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- We cannot arrange tours of the White House, Pentagon, or FBI Building. Please read our posts on how to do this.
- We do not offer bus tours. If you read about a bus tour on our blog post, please contact that company directly.
- The best place to see what tours are offered when is our website calendar - if a tour is not listed, we can only arrange a private tour.
- All tours require reservations which can be made on the booking page.
Phone: (202) 370-1830
Mailing Address (Corporate Office):
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW #150-903
Washington, DC 20004
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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!).
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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)!
For more about how awesome (#humblebrag) read our REVIEWS page.
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Read more about each of us below by clicking on our name!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CANDEN | Manager & Tour Guide
Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel.
Canden is the producer of the podcast, Tour Guide Tell All.
With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to over 28 countries and every US State but Hawaii.
She homeschools her 2 children by exploring the plethora of museums in 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
Rebecca Grawl is a professional DC tour guide who has worked in public history, museum education, and tourism for more than a decade.
In addition to engaging diverse audiences in a wide variety of D.C. area tours, managing content and promotion for DC By Foot, and serving as Vice President of Education for A Tour of Her Own, Rebecca can be seen on Mysteries at the Museum on the Travel Channel; is a contributor and researcher for the Tour Guide Tell All podcast; and has been featured in numerous podcasts and media outlets.
Her first book, 111 Places in Women's History in Washington, DC That You Must Not Miss, was co-authored with A Tour of Her Own founder Kaitlin Calogera and published in fall 2021. A graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College with a BA in American Culture, Rebecca has served on the Board of Management of the National Woman's Party and as a National Chair for the Daughters of the American Revolution.
PRI | CFO & Tour Guide with Dubai by Foot
Pri is originally from India, lived in the US for 8 years and now splits her life between DC, Dubai and Mumbai. Pri is an avid number cruncher and loves analyzing the statistics of all our tours.
Pri is an author and her first book The Ultimate Family Business Survival Guide (published by Pan Macmillan) addresses the biggest pressure points facing next gen Indians in family businesses.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Gender and Women’s Studies from Connecticut College and a master’s degree in International Public Finance from New York University.
EMILIA | Tour Guide
A teacher by training, Emilia decided to take her skillset on the road as a professional tour guide. Born in Los Angeles to a Hungarian mother and an Argentinian father, she’s called Los Angeles, Madison, Tokyo, Madrid, Budapest, Mexico City, Baltimore, Washington, DC home over the years.
Emilia leads tours throughout the United States and Europe for people of all ages. She’s an International Tour Management Institute certified Tour Director & Guide and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. When not guiding, Emilia can be found doing arts and crafts from the comfort of her home.
JOHN | Tour Guide
Originally from West Chester, PA, John earned a degree in History from Boston College before moving to Washington, DC to work in international relations.
After 13 years focusing on issues abroad, he decided he wanted to focus more on American history and heritage. He enjoys using his knowledge and insights to help visitors get more out of their time in Washington. His favorite places to visit are Arlington National Cemetery and the Library of Congress - Thomas Jefferson Building.
Outside of guiding, John enjoys travelling and spending time with his two young kids.
GIDEON | Tour Guide
Gideon is from Charlottesville, Virginia and got his bachelors in history from UVA.
Since moving to DC in early 2022, he has dived head first into studying the amazing public history of the city. Gideon also pursues filmmaking in his free time, and loves biking, hiking, reading and skiing.
ANDY | Tour Guide
Andy is a native Washingtonian, whose family always seemed to be showing off the town to someone. His earliest memories of being at Washington National Cathedral are from the age of two, and he was completely fascinated by the place by the age of ten; at which time he also became the go-to cathedral guide for family and visitors.
In September of 2000, Andy became a Washington National Cathedral docent, and, in more recent years, he authored the book, Building Washington National Cathedral. Throw in a background in theater and acting, and Andy’s ability to tell a story dovetails wonderfully with his extensive knowledge of the art, architecture, and history of Washington National Cathedral.
GEORGIA | Tour Guide
Growing up in Minneapolis, Georgia never imagined she'd end up in the nation's capital. After leading tours for the University of Minnesota (Ski-U-Mah!) an opportunity with the Department of the Interior led her first to Alaska and then to DC.
She fell in love with the District, its neighborhoods, and its history. Georgia spends her days managing a boathouse on the Potomac and her evenings subjecting tour guests to the corniest jokes she can make. When she's not working, Georgia enjoys watching old movies, listening to history podcasts, and visiting DC's many museums.
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!
KEVIN | Tour Guide
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio…Kevin earned a Bachelor in History & a Master’s in Secondary Education from Xavier University, and moved back to Washington, D.C. in spring 2021…having previously lived here from 2007-2009.
He has what he calls a self-described case of “Potomac Fever” since he was 17 years old when he feel in love with the region during his senior class trip. After spending years in the customer service & management world, Kevin turned his passion for DC & history into a career.
Kevin is a TripSchool certified Tour Director & Guide and leads tours all around D.C. and the U.S. of all ages and sizes. Whether 8th grade spring trips to adult tours of the National Parks, his ultimate goal is to give guests experiences & memories which they’ll talk about for years.
During his free time from touring, Kevin loves to deep dive into his main historical passion: the US Civil War. He also enjoys just walking around D.C to learn more about the city, photography, and watching NASCAR
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.
STEPHEN | Tour Guide
Stephen has lived in the DC area for most of his life. After spending years behind the desk as a nonprofit professional, he embarked on an 18-month adventure around the globe. Stephen learned about the world of tour guiding and decided to give it a go himself.
Stephen now guides in multiple cities and works as a life coach helping people of all ages find fulfillment in their life and work. He’s an International Tour Management Institute certified Tour Director & Guide, graduate of Juniata College, and a certified Life Coach. When he’s not leading tours, he can probably be found reading a book or on a food-related outing with his family.
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?
KAILEY | Tour Guide
Kailey is originally from Connecticut but moved to DC almost a decade ago after earning her MA in Emergency Management at Pace University. She works in corporate governance by day and gives tours by night (and weekend).
In her spare time, Kailey enjoys trying out new DC restaurants, traveling & taking dark history tours in other cities, running and hanging out with her 18 year old cat, Cat.
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. 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.
When not delving into the annals of Abraham and abolition, Max leads a political non-profit focused on animal issues.
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.
The DC by Foot & Free Tours by Foot Main Admin team supports the idea of acknowledging all an area's history. In Washington, DC, this land was once the home of the Nacotchtank. You can learn more about their history on our podcast: Tour Guide Tell All.
In addition to acknowledging their history, we choose to honor the Nacotchtank by protecting our land. We are proud to be members of Casey Trees. Our DC guides take the Advocacy in the District to learn to take action to speak for the trees and all guides are paid once a year to participate in a volunteer event with Casey Trees in lieu of leading a tour.
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 - email@example.com
We support guides with specific tour training, a guide library of DC history books, courses in personal liability, how to be a 1099 contractor & becoming an LLC.