About Free Tours by Foot DC
Free Tours by Foot has been giving tours in Washington DC since 2007. We’re proud that over 500,000 DC guests (and counting!) have taken one of our local tours. We offer tours year-round; in the summer, we offer 7-10 tours a day, and in the Winter, we offer them every weekend (and Wednesday nights!).
We’ve been featured in travel guides like Lonely Planet, top press like the New York Times, and travel bloggers from all over the world. We have given tours to Hollywood stars, foreign ambassadors and local elementary schools.
Free Tours by Foot began in 2007 and we’ve given tours to over 3 million guests worldwide! We offer dozens of daily tours year-round in 30+ cities (and counting)!
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Read more about each of us below by clicking on our name!
CANDEN | Manager & Tour Guide
Canden earned a BA in History from Elon University and Masters in History from University College London. She’s originally from North Carolina but has been guiding in Washington, DC for nearly 10 years. Canden entered the real world as a teacher but left the profession for tour guiding, which has all the fun parts of teaching but none of the tests, desks or principals! DC by Foot is run mostly from Canden’s cell phone while leading tours or taking her 2 kids on adventures around the city. When not guiding, she can probably be found traveling herself or writing books about DC History!
Favorite Tour to Lead: Historic Georgetown – there is so much hidden history in this neighborhood. A who’s who of DC and American history but also stories of “common people” that really show you a different side of residential DC.
DAN | Tour Guide & Weather Expert
Dan grew up minutes away from important Civil War battlefields like Antietam and Harpers Ferry, fostering in him a lifelong love of American history. He took that love to Dartmouth College and graduated with a degree in History and Moral Philosophy. He then went on down to Georgia, where he taught high school US History. He decided he needed to move a bit closer to home, settled in DC in 2005, and soon started teaching history, civics, and journalism at a local school.
He then took on a position at a national civics education organization, helping teachers from all over the country use the sites and resources of Washington, DC in their classrooms back home. When he isn’t rooting for the Washington Nationals (he lives 2 blocks from the stadium!), he’s usually exploring the many awesome food options in the city, perfecting his “low and slow” brisket, or coming up with new and creative things to dip in batter and deep fry.
BECCA | Tour Guide & Social Media Manager
Becca is a native Texan whose annual childhood treks to D.C.to visit family resulted in a lifelong love of our nation’s capital. After graduating from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a degree in American Culture and History, she worked in museum education and development but is thrilled to now have the opportunity to take her love of sharing American history out of the museum and onto the sites where history was made.
When not touring, you can find Becca at Nationals Park or RFK Stadium, rooting on her adopted D.C. teams or dressing up like Teddy Roosevelt.
BOGLARKA | Tour Guide & Content Writer
Boglarka grew up in San Antonio, Texas. She first learned about Free Tours By Foot as a college student when she came to visit DC for the first time and went on the National Mall tour. From there, her interest in history grew, especially DC history.
After finishing her degree in Professional Writing and working in Houston for a few years, luck moved her to Washington, DC where she soon began working for DC By Foot.
Boglarka has been a full-time tour guide here in DC since 2015, and her favorite tour to give is the White House at Night: Secrets, Scandals, and Legends Tour. Boglarka spends her free time traveling and going on free tours around the world
COLIN | Tour Guide
Whether it happened a few hours ago or it happened a few decades ago, Colin loves to tell an audience a good history-making story. Two outlets give him the chance to do this. Colin has one job producing T.V. news and another guiding tours
For a history-loving political junkie like him, this life in D.C. is like living the dream. But his journey started a few hours north in the Garden State. He is a proud New Jersey native and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rowan University in Radio, T.V. and Film.
CECILIA | Tour Guide
Cecilia hails from Wisconsin, the land flowing with beer and cheese. She made her way to D.C. by way of Hawaii and New Jersey to put her International Relations background to good use.
When she is not giving tours Cecilia enjoys excursions into the wilderness, singing in elevators, experimental cooking and looking for and sharing fun facts of a variety of different topics!
MAX | Tour Guide
Why is this native Californian so drawn to DC history? Max fell in love with the stories of the Civil War ever since he made his first visits to the historic battlefields. Seeing the legendary landmarks first hand brought them to life, which inspired Max to become a tour guide so he could share the area’s rich past with students, visitors, and history buffs. Although Max moved to the capital city to work on environmental policy, he couldn’t suppress his love of the region’s history. Max is also enthusiastic about bike camping and has taken his two wheels on the same route where John Wilkes Booth fled after the assassination.
Favorite Tour to Lead: Lincoln Assassination — which summons the unexpected motivations of John Wilkes Booth and little known facts of his conspiracy to show Washington, DC as it was seen in 1865.
CHELSEA | Tour Guide
Chelsea moved to DC intending to stay for 1 year . . . that was 5 years ago. She originally hails from the far away land of Iowa, where she studied nineteenth-century history and worked at a historical farm.
