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1. Greater U Street Neighborhood Visitor Center

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Greater U Street Neighborhood Visitor Center
Duration
5
Guidance
5
Punctuality
5
Knowledge
5
Physical Difficulty
5

Address: 1211 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Telephone: (202) 661-7581

Guy: Tourist attraction


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Lissbia Canales: Move along folks, nothing to see here.Just an ugly part of the city trying to pass off as cool and apeal yo hipsters.I wouldn't be at all surprised if I hot mugged here.

Callie Vail: This is just a hallway with a bunch of fliers. Not worth going to

Antonio Meira Abello: (Translated by Google) Nice residential neighborhood. Detached houses with two / three floors. (Original) Bonito barrio residencial. Casas unifamiliares i de dos/tres plantas.

2. Historic America

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Historic America
Duration
5
Guidance
5
Punctuality
5
Knowledge
5
Physical Difficulty
5

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 7PM

Telephone: (202) 350-0861

Guy: Tour operator


Review: "I'm excited to book more tours with Historic America in the future!"

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Joseph Eakle: Visited Washington DC with a family group of 9. We had the pleasure of spending 6 hours with Aaron for 2 different tours. We did a nighttime Whitehouse Neighborhood/Monument tour and a day time monument tour. We never would have covered as much ground and learned as much as we did without Aaron. He kept everyone engaged, from the adults to my 4 year old daughter. I can’t say enough about him and the tours. They were the highlight of our trip to DC!
Response: Thank you for the kind words. It was a pleasure hosting you all - so glad you had a great trip!

Evelyn Avanesian: Aaron is a spectacular guide. Fun, funny, and so knowledgeable. He kept our 8th graders engaged and well organized. Would definitely do a trip with him again! Even having lived in DC for over a decade, I saw and learned things I never knew.
Response: Thank you Evelyn! The group was lovely and we look forward to our next meeting - and a sunny day at Fort McHenry.

Tarm: Aaron took us on a 5 day trip through Washington D.C with around 25 kids. He was able to keep everyone engaged, and was able to avoid all the lines. Aaron is a great guy, super funny and very entertaining. Super knowledgeable, and had everything ready for us. Made sure we were well informed, and cared for each one of us. Our tour was awesome, visited many spots, and made sure we had the best experience. Would definitely recommend Aaron to anyone who wants a fun, entertaining and great trip!
Response: We had a blast taking Rhoades around the nation’s capital! We hope you enjoyed the steady diet of dad jokes as well.

Jessica Harrington: My husband and I attended the Sunrise Cherry Blossom Tour today and it was the perfect way to start our Sunday morning. If you want an inspiring and educational experience complete with stunning views WITHOUT the crowd and traffic, then this is it.
Response: Early bird gets the best photos! Thanks for touring with us!

Gabrielle Chambliss: Aaron was a blast to have on our 6th grade trip to Washington. He was very knowledgeable and interacted with the kids. His planning of our 4 days made everything so much easier and we saw a lot! Will definitely book with him again!
Response: Thanks Gabrielle. We look forward to seeing Regents Academy again!

Each 1 Teach 1 Foundation: Our tour guide Aaron was with us for 4 days and was phenomenal! Not only was he knowledgeable and very personable but he also was patient with our group of 61 and flexible throughout the tours. We will be rebooking him in a different city in the near future!
Response: Big groups, small groups, we love them all. Really excited to work with you all again!

Marina Mauletkali: My daughter and I took the Music & Murals tour and were not disappointed! We loved it! We learned so much about DC's musical history! Our guide Aaron kept us interested and entertained the entire time. I highly recommend this tour. I'm excited to book more tours with Historic America in the future!
Response: Thank you Marina. It was lovely to meet you and your daughter and we look forward to seeing you again on tour!

Nathan Ketchen: Aaron's work as our guide was MOST impressive. He has back up plans to his back up plans ready to go. He never shows any sign of frustration or disappointment. He was always just the person we needed for every piece of our visit to DC. He is friendly, punctual, includes the group in his teaching times, knows the best souvenir shops, and is just FUN. He himself was a highlight. He does his homework and knows the stories to tell at each sight. I also appreciated when we would come across another group with a colleague how he would interact with the colleague. He worked very hard for us.
Response: Thank you Nathan. Regents was a wonderful group and we were blessed with the opportunity to work with you!

Megan Miller: When I was planning our family trip to Washington DC, I researched tour guides. I interviewed five and picked Aaron. He accompanied us for 2 half days visiting the sites we had identified as important. He customized his approach and content for our group, our ages, and our interests. He never ran out of content and his delivery was warm, engaging, and so interesting. He shares information through telling stories and his level of knowledge is astounding. Our time with him thoroughly enriched our trip and I could not recommend him any more highly than I am. He is a 10 and will exceed your expectations.
Response: Thank you so much Megan! Truly our pleasure!

Ashley Alderfer: I have had the pleasure of experiencing 2 tours with Historic America, and both were fantastic! Aaron is a smart, engaging guide with a vast knowledge of history and a passion for his craft. He is a master story teller, and goes above and beyond to provide a rich and immersive experience. Living in Washington, it is easy to become complacent about the history that surrounds you, but Aaron is able to bring the city to life, crafting an experience that connects you with the history of the place but is also personal and intimate. I’d recommend his tour to anyone visiting Washington looking for an enriching gateway not just to the city, but to our national history.
Response: Ashley, thank you for your support and kind words about Historic America. We love touring with you.

3. Uptown Bus

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Uptown Bus
Duration
5
Guidance
5
Punctuality
5
Knowledge
5
Physical Difficulty
5

Address: 10319 Westlake Dr #110, Bethesda, MD 20817

Telephone: (202) 999-0723

Guy: Bus charter


Review: "Uptown Bus provided us the most beautiful party bus for our office outing."

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Lisa Myles: I booked this bus company last minute for my Sons Senior prom. After searching and comparing prices of other companies in the DMV area this one was the most realistic in pricing. I rented the party bus for 5 hours and for 15 people. I must say after ready the reviews I was very skeptical but I must say with Great Surprise I could not have been more Satisfied with the entire experience. The bus operator called to confirm the time on the day before and the day of the event he even arrived earlier. He was well spoken and very pleasant and polite. He was dressed very professionally and he even gave the kids a pep talk. He congratulated them on making it this far and encouraged them to keep up the good work for their futures. He made myself and the other parents feel more at ease with leaving our kids in his hands during this very special occasion. The kids had a Great time!! They were able to make it to the Prom on time & even stopped to take Pictures beforehand!! I am Definitely recommending this Bus company to anyone who would like to have a Reliable Driver and a Great experience getting to whatever event they are Celebrating. I will be using this company to be my transportation in the future. From all the Parents and our Seniors, We would like to give Special shot out to our bus operator SEAN! You were Amazing! Keep up the Great Service!! A1

Brianne Fritze: DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY!!! Uptown Bus Company was contacted for a quote for a 40-person executive bus with black leather seats and a lavatory. A contract was executed on March 18th with the agreement for round trip services in a 40-passenger minibus with a bathroom and black leather seats for the agreed upon price. Our bus was 30 minutes late and was certainly not what the contract stated and was in deplorable condition. The bus that showed up was an old 55-passenger full size charter bus. The entire bus smelled like feces, the cloth seats were ripped and torn, pieces of the window insulation were falling off, and the entire bus was filthy dirty and overall appalling. The dispatcher (Katrina) was contacted to inform her of their mistake sending us the incorrect type of bus to which she replied that the driver must have mistakenly picked the wrong bus and she assured us that we would have the correct bus for our returning trip. Immediately after this conversation, our credit card was charged for the remaining balance. Unfortunately, the bus for our returning trip was again not what we had agreed upon and what was stated on our contact. What we received was a bright red full size charter bus in even worse conditions than the first. The smell of the bus once again had an unbearably strong stench of sewage which was making people feel sick during the 3.5-hour drive. It was an absolute embarrassment to have our guests travel in these terrible conditions. When we reached out final destination, Uptown Bus was contacted to be informed once again that we received a bus in awful conditions and that the type of bus is not what we chose per the contact. The dispatcher then replied that their busses are fine and that we were the problem. The interaction and experience with Uptown bus was completely unprofessional and unacceptable. I would give this company 0 stars and warn customers to not to use their services.

Lucy J: Firstly, the driver was punctual, easy to communicate with, and very professional. My family had an amazing time using the service. We used a party bus to accommodate for 16 people, and there was extra seating space still. The driver took us to and from a winery and made the experience so much easier. My mother’s surprise party was a hit thanks to this service! Definitely thankful! Would book with them again.

chase smith: I really enjoyed my trip with you all the service was OUTSTANDING ! The bus driver made sure we had everything we needed from music to water chargers and etc* I highly recommend if you are in the area in need of a party bus to book with them

chase dedric: The service on my trip was excellent. Nice clean bus , the driver was very respectful and safe and I had no problems along my trip 10/10 recommend and will definitely come back again.

