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23 Free Self-Guided Washington DC Walking Tours

Updated: May 21, 2024

This post lists over 20 self-guided walking tours of DC, including GPS-enabled audio tours and neighborhood guides all produced by our guides here at Free Tours by Foot.

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Self Guided tours of Washington DC are a great way to explore on your own time.

Though we love showing guests around Washington, DC on our guided tours, we realize that not everyone has the time to take a walking tour.

If our tour schedule doesn’t work for you, or if you would instead explore on your own, take advantage of our free self-guided tours of Washington DC.

Members of over 50K member Facebook Group Washington DC Travel Tips discuss self guided tours in DC!

Each tour comes with a Washington DC walking tour map, insider information about best times to visit, photo stops and the stories and symbolism behind each stop.

Tours We Offer:

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Self-Guided Tour of the National Mall & Memorials

The memorials tell about the lives of men and women from America's past and present.

The National Mall & Memorials Tour tells the stories from founding father George Washington to Rosie the Riveter during WWII.

National Mall Self Guided Tour
National Mall Walking Tour Map

You'll learn all about the history, symbolism, and a few hidden stories of these must-see sites.

Here is a sample of the tour:

You could also visit our main DC audio tours page for more samples and information. 

We even have a specific self-guided tour of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial

Self-Guided Tour of the White House and Lafayette Park

The White House is the most famous building in all of America and is a must-stop while visiting Washington, DC.

While it may be a challenge to get White House Tour tickets, we recommend you at least visit from the outside and learn about it on our self-guided tour of the White House and Lafayette Park.

Learn about the heroes of the American Revolution as you stroll through the park and learn about the man it got its name from. 

The White House is also a featured stop on a number of our walking tours: National Mall (from afar), Lincoln AssassinationSecrets & Scandals, and White House Ghost Tours.

Self-Guided Tours of Arlington National Cemetery

Established during the Civil War, Arlington National Cemetery is a testament to the incredible service and sacrifice of our many men and women in the Armed Forces.

Don't leave DC without a visit to these hallowed grounds, which are now the final resting place for over 400,000 veterans.

Though we offer a guided tour of the cemetery with a live tour guide, these self-guided tours are perfect for anyone who is short on time or would prefer a themed tour.

Interested in learning more about? Check out our guide to visiting Arlington National Cemetery!


Our Arlington National Cemetery Highlights Tour gives you the chance to take your time exploring the cemetery. There is also an audio version available to guide you along the way. 

We also have a few self-guided tours to complement our walking and highlights self-guided tours:

We recommend taking these after you've taken our highlights tour, as these self-guided tours expand and explore more of the cemetery. 

Self-Guided Tours of Georgetown

Older than the rest of Washington, D.C. by nearly half a century, Georgetown is a quaint neighborhood that boasts excellent shopping, critically acclaimed restaurants, and a highly reputable university.

We have a number of self-guided tours of Georgetown:


Originally called Millionaires’ Row, it was mansions and large homes built by the newly wealthy.

Today, the section of Massachusetts Ave NW north of Dupont Circle is the home to many of the embassies in Washington, DC. 

This tour will explore the neighborhood’s history and outside of embassies along the way, finishing up near the North entrance to the Dupont Circle Metro Station on the red line.

Take our audio tour versions.

Other Self-Guided Tours of Washington DC

Interested in a self-guided tour that we don't yet offer? Send us a note at and we'll work on creating that tour in the future! 

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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: May 21st, 2024
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