6 Best Cherry Blossom Tours in DC (By Foot, Bus, and Bike!)

This post is about the best Cherry Blossom tours offered for 2020 Peak Bloom.

Cherry Blossom Tours are a great way to see the city that is known for it’s famed Cherry Blossom trees, the beautiful pink and white flowering trees you see on every postcard of the city.  A different take on regular walking tours, there are many tour opportunities to explore the city for great photographic spots, learn about the history of these trees and the Cherry Blossom festival that celebrates the trees, Spring and our friendship with Japan.

For the 2020 Cherry Blossom season, we’re creating Virtual Tours and 360 Walks so you can experience them from home. Watch our social media feed and YouTube Channel for more!


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For more information on the how to get the most out of the events, read our Cherry Blossom Festival Guide.



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Cherry Blossom Festival

The Only Cherry Blossom Festival Guide & Map You Need [2020]

This post covers everything you need to know about the Cherry Blossom Festival for 2020, including how to get there, the best places to view the blossoms and events.

Check out our Cherry Blossom Tours for the best way to see the blooms!


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