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Due to city regulations and the overall enjoyment of guests, we limit our tour size. Our tours are very popular and we often are forced to turn away many interested guests. We have found that groups have a higher than average no show rate. In order to be fair to everyone, we generally do not allow groups of 6 or more on our public tours without prepayment, which can be done on our Booking Page.
If a tour is not listed at the date and time, that means we are not running a tour then. Private tours are always available!
DC Walking & Bus Tour Summary
National Mall – The original, and most popular, DC by Foot tour takes you to visit the memorials on the National Mall from the Washington Monument to Lincoln Memorial and everything in between, including a view of the White House. 2 hours. Slow-pace with places to sit if needed. Handicap accessible.
All In One – An extension of the National Mall tour, we continue after a short break at the Lincoln Memorial around the Tidal Basin to view some of the oft-forgotten memorials, including the new Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorials, ending at Jefferson. 4 hours with a snack break. Slow-pace with places to sit if needed. Handicap accessible.
Blossoms on the Basin/Tidal Basin Tour – The second half of the All In One tour that continues to visit Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Jefferson Memorials. This tour is only offered in Spring during the Cherry Blossoms where we spend time focusing on the famed trees and in winter where we separate the AIO to offer two separate tours due to the chill. 1.5 hours. Slow-pace with places to sit if needed. Handicap accessible.
Arlington National Cemetery – Our ANC tour not only visits Kennedy Memorials, Arlington House, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, we’ll tell you the stories of some of the brave men and women buried here, such as Audie Murphy and William Windrich. Our guides will bring you to the Tomb of the Unknown Solider to view the Changing of the Guard ceremony performed by the 3rd Regiment of the US Army. 2.5 hours. Medium-pace with limited places to sit. This tour does involve uphill walking, stairs and unpaved walkways and is not Handicap accessible.
Historic Georgetown – Visit this pre-revolutionary town, set apart from the city proper and view its historic homes and cobbled streets. From the a house built in 1760s to Kennedy’s Camelot two centuries later, Georgetown’s tales give you a sense of the famed neighborhood as well as what life today is like living in the Capital. 2 hours. Slow-pace with limited places to sit if needed. While officially accessible, the sidewalks are not conducive to wheelchairs due to narrow width and uneven bricks.
Capitol Hill & Library of Congress – To really learn about this federal district (we are not a state!) and the United States government, we take you to the center of it all – literally. You’ll learn how D.C. came to be and view the grandeur of the iconic Capitol Building from the outside. Across the street, we’ll see the outside of the Supreme Court and finally take you on a tour inside the Library of Congress – a hidden jewel in the city. Select dates will also offer Capitol Tour tickets for immediately after our tour. 2 hours. Slow-pace with limited places to sit if needed. This tour does involve stairs and is not Handicap accessible.
Embassy Row and Dupont Circle History – A tour that covers the history of this far northwest part of the original Federal City, we’ll see Woodrow Wilson’s post-presidential house, some of the last Victorian mansions and of course the Embassy’s along what we now call Embassy Row – from Indonesian to Indian, these beautiful buildings used to be the mansions of the Gilded Age built by the noveaux riche. 2 hours. Slow pace with limited places to sit if needed. This tour is not Handicap accessible.
Museum Highlights Tours: This a small group, private tour option where we bring you off the Mall and into one or more of the museums (Air & Space, American History, Natural History, National Gallery of Art). 45minutes – 1 hour of bringing you face to face with history. Medium-paced with limited places to sit. Handicap accessible. This tour is offered as a private option only to groups of 15 or less.
U Street Walking Tour – Visit a neighborhood that was called “Black Broadway” before there was a Harlem. The famed Ben’s Chili Bowl is good food and better history. We’ll talk about the history, growth and change from Duke Ellington’s boyhood home to the site of the 1968 Riots after the assassination of Dr. King. We make a special stop at one of our favourite eateries for a taste of the neighborhood. 2 hours. Slow-pace with limited places to sit if needed. Handicap accessible. Food is not included.
Lincoln Assassination – We’ll take you back in time on a story-telling walk through the sites and sounds that Abraham Lincoln would have witnessed on his final trip from the White House that fateful night April 14, 1865 to Ford’s Theatre. We do not go inside any buildings but we’ll wander Lincoln’s Washington and hear the sad tale of the Booth conspirators. 2 hours. Slow-pace with places to sit if needed. Handicap accessible.
White House Ghost Tour: Known as Tragedy Square, this area on the north side of the White House has seen its fair share of violent murders. From scorned lovers to fateful duels, our historians will tell you the true stories behind these most haunted houses. 1.5 hours. Slow-pace with places to sit if needed. Handicap accessible.
Ghosts of Georgetown – a dark version of our neighborhood tour, we tell you the tales of murder, eerie coincidences and curses. Walk the dark streets of the neighborhood with us… if you dare. More history and humor than horror, this is a tour for all ages. 1.5 hours. Slow-pace with limited places to sit if needed. While officially accessible, the sidewalks are not conducive to wheelchairs due to narrow width and uneven bricks.
Capitol Hill Ghost Tour: Our newest addition to the dark side walking tours, explore Capitol Hill with your guide to talk about scandals and hauntings. Our Capitol Hill Ghost Tour is a walking tour intended to provide guests with the history of the largest historic residential neighborhood in DC, with a dark twist. The guides will discuss the
deaths, ghosts, curses & often violent figures and events of Capitol Hill. 2 hours. Slow-pace with places to sit if needed. Handicap accessible.
Secrets and Scandals – A history of the government’s scandalous side – who would’ve thought they had one! – our guide will regale you with stories of affairs and government misdoings. It is adult matter but family friendly. 2 hours. Slow-pace with plenty of places to sit if needed. Handicap accessible.
Dark Side of Dupont & Embassy Row – This diplomatic center and historic neighborhood has seen its fair share of scandals, murder, and hauntings. We’ll take you down Embassy Row and past the mansions of the Gilded Age, sharing the stories they didn’t want us to remember. While there are some gory details and a few haunted houses, this tour is still appropriate for children. 2 hours. Slow-pace with limited places to sit if needed. This tour is not Handicap accessible.
U Street History and Food – Taste your way through this up and coming neighborhood that was called “Black Broadway” before there was a Harlem. The famed Ben’s Chili Bowl is good food and better history, and a spot favorited by Guy Fieri are both included on this walk. We’ll talk about the history, growth and change from Duke Ellington’s boyhood home to the site of the 1968 Riots after the assassination of Dr. King. 2 hours. Slow-pace with limited places to sit if needed. Handicap accessible. Food is not included.
Eastern Market History and Dessert – The only remaining market left in DC this neighborhood used to be called Navy Yard and has grown up around an immigrant, middle class base. Today it is one of the nicest neighborhoods in the city known for their local restaurants- featuring homemade poptarts, donuts and award winning macarons. We’ll wander down 8th St SE known as Barracks Row to check out the men and women in uniform at the Marine Barracks and see the oldest estate still standing on the Hill. 2 hours. Slow-pace with limited places to sit if needed. Food is not included. Handicap accessible.
Georgetown Cupcakes & Desserts – this is a tour for foodies. Our historic Georgetown and Ghosts of Georgetown focus on the history and the darker side, but this tour visits sweet shops along the canal and commercial streets of Georgetown. We’ll taste the delights and hear stories of historic flour mills, dinner parties, and more! 2 hours. Slow-pace with limited places to sit if needed. Food is not included. This tour is NOT handicap accessible.