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Capitol & Library of Congress

This highlight tour of Capitol Hill brings the political center of Washington DC alive with stories & trivia.

Ghost Tours

We offer Ghosts of Georgetown, the White House, and Capitol Hill tours - explore the darker side of DC neighborhoods.

Embassy Row

Wealth, power, intrigue, scandals, curses and political assassination fill the stories on this tour.  Take a walk around the world and see the international side of the nation's capital city.

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.

National Mall

We offer four different National Mall tours from a moonlight stroll to a 3 hour National Mall and Tidal Basin tour to see them all!

Washington Monument Tickets & National Mall

What's better than our popular National Mall tour? Taking it AND going to the top of the Washington Monument!

Lincoln Assassination

It was a night that changed the history of a nation forever. Journey back in time with your guide to learn about the Lincoln Assassination...

Historic Georgetown

Take a walk through Washington, DC's oldest neighborhood on our Historic Georgetown Tour. See some of the Kennedy homes, Georgetown University, and much more!

Arlington Cemetery & Changing of the Guards

Join our Arlington National Cemetery tour to learn about this hallowed ground, see the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb...

DC by Foot is pleased to present free and name-your-own-price Washington DC tours and ticketed tours by our expert guides.  

On many of our guided tours, you choose how much the tour was worth after your tour is over, encouraging your guide to provide a memorable experience. 

We offer sightseeing tours of Washington DC, including Georgetown, Alexandria, and Arlington National Cemetery, which will give you a fuller appreciation of this great capital city and surrounding sights.

Be sure to check out our tour calendar to see which tours are offered while you are in town.


We offer guided walking tours throughout Washington, DC - and beyond!

Not sure if our tours are right for you? Then read our reviews.

