Embassy Row Tour

Embassy RowJust outside of the original city plan drawn up by Pierre L’Enfant, Dupont Circle would become the social center of the city.  The larger neighborhood, Kalorama (Greek for fine view), was a manner estate by the same name and was sparsely populated. As the city expanded, DC’s well-heeled sought to create a fashionable neighborhood and populated it with magnificent mansions and townhouses.  In time, these beautiful structures would attract foreign embassies who helped revive and retain the cultural and social fabric of the area.

Join DC by Foot on this entertaining and enlightening Embassy Row Tour with Dupont Circle and learn all about the people and forces that have turned this district into one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the city and the center of the foreign diplomatic community. Wealth, power, intrigue, scandals, curses and political assassination fill the stories on this tour.  Take a walk around the world and see the international side of the nation’s capital city.

Sights we cover on the Embassy Row Tour:

  • Dupont Circle
  • Walsh-McLean House and the Hope Diamond (Indonesia Embassy)
  • Woodrow Wilson House
  • Society of Cincinnati
  • Sheridan Circle
  • Spanish Steps
  • “House of Truth”
  • James Cavanaugh Artwork
  • Embassies of: India, Croatia, Greece, Luxembourg, Turkey, Romania, Korea, Netherlands, Ireland and many more!
Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

When: View our Calendar

Where: Tour begins at the fountain in Dupont Circle.

Purchase a guaranteed parking spot in advance near the tour’s starting point with Parking Panda.

Duration: Tour lasts approx. 2 hours. Total walking is about 1 mile.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.