Kyra K: Terrible customer service experience. Go with any other bus company, it has to be better than this one. Might even be better to just drive yourself. We submitted a contract with an itinerary with the wineries we were going to ahead of time, and made reservations (with a credit card deposit) at all of these places for a Saturday, only for the bus to show up over 45 minutes late because of traffic and ruin all of the set reservations. I spoke with Tina who claims this was covered by the "act of God" clause in the contract but DC traffic is not an act of God, its an every day occurrence that this company did not properly plan for. I asked for a discount to account for the reservation deposits we paid for at the wineries and she told me she couldn't help me there and that I had to call and speak to a manager on Monday to discuss a reimbursement for the violation of the contract. However, this company requires you to submit complaints within 48 hrs, so I made sure to email within that time so it was in writing that I had issues. I never heard from a manager, only from Tina who continued to tell me they couldn't offer me anything because they gave us an additional 30 minutes at the end of the trip to cover their initial delay. To me, this does not make up for the lost deposits and the scrambling I had to do to call all the wineries to make changes and call our dinner reservation on the back end for the delay. Never work with Tina or this company.

Mary Johnson: We had a horrible experience with Uptown Bus. Our bus was over 80 minutes late, something the bus company did not tell us until we called and even then they did not provide an accurate time of arrival. Once on the bus the AC did not work (it was June). Further they charged us (without notification) for going over time, even though they were late, and blamed us for having to cancel a separate job. While we tried calling and emailing they ignored us and refused to talk to us. Eventually the dispatcher texted us that we were thief's and the worst people to work with even though we were nothing but understanding the entire time. Do NOT rent from them.

Anna Fossum: HORRIBLE customer service - probably one of the worst I've experienced in a long time. We rented a bus from 12-6 to take us to breweries. We reviewed the address to our destination on the receipt and confirmed it was right, however, the driver was taking us to a completely different address in a different state - I'm not sure how he got this address because it was not the one on our receipt. We realized about 45 min in that we were going the completely wrong direction and had to pull over with the driver to ensure he could switch his GPS and take us to our destination. We lost over 45 min of time and we were understanding about it and simply asked that we have that 45 min added onto our reservation. The woman we spoke with was extremely rude, first blamed me, then decided she was only going to give us 20-30 extra min and was arguing with me about how much time we had lost. I called her again and she told me I had to speak with the manager on Monday and she was going to charge us if we were on the bus longer than 30 min, then she HUNG UP on me. We ended up getting dropped off 10 min later than she asked (even though that wasn't making up for the full time that we lost) and I woke up with an additional $100 charge on my card. This is a completely ridiculous situation and they should have been offering to take money off and add additional time to our reservation for the inconvenience, not charge me for extra time that we deserved. I have now emailed, texted and called and have yet to hear from the manager. It seems crazy that all we wanted was to have the time back that we lost and they put up this much of a fight. DO NOT USE THIS PLACE!!!!!!!!

Win Huffman: CRIMINAL. This company is a shame. Do yourself a favor and go with another bus company. Used them for my wedding in June and don't have time to list out all the issues, but massively regret using them. They are pleasant to interact with prior to your event, but will cut off communication when issues arise during and/or afterwards.

Samantha Smith: Booked a party bus for wine tour few weeks ago. me and my friends had a blast. The bus was clean with bathroom, our driver Ron was very professional and accomodating to our needs. I have used other companies previously but our experience with this company was worth it. I did not read the reviews prior to booking and when i decided to write a review of my great experience, i saw the negative reviews. My experience with the bus and the service was nothing short of perfect. I definitely will use this company again and I recommend their services to anyone looking for reasonable price and nice party buses.

4. CitySights DC

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CitySights DC
Duration
4.5
Guidance
4.1
Punctuality
4.5
Knowledge
4.8
Physical Difficulty
5

Address: 50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Telephone: (202) 650-5444

Guy: Bus tour agency


Review: "Tour guide was knowledgeable in all the locations."

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Laurel Crespo: I was super excited to go to DC. All the history and sights. Between the awful traffic and the horrible parking. Now I wish I had just gone on an awesome cruise for the amount of money I spent in DC. I can check DV off the bucket list- but wouldn’t go back

Gabby Moreno: THIS IS THE WORST HOP ON HOP OFF EXPERIENCE EVER, NEVER AGAIN! When we purchased the tickets outside the museums the sales-man explained the buses were recurrent every 20 min which is NOT the case, we waited for one of the buses over 30 minutes, the yellow line is a joke! The "guided" night tours are a joke as well, everyone we encountered that works for the company is extremely rude and did not make an effort to compensate for the bad service. We had TWO buses break down on us in two different days, how is someone able to visit a city and actually see everything that's worth seeing if every time you get on the bus it breaks down? Again, WORST $170 EVER SPENT. UPDATE: OUR DRIVER GOT LOST, tried to drive back to the correct stop and went by some really short bridges TWICE one with no warning and the second time he "beeped" to let us know "we might get our heads chopped off"

Jennifer Carter: I have never been more appalled in my entire life when it comes to tour guides and the treatment we had to endure from tourguide JOHN. John was our 2nd tour guide of the day. The first tour guide was pleasant, the bus was on time, and we had a wonderful time. We got off at our stop (which they didn't drop us off in the front, we had to walk two blocks), and had a nice time at the attraction. We had to walk back to the City Sights stop (meanwhile Big Bus DC bus stop was right in front of the attraction); and wait for 45 minutes for John and City Sights to pull up. On a 95 degree day, we thought we would have to wait the promised 20 minutes; but as we saw the other tour bus (Big Bus go by 3 times, we still were waiting on John). John then started to state MULTIPLE INCORRECT facts about DC. Including slamming and being very political about Muriel Bowser (the mayor) talking about her neglecting her children (which she doesn't even have). Then he started explaining about the African American museum and the how the shape is after Queen Nefertiti-we googled that information and it was completely false. Because we were running SUPER late, because John mis-managed his time regarding being on time for the tour; my friend asked how much longer until we get back. John YELLED AT HER ON THE MICROPHONE in front of the whole bus and completely embarrassed her. He told her to shut up and sit down and went on and on bashing her and our entire group. Then he said that she was "ratchet and ghetto". After we got off the bus, he started yelling at everyone from the top of the bus (hence the photos). He might have been having a mental breakdown right before our eyes; I've never been more embarrassed and upset on a tour bus in my life. I've been to Greece, Barcelona, and some of the most beautiful places in this world. And John left the WORST taste of DC in my mind. DO NOT USE THIS TOUR COMPANY. Everyone on every other tour bus that was going by looked way happier than everyone on our sad bus. Thanks a lot John. Dispicable behavior.

Margaret Matthews: Terrible customer service. Took forever to exchange our vouchers for tickets (which were two feet long recycled Macy's receipts instead of actual tickets)- plus they never even asked to see our tickets each time we hopped on the bus! Apparently anyone can just hop on?? Once on the bus, the speakers didn't work on the entire right side of the bus, so we couldn't hear anything the tour guide was saying. He "pointed out" the stops, but no one knew when they could get off at each stop as the bus usually kept on driving. The route changes based on construction and bus routes in the city, but unless you ride the whole thing, you don't know which stops are available that day since they don't update their maps or cross off the ones that are unavailable that day. They overbooked the night tour by over 50 people and informed us "we had more nights to do it and to come back." It was the only night we had available to do the night tour we paid for, so we were lucky to be one of the last few who got a seat on the last bus. There was no guide for the night tour, so we had to listen to the recorded tour and it was very uninformative. Tour was supposed to start at 6:30 pm but we didn't leave until almost 8. Big bus tours had several busses and seemed much more organized for their tours... If I do this again I would choose big bus.

