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1. National Mall

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National Mall
Duration
5
Guidance
5
Punctuality
5
Knowledge
5
Physical Difficulty
5

Address: Washington, DC

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (202) 426-6841

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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.

2. 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

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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.

3. Old Town Trolley Tours Washington DC

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Old Town Trolley Tours Washington DC
Duration
4.8
Guidance
4.8
Punctuality
4.9
Knowledge
4.8
Physical Difficulty
4.8

Address: 1001 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 4PM

Telephone: (202) 832-9800

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Natalia Mednikov: This tour was amazing! The guide was full of knowledge. Don’t miss out. A 1,5 hour tour that goes by fast. We stopped off to see some very impressive and important monuments. I cannot say enough about the beautiful and well planned tour. It was a perfect experience. All the staff who work for this company are very friendly.
Response: Natalia It's always great to hear from our guests. Thank you for sharing your review of Old Town Trolley Tours Washington DC. We hope to see you back again in the future.

Quynh Tran: Mike G. (From Boston) was the best tour guide I’ve ever had. He was very knowledgeable and knew everything. I he was like a human google of Washington DC (or history in general)! It was a little chilly but it was a great start to DC and knowing the general areas before the rest of your trip. Our guide was very accommodating and left no man behind. Highly recommend!
Response: Quynh We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your day with Old Town Trolley Tours Washington DC. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us.

Connor Roberts: An excellent tour of the most important areas of DC for a fair price. The trolley ride was comfortable and the staff at the store and the tour guide were friendly and very knowledgeable. The tour we took was about 2 hours long including a half hour break at the Lincoln Memorial. If you're in DC I highly recommend checking this out, it's definitely worth it.
Response: Connor Thank so much for taking the time to write such a nice review about Old Town Trolley Tours Washington DC and we are so pleased that you had such a good time. We look forward to having you come back and visiting us again!

Miranda Oliver: "Lucky" was our driver. She was amazing! Fitting that we had a female driver during women's history month. So knowledgable and fun. She handled other driver's rudeness with grace and integrity. It truly takes a talent to be able to drive through busy city streets, conduct an informative tour and keep everyone safe. Would do this tour again and recommend to all!
Response: Miranda Thank you for making us part of your vacation. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback about Old Town Trolley Tours Washington DC and being so open with us.

M Lopez: Visiting DC and decided to take a tour to get to see all the sights without all the walking, $45 per adult for a 90 minute tour which included a 30 minute stop at the lincoln memorial, yay! Our guide was very knowledgeable and funny, I unfortunately can't remember his name 😕. Highly recommend Old Town Trolley Tours, I have used them in other cities and they never disappoint The only down side is that they discontinued the hop on hop off service in DC, hopefully they'll start it again in the future, but the 30+ stop was great.
Response: M It’s always great for our team to hear from our guests. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a review of your experience on Old Town Trolley Tours Washington DC. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Laura Oliver: Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, ValueMoonlight trolley tour is fabulous! If you are short on time in DC and want to see a lot and hear a lot about the city, this is your best bet! We booked our school tour through Abe in group sales who made everything so easy! Hollywood was our tour guide and was awesome! Definitely the highlight of our visit!
Response: Laura It is always wonderful to hear from our guests and their experiences with our tours and attractions. Thank you for sharing your thoughts aboutOld Town Trolley Tours Washington DC.

Susie Anson: Hey **Mr. History" , best driver ever. So beautiful by night. And re-learning great American history while seeing gorgeous memorial at night ... Not to be missed Fall is the best to walk around and tour. 😉
Response: Susie We appreciate your positive feedback about your experience on Old Town Trolley Tours Washington DC. We take pride in serving our customers and hope to see you again at Old Town Trolley Tours Washington DCsoon!

Slem: We ran up as a night time tour was starting. We didn't have advanced tickets because we weren't sure if we'd make it in time. They let us buy tickets and hop on a bus very quickly. Our tour guide, Honest Abe, was great. Loved his commentary and Playlist.
Response: Slem Love hearing from our guests like you! Thank you for the review of Old Town Trolley Tours Washington DC! We are glad you had a fun time.

