Free Walking Tours | Washington DC

Our walking tours are name your own price – so you get to choose! A tour for every budget. We offer walking tours on a daily basis Spring-Autumn, and most days in Winter.

Please check our Tour Calendar for which tours are running. We offer any of our tours as private option. Groups of more than 5, including school/church/youth groups and families travelling together should read about our group policies first.

If you don’t see a tour running on the day you’re visiting, check out our sister company Visit DC Tours for similiar small group specialised tours.

Washington DC Tour Options

WALKING TOURS

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. Book Online

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. Book Online

Old Town Alexandria – A walk through this colonial historic district following in the footsteps of George Washington, Robert E Lee and other historic figures on cobblestone streets. We’ll talk about the history of this charming town and end at the Waterfront where you can enjoy a great seafood lunch. 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. Book Online

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. Book Online

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. Book Online

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. Book Online

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. Book Online

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. Book Online

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. This tour is offered as a private option only.

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NIGHT TOURS

Be sure to read our full guide on all night tours in DC, including bus, bike, segway and boat tours.

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. Book Online

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. This tour is offered as a private option only.

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. Book Online

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. This tour is offered as a private option only.

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. Book Online

White House at Night: Secrets, Scandals, & LegendsThis tour is for adults only. We’ll discuss all the gory details of murder, affairs and legends of the White House and surrounding areas. 1.5 hours. Slow-pace with some of places to sit if needed. Handicap accessible. Book Online

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FOOD TOURS

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. This tour is offered as a private option only to groups of 15 or less.

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. This tour is offered as a private option only

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. This tour is offered as a private option only to groups of 15 or less.

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