Sherri Miller: DO NOT USE this bus tour!!! The worst every....completely ruined our day. My friend and I took this tour bus on 1 Aug. We were informed this was a guided tour with a hop on hop off option. We selected the red and blue/purple line. We picked it up at Union Station DC. Our trip to the White House was as advertised. A knowledgeable tour guide provided a fun cometary to the sites we were seeing. We got off at a stop near the White House and returned approximately 20 min later. We were told the buses ran every 15 to 20 min. We stood....in the hot sun....for a half and hour. Finally a bus arrived. However it was only for the yellow line. We waited another 15 -20 minutes and two buses finally arrived. However they were both for the yellow line. There were a number of us waiting and we spoke to one of drivers to inform him we had been waiting on a red line bus for over 45 minutes. After approximately 10 minutes the driver we had complained to showed up with a bus for the red line. I was a little confused how he had switched bus and returned so quickly....however we were relieved to be getting on a bus to continue our day. However the bus we no longer had a tour guide and the plug in headphone option was not working either. We got off at the Lincoln Memorial to catch the blue/purple line to Arlington. We waited again for well over the 15 to 20 minutes for a bus to show. When one did it to did not include a guided tour of any kind. We were taken to Arlington and told buses were running approximately every 30 minutes. After visiting Arlington we waited for approximately 30 minutes and saw no bus. We lost faith one would show we decided to walk back across the bridge to the Lincoln Memorial. No, I am not kidding. As we walked....in the heat and sun.....we never saw a CitySights bus. At the Lincoln Memorial we were able to catch a bus to return us to Union Station. Again, this bus had no guided tour. We filed a formal complaint at the number on the map and also at the stand were we brought our tickets. We wanted a refund. Instead they opened a "file" to determine if we could get a refund, which we have not yet received. We were also ordered a free ticket to ride the next day. After telling them what a horrible day we had on their bus the best they would offer was to do it again....are you kidding me. I will never take this bus tour again and it is no my mission to save others from taking it too. My friend and I were grateful for one thing. We were grateful we did not have our kids with us. We felt so sorry for those we shared our rides with that had children who were not only disappointed about no guided tour and the broken headphone jacks but were exposed to ridiculous long waits in the sun and heat. It is also important to note that during our many wait times we saw (with jealousy) other tour buses stop a number of times. In fact Old Town Trolly was everywhere and better yet they are covered transportation. PLEASE DO NOT use CitySights DC....this bus tour needs to be shut down!!
Response: Your feedback is important and helpful. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We sincerely apologize that the tours did not meet your expectations. Once again the information you provided about our tours has been sent to our management as feedback for improvement. Feel free to contact us directly to discuss your concern.

Stephanie Stewart: We had 2 days in DC and picked the absolute worse hop on hop off bus system! They say they come around to each stop every 20 to 30 minutes but we waited at least twice as long which made it to where we didn't get to see everything we had planned. Most of the tour guides on there were good and all friendly but it really put a big damper on our trip the fact that we spent half of our days just waiting on the buses. I'll never use this company again. Old Town Trolley and Big Bus buses stopped at the stops probably 3 to 4 times if not more each time we waited for City Sights. We paid almost $400 For 4 adults and 2 children and it was a waste if money.

Cindi Resta: I did not want to give it one star either! I bought tickets on my I phone, which they would not take off the phone when we boarded the bus. We had to go to union station to get vouchers printed before we could proceed on the tour. The buses do NOT come every 20 minutes. The third (and last) bus we boarded #71448 was the worst travel experience ever! No guide, the ear phones were not in sync with the sights and no stops were announced. When we came downstairs on the bus, the driver shouted at us "NOT A STOP, NOT A STOP". And when we inquired how were we to know, she continued yelling that's what the earphones were for, and why weren't we listening! It was horrible. We exited as soon as possible and had to walk about a half mile. Do not use this tour company!!!

Rick White: Waited more than an hour at one of their "hop on" stops. No bus. Others had been waiting more than 1.5 hours. No bus in either direction as this is where two routes meet. Phoning them was a dead end. Never an answer if the call even connected which it did not several times. Even if a bus would show, it would take all day to get back to Union Station. There was a bike race Sunday which had just about all of DC blocked off so the bus could not go anywhere but circles. The bus management had no clue where to go and the race was scheduled for months. While they gave us credit for the day, we were still stuck with the parking fee at Union Station for nothing. If "no star" were a rating, they would get it. The employees were fine.

Kimberly Wilder: This was absolutely a horrible experience! Took my 11 Girl Scouts to DC. The bus was 55 min late every time while the other buses had several stopping at the drop off and pick up locations! When I called the office we were told 15 min which turned Into 55 min. The driver and another employee were yelling at each other in a fight! A lady tour guide was down right rude... Several bus drivers complain about the company. We missed the Archieves due to them being so late.. mind you we paid for a tour that they would not allow me to reset! Will never use them again! I gave 1 star because 0 was not a option!

Tom Edgar: Hopefully you are reading reviews before purchasing. Had we, it would have stopped us from making an awful decision. Bought the tickets through CitySIghts (don't make the same mistake). Tickets were printed wrong so we had trouble accessing one site. They didn't explain how to use the tickets we received at the kiosk vs the passes we had printed at home. The site depends on Big Bus which has there own issues but CitySights is garbage. If you want to tour DC, most say Old Town Trolley is the best. Look there first.

5. Woodrow Wilson House

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Woodrow Wilson House
Duration
4.3
Guidance
4.5
Punctuality
4.8
Knowledge
4.6
Physical Difficulty
4.3

Address: 2340 S St NW, Washington, DC 20008

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 5PM

Telephone: (202) 387-4062

Guy: Museum


Review: "Made history come alive with little known facts and stories."

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Hussain: Highly recommend paying the $10 Tour, $5 for students. They give you all the details that you wouldn’t know without the tour. Tours are self-guided. Garden open, weather permitting. The President Woodrow Wilson House offers an intimate look at one of America’s greatest Presidents, statesman and Nobel Prize winner. View authentic objects from the White House and elaborate gifts of state. This Embassy Row house is a living textbook of “modern” American life in the 1920s from silent films to flapper dresses and zinc sinks.

David Morrison: Interesting museum. I attended for a private event, and this place is perfect for a low-key yet upscale event. Museum staff are friendly, helpful, and knowledgable.

Mary Petras: The tour last one hour, but arrive about 20 min early to view a short video summarizing Wilson’s life and presidency. A knowledgeable docent leads you through the sitting room, dining room, bedrooms, and kitchen. Artifacts, furniture, and portraits are explained in each room. Be sure to check out the interactive room at the end where you can sit at a desk or couch and try on spectacles and hats while posing with a phonograph and old telephone from Wilson’s era.

MaryJane Burgess: The house is only open to tour with a staff member. Tour is an hour. It was very interesting and the docent was knowledgeable. Made history come alive with little known facts and stories. Well worth a visit.

Catherine Davis: Wonderful museum!. A must see. It's an easy 10 minute walk from the metro. It's a slice of American & personal history in quiet and affluent neighborhood. Enjoy the walk. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and welcoming. Highly recommended.

Rusty Wilson: Could not wait for the next tour. Every hour on the hour had the opportunity to look inside very good assortment of his furniture and the story behind it. Next time I will stay longer.

Ferdinand Macatangay: The tours run every hour on the hour. You get a genuine look at Woodrow Wilson's house, almost everything is still there from the 1920's. Tour guides are very helpful and knowledgeable.

delovi canales: Excellent place to bring your wife and kids to learn more about historical events, the staff was very pleasant and knowledgeable. Recommend!! Check Group pon and get discounts

Ted Kidwell: We visited here last summer it was a great place to see if you like history and historical places this a must place for you to visit. The staff great the tour was very good ,a great place for people of all ages.

Bid Penny: Woodrow Wilson home is such a beautiful hidden jewel in Washington D.C. I live in N. VA and have done almost everything in DC. I wanted to try something different and chose the Woodrow Wilson home. Their website is not the best, but WOW the home and tour is spectacular! The home is 11,000 square feet and 90% of the furniture and artifacts are original. Beautiful paintings, art and decor. The tour is an hour long and includes a short introduction video about Woodrow Wilson. The home takes you back to the 1920s and is just amazing. I would even go again. I will definitely take my next out of town guests here. Parking was great too. I went on a Sunday and parked literally right in front of his home.

6. Free Tours by Foot

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Free Tours by Foot
Duration
5
Guidance
5
Punctuality
5
Knowledge
5
Physical Difficulty
5

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10:30PM

Telephone: (202) 370-1830

Guy: Sightseeing tour agency


Review: "The tour was filled with fun historical facts."

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Cláudio Antônio Klaus Júnior: I had a fantastic tour with Emilia. She was super knowledgeable of the area and that made all the difference. I enjoyed it very much. The website describes it well, you basically walk around all the monuments and have a nice explanation about each of them. It ends at Lincoln Memorial, a big highlight. Other than the usual historic explanations you may also hear some of the possible theories regarding one thing or another, which I thought added a lot of fun to the tour. I did it on a Monday evening and we had some rain in the first few minutes - Highly recommend it!

Shawna Mcclurg: Highlight of the trip! We had Becca and she was great. This was very informative and was a nice easy stroll around the tidal basin to view the cherry blossoms and the monuments in the area. We got very lucky with our timing and got to see most of the cherry blossoms start to bloom.

Karmen Aghajanian-Parks: I took 2 tours from this company: tour of the National Mall and tour of the Capitol. I loved our guides on both tours Becca and Rebecca! Both were knowledgeable and fun. I highly recommend both tours.