DC by FootExcellentDC by Foot5.0 Based on 1018 reviews fromSee all reviews review us onJames M.James M. ★★★★★ We had a fantastic tour today, provided by John, which included the US Capitol and Library of Congress. John was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and made the group feel very comfortable. He really helped us understand the history (as UK tourists) and day-to-day operations of the capitol. Thank youI love TickTock T.I love TickTock T. ★★★★★ Kevin was funny and a great story teller. Learned a lotRam surat Y.Ram surat Y. ★★★★★ Katherine was a great tour guide on the Capitol Hill & Liabrary Of Congress Tour! She was friendly and knowledgeable. I would 100% recommend this tour.Justin BJustin B ★★★★★ We did the National Mall and Tidal Basin tour with Becca. It was a great tour! Couldn't think of a better way to spend three hours in DC. We had considered one of the hop on and off tours but so glad we we choose this one instead for our family including two little ones. It was jammed packed with information and lot of the top sites on the Mall. Becca was very knowledgeable and was able to answer every question that was asked during our tour. It was impressive all the information she knew and shared on our tour. We've done similar tours in other cities and it's almost always a highlight of our trip.Betsy T.Betsy T. ★★★★★ Becca is an amazing tour guide! It was a rainy night and we considered cancelling but she made the tour so interesting and comfortable that we had to stay! The quality and amount of information she provided about the night Lincoln was shot captivated us all. As a tour guide myself, I was in awe of her knowledge, content and delivery. I’ll definitely sign up for more tours that she leads.Kate F.Kate F. ★★★★★ Excellent and informative walking tour of Georgetown. Learned about the history, architecture, and famous residentsArmin R.Armin R. ★★★★★ The Guide was on time and very friendly. The tour was informative and easy to follow. We enjoyed the walk very much. Thanks a lot!Evgeniya V.Evgeniya V. ★★★★★ Katherine is a great guide, we really enjoyed our tour, learning many new things and even seeing the city from the different perspective. Definitely recommend!richestyouknowrichestyouknow ★★★★★ Great tour of Georgetown and the tour guide was amazing with her knowledge of ghost stories and all the details shared. Lots of walking so be prepared.MilinD W.MilinD W. ★★★★★ Very much intresting, knowledgable & entertaining tour. Highly recommended.Salvador Fernandez F.Salvador Fernandez F. ★★★★★ Great visit of the Memorials! Katherine was really friendly and really knows how to tell us the story and facts on the different monuments.Also, limited size group, much better for visiting.Highly recomend!Ken L.Ken L. ★★★★★ Enjoyed an informative tour of Ghosts of Georgetown led by Kailey. She certainly knows her Georgetown history and was clear and knowledgeable in her presentation of the neighborhood. Highly recommended if you want to learn about Georgetown. And Kailey was great.Loc972Loc972 ★★★★★ Marilou S.Marilou S. ★★★★★ Georgia was polite and interesting. We thought the tour was very interesting all the way to the very end!Lena M.Lena M. ★★★★★ Wir haben die National Mall & Tidal Basin Tour bei John gemacht und fanden es super. Es war eine kleine Gruppe und John konnte uns sehr viel über die Memorial erzählen. Danke!Max S.Max S. ★★★★★ Ingeborg was very knowledgeable and fun. She's native to DC and that's a plus. Two thumbs up.Bhuban D.Bhuban D. ★★★★★ DC By Foot providing such a super excellent and knowlegable tours. I booked this tour and I got such a nice and friendly guide John. It was amesing tourEric S.Eric S. ★★★★★ Great tour with Dan! Very knowledgeable with a great local background and education- Really brought Georgetown alive for us, from the early beginnings to the present day with many famous residents over the years——Angie B.Angie B. ★★★★★ Monuments by Moonlight was my favorite part of our trip to DC! Eli was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and lots of fun. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!Nabil S.Nabil S. ★★★★★ Hats off to Dan King for a lively and fascinating tour of Georgetown on Sunday morning, April 23rd. He was full of knowledge, historical and anecdotal, and knew so much of social and cultural history in Georgetown. He was very responsive to those of us on the tour, from an inquisitive 13 year old and future historian, to an eighty-one year old who worked to keep pace and take pictures. Ken was the perfect man for this tour. How fortunate we were, and how beautiful and important is Georgetown.Anzej L.Anzej L. ★★★★★ Phil S.Phil S. ★★★★★ Dan King did a great job with the background info of the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, and Capitol. He was energetic and extremely informative. Fantastic information.Harshad S.Harshad S. ★★★★★ Katherine was a great tour guide on the Capitol Hill & Liabrary Of Congress Tour! She was friendly and knowledgeable. I would 100% recommend this tour.Kathy S.Kathy S. ★★★★★ We did two walking tours with DC by Foot, and both were excellent. We toured Arlington National Cemetery with John, and arranged a private tour including the Library of Congress with Eli. Both guides were engaging and very knowledgable. It was clear that they love history and that they're always trying to learn more.I was impressed that when I asked Eli a question that he couldn't answer, he found a link with the information and shared it with me before the end of the tour.I would highly recommend these walking tours.Shahpar A.Shahpar A. ★★★★☆ It was an amazing experience with Katherine Fisher. She was witty, kept things short and interesting and made us go through important historical facts without boring us which is a great asset to have as a tour guide.DC by foot is a great walking tour service and I wish them all the best.Peta D.Peta D. ★★★★★ We recently attending the Moonlight & Memorials walking tour with Cecelia and it was absolutely fantastic.This tour covers such an important and beautiful part of the National Mall and surrounds, but it was Cecelia's passion and knowledge that made this evening so memorable.I have taken many Free Tours by Foot in other states and countries and they are always brilliant. It's a wonderful service and all the guides are amazing.Thank you for sharing your time and knowledge and enabling us to create amazing memories.Shokoofeh S.Shokoofeh S. ★★★★★ I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, Intro to Washington DC. The tour guide Katherine was fun, highly knowledgeable, very engaging and everything and full of tips for the rest of the trip. The length of the tour and also duration was just perfect. I highly recommend it and I will definitely pick up other tours in my next visits.Kim E.Kim E. ★★★★★ Dan was truly a fantastic guide. He made history come to life - I would not thought this area had so much of interest but it’s been our favorite tour of a weekend of tours and while Dan was the main reason I have faith they have more Dans on staff.Ashley M.Ashley M. ★★★★★ Emilia was great! She was entertaining, funny, and our entire group enjoyed listening to her stories.Jana Z.Jana Z. ★★★★★ Dan King was a great tour guide!! Absolutely book DC by foot directly they are awesome!Ogi A.Ogi A. ★★★★★ The tour is good - for about 3 hours you could see a lot.. I recommend it. Dan was a great guide.Eli A.Eli A. ★★★★★ Rob V.Rob V. ★★★★★ We had a very informative tour with Dan. He is a very pleasant and enthousiastic guide. We enjoyed his company.McAleersMcAleers ★★★★★ Amazing tour with Dan King with so much historical detail and engagement with the group. Will definitely recommend to everybody we know when in DC!C C.C C. ★★★★★ We had a wonderful Moonlight and Memorials Tour with Dan King as our tour guide. He was knowledgable, engaging, and enthusiastic! I debated whether to do a walking tour vs a non-walking tour. I am so happy I chose the former. Go ahead and sign up for any tours organized by DC By Foot! I am certain you will be more than pleased to do so!Aine S.Aine S. ★★★★★ Great tour of the Library of Congress and Capital building. Our guide Dan King was brilliant, full of knowledge and great sense of humour. Highly recommend DC on foot.Scott G.Scott G. ★★★★★ Great tour-very informative and interesting. Nice leisurely pace.Maryanne W.Maryanne W. ★★★★★ We had a great walking tour of Arlington Cemetery with Ingeborg. She gave us tons of good information and was very personable. Would definitely do another tour with her.Jeffrey K.Jeffrey K. ★★★★★ The tour was great! Eli was informative and interesting.Wendy E.Wendy E. ★★★★★ We had an evening tour on Abraham Lincoln’s assassination with Becca. She is a great tour guide, responsive to the groups’ questions and very knowledgeable on the topic.Her engaging nature and encouraging the group to ask questions made the tour memorable. Would strongly recommend the tour,Shea G.Shea G. ★★★★★ The Ghosts of Georgetown tour was great. Walking through beautiful, historic Georgetown in the evening is nice in and of itself, but this tour made it even better. The tour lasted about 90 minutes and was a very pleasant amount of walking; nothing to steep or strenuous required. Our guide, Georgia, was very knowledgeable and fun. She told us around 5 "spooky" stories while giving us what was actually more of a fun way to do a historical tour.We had 3 kids with us, the youngest being 7, and nobody was made scared by the ghost stories. They are more whimsical than anything else.One thing to be aware of is that you should pre-plan your method of returning home at the end of the tour. The metro bus near the endpoint runs every 15-20 mins, so be ready to wait a bit if that is to be your choice of transit. We used a rideshare service, which arrived in about 5 minutes, but obviously cost more.Susan D.Susan D. ★★★★★ Love a good story? This tour is a peak at the past and the development of this beautiful area in DC that once were the homes of “new wealth” and today house the embassies from all over the world. Loved it.Vikram A.Vikram A. ★★★★★ Very much intresting, knowledgable & entertaining tour. Highly recommended.Aaron G.Aaron G. ★★★★★ This tour was great! The tour guide was very energetic and super knowledgeable. We walked around a couple monuments and the White House. The tour is free and then you just pay whatever you want to guide at the end. That was an awesome feature. I would definitely recommend this tour and I will be doing it again.Kirsty G.Kirsty G. ★★★★★ Becca was fantastic!! Her knowledge and recreation was amazing. Thank you 🌷Mariah H.Mariah H. ★★★★★ Becca was our guide and was absolutely fantastic! I will be recommending this tour to my friends when they come to DC!Yohana de A.Yohana de A. ★★★★★ Brooke F S.Brooke F S. ★★★★★ Five Stars all the way! My teens and I did the Capitol Hill and Library of Congress tour with DC by Foot and loved it. Becca was a fantastic guide! She is super knowledgeable and took time to answer everyone’s questions and snap photos for us at the most iconic sites. I’m so glad we booked the tour—we got much more out of our time at the capital than we would have on our own.Tejas S.Tejas S. ★★★★★ DC By Foot providing such a super excellent and knowlegable tours. I booked this tour and I got such a nice and friendly guide John. It was amesing tourlisa F.lisa F. ★★★★★ Eli was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Georgetown and its history. I enjoyed my walking tour and would highly recommend it to anyone else.Owami M.Owami M. ★★★★★ I have a good and trustworthy account manager that allows me to withdraw my profits anytime I want and I can monitor everything going on in my account when he is busy trading with he expert team and I don't have issues with pending withdrawals. I must admit that he's a very honest man. 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Gretchen Brahier P.Gretchen Brahier P. ★★★★★ Great tour of historic Georgetown with Becca - lots of interesting anecdotes!Karen W.Karen W. ★★★★★ We absolutely loved our monuments tour with Jim last week! He was Informative and kept the tour moving (and shaded as much as possible) without making it feel rushed. We got a the perfect amount of time to just explore each stop along the tour, and we’re able to get good photos and learn a lot. My 8yr old now has a new ambition to become a tour guide!Bushy M.Bushy M. ★★★★★ Investing and getting positive returns is all I ever wanted and am glad I found it. Thanks to Mrs. Rochelle Nelson for her great skills of mining and trading in my account, very diligent in her work. All I did was invest and within 7days I made profit. Contact Mrs. Rochelle Nelson, via:
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Rizwan A.Rizwan A. ★★★★★ it was a short walking tour but Eli was an informative guide and gave us tips on booking a tour of the beautiful Congress Library and Capitol.