Talina McKinley: My experience with this trolley tour was not good...I booked online, when I got to the welcome center the check in attendant was not friendly, he looked high and felt like I bothered him...it was not a hop on/hop off...I paid for Arlington Cemetery and had to find my own way there...the 90 minutes ride felt like an hour of seeing nothing, drove past everything so fast you could barely get a pic...I had to go to the White House on my own... couldn't see the Martin Luther King Monument...spent 30 minutes at Lincoln Memorial
Response: We are sorry you were disappointed in our tour. We offer a satisfaction guarantee located on the customer service page of our website.

Donna Hensley: I wish there were 5 more stars I could give Old Town Trolley! The personalized narration by knowledgeable, friendly drivers are always the rule.
Response: Donna We love hearing about your experience with Old Town Trolley Tours Washington DC and hope you will share it with your friends and family back home!

4. Signature Tours Of DC

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Signature Tours Of DC
Duration
4.9
Guidance
4.8
Punctuality
4.8
Knowledge
4.8
Physical Difficulty
4.8

Address: 800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 11PM

Telephone: (202) 779-4500

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Lissa H: Tyrone and Hunter were great tour guides, very friendly and helpful. Tyrone was knowledgeable and interjected a lot of humor into the tour. We had plenty of time to get off the bus and take pictures of the different memorial sights. The water that was available when we got back on the bus was very welcome. I highly recommend taking this trip, it was enjoyable and we learned a lot. Very much worth the cost.

Debbie DelValle: First night in DC, decided to try a monuments tour under the stars. Signature Tours offered hotel pick up and drop off which was an added bonus. Thanks to the very knowledgeable and personable Sally and our excellent driver Chris, the 3 hour tour was time very well spent. I would highly recommend this tour.

Andrew Harmon (Werd69): This tour was on point. We met the bus at 800 Pennsylvania Ave NW no problem. We were loaded on a big tour bus. Our tour guide name was Charles. He was fantastic. He knew so much, I thought he was a retired teacher. We got to see quite a few monuments. When they say 3 hours they mean 3 hours. We got our monies worth and then some. Definitely do this tour if possible.

CATHERINE RALEIGH: All I have to say is we had the BEST tour guide. He was so knowledgeable and super friendly, his name was Tyrone and I will admit he was kind of handsome too☺️ loved the sights and took a MILLION pictures. We went for the night tour- we couldn't see Arlington Cemetery because it was quite dark and raining but we still circled around and went to the Iwo Jima monument and that was neat to see especially after all the lights were on.

Emily Ferguson: We did the DC Under the Stars and it was incredible. Sally, our guide, was funny and engaging, and included such interesting info about DC and had a clear speaking voice. Chris, our driver, was also great. Would highly recommend this tour-and during the Spring, everything is simply stunning! Perfect combination of photo ops, history, humor, as well as moments to reflect and remember some of our nation’s most sobering events. The only downside to the tour was that the man loading us onto the bus was terribly rude and gruff for some reason. Also, there is no hotel pickup so plan to get transportation to the National Archives and make sure to arrive early.

Melissa Coulter: Absolutely the BEST DC tour! Fun and so knowledgeable! The kind of tour that you always hope you book! I highly recommend MR.MAP!

Melanie Williamson: My grandson and I had a wonderful tour of DC from Signature Tours. The guide, Dave, pointed out almost every downtown building, history and fun facts. Arriving at the momuments via the bus was perfect! Chris, the driver, safely took us from one location to another. Our 6-hour tour allowed us to see and experience much more than we could have if we had walked.

jen zappulla: I did the all day tour and Vernon and Chris were amazing! Vernon was so knowledgeable about the monuments and had side stories that added to the richness of what we were seeing. Chris maneuvered that bus like a boss, finding alternate routes due to closures and construction. I would highly recommend!!

Michael Olson: Driver and tour guide Tyrone were awesome! Docked a few stars because company is advertising a service on TripAdvisor that they aren’t providing, pick-up at hotel. We confirmed that our hotel was included on the list on the website so that was correct. The ticket we printed off for our tour listed hotel pickup on it. When I called to confirm this prior to the tour I was told we had to find our own way to the tour departure point. This required a change in our plan, expense, and travel that was not anticipated given what we purchased. You either are or you aren’t doing it because of Covid. This makes no sense to me as we are all sitting in a packed bus for 3 hours without mask requirement so what difference does a pickup make? Feels like an excuse to not do the work to fulfill what is advertised and paid for. The other star dock was for poorly maintained brakes on the bus. Couldn’t hear the tour guide many times because of the high pitched screeching of brakes every few minutes.