Philip Cantore: The best walking tour of the Freedom Trail, hands down! Brian was entertaining and engaging while completely immersing the group is US history! The time flew by too quickly (2+ hours) and left us wanting more! Excellent tour guide!

Sofia Perez Wolfes: Positive: Professionalism, Quality, ValueOur guide Eli was extremely passionate about the stories he was telling us, and his explanations were great. Even on the coldest day he was smiling and giving us the best energy while doing an amazing tour. I definitely recommend this and will do it again next time in DC.

Stephen Balza: Did the Monuments and Moonlight tour with Eli last night. He had his work cut out for him with 4th of July fencing all along the mall but he navigated us neatly through to the sights. Our two hours went by swiftly and we thoroughly enjoyed the views and historical insights he offered. The pace was comfortable and free time was allotted to explore and take pics at each location. The only caveat is that there is traffic noise (car and air) as well as sirens, etc that may make hearing difficult. If you are in a big group, stay close to the guide.
Response: Thank you for the review! We put a limit on our tour sizes for this reason but we can never escape the sirens :) 🚨

Elisabeth Guevara: Positive: QualityExcellent tour by Canden about the historic Georgetown. She was easy to hear and learned so much about the community. We would definitely recommend a tour with them and join them again

Rachel Wallace: We did the name your own price tour at Arlington Cemetery with a wonderful guide named Emilia. We weren't expecting to be entertained as much as we were, we learned oodles of info about the cemetery's history, statistical info, traditions, as well as random fun facts Emilia threw out for fun. Overall a great experience and definitely referring to my friends visiting DC in the future!

Missi R: Positive: ProfessionalismWe did Capitol Hill Highlights walking tour on August 16th . Ingeborg, was out guide, very knowledgeable and emphatic. Love the tour.

Paul Kopulos: This was the first ghost tours my daughter and I have taken. Not only did we learn about the ghosts that were/are haunting Georgetown, we also learned of the wonderful history of this amazing city. Melissa was so much fun to be with and very (VERY) knowledgeable about the city and the wonderful ghosts that reside there. Although we did not see any spirits, we left knowing that they are in good hands with Melissa and Free Tours by Foot DC. I cannot wait to visit other cities (domestic and international) and take the tours there as well. Service: Group tours
Response: Hi Paul, thank you so much! Melissa is great and her enthusiasm is contagious, isn't it?

7. DC by Foot

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DC by Foot
Duration
5
Guidance
5
Punctuality
5
Knowledge
5
Physical Difficulty
5

Address: 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW #150-903, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (202) 370-1830

Guy: Tour operator


Review: "We took the historic tour of Georgetown and it was fabulous."

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Megan Leinbach: Andy gave the best tour of the Washington National Cathedral I’ve ever experience! As a DC local who has taken the free tour provided by cathedral docents multiple times, today’s DC By Foot tour with Andy blew me away. His passion for history and specifically this site was contagious and I truly enjoyed every moment. He encourages questions and can adjust the information he shares to align with the guests’ specific interests and level of background knowledge. As a someone who visits the beautiful grounds here at least once a year for personal enjoyment and brings out of town visitors for a cathedral tour every few years, I will from now on only want to tour with Andy. We were having such a great time that Andy generously extended the tour for an additional hour! Suggestion: Wear comfortable shoes and bring cash to tip at the conclusion of the tour (though he said he has Venmo as well). If there was an option for ten stars, that’s what I'd give the tour I enjoyed today!

Sindys Tavarez: My boyfriend and I took two tours in DC, and Colin’s one (Georgetown) was our favorite. He was very knowledgeable and knew his stuff. It was a mix of architecture and history which was perfect for us, because I’m into architecture/arts and my boyfriend is into history/politics. We loved it.

Jamie McDonald: We love the concept of DC by Foot (pay what you experience) and previously did New Orleans by Foot a few years ago, also loved the experience. This trip we booked four tours, and they did not disappoint. Moonlight and Memorials Tour - Let's start with it was cold, unseasonably cold for DC during the end of March. Taking a walking tour while it's raining/sleeting doesn't sound fun, but it was!! The tours are always about filling your mind with history, lots of history and really getting you engaged with understanding the background and current information about the topic...on this tour, it was the memorials and the DC Mall. We visited the Lockkeepers stone house (don't recognized that one, you will!) Washington Monument, WWII, MLK, Korea, Vietnam and Lincoln Memorials. You will have plenty of time at each memorial for pictures and reading. We learned so much and our tour guide really made the best of the weather situation, laughing and keeping us moving! Our kids at the end were able to repeat so much history about how the city of Washington DC started, who the city builder was, who our Founding Fathers are and had a new appreciation for our veterans from the war memorials. Lincoln Assassination Tour - This one is really fun. If you love a good story, hearing the history, stopping at the sites where history happened...this one is for you. The tour is about telling the story of the days leading up to Lincoln's assassination and taking you back to the year of 1865. You could almost hear the horses on the old streets, smell the cigar smoke and feel the chaos after the fatal shot was fired. It was a glorious trip back in time. Arlington National Cemetery - I wouldn't miss this one. The tour is walking and the cemetery has a lot of stairs and is hilly, be prepared with good walking shoes. This was another fantastic history of information tour. You learn about the cemetery, headstones, stop at General Robert E. Lee's house for a good amount of time, visit JFK's eternal flame, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's grave, watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. You have plenty of time for pictures and questions along the way. The grounds are beautiful and a place every American needs to visit. Washington National Cathedral Tour - This was a treat. We did a private tour with Andy, who is absolutely enthralled with the history and beauty of the cathedral. I was a little worried about our four kids not enjoying the cathedral tour as much, but when Andy met our kids his eyes lit up with excitement to show and teach them. No question will go unanswered and the more questions the happier Andy gets! Make sure to ask about gargoyles, (as my daughter did) and you won't be disappointed as there is a special one that kids will love to see. Plan to spend extra time after the tour at the Cathedral, you'll want to explore more by taking the elevator to the top level for pictures and walk around the grounds. The Cathedral tour was our family favorite and all the rest came in a very close second. This will not be the last of our Tours by Foot, we are planning to keep doing more in future cities we visit.

John David Suayan: Immensely enjoyed the two-hour walking tour of the National Mall I went on last week. Rebecca did a superb job with explaining the backstories of the sites we visited. She told us several things that we didn't learn in school. For example, did you know that war memorials are dedicated on Memorial Day? Or that the Washington Monument is held up not by a sturdy foundation but gravity? Or that the names on the Vietnam Memorial aren't in ABC order? I learned those facts on the tour. Rebecca was really cool for letting us explore the sites and take pictures of them for 10 minutes or so. I felt like this tour made my first time to the nation's capital complete. So, if you're looking to have someone guide you on the National Mall, get with these guys. And if you're assigned to Rebecca, prepare to be amazed.

Joseph Neidenbach: My wife and I took the Georgetown by Foot Tour led by Rebecca. Rebecca did a great job. She was knowledgeable, energetic, friendly and a great representative of our nations capital. I highly recommend this tour. The two hour walk was comfortable. We will take one of these tours the next time we are in DC.

David Matsu: When my wife and I visit new cities we like to take the local "Free Walking Tours." We took the National Mall/Tidal Basin tour with Rebecca and were not disappointed. She took us on a three hour walk, in the rain, and told us all about the history of the monuments. She was well informed, able to answers all questions and taught us a lot. I encourage travelers to take advantage and support the "free tours" especially with a guide like Rebecca.

Lani Slonim: This tour is well planned and well timed and was given by a guide who was personable and knew her history. Ingeborg had fun antidotes and stories that enhanced the understanding of the area in an enjoyable way. Thank you for your efforts!

Jenay Rouimi: We did two great Name Your Price Tours while in Washington - 2 adults and (1) 9 year old. We started with the Arlington Cemetery Tour with Colin and it was excellent. This tour does involve a lot of walking but I highly recommend it. While Arlington does have the trams, I think this tour provides a much more up close (and far less crowded) viewing. Colin was extremely knowledgeable, and he kept us all entertained and informed. We also did the Name Your Price Tour of the Monuments by Moonlight with Emilia. It was an unseasonably cold March night, but it turned out to be a wonderful experience. The monuments were far less crowded then we expected, and the night time view is spectacular and far different from day time. I highly recommend experiencing both ways. Emilia had so much interesting information on the monuments that I have never heard before and I feel much more well rounded and “in the know”.

Elaine Limanek: My friend and I went to the Ghosts of Georgetown tour and we have nothing but good things to say! Our tour guide, Melissa, was charismatic and led us on a thrilling adventure through the streets of Georgetown, where we learned about the history and haunts of the most charming corner of DC. We truly loved every minute and will certainly be back again!

