DC by Foot is pleased to present free and name-your-own-price Washington DC tours. On 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 and Arlington National Cemetery, that will give you a fuller appreciation of this great capital city. 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! You could browse the tours that we have by clicking the links below the image or by viewing our tour calendar or go straight to our booking page to see what we have available. Not sure, then read our reviews.
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 have over 2500 reviews with a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. We are so well-reviewed, that TripAdvisor seems to hide us from you (probably because they can’t sell our tours). Read 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.
Daily (and Almost Daily) Scheduled Tours
Weekly Tours (Tours that run 1 – 6 times a week)
Private Only Tours
If a tour is not listed at the date and time, that means we are not running a tour then.
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 contributes to more enriching experiences for our guests.
Our pay-what-you-wish walking tours will show you Washington, DC in detail, but some places are not easily accessible for walking tours, for example, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Air Force Memorial, and several other popular attractions.
Sightseeing tours by bus can help fill the gap and are also a great option for those who have mobility issues or would just like to have a mode of transportation to get to different attractions.
There are hop-on-hop-off buses that have daily and multi-day passes as well as premium bus services that offer full day/night bus shuttle and guide options. We have reviewed the most popular bus tours in the city that offer a great compliment to our walking tours.
During the spring and summer months, we offer our own night bus tour. Our tour operates on a limited schedule, but we …or how about exploring the city by bus? From hop on – hop off tours to guided bus tours where the guides stay with you the entire time. Many bus companies also have special night bus tours, including our popular Twilight Bus Tour.
Some cities are meant to be seen by day and others at night. Washington, DC is one of the rare cites that need to be seen at both times of the day. Most museums are closed 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 pay-what-you-like 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 pay-what-you-like nighttime tour options – some are family friendly and some are adults only! We can take you to see the memorials lit up at night or try to find some ghosts on our Ghosts tours, or we can bring the drama of President Lincoln’s Assassination to life. As always, check our tour calendar to see which walks are taking place when you are in the city.
Regularly Scheduled Night Tours
Like most cities, Washington, DC was built upon a great river, the Potomac. Unlike most cities, DC has some of the grandest monumental architecture in the world, many of which are viewable from the water. Along the banks of the Potomac River, you’ll get to see Georgetown, Arlington House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and if you go far enough, George Washington’s Mount Vernon! There are tourist boats, ferries, dinner cruises, water taxis, kayaks, and canoes. Some are included for free with the purchase of tourist cards and bus passes.
We’ve reviewed some of the most popular Washington DC tours by boat to help you choose the best cruise for you.
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.