N C.: I'll start with saying that the tour itself is not that bad. DC is the same DC day or night. However, your tour guide can make any tour a good one or a dreadful one. Our tour guide was the equivalent of a lounge singer on the Love Boat, but just without the singing. He went on and on and on about pointless stuff. We didn't leave the first stop until 15 min after we should've left because he was babbling to stall for the late comers. It felt like the tour was moving in slow motion. By the 3rd stop, we got off the bus and went home. I've done A LOT of tours around the world and I have only left 2. This was one of them. Cannot recommend. 👎🏽

5. 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

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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.

6. USA Guided Tours

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USA Guided Tours
Duration
4.7
Guidance
4.7
Punctuality
4.8
Knowledge
4.7
Physical Difficulty
4.7

Telephone: (202) 733-7376

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Aaron Renshaw: We took the nighttime DC monument tour in a covered top Sprinter van. Our guide was friendly, attentive, and very knowledgeable about the city. We were visiting in early January so it was super cold and had recently snowed so our guide kept us warm and comfortable also by strategically parking the van or moving it for us to save steps after walking the monuments. Overall, fun and memorable. I'd highly recommend this tour!
Response: Thanks for sharing your great experience! Find us on Instagram & think of us if you ever come back or go to NYC - we offer tours there too!

Rebekah Diaz: Did the night tour with Mr Map! It was great to stop at so many places and take photos. I do wish that the tour guide would have come off the bus to tell us about the different landmarks instead of staying on the bus. It was beautiful to see all the monuments lit up—different than the daytime sights. We chose the closed climate controlled instead of open top because it was rather cold at night (in late April!)! Would recommend.

Vanessa Losey: Thanks for making my dad bday that much more memorable! My dad a senior citizen and the pace was perfect for him, including all the bathroom breaks and patience. Thank you Terry for a tour to remember and for signing to my dad happy birthday!!! Memories to last a lifetime. His service dog loved it too!!!

Teresa Simmons: We took the DC tour on Sunday. Nick was our guide. The tour was a great way to see the sights and learn interesting facts. Nick loves his job and it shows! He was funny and informative! Highly recommend Nick and the 6 hour DC day tour. We had and amazing time!!

Suzanne: We took the dusk to dark, open top bus tour, and it was well worth it! The small group allowed for a much more personalized experience. It was obvious to us that our guide, Nick, truly enjoys his job, and that adds to the experience. He was friendly, knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor, all of which added up to a very comfortable, enjoyable tour! He made it feel like we had a long time friend showing us the many sites. Definitely recommend this tour!
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Bianca Moskaitis: Nick the @tourgod was one of the most amazing tour guides I’ve ever experienced! His knowledge and charisma made us feel so comfortable. He kept us laughing and on time! He was just a delightful and I’m so glad we got to experience him today! The Mercedes’ sprinter is a beautiful site to see while traveling down Constitution ave and Pennsylvania ave. Such a luxurious site to see🎉🎊 I’m so excited to take another tour with them in the spring! Here are come Loudoun VA wine country 🍷

Tricia Barr: We had a fabulous experience with Alicia as our tour guide and Thomas as our driver. We enjoyed a very informative 6-hour tour with Potomac River cruise. The best compliment was given by my ten year old daughter who is often reluctant to join historical and sight-seeing tours and would far prefer a spring break at a theme park. She said, “I learned so much about my country and I loved learning about all of the hidden meanings of the monuments.” As a parent, I was so happy that she loved the symbolism and significance of all that DC had to offer! Thank you to Alicia for your positive energy and sharing your extensive knowledge of our Nation’s capital!

Shari S: Nick and our driver were awesome. Very knowledgeable. Highly recommend. I took borh the day and the night tour with this company. I highly recommend using this tour company. Parking can be a little difficult and further away then the tour can get you. I am so glad I signed up for these tours. I will make sure to let everyone I know going to any city they service to use them.
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Joseph McIntyre: Originally scheduled the daytime tour with the riverboat cruise. Had to change due to flight delays and a mix up with rental cars. They were very accommodating and allowed us to switch the tour last minute to the night tour. Our tour guide, Nick was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Thanks so much for the memories!
Response: Thanks for the positive feedback. We understand that the basis of travel is to embrace the unexpected. Because of this, we are always willing to reschedule. Also, if you are worried that your trip has too many variables, we offer trip insurance to cancel up to the minute before the tour for a full refund (minus the insurance cost).