Lydia Castillo: My boyfriend and I took the Ghosts of Georgetown tour with Emilia. Literally stop looking for a tour, and book it. Now. Okay, have you booked? Now you can read the rest of the review. Emilia was hilarious while also telling our group some great spooky stories. She was really informative of the area's history and made our trip so enjoyable. You get a taste of old Hollywood (The Exorcist), Colonial America, 60s Politics, and good ol' present day stories. We really enjoyed the tour and will definitely be booking another tour with DC by Foot on our next trip.

8. DC Military Tours

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DC Military Tours
Duration
5
Guidance
5
Punctuality
5
Knowledge
5
Physical Difficulty
5

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 9PM

Telephone: (703) 407-6663

Guy: Tour agency


Review: "Tom's passion for American History is evident and made it fun for all."

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Thankful Mom: We took a private tour today of Arlington National Cemetery with Navy veteran Tom Schultz of DC Military Tours. WOW. What we saw, did, and learned with Tom in 3 1/2 hours we NEVER could’ve done on our own. Tom and this tour were phenomenal. It was myself, my husband, and our teen son, who stayed engaged and loved it. HIGHLY recommend DC Military Tours. We will absolutely use Tom when we bring our son back to do DC. Thank you for an amazing and unforgettable afternoon.
Response: Beth, David, and Luke, Thank you for the kind review. We lucked out with the weather and I enjoyed your company and insights. I trust your drive back to Richmond was safe and wish that to continue in your way home to Tennessee. Please come back. Tom

Sidney Wright: Tom was an absolute pleasure to work with and he customized an entire weekend of events for my boss's military retirement weekend. Tom helped us with transportation, pre event coordination, tour guide expertise and venue access. We had one of the best events that any of us could ever remember! No other place to look other than this wonderful Veteran owned and Veteran operated business!

Holly White: We have toured Washing DC in the past with a major tour company, and I can say we had a 110% better experience with DC Military Tours. Mr. Shultz is a fabulous tour guide. We enjoyed two different tour packages through him. He genuinely cares about what you wish to see and do. Mr. Schultz’s knowledge base is remarkable!
Response: Holly, Thank you for sharing your family with me and best wishes to Mason on this coming plebe/swab summer at USNA or USCGA.

Charlie Salgado: Tom was absolutely amazing, completely catered/scheduled our tour based on what we were interested in seeing and weather conditions and had some awesome recommendations along the way. Tom kept it very interesting for the kids by keeping them engaged with age appropriate questions, stories, and interesting facts. He was able to answer all of our completely random questions along the way. Tom’s passion for American History is evident and made it fun for all. Tom also had many awesome suggestions for photo ops along the way, and was able to capture some amazing family pictures for us. Thank you so much for your hospitality!
Response: Charlie and Amy, Thank you for your kind review and for sharing your family with me on Saturday. You are truly blessed with three daughters who are polite, composed, and thoughtful. I enjoyed our day together and am glad I was able to deliver a memorable Washington experience. - Tom

Maura Flint: Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, ValueHad the opportunity to have Tom as our guide through Alexandria. His narrative and command of facts as well as his engaging story telling made for a wonderful experience. Definitely would take another tour soon.Services: Private tours, Group tours
Response: Maura, Thank you for your kind remarks. Perhaps on a return visit we can experience some additional Old Town attractions we did not have time for this time around. Tom

Brittany Chapman: We reviewed a couple companies and settled on this one due to their flexible options and best pricing. Tom (our guide) was AWESOME! We weren’t sure what to expect but he was great- the tours he provided were top notch every single place we decided to go. He was fun to talk to and knew all the insider scoop stuff to give us the best experience in a short amount of time. Not only did he exceed expectations but he even took the time to help us plan our following day’s activities and give us tips and suggestions. We met us at Arlington, provided ice cold bottled water while he drove us to our destinations in his super clean and comfortable SUV with ease. GET this tour, we did the 6 hour and it was the highlight of our time in DC. You WONT regret it! Thanks so much!

Krista Stark: Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, QualityTom is a fantastic storyteller and really paints the mental picture of the historical events he brings to life on his tours.
Response: Krista, Thank you for your thoughts. It was a wonderful autumn weather day in Old Town Alexandria and I’m glad we could take advantage. Tom.

9. KB Tours

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KB Tours
Duration
4.8
Guidance
4.5
Punctuality
4.3
Knowledge
4.1
Physical Difficulty
4.7

Address: 2312 Thornknoll Dr, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 9PM

Telephone: (202) 355-5579

Guy: Sightseeing tour agency


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Alana Brooks: Mr. Kenny is a great tour guide. He tells you the history of the area, and weaves in the Black history of everything he shows you. We went on the tour while there was major road closures for an event, and Mr. Kenny still got us where we needed to go. This tour is unique because you go through historically Black neighborhoods that most tours don’t take you to. I definitely recommend supporting this Black owned business.

Nitza Negron: Great tour! You get picked up in a very nice Mercedes Van with AC, Kenny takes you around, gives you history and also let’s you get out at a few places to take pics like Lincoln and MLK Memorial. We ended the tour with tickets to the African American Museum which was amazing!

Darlene Jefferson: Kenny is a Smart & Knowledgeable Guide of DC History. Tour Starts On Time! Yay! I've been on this tour twice & enjoy it very Much! Sites such as Franklin Douglas' home, MLK Memorial, sites around the City teaches everyone Our History in America! And the Final treat are tickets to the Beautiful African American Museum afterwards. Highly recommend this Experience!

Susan Marshall: Absolutely the best! Mr. Kenny was very professional and knowledgeable! I would do this tour again! I recommend anyone visiting DC to check out KB TOURS!

Nancy Nyberg: What a blast! Wanted to see the National Museum of African American History and Culture and no tickets for our time in DC. KB tours offers a wonderful tour of DC, by coach, that starts at the Naval Museum and ends at the AA History Museum. Also includes stops at the Lincoln Memorial, MLK memorial, Fredrick Douglass’ house (“...has done an amazing job...”), Civil War memorial. Kenny, the owner and guide, is very knowledgeable, funny and insightful. A life-long resident of DC, he knows and loves his city and his country. Definitely recommend seeing DC Kenny’s way.

Monica Williams: KB Tours is the best. They are passionate about the history of Washington, D.C. and know hidden facts about the monuments that you will not know visiting on your own. Jamal was our tour guide and he provided excellent service. Mr. Kenny Burns thank you!

Verlean Martin: This tour was absolutely wonderful. Jamal was SO knowledgeable. We were provided with so much history....not just African American History, but he explained our significance in American History hitting on the smallest of details. This tour was well worth the money and it was a Blessing to have Jamal as our guide. Take advantage of this opportunity when you're here.

DA Howard: I highly recommend this this tour. We took the day tour which culminated with convenient entry to the Smithsonian African American Museum. Eat first and bring a snack to eat along on the tour bus ( cold bottled water is provided on the tour) because you need every minute to enjoy the museum. The tour was on a comfortable, air-conditioned mini bus. Kenny was very knowledgeable and we learned new things the entire time. We stopped at the Capitol, Lincoln memorial, Mlk memorial, Frederick Douglass house, African American Civil War memorial, and White House photo stop. Soon the Mary McCleod Bethune House will be added when it reopens (instead of the white house)- we're sorry we missed that treat. There will be a fair amount of walking at each stop and in the museum - bring comfortable shoes

Jandie's Channel: My family hired KBTours for our family reunion. I have lived in the Washington D.C. area for 15 years but KBTours showed us and taught us about some many historical locations that I had never even heard of and certainly had never been to. Kenny has an encyclopedia in his head when it comes to Washington D.C. and the rich history that is here. When I had to add a lot more family members to my tour with short notice, Kenny graciously and very quickly procured an addition tour bus for us at a very reasonable price. A lot of my family said that the tour was one of the best parts of our family reunion that year. I would not hesitate to hire KBTours again. All of the drivers and tour guides were excellent!!

Eve Byford-Peterson: The Carson, Lewis Rousseau Family reunion utilized KB Tours on June 22nd and were extremely pleased with our tour. Ms. Sandra, our tour guide, was the greatest and so knowledgeable. We found the whole trip to be an uplifting, educational and enjoyable experience. Recommend it highly.

10. United States Capitol

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United States Capitol
Duration
4.1
Guidance
4.6
Punctuality
4
Knowledge
4.8
Physical Difficulty
4.5

Address: First St SE, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 4:30PM

Telephone: (202) 226-8000

Guy: Federal government office


Review: "You can get tours and learn all about the history of the building too."