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Ryan W.Ryan W. ★★★★★ We had a great time! Our guide was very knowledgeable, not just about Lincoln’s Assassination, but the history of DC!Martin B.Martin B. ★★★★★ i did the monuments tour. Stephen is very knowledgeable, passionate and good storyteller. His tour made my visit to Washington a great experience!Kerri M.Kerri M. ★★★★★ Gideon was a great tour guide. his love of history shone through and it was a pleasure to be a part of. I highly recommend this tour and really any tour by this company!Brenda L.Brenda L. ★★★★★ Loved, loved, loved the Ghosts of Georgetown Tour! Got creepy vibes which my daughters and I loved. Also loved the bits of history thrown in about Robert Todd Lincoln and the Kennedys. Amelia was a great tour guide-entertaining and fun! I definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking for a fun spooky tour.Irina B.Irina B. ★★★★★ We recommend Andy for your tour of Cathedral! The tour we had with him was amazing!Karen M.Karen M. ★★★★★ Just finished the Ghosts of Georgetown tour with Erin and had a wonderful time! She was fun and knowledgeable an you can tell she enjoys what she does. It was history focused with spooky stuff mixed in, which is how I like my ghost tours. I brought a friend who has never been on a ghost tour and this one has convinced her to start looking for them when she travels!LeAnn Pomeroy C.LeAnn Pomeroy C. ★★★★★ What a great tour! Emilia was a fantastic tour guide. I can't believe how much we covered in 3 hours and she never made us feel rushed. She gave us plenty of time to take pictures, really see the memorials and take bathroom breaks. Emilia was so knowledgeable and had some very interesting stories that are not generally known. I definitely recommend DC by Foot and Emilia if you can get her.Inna Buzhaker B.Inna Buzhaker B. ★★★★★ We went on the walking tour of Georgetown with Rebecca. She was great - welcoming, informative, funny! Highly recommend!Efro M.Efro M. ★★★★★ A wonderful time, Becca was very knowledgeable!December R D.December R D. ★★★★★ We did three different tours by these ladies and they were amazing. They made them fun entertaining and had everyone engaged. I highly recommend them and would do more tours with them on my next trip. Thank you for taking the time to teach us about the history and making it fun and enjoyable to learn about. Keep up the great work.Mary Kay Tettemer L.Mary Kay Tettemer L. ★★★★★ We did the Ghosts of Georgetown tour with Melissa and she was just amazing! Very knowledgeable and her stories kept us entertained! Definitely recommend!Ann Sherlock C.Ann Sherlock C. ★★★★★ Emilia was great fun on our tour and very informative. Every tour I have taken the guides are excellent, personable and have a great sense of humor.Greg L.Greg L. ★★★★★ The Lincoln Assassination tour was the highlight of our family trip to Washington. Becca, our tour guide was outstanding. Her description of the assassination brought the night of April 14, 1865 to life. I have read a number of books on the topic but Becca added details that were new to me. She is extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour.Marilyn O M.Marilyn O M. ★★★★★ We did the monument night tour with Eli. He was knowledgeable, friendly and funny. This was so much better than any bus tour because you felt like a knowledgeable friend was showing you around. I would highly recommendAlicia P.Alicia P. ★★★★★ My husband and I did the evening Ghosts of Georgetown tour. Melissa was our guide and she was super entertaining and knowledgeable. Tour was well worth the price. Had a great time despite getting soaked in the rain! So glad we did this. Definitely recommend. 👍Marene C.Marene C. ★★★★★ My friends and I did the DC by foot Moonlight and Memorials tour and it was one of my favorite parts of our trip. Would definitely recommend this to everyone!Lauri M.Lauri M. ★★★★★ My son and I joined DC Tours by Foot for the Lincoln Assassination Tour. This was one of the highlights of our trip!! Becca kept everyone in our group engaged and hanging on every twist and turn of the story. Even though we were pretty familiar with the events, and the tour had to be modified due to COVID and other closures, we both loved our experience. Our only regret is that we didn't book more of our tours through DC Tours by Foot!