Lisa Hayes: Great tour that I would highly recommend. Curtis was our driver and nick was our tour guide. Very knowledgeable and had plenty of time at all the stops. They had just taken down the fences at the capitol so we were able to go on the lawn. We did the night tour and they picked us up at our hotel which was perfect since I had just had some foot surgery and walking was difficult. Would recommend this tour to everyone and Great price.

7. See DC Today

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See DC Today
Duration
4.9
Guidance
4.8
Punctuality
4.8
Knowledge
4.8
Physical Difficulty
4.8

Address: 1000 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (202) 349-9637

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branmorris21: Best way to start our DC vacation. Kareem navigated the streets with ease. And Steve was very informative on everything we were touring. They both were easy to talk to and answered all our questions without a boring explanation. The night was clear and not too busy for the beginning of the holiday weekend. Highly recommend this small group night tour. The price is worth it. Loved it. Thanks guys.
Response: We'll let the team know how much you enjoyed it - and we agree- taking our tour at the very beginning of a visit really puts it all in perspective. Many thanks for the 5 Star review!

Stephanie Matthews: Booked the night tour for the first evening we were in Washington DC. We arrived at meeting place to be greeted by our driver as well as the tour guide. What a wonderful informative experience for my party of three. We appreciated the small group individuality. The driver Kareem as well as tour guide Andrew Evans took the time to answer all questions for my nine year one grandson. They were very cautious when driving, provided water, device charging, and gave so much info at each stop. They allowed plenty of time to explore and even took photos of guest in front of the sites. The tour lasted over 3 hours. The tour guide would walk around with each small group etc., while the driver waited close by ready for pick up. Very impressed with details provided including personal stories and his love for his job and each monument. I would highly recommend for anyone wanting a tour of DC.
Response: Andrew is a former teacher and it shows! We truly enjoyed reading your review- we'll let the team know. Safe travels!

Andyrea Mahon: Cassie and Kareem were absolutely the best guide/driver we could have asked for! So knowledgeable about all the monuments. Cassie relayed information in an exciting and engaging way. I wish she could narrate all of our time in DC! They had cold water for us throughout. Kareem even went and got more ice cold water for our group when we ran low. We learned so much and didn’t want it to end. I would 100% recommend See DC tours!

Chaz Arnold: My wife and I cannot say enough good things about this tour. First of all, the small group size provides an engaging, intimate experience that is much unlike many of the other tours we witnessed during our excursion. The driver, Kareem, was knowledgeable about the city and one of the most genuine people you will ever meet. Our guide, Kassie, was spectacular; she communicated a lot of information about the sights. On several occasions, she answered questions we had about the monuments as if she were reading our minds. Very entertaining. Seeing DC monuments lit up at night is an experience unlike any other. The travel van was comfortable and the provided water were much appreciated. Finally, we appreciated the dinner recommendation made by our guide following the tour. This experience was well worth the time and money.
Response: DC's monuments lit up at night are definitely magical. We'll let Cassie and Kareem know how much you enjoyed their Small Group Mall night tour. Many thanks for the 5 star review!

Heidi McQuade: Ron and Edrick were fantastic! There is no way we would have seen as much as we did in the little time we were here, and we are very appreciative of their knowledge. I would highly recommend See DC Today to anyone sightseeing, especially for first timers. Note: there is still quite a bit of walking and being on your feet because you leave the van at every stop.
Response: Thanks so much for your 5 Star review - we'll let the team know! We appreciate your taking the time to share your insights with our other guests especially during the busy summer season. Safe travels!

Shari N: Great tour! The small group format made for a fun, personal experience. Steve was a fun and knowledgeable tour guide and Edrick got us around town safely with a great sense of humor. I highly recommend this tour.
Response: We thank you for your 5 Star review. We'll let Steve and Edrick know. We are always tweaking our small group format for both our day and night tour. Come back and see us again soon!

J D: The hop on hop off night tour was amazing! Dustin was knowledgeable and was funny too! No way we would have seen all these sights on our own. Would highly recommend!
Response: Thanks so much for this review- We'll let Dustin know you enjoyed both his his commentary AND how he fit in all the sites in just 3 hours.