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Zay McCullough, MSW, LCSW-A: This was the last major attraction I saw during my one week trip here from 12/28/21 to 1/4/2022. You can see the Capital Building from several blocks away. I actually remembered I needed to stop by because I saw it after exiting the Children’s Museum. It was a little after 5pm when we made it there. We say the reflecting pool, which is wider but shorter than the reflecting pool between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Unlike the latter, the Capitol’s reflecting pool isn’t easily accessible to stuck your feet it. The view, however, was still nice. This was my first time being in DC since I was in elementary school. It was extremely awesome to see the Capitol building. It was ironic that I had just watched Olympus Has Fallen on TV in my hotel just a day prior. Unfortunately, the perimeter of the building is gated off due to the events that transpired a year ago. I’m saddened to see that public access still isn’t available. Of course COVID is an added barrier to tours. Going inside is something that I wanted to do. I did not go to the visitors center that is close by as my son was ready to go back to the hotel, lol. There was a large Christmas tree in the lawn area between the capital building and the reflecting pool. Many people were taking pictures and appeared to be having a good time. I was grateful for the experience because I talked to my son (8) about what goes on in the building, the legislative bodies, and etc. I’m sure he’s forgotten everything we talked about but he can say he seen it in person whenever he does learn about it in school.

Ganindu Madhawa: A place where one can probe into the political history of USA.It is an iconic place and you need to reserve tickets beforehand visiting the place. You will be provided with a guide who give descriptive analysis of the architecture of the place and historical events. 😊

Yusra Nabeel: Such a great experience visiting one of the US symbols. Great place with beautiful reflection in pool.

Ali Shajarizadeh: This beautiful building is a must-see for everyone who visit Washington DC. The building has a long history. The place is where many important decisions were and are made that affects the world.

Nas Sol: The in-depth history of this iconic building is grander than I expected! A true beautiful from the exterior to the interior. I got a sense of appreciation after leaving from here. It can get very packed though so it's recommended you start your day early to beat the crowd. A must see when you're in DC!

Stephen Butler: My first time taking the tour. Our Representative arranged a VIP tour. It was very small and personal. There’s no cost, but if your going to take a tour book it in advance. It takes about 3 hours or so. It was worth the time. Please hit “Like” if this was helpful. Thanks.

Ben Henderson: Really enjoyed the tour inside the Capitol building. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and funny. Really interesting history and beautiful inside. Liked the fact you can then walk through a tunnel to cross over to the library of Congress which again was beautiful.

Keith Roussel: Visiting the Capitol building is fantastic experience. I visited with my family and it was a great opportunity to see some of our nation's history as well as the seat of power of the legislative branch. We booked a tour in advance from out state senator Ted Cruz. Our tour began at his office in the neighboring senate building. From there we took the underground trolly to the capitol building. Our tour guide took us through the various parts of the capitol biding explaining the building, decoration and history. After the tour we were able to view the senate and house of representative chamber. Each was unique. The House had a live reenactment of typical chamber proceedings which was nice, but once the reenactment was finished, we had to leave. The senate on the other hand had no reenactment, but we would stay as long as we like. I sat therefore a while attempting to etch the experience in my memory, which I personally valued more.

blade Galletta: This is a must visit in Washington D.C. The capital building is absolutely gorgeous. In the spring time there are many flowers and trees surrounding it to make it even better. The fountain in the front is very unique and perfect for pictures with the building. They have gates up with guards so you can't get really close. I think they do tours but you would have to research that on the website.

Isabelle Tran: Beautiful architecture from the outside. Recommended to book in advance for a tour. The park outside is a beautiful place to relax after a long day of touring, including some cherry blossom trees.

11. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Duration
4.7
Guidance
4.7
Punctuality
4.3
Knowledge
4.4
Physical Difficulty
4.9

Address: 1411 W St SE, Washington, DC 20020

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: (202) 426-5961

Guy: Historical place museum


Review: "An amazing tour which is a hidden gem in the DC area"

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Pavan Kumar: I visited this historic site during African American history month. I was little disappointed since I can' t tour the house and visitor center. The view from cedar hill is great and the US Capitol dome and the Washington monument are visible from this location. Their are lots of parking spaces and lot of steps to climb the hill.

ash Austin: This house was a lovely sight to see on the hill overlooking a small section of Anacostia. Mr Douglas even had his version of a "man-cave" on premises and a nice house he bought in late 1800's...

Gabriel Craft: A hopeful and inspiring place for all Americans as Frederick Douglass was born into slavery yet became free an spent his life working for the rights of African Americans and also women's rights.. Amazing view of DC cityscape and the capital. If you have kids, bring them to see this American hero's final home. They will be interested to see Lincoln's cane as well (which Mary Todd gifted Frederick after Abraham Lincoln's assassination). It flies under the radar so not usually busy. Free admission and free tour but you must register online or by phone or at the visitors center before you can enter the home. Short film in the visitors center available for viewing prior to visiting the home. Free parking but beware **the front gate closes** a few hours after the open hours and your car may be locked inside if you decide to walk or bike around. See you on the road, 📸 🙋‍♂️@gabrielcraft.me Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. ~Wikipedia

Matthew Henry: If you don't know Fredrick Douglas, come find out. Incredible place to learn of a man and family that changed history. The home is well maintained and offers breathtaking views of DC. You won't be disappointed. Thankful for the life of Fredrick Douglas.

Chris Petote: This was an extreme privilege for me to see the Washington home of such an important and influential man. Frederick Douglass, from former slave to supreme abolitionist, an extremely well versed speaker and brave human. The house is wonderfully kept, the guide was very knowledgeable, this is history at its finest.

Alisha Thompson: If you do not know much about Frederick Douglass then this would be the perfect place to visit. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the history and life of Frederick Douglass. The house was very well preserved and it was a very fascinating tour overall. To be able to witness how life was back then compared to now was really eye-opening and I'd definitely recommend this tour as part of anyone's first time visiting Washington DC.

Nacre Coleman: We had our dog and didn't schedule a tour in advance so make sure to do that. However, we were able to view a short video and see some interesting facts. We were given the ability to drive up to the house and observe from the outside. I really appreciated that.

Aaliyah Green: Frederick Douglass home was such a Fantastic visit. I took my children as sort of a mini field trip to tour the grounds. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and informative about the timeline of Douglass life when his incredible Family lived in the home and on the property. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the home had to offer, it was marvelous to have a window back into time in such an extraordinary way. I recommend all families near and far visit this national treasure!

Mind Queen: Wow. I learned more about this man and his legacy via a 15 min tour than I did in school. The house is amazing! Beautifully upkept since the 1800s early 1900s same as it was left. You literally step onto a time portal. I didnt like that their park rangers were not giving out proper instructions and information about the tours start time. When I walked in and being someone who had never been there before I asked them everything to take the tour and those 2 rangers gave me a wrong time, didn't say I needed a ticket, told me to meet right where we were standing but it was actually supposed to be somewhere else. And for that I was there for an hour and missed the tour because of the rangers failure to explain what to do. They didn't know when the shuttle buses were coming and going. I mean they were not that organized. It was strange! The book store clerk was extra helpful and thr tour guide was even more. They seem VERY protective of F.D. and its interesting that he died with women protecting him and to this present day women still do.

Dawn Daly-Mack: The house was well preserved. The tour guide was well-versed in Frederick Douglass' life. The visitor center plays a film about his life that is very informative. I recommend this tour to everyone who is interested in the history of this country.

12. Street Art Museum Tours

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Street Art Museum Tours
Duration
5
Guidance
4.4
Punctuality
4.6
Knowledge
4.1
Physical Difficulty
4.8

Address: 11521 Taber St, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 5PM

Telephone: (202) 294-4265

Guy: Tour operator


Review: "The tour was very interesting and informative."

