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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.

Georgetown Glow Street Art

We’ve partnered with the Georgetown BID to offer a special evening tour that brings you the history through the light art installations that are part of the GLOW exhibit.

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!

Holiday Lights Bus Tour

Explore holiday history while visiting the holiday displays on a warm bus, hop off to learn about national and presidential Christmas celebrations.

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...

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.

Excellent5.0 Based on 866 reviews from review us onOmar Z.Omar Z. ★★★★★ Becca was a great guide! We did the Capitol & library tour;; she was very kind, knowledgeable and we got to see many details. Thanks to this tour I was able to see more than I could have seen by myself. Thank you!Carolyn F.Carolyn F. ★★★★★ Thoroughly enjoyed the Georgetown GLOW Lights and Public Art walking tour led by Kathleen. The mile tour encompassed all 5 of this year's GLOW light sculptures plus several other outdoor sculptures along the river front. Kathleen talked knowledgeably about each piece and its artists/engineers. Kathleen made the tour fun as well as informative.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. I have no way of thanking he than letting people know about he services and recommend him for everyone to trade on he's platform. he's 100% accurate and up-to-date. Kindly contact him: FB: Killian Bayer
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Gyöngyvér S.Gyöngyvér S. ★★★★★ Fantastic tour with Becca in Washington DC. Lots of intresting detailed information. I highly recommend for first visitorsAlissa Gibson S.Alissa Gibson S. ★★★★★ I can not recommend DC tours by foot enough….we loved our Monuments by Moonlight tour guide Katherine. The booking process and communication with the tour guide was easy and convenient. The monuments are just breathtaking at night and we loved learning about all the symbolism in their designs. Katherine made the tour fun and interesting, she was great with my 12 year old and the other families in our group. My 12 year old son dug $5 out of his own wallet to add to what we were paying at the end of the tour. And that says a lot about our guide!!Hannes Gaudian (.Hannes Gaudian (. ★★★★★ Wir hatten eine tolle Moonlight & Memorials Tour mit Becca. Mit Witz und unglaublichen Wissen verging die Zeit leider wie im Flug!Karen O.Karen O. ★★★★★ Our tour guide was great - very knowledgeable and helpful. Would recommend.Kathryn W.Kathryn W. ★★★★★ DC by Foot was a smart decision to do. The tour was great .Ingeborg our guide was very knowledgeable and kept the group engaged. We learned a lot of great information that we would not have known otherwise. I highly recommend the 3 hour Tidal Basinand Monument tour. Our tour guide was excellent and from what I have heard they are all pretty spectacular.binit P.binit P. ★★★★★ We did two tours. One with Dan in the national mall and one with Ingeborg in Georgetown. Really enjoyed both our walks. The night tour at the national mall was special and different than the one I did couple of years ago. There was history everywhere and it was so much fun listening to experienced guides.Shelby L.Shelby L. ★★★★★ These tours are always so wonderful, and our recent one was no exceptions. Monuments by Moonlight was a wonderful experience. The views of the monuments at night were breathtaking and our guide Dan was so knowledgeable, friendly, welcoming, and enthusiastic. 10/10 recommend these tours!!!Priti P.Priti P. ★★★★★ Ingeborg is knowledgeable and she shares a lot of historical and fun facts that makes the walk a lot of fun.Highly recommend her and the walk!Michael S.Michael S. ★★★★☆ - Excellent tour experience with Katherine Sunday! Using her tips and insights, we ended up spending over 5 hours on site and could have stayed longer...Kathryn W.Kathryn W. ★★★★★ Great experience. First time in DC and it made seeing all the major outdoor monuments interesting and fun. The three hours moved along and we enjoyed the mixture of facts and sites. Highly recommend.Juliana V.Juliana V. ★★★★★ Katherine is a great guide. She has a spread knoledge and she is very kind and funny!Myra N.Myra N. ★★★★★ We took a ghost tour of Georgetown with Colin and he was an incredible guide! He was so knowledgeable about the neighborhood and had such a breadth of historical knowledge. He was able to answer all of our questions thoughtfully, and overall, the tour was such an enjoyable experience. The 1.5 hours flew by! Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a fun evening activity and to learn more about Georgetown.Catherine M.Catherine M. ★★★★★ chris S.chris S. ★★★★★ Did two tours with DC by Foot last week, Moonlight and Memorials, and Arlington Cemetery, and have to say, we couldn't be more impressed. Both the tour leaders, Hannah and Maureen, were excellent, with a wealth of knowledge delivered in an entertaining and engaging way. The tours were well paced and organized, and I have already recommended DC by foot to friends who are planning a trip to Washington next month. Don't risk going with anyone else, just book with these guys and relax.HesterelizHestereliz ★★★★★ We really enjoyed the ghost tour. Becca was an engaging storyteller and knowledgeable guide.Suzy B.Suzy B. ★★★★★ Our walking tour of Embassy Row was great! Becca is an enthusiastic guide- well worth the timeM NM N ★★★★★ HGHG ★★★★★ The tour went very well , on time , interesting!!Becca was amazing !I highly recommend itRita M.Rita M. ★★★★★ Kayleigh was a terrific guide and it was a perfect event for our visiting team to do on a beautiful October evening.two thumbs up!Julie P.Julie P. ★★★★★ Really fun tour that's a mix of ghost stories and local history. A great way to see Georgetown!Michael G.Michael G. ★★★★★ Becca was an awesome guide, she provided a lot of historical background and interesting facts about all the many things we saw! As well she was able to help answer many questions from the group, and was always enthusiastic about the content.I did the Capitol Hill tour, which included exterior of Supreme Court, inside Library of Congress, and inside Congress itself.Highly recommend this walking tour!Allan L.Allan L. ★★★★★ I went on the Ghosts of Georgetown tour led by Kailey and she was excellent. It was raining pretty hard at first, but I guess that suited the mood. Kailey was great at storytelling about the history of this neighbourhood. Highly recommended. Make sure to walk down the Exorcist Steps at the end of the tour!Mikael A.Mikael A. ★★★★★ Maureen did a wonderful, heartfelt tour of Arlington. She is good a telling the stories and has a clear and easy to hear voice. Comes very recommended.And in general I would advice on using DC by Foot for the tour. Its more personal than being driven around and gives more time for reflexion and taking this breathtaking place in. The stories of some of the persons laid to rest here, makes the visit so much more intense and fullfilling!Diana E.Diana E. ★★★★★ Fiona J.Fiona J. ★★★★★ Great and informative tour… thoroughly enjoyed the stories and the way they were told…. Thank youAninda B.Aninda B. ★★★★★ We just completed the walking Ghosts of Georgetown tour and Kailey was the best. Great tour with a lot of history and spookiness baked in!Helen R.Helen R. ★★★★★ So glad we chose to take this tour. Eli was very knowledgeable about the history of Arlington and the tour was just the right paceBilliekay H.Billiekay H. ★★★★★ Very interesting and very informative I don’t know how Becca remembers all the information. I would recommend this tourJim M.Jim M. ★★★★★ Moonlight and Memorials - Great tour by Rebecca who provided interesting backstories to each monument we visited and made our experience much more meaningful than if we would have just visited the monuments on our own. As the sun set, the memorials became more dramatic especially in full darkness. You'll see the WWII, MLK, WWI DC memorial, Korean War, and Lincoln Memorials. Highly recommended!Shannon C.Shannon C. ★★★★★ Attended the "Ghosts of Georgetown" tour yesterday with our guide, Ingeborg, after doing a similar tour in London. Ingeborg met those expectations, but also told a creepy and diverse history. I loved that the examples span a lot of time, rather than a particular era. Defintely going to check out another tour on my next DC visit!Joyce R.Joyce R. ★★★★★ We did 2 tours with DC By Foot during this holiday. Both were well organized and informative. Especially enjoyed the Lincoln Assassination tour with Katherine, tons of good info!Justin M.Justin M. ★★★★★ Dana C.Dana C. ★★★★★ Great and knowledgeable guide. Saw all the monuments except Vietnam and we were able to do that on our own as it was quite close. Perfect length and time of day. Would highly recommend.stefania di S.stefania di S. ★★★★★ Great experienceBetter way to be familiar with city and his history.MichalaMichala ★★★★★ The Moonlight & Memorials tour with Rebecca was great! We saw a number of key memorials / monuments and learnt about them from Rebecca’s amazing knowledge. The pace was great, not rushed and not too slow. I recommend this tour.Raf R.Raf R. ★★★★☆ Interesting tour if you like history. It is brought with knowledge enthusiasm and humour by Katherine.Megan A.Megan A. ★★★★★ Our tour of Arlington Cemetary was amazing! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and provided us with great information. They pointed out things we would have not noticed or appreciated on our own. Highly recommend any tour by DC by Foot!Carol C.Carol C. ★★★★★ Such an interesting tour. Katherine was very knowledgeable about the sites and their history and delivered in an entertaining manner.David D.David D. ★★★★★ Myranda P.Myranda P. ★★★★★ Lucía G.Lucía G. ★★★★★ Rebecca was great! I recommend her and the tour. National mall under the moonlight is lovelyBrian B.Brian B. ★★★★★ The DC by Foot tour of Arlington Cemetery and Changing of the Guard with BECCA as our guide was Inspirational and Fabulous!! Our group was so impressed with Becca’s knowledge and experience. We are so glad we chose this type of tour. Becca took all our questions and was so full of helpful knowledge. I’d recommend this tour to anyone who is physically able. The walk was great and the views were unforgettable. Thank you Becca for making our tour the highlight of our DC experience.Tamerlan S.Tamerlan S. ★★★★★ Kirsten Q.Kirsten Q. ★★★★★ An excellent tour with a very enthusiastic guide. 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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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