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Local Neighborhood Tours of Washington DC

Updated: January 22, 2023

We offer local neighborhood tours of Washington, DC for anyone looking for a #staycation or locals who want to explore DC.

  • H St NE: Displacement & Gentrification

H Street NE through the lense of Gentrification. Explore the interplay of historic Washington's rise through the struggles after the 1968 uprisings. Significant focus on how gentrification is playing out today in the neighborhood recently named as one of the "hippest" neighborhoods in the United States. 

NOTE: this is a tour that will discuss topics some may find controversial such as race, racism and economics. It is also a participatory, discussion based tour. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and thoughts.

This tour is part of our partnership with Justice Walks so you can also book similar tours of other neighborhoods. 

  • Anacostia SE DC

Join us for a walk in SE DC across the Anacostia River to walk through Historic Anacostia neighborhood.

  • Le Droit Park

LeDroit Park is a hidden gem in DC with tree lined streets, detached homes and a lot of history! While it started as a gated "white only" community, the black history of LeDroit Park includes poets, educators, politicians and more.

Learn more about one of the first suburbs of DC on our walk through LeDroit Park.

  • Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria is so close to D.C. that it actually used to be a part of the federal district, yet it manages to feel as it belongs to another world… another era. Home to one of the oldest historic districts in America, Alexandria boasts a heavy dose of colonial charm.

From its founding in 1749, you'll learn about this pre- Revolutionary home where George Washington worshipped and occasionally stayed, Robert E. Lee grew up, and other stories of this historic town. End the tour at the Waterfront for some great seafood lunch or ice cream and a bit of boardwalk charm.

  • Eastern Market & Barracks Row

The neighborhood of Eastern Market/Barracks Row is set on historic Capitol Hill, where the homes of historical figures mix with modern day congressmen. One of DC's first neighborhoods, you'll see the small town charm in the center of the City.

From John Philip Sousa's first home, to the men (and women) at attention at the Marine Barracks, hidden statues and a lost wine cellar. The diverse architecture surrounded by the large trees on Capitol Hill to the historic Main Street of 8th Street SE.

  • Wharf & Southwest Waterfront

Learn about the Historic Southwest Waterfront and how the area grew into the glittery development of today. We'll see some of the oldest houses in the district, the Titanic Memorial, and the oldest Fish Market. 

Not be confused with the Georgetown Waterfront, this area of Southwest DC is not far from the National Mall or L'Enfant Plaza.

  • East Georgetown

There is so much history in Georgetown that our regular historic Georgetown doesn't get to this part of the neighborhood and it's worth a tour of its own.

We'll see Julia Child's home, talk about the black history of Herring Hill, see some beautiful mansions and talk about the development of this part of the neighborhood.

  • Adams Morgan 

Did you know that the first Toys R Us was located here? Or that the Harris Teeter used to be a boxing gym where Sugar Ray Leonard boxed? There is a lot of hidden history in Adams Morgan!

We'll explore this neighborhood's beginnings on our walking tour.

  • Foggy Bottom

Come explore one of DC's oldest neighborhoods, full of history, presidential hijinks, student antics and local charm. Hear about the reason for the oddest neighborhood name in DC, as well as how Foggy Bottom connects with the rest of the city.

We offer all of these tours as private options as well! Contact us for more information.

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Follow On Instagram | I'm a historian & tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. I have written for HuffPost Travel and have been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. I've also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. I am the producer of the podcast, Tour Guide Tell All. I am an authority on D.C. history, and have led tours in the city since 2011. I currently resides in DC, but have also lived in London and South Korea, and have traveled to over 28 countries and every US State but Hawaii. I homeschool my 2 children by exploring the plethora of museums in DC. Read More...
Updated: January 22nd, 2023
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