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Mary Jo Maguire: Stephen, from Fort Worth, is a knowledgeable, engaging host who I have heard before. I never would have thought he was a Ft. Worth native with his English manner and accent but he revealed that secret to us. I loved that fact as I am from Oklahoma, originally! These tours are valuable for me as I don't anticipate traveling much. I was at the National Mall when the Memorials were being built. I wanted to return and just did on your excellent site!
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Jane Woods: What a delightful hour spent 'virtually' with an experienced guide at the National Museum of Art via Zoom. I couldn't have asked for a better art history lecture from anyone else and from the comfort of my own home. Of course I would love to be there in person, but I may not get that opportunity. I applaud this company for their innovative approach to sharing wonderful art and the history behind it. I will be touring again soon!
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Carolyn Wilkinson: This was my first virtual museum tour. I loved it! The speaker was lively, entertaining, informative, educated… she was a very good at her job. I’m hooked and will be back for more tours. I am a degree artist, art history minor, picture framer- but sadly I am also newly disabled. My chances of ever getting back to a brick and mortar museum again are slim. But I am so inspired now knowing that my museum days have returned. I can’t thank you enough for the experience. In particular, the sacred arts are my current interest, so I was very pleased that this tour was offered.
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Paige B: Meghan was a wonderful tour guide who shared her passion for art on the virtual sacred art tour. The images on the slides were good quality and the themes were engaging on the tour. What I loved most about this experience was that it didn't feel like a lecture - it felt like I was really there in-person going between each piece in the gallery. The virtual experience is definitely worth it!
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cynthia fleury: I always love Stephen's tours! They are most informative and he does his best to address all questions that are asked. I rate the Van Gogh and the Modern Art Tours as 5's. Can't wait until the next. Thank you for continuing to offer this to those of us who cannot travel.
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Lynn MacAdam: I did a virtual 'tour' with Margo on the Impressionists, and really enjoyed the discussion, which was a full two hours. I was reintroduced to these artists after a lifetime of enjoying their work, and found Margo's perspectives both factual and fresh. I learned some interesting details about each, and she did a very good job of connecting the discussion across these artists and their varied styles, by coming back to what Impressionism was really all about. Thank you Margo!
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Lynn/Glen Carey: I took the 2 hour virtual Impressionist tour with Sarah. She was a wonderful speaker and brought her joy of art to the class. She gave great history of the artists, pointed out subtleties of the paintings and created a wonderful 2 hour experience.
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Diana Hergert: Very enjoyable and informative virtual Grand Masters tour! The time just flew by as Stephen Mead filled us in on tidbits and details of the history of the many pieces featured. They were gorgeous, and I appreciated learning more about them and the period in which they were created. Someday I hope to see them in person. Thank you for this program!
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Ghisèle “Gigi”: I did the tour of the French Impressionists with Sarah. I was quite impressed by her knowledge, her sense of humor and her willingness to pronounce the French words properly. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. I would like to do a tour in French, as it is my mother tongue. Can you give me some information on who to contact? Thank you.
Response: Thank you for your kind note I know a tour guide who is French. Please email me directly for his contact information.

Elizabeth Marshall: I really enjoyed Rebecca's presentation on Dutch Masters. She has expertise in multiple areas including history. I appreciated that she placed the art in the context of events of their time. Highly recommend!!
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13. Mangia DC Food Tours

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Mangia DC Food Tours
Duration
5
Guidance
4.5
Punctuality
4
Knowledge
4.2
Physical Difficulty
4.7

Address: 3430 Connecticut Ave NW #11177, Washington, DC 20008

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (202) 838-1900

Guy: Tour operator


Review: "I highly recommend this tour to foodies as well as history buffs."

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Mo Wakefield: We went on the Georgetown Foodie Tour yesterday and it was great. Marsha was an excellent tour guide and was very knowledgeable about Georgetown history and the food we tried. I’ve been on other food tours where you have tastes/samples at a number of places. This one was different because we only went to 4 places -but had a full serving of the food we were tasting. It was wonderful really getting to experience the food - and ended up needed a bag to take leftovers!! We’ll definitely do a Mangia Tour again- can’t wait for the Italian tour!

Karen McIntosh: Love love loved our Mangia DC Food Tour! Really enjoyed the restaurant choices and the stories behind them. The food was plentiful and delicious. McKendrey was a fantastic tour guide - fun, friendly, knowledgeable! Highly recommend!

Dawn Matthews: We had the best time today, touring Georgetown’s gorgeous streets with our incredibly personable and knowledgeable hosts McEndrey and Dave! The peroski and veggie taco were the bomb! Loved seeing Julia Child’s home in this gorgeous area of DC.

Simone Ireland: It was a wonderful experience walking through the beautiful neighborhoods of Georgetown. We heard some very interesting stories about the history of the city, the structures, and many fun facts. But let's talk about the food. The food offerings were delicious and filling. I'm glad we were walking because I had to work up an appetite for between stops. Shannon was very knowledgeable and gracious to the entire group! If you're a foodie or have never tried a food tour, this is a great experience!

Heather Wasson: Positive: Professionalism, Quality, ValueWe did the Georgetown Foodie tour. I really liked the smaller group size. It was very informative and Shannon, the tour guide, kept us engaged. It was the perfect balance of learning, walking, socializing, and eating. The food choices were so yummy! We’re local (from MD) and still learned so much. Highly recommended!

Butch Gaddy: We had a great time with Marsha. She’s a very knowledgeable guide. The food was good and so many points of Georgetown history and interest. Great way to spend an afternoon!

J Shedd: Fun facts and tasty afternoon exploring Georgetown, McKendree was friendly and is clearly a big fan of her city. Come hungry, you gets lots of food (and good vegetarian options). Thumbs up!

Marine B: I absolutely loved this tour ! Huge portions of food. You can be sure that you will not still be hungry afterwards. Marsha's knowledge and kindness were also why I appreciated this tour. Thank you very much Mangia DC Food Tours !

Kim C: My husband and I truly enjoyed Marsha' historical knowledge of the area and the background information about our food stops. The food and drink options were great that we went back to one of them after the tour to buy some goodies. We are locals and we thought that this tour was a hidden gem. We cannot wait to go on another tour!

Karen Azeez: We had a fun experience of the Georgetown Food Tour with Shannon. There is a lot of history along the tour in addition to the food. We are locals, but still learned some new facts about the neighborhood. The food is pretty filling, so come hungry! If you have any ability to control it, try to plan the tour on a day when the weather is nice because you're outside for a lot of it.

14. Chinatown

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Chinatown
Duration
4.8
Guidance
4.8
Punctuality
4.5
Knowledge
4.9
Physical Difficulty
4.5

Address: 604 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Guy: Historical landmark


Review: "Very historic lots of restaurants and plenty of public transportation."

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Darryl Royer: Lots of shopping and restaurants. Great place to go to enjoy a night out. I also saw they have a movie theater and bowling

José FERREIRO (ホセ フェレイロ): Chinatown in washington dc. 🇺🇸The gate was beautiful at the entrance. I enjoyed walking around. 🥢🥠 Arrvideved by bus 70 🚐. Recommended

Jayson Fuller: A quiet taste of Asia in the middle of DC. I arrived in the morning on a Sunday before most of the shops and restaurants opened. The gate was beautiful and the splashes of Eastern architecture among the buildings was nice to look at. My highlight was the Kura Sushi Conveyor restaurant that brought back fond memories of my time in Japan. They even greeted customers in the traditional Japanese way!

BiVi: Is ok. It’s mostly restaurants. The environment was much better before covid19.

Wei Hsu: Visit here for the best Asian food! Streets are clean but should be careful of the vehicles.

Lizzy French: Lots to see and lots to do. Very interesting side of town!

吴锐恒(Ruiheng Edbalt Wu): An interesting place, there are Chinese characters everywhere. Some translations are funny though.

Your Helpful Wendy: Queen lindo! What a nice place to visit in Washington DC. I loved all the beautiful buildings here and all the restaurants and shops here too. We got our boba tea here and end up going to the portrait museum too.

Jenn Z: It has cleaner streets compared to a few other Chinatown I have been. Not very big but nice to walk around. Saw the Mary Surratt’s boarding house where the assessing of Lincoln was plotted. it is a now Chinese Lion Association. Some interesting history around this area and the surrounding historical districts like Mt Vernon on M street and 9th. House #909 .

Raddo Raddo: First time here. Loved the whole place! All the stores have both English and chinese names! Reminds me of other chinatowns (a little bit like San Francisco's) decent sized, not too big or small. Only thing I did not like was the fact that there are no asian or chinese supermarkets around!!! Just mainly shops and restaurants. I will definitely be back the next time I am in the area and do recommend others to visit.

15. Fort Stevens

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Fort Stevens
Duration
4.6
Guidance
4.5
Punctuality
4.4
Knowledge
4.3
Physical Difficulty
4.7

Address: 6001 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 7PM

Telephone: (202) 673-7647

Guy: Historical place


Review: "This is an interesting historical site on an urban walking trail."

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Bryan Hikes: Who knew you could visit a battlefield in the middle of the city. The site is well maintained and clean. Parking is a bit difficult as is everywhere in DC.

James Sullivan: An important fragment of Washington's (then huge) Civil War defensive system surrounded by an urban landscape. The site consists of two earthwork wall (and accompanying outside ditch) cut with gun embrasures. Two large iron 30 Pounder Parrott Rifles (cannon) are in place in tow of the embrasures. There is also a powder magazine bunker, although the doors are closed and it cannot be entered. There is a bronze 3D map showing the layout of the entire fort during the Civil War (the existing site representing only a fragment of the original Fort Stephens). Mounted on a stone, there is a bronze has relief plaque showing an event during Confederate General Juble Early's 1864 raid on Washington. President Lincoln visited the fort to observe the attack and walked the parapet to watch the attackers. The President drew Confederate fire, which struck one of Lincoln's military aides. However, Lincoln did not descend until (allegedly) confronted by a young Captain Oliver Wendell Holmes (later a Justice of the Supreme Court) who called the President a "damned fool" and ordered him off the wall....a command Lincoln (sheepishly?) obeyed. Worth seeing, especially during the infrequent times when Civil War reenactors are present to interpret the site.