Tour Calendar

If a tour is not listed at the date and time, that means we are not running a tour then.

Private Tours and our Self Guided Audio Tours are always available!

Our Washington, DC walking tours are also a great way to meet fellow travelers and make new friends.

Our guests come from all over the world, and this means that many different perspectives are reflected in the questions asked of our tour guides and contribute to more enriching experiences for our guests.

We have over 2800 reviews with a rating of 5 out of 5 starsRead the reviews for yourself.  

We run a reduced schedule in the winter but tours operate year-round.

If you want to read a quick summary of every tour, read our Tour Options.

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Self-Guided Washington DC Tours

Don't see a tour that fits your schedule?

We also offer GPS-enabled audio tours as well as several self-guided tours, which are totally free to take.

These audio and self-guided tours allow you to take the tour whenever you want, though you won't have a live guide to answer questions!

Likewise, any of our tours can be booked as a private tour option, which can be customized.


We also have recommendations for other tours available in DC that can get you around the city in different ways. Read more about the best options, ways to save money, and tips.


Some cities are meant to be seen by day and others at night. Washington, DC is one of the rare cities that need to be seen at both times of the day. 

Most museums are closed at nightfall, so there are still plenty of hours in the day to explore the city, the monuments, and memorials. Especially the darker side. 

In addition to our night walking tours (see below the video), there are also bus, boat, bike, and Segway tours of the nation's capital city.

We offer many nighttime tour options - some are family-friendly and some are adults only!

As always, check our tour calendar to see which walks are taking place when you are in the city.

Regularly Scheduled Night Tours


Check out our guide to Things to Do in DC for advice on things to do in Washington, places to visit in DC, and tourist attractions to do.

While most things are free in DC, there are some great museums and attractions that do have ticketed prices.

To help you find the best option for your wallet, read about the deals and discounts you can find through booking attraction passes.

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