More recently she graduated with a Masters in History from Georgetown, focuses on social/cultural history. While not working, she enjoys attending and listening to local history lectures, going on runs along the Potomac, and visiting every brewery in the DMV area.
Her favorite fact about DC is that the Washington Nationals baseball team used to play at Swampoodle Grounds, named for the sadly now lost neighborhood of Swampoodle.
INGEBORG | Tour Guide
Ingeborg was born and raised in Washington, DC and has a diverse professional background, with a BA in Economics from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. After spending years as a Finance professional, she decided to pursue a career more aligned with her interests.
She is a published author of “Gudrun’s Kitchen: Recipes from a Norwegian Family” (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2010), and two self-published books of poetry (“Slave Revolt,” 2012 and “Daughter of the District,” 2013 ).
Ingeborg has been a licensed professional DC Tour Guide since early 2016 and she loves nothing more than constantly learning about and exploring her beloved hometown and sharing that knowledge and passion with people from all over the world. She wants every visitor to love this place as much as she does.
JIM | Tour Guide
Jim is originally from Pennsylvania and has lived in Alexandria, VA for four years. He has been in the environmental education field for his whole career and lived in NY, CA, and MD. Jim has always had a strong interest in history and tried to learn everything he could about the places he lived in. He has really enjoyed living in the DC area and discovering all the stories in and around the city. Being a tour guide has enabled Jim to become even more immersed in these stories as he shares them with others.
My favorite tour to lead is the Ghosts of Georgetown Tour because the stories offer a great combination of good old fashioned spookiness and interesting history that is easily brought to life in such a beautiful setting. Also, who doesn’t love the Exorcist Stairs?
BECCA Q. | Tour Guide
Becca was born and raised in California and, after receiving her degree in history from Saint Mary’s College of California (go Gaels!) she made the ultimate history nerd move: she picked up her California life and moved across the country to Washington, DC.
She received her Masters in Public History from American University and has worked at museums and historical institutions across DC. She began guiding with DC by Foot in 2018.
When she’s not working you can find Becca in the National Museum of American History bookstore or getting her fill of other historic sites up and down the East Coast.
ANTHONY | Tour Guide
Anthony was born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA. Fueled almost entirely on history and cheesesteaks, Anthony moved to DC to attend The George Washington University where he majored in History and German and earned a commission as an officer in the US Army in 2004.
16 years later, Anthony is still on Active Duty and happy to be back in his old stomping grounds. His day job has him working on Capitol Hill, but when he’s not on the Hill or leading tours, Anthony can be found all over DC trying to keep up with his wife and kiddos or attempting to curate the greater DC brew scene.
Favorite tour to lead: Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington speaks to the cost of Service and sacrifice, but if you look closely Arlington National Cemetery tells the story of how a country became a nation—sharing that incredible story is what makes this tour Anthony’s hands-down favorite.
One of the most frequently asked questions on our tours is how this all got started.
In the Summer of 2007, Ben and Brody started a small company leading walking tours of the National Mall – filled with humor, history and sometimes magic, these tours were name-your-own-price and allowed guests to pay at the end.
MobileTours, run by Rich, was already running mobile app tours of the National Mall and Arlington National Cemetery, as well as a version of a Lincoln Assassination Tour for segways. Stephen was working with MobileTours to create a walking tour version of Lincoln Assassination and a Ghosts of Georgetown tour. When MobileTours owner Rich, his brother Eddie, and Stephen combined MobileTours with DC by Foot in January 2009, it created an unstoppable force of trivia.
Today, Ben, Brody, and Eddie have moved on to the real world of lawyering and technology start-ups in New York City and Los Angeles. Rich helps run Dubai by Foot.
After a few years in DC, Stephen left for the concrete pastures of New York City, where he started Free Tours by Foot in New York City. With the help of Canden, the company has expanded in new cities and new tours. We now offer tours in Washington DC, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Charleston, Chicago, New Orleans, London, and Berlin.
DC by Foot has expanded to offer more than fourteen different types of tours – from the National Mall to off the beaten path on U Street. Between all of our DC guides, we have decades of guiding experience, multiple degrees in History, Museum Studies and/or Education, past and current teachers, and a few books on local history published.
If we all ever had the same night off, I think it would be safe to say we’d have the best pub quiz team in the city! But DC by Foot offers tours 365 days of the year – public and private, walking and bus.
We are a company run by guides – and what makes DC by Foot so successful is the intelligence, humor and quirkiness of our guides.
WORK WITH US
We are always looking for new tours and guides to work with, please reach out to us if you’re a licensed Washington DC Tour guide interested in offer tours through Free Tours by Foot – firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you a native Washingtonian who wants to share your neighborhood story? We have a scholarship training program for DC natives who want to give tours but aren’t sure how to do so. We offer tour development assistance and guide training and we’ll cover the cost to get your first tour guide license (must be renewed every odd year to continue giving tours). Reach out via email email@example.com for more information.