Austin Graff: People pay big money to see history like at Fort Stevens Park and true to its DC roots, this park is FREE! It's a small green space in NW DC that saw the only Civil War battle in Washington, DC. It's a fort and you can tell that by the ditch surrounding it. Once you jump over the ditch, you'll see several cannons and plaques explaining the battle and why this fort exists. It's also speaks to the woman, a freed slave, who owned the property before it was taken from her by the US government to protect the capital. Fascinating!

Lina Bassett: This is a small fort in the middle of a DC neighborhood. This place can be easily missed, however since it is part of civil war history, this should be a place to stop and visit, even if only perhaps on the way to something else.

Lance Hampton: Worth seeing the spot where President Lincoln watched a Confederate attack on Washington, DC in 1864.

Isaiah I-Say-ah Walker: Peacful and serene, grassy land with a lot of historical content and features. It's an old Civil War fort, that President Abraham Lincoln actually witnessed soldiers in battle and where he was shot at by enemy combatants... This fort was built on the land of a Black woman named Elizabeth Proctor Thomas, who once owned 88 acres in the neighborhood that is still known as Brightwood.

Trevor Joyce: There are better parks in/around D.C. but if you live in the area it makes for an interesting visit.

BAC625: Fort Stevens is a historic Civil War site that is very important to me. We were involved in trash pickup.

James Salt: Great historic park in upper Georgia Ave. area. Of that they split the historic location to create housing development.

Cory Newmann: Important historical site surrounded by the city and not the greatest neighborhoods.

16. National Mall

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National Mall
Duration
4.6
Guidance
4.9
Punctuality
4.5
Knowledge
4.8
Physical Difficulty
4.5

Address: Washington, DC

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (202) 426-6841

Guy: National park


Review: "Took a nightime tour of the historic sites."

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LISA HANEY: It's a beautiful place with numerous monuments and museums based on the History of America. Very interesting and informative. Can easily spend a day here by just strolling through the entire area visiting all the memorials. There's a lot of walking involved. It would be a pleasant experience. If you decide to visit the museums, it may take more than a day. So plan accordingly.

Saiprabhu B: It's a beautiful place dotted with numerous monuments and museums throwing light on the History of America. Very interesting and informative. Can easily spend a day here by just strolling through the entire area visiting all the memorials. There's a lot of walking involved, but if weather holds good (not so hot/cold), it would be a pleasant experience. It was slightly drizzling when we were there and so we loved all the walking and could go on and on without getting tired. If you decide to visit the museums, it may take more than a day. So plan accordingly.

Warman Hall: It is simply amazing to be in one spot where you can take a Sunday stroll around a beautiful lake and blooming orchard of trees while seeing some of the most important and stunning monuments in the world! I only wish I had more time on my visit to simply walk around and take in the sights. I got to visit mid-morning on a Thursday in early March so the crowds were not bad at all.

Dr. Michael Shur: National mall is one of the most interesting and enjoyable places to visit in DC and, actually, in the entire country. Museums second to none, great memorials, and lots of tourists. The only blemish, truly embarrassing for our nation, is the toilet facility next to the Lincoln Memorial. Many establishments in Washington, DC, have serious problems with plumbing and sanitation. But this one is even worse than average. My wife and I visited the women an men facility, respectively. The lady’s room had a long queue (that took about 45 minutes) to reach one of three available stalls. The door of one of them was broken. The filth of the place according to my wife’s report could only be matched by the men’ facility with broken facets and suspicious liquid on the floor difficult to avoid. Not even restrooms in Central Park in NYC come close. And you are really well advised to avoid those at all costs if at all possible. --

Gee Queue: They do a pretty good job of maintaining the grounds despite the best efforts of the populace to screw them up. The scale of some of the monuments is difficult to comprehend until you are there in person. I recommend a night tour. They are much more stunning when lit up.

Leilani-Z: Full day of exercise and definitely could spend more days here. We parked at a nearby parking garage, and by the time we got back to the car at the end of the day, we had logged 9 miles. Beautiful and clean, so much to see and learn about. We went to almost all of the monuments and two of the museums. The ice cream / food trucks are great, but the music they play should be banned 🙈

Nikkicole8890: My boyfriend took me here for my first time in DC and I loved it! It was so beautiful and I really enjoyed walking around and seeing all of the monuments and statues! I would love to go back again one day!

Ashok Patel: National Mall is not a “Shopping Mall”. It is a National Park containing iconic monuments and memorials of some of the greatest people and events who shaped America as a nation. This is called the front yard of America and a symbol of democratic values. This is a green lush park between United States Capitol building to Potomac River. Every citizen of US should visit and explore these incredible memorials like Lincoln Memorial, MLK Jr Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington Monument, World War 2 Memorial and the list goes on and on. Park rangers offer variety of programs and activities free of charge, otherwise you can explore and enjoy the park in your way and pace. It’s lawns and pathways are mostly crowded by school children, joggers and visitors and tourists from all over the world. This is where the history is made and witnessed. The American forefathers and heroes are honored here who paid ultimate sacrifice for the country. This is the national stage where people gather and movements take place and their voices heard. Everyone should wander here in the tree-lined pathways and take in the scenery and history of America. There is lot of walking involved. This is open 24 hours and you can visit during anytime and enjoy the different beauty at different times.

Joe Hughes: This was our first time in Washington DC. First 3 days it was very hot and humid but over all we had a great vacation. The National Mall was interesting having everything pretty close together in walking distance. It was even more beautiful at night. We are glad that we went.

scott bowman: The museums are always great to visit. Masks are required in all museums, and there are bag checks at all of them, too. There are not many water fountains and no water bottle filling stations in the museums we visited. Hand sanitizing stations are available. There are plenty of food vendors/ food trucks around the Mall. This Is Not A Shopping Mall. This is the strip from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial, called The Mall.

17. Eastern Market

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Eastern Market
Duration
4.8
Guidance
4.5
Punctuality
4
Knowledge
4
Physical Difficulty
4.4

Address: 225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 6PM

Telephone: (202) 698-5253

Guy: Farmers' market


Review: "Historic neighborhood treasure."

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Sachin Thomas: Many miss this place while exploring the capital, but it's a nice little market with old town feel. You can walk along the stores and purchase unique items. There are several cafes too, to have breakfast or lunch

Renee Moore: So I got some amazing things from the market today .... Heirloom tomatoes, some funky string beans and great corn on the cob. Also handmade soap that some people said was a must try, I'll post the veggies later guys because I packed them away for cooking tomorrow but here are some other photos I took. Enjoy

Ruth Bonacci: I love markets. We visited on a Tuesday afternoon. It was not too busy. We got lunch at one of the places inside the market. It is rather small compared to other markets that I have been to. I saw fresh fish, angus beef, produce, bakery, sweets, and prepared foods you could eat outside. This was a nice place to stop for lunch!

Jessica McNutt: Eastern Market is a great place to go. During the week you can go inside for high quality meat, fish, poultry, fruit,vegetables and dine-in/carry out prepared food. On the weekend, when I really love to stop by, there is an extensive farmers market with all sorts of amazing local vendors.

Shannon A. McGhee: Was wowed. VERY NICE ESTABLISHMENT. I purchased a few pieces of cake from a stand, and I might say it was pretty darn good. The pineapple upside down cake was hitting. I also tried their sweet potatoe cake. They've earned a new customer. Yes!!!!!yes I love sweets.

Amelya Sjahlim: I have been coming here two weekends in a row for the flea market. There are always new products or stalls to be found; creative art pieces, handmade jewelry, candles and bath bombs.

Marrento The Wandering Sage: I'm only giving 4 stars because I never actually go inside the market. I just like to stroll through the vendors outside on the weekends. Tons of original art, pottery, handmade clothing, lotions (Sunah Blu 😍), vinyl, and other things for the home. If you're lucky, you'll catch some live sax or violin paying.

ivana gobbo: Beautiful place! We really enjoyed the atmosphere and the overall experience. You can find fresh veggies, fruits, fish, poultry, beef, pork, beef... They also have flowers, dessert, breakfast, lunch, crafts, art, clothes... Everybody is so nice, the architecture it’s spectacular! We went this Sunday and the weather was perfect!

Harry He: Eastern market is one of the hidden gems in DC. the crab cake at the diner is a must try. Also a perfect place for fresh meat, seafood, vegetable, and fruits. Farmers market nearby on weekends also host many local businesses with great products.

Scott Hayes: Farmers market is full of fun options from a wide variety of vendors. The many restaurants and stores also offer you the chance to pickup whatever you might need for day to day life