John Maty: Though the longest day of year; party of 6 totally enjoyed tour. Picked this company based on STOPs at best Monuments vs others that do driveby. Prompt pickup. Our driver Dustin had a wealth of information not only of the various Monuments but other Washingtonian tidbits.
Response: We thank you for your great review of Dustin's tour - and, we agree, the longest day of the year can be a challenge in DC heat but happy to hear that Dustin kept your group moving through the Mall monuments! We appreciate your 5 Star review and we'll let Dustin know.

Ki Anna: The Best tour out there. Larry was an awesome driver as he navigated thru DC .. and Steve was the most knowledgeable and professional tour guide ever! Will definitely do again.
Response: We'll let Larry and Steve know you enjoyed their teamwork! Thanks for the 5 Star review. Safe travels!

Nick Myers: Amazing tour for anyone who wants a personal and fun look at the monuments of DC. Our driver Steve was professional all around and got us across the city safely, and our guide, Kory, was really fun and obviously passionate about the area’s history. I was not looking for a deeply sanitized tour with guides who sound like they’re reading off of plaques at the monuments, and fortunately that’s not what I got. I recommend this bus tour for those who like to ask deeper questions about the Capitol’s history and get immediate answers, those who want something beyond the typical tourist experience, and those who want to be truly guided through DC and its intricacies rather than simply taken to photo-ops. Excellent experience all around!
Response: Nick, Thank you for taking the time to leave such an awesome review!!! Glad to hear that you not only enjoyed your tour but the whole experience. Thanks again. Safe Travels!

8. Big Bus Tours Washington DC Visitor Center

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Big Bus Tours Washington DC Visitor Center
Duration
3
Guidance
3.1
Punctuality
3
Knowledge
3
Physical Difficulty
3

Address: 610 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 5PM

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Delaney Gellert: Such a cool way to explore all around DC and lets you see a lot in 1-2 hours. Getting on was somewhat confusing and you might not be with your family altogether since there are not assigned spots. The audio is okay but gives you a lot of information for when you are near tourist spots. There was only one hop off spot at the Lincoln Memorial but it is not for long so its more to stretch your legs and see the bottom of the monument. I recommend going more at night time because it nice to see the sunset on DC and was a lot cooler for when you are going in the summer time :)

Kayla Kirkpatrick: Ms. Gale was a great driver and made sure we all had a safe and enjoyable trip! My parents and I loved our trip and would definitely recommend big bus if you want a scenic route around the city!

D'Andrea Wright: GREG was so awesome! He was funny, organized and gave us lollipops. The bus ride was also fun! However, the entire right side of the bus didn't have working audio, so I missed out on all of the historical information and it was super cold.

nailah morris: Love the concept of the tour! Make sure you plan accordingly so you can see all the major sights! Also listening to the headphones are a great idea they give you a lot of information! John Dickey was such a sweet fantastic driver! Overall a great experience!

Patrick Billerman: There are several things that come to mind after using big bus tour today in Washington DC. First off the buses are designed with uncomfortable hard plastic seats. They also have plug in earbuds for you so you can listen to the commentary that has been pre-recorded. Some of the commentary is too early and some of the commentary is too late since we passed the item they were speaking about. The first go around we try to get on a bus and it was very difficult at the 10 stop of the tour route. While the busses come every 15 minutes we could not got on the first one at 11am after we waited 15 minutes for it to come, we had to stand there for another 15 minutes for the next bus. I’m just glad the weather was nice. When we finally got on a bus we had to sit In the lower seats since they have limited open air seats. These lower seats on these buses have a very bad sight lines to the monuments around Washington DC. On our last bus that we hopped on we had to sit downstairs since there were no seats upstairs in the cool air. The driver never put on air-conditioning so we were very warm and uncomfortable on the bottom level. We got off of at the next stop and walk to where we wanted to go. Don’t even get me started on that app that doesn’t work.

Ganeshan Venkatesha: Contrary to my belief, I had best experience while making a trip between Vienna Metro and New York on 18th and 21st. I travelled in Bus for the first time in 30 years in the US. First it was very well organized. It was punctual. Inspite of many road constructional delays, the bus driver tried to maintain punctuality. I was very impressed with the driver whose name I do not know. . He is tall black very well built. He was so disciplined and professional. He never indulged in talking nor did he waste time in stops. He just stopped for 12 minutes for a single short break. Never applied breaks suddenly. The drive was so smooth at