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March 21, 2024
Memorials and Moonlight

See the National Mall at night with the memorials lit up is one of the most popular ways to visit the memorials. We offer a day time tour as well but this version of our popular National Mall tour runs as the sun is setting on the National Mall as a great option for something […]

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March 1, 2024
DC Day Trip: Antietam National Battlefield and Harper’s Ferry

For Civil War aficionados, an easy, albeit hilly, hour and a half drive out of Washington, D.C. will take you to Antietam Battlefield, one of the many Civil War battlefields near DC. Use this guide for more information on playing your day trip from DC to Antietam and Harper's Ferry. Antietam is where the bloodiest […]

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March 1, 2024
Free Things to Do in Washington DC

Washington DC is a great place to travel for those on a budget thanks to the number of free or cheap things to do, from the Smithsonian Museums to touring the government buildings. How do we know about Free Things to Do in DC? It's what we do! We are Free Tours by Foot after […]

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February 26, 2024
Best Museums in DC

Washington, DC has over 70 unique museums to explore. With so many options, we decided to make a post of the top museums to visit in Washington, DC  We include Smithsonian museums, art galleries, and zoos, as well as some off the beaten path and unique museums. What Do We Know about Museums in Washington […]

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February 23, 2024
What are the Free Museums in DC?

With a little bit of planning, you can take advantage of first-class attractions that offer free days or name your own price admission on certain days of the month. As local DC tour guides, we spend a lot of time in the city's many free museums! If we aren't taking tour guests through the museums, […]

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February 17, 2024
Memorial Day Weekend in DC (2024)

Visiting DC for Memorial Day? This post is about things that are happening for Memorial Day in 2024. Several different events and ceremonies usually commemorate this particular weekend, including a national concert, parade, and motorcycle rally. Memorial Day 2024 is Monday, May 27, 2024. Read our master post on things to do in DC any […]

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February 3, 2024
How to Tour the Supreme Court

This post covers how to attend a U.S. Supreme Court tour as well as courtroom lectures and oral arguments with tips on how to plan your visit and what you might see.   HOW TO GET TO THE SUPREME COURT The Supreme Court Building is located at 1 First Street St NE across the street from […]

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February 3, 2024
Where to See the Declaration of Independence

There are a lot of prints of this historical document out there, but there is only one original copy. Where is the Declaration of Independence? We’ll answer that question and many more about viewing it in this post. As a tour guide in Washington, DC for over a decade, I've taken countless guests to the […]

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January 24, 2024
How to Get US Capitol Building Tour Tickets

This post is about how to get tickets to tour the United States Capitol Building. We also include tips on how to get gallery passes to watch the Senate and the House of Representatives in action as well as tour highlights. Our sister company, VISITDCTours offers a tour that has reserved tickets to tour the […]

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January 23, 2024
National Museum of African-American History and Culture Tickets and Tours

This post is a guide to visiting the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History & Culture (NMAAHC), including information on tickets, tours, how to get there, and what to expect updated and the new ticketing policies. As a tour guide in Washington, DC, for over a decade, I take groups to visit museums every week. […]

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January 14, 2024
Best Washington DC Bike Rentals and Tours (2024)

In the following post, we will provide information about the best bike tours in Washington DC. We will also include details about pedicab tours and potential discounts on these services. This post was updated in February 2024. Disclosure: We think you should consider our free tours, but we have also provided other options. While our […]

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January 2, 2024
The Only Cherry Blossom Festival Guide & Map You Need [2024]

This post covers everything you need to know about the Cherry Blossom Festival for 2024. You'll also find a self-guided Cherry Blossom tour, 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 - private tours, self […]

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January 1, 2024
Twilight Tattoo at Fort Myer (2024)

A unique DC experience is to watch the Twilight Tattoo at Fort Myer, where you can watch a military pageant featuring members of the Old Guard and "Pershing's Own" band. This free and family-friendly event is often missed but it is easy to get to and worth the trip over the Potomac River to Virginia. […]

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December 24, 2023
Capitol to the Archives

This name-your-own-price tour introduces you to the east end of the National Mall - see the West Lawn of the US Capitol, where inaugurations have taken place since 1981, and view America's Main Street and more. What you'll see: Tour information Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Where: The tour starts at the US Grant Memorial and ends […]

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December 23, 2023
I got to tour the West Wing!

Getting a tour of the West Wing of the White House is perhaps the toughest ticket in Washington, DC, but if you do get one, it’s the Golden Ticket.   Several guides at DC By Foot have toured the West Wing. It is much easier to tour the White House on a public tour or […]

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November 26, 2023
Intro to DC

From the Washington Monument to the White House, take the Metro with a local guide and end at our favorite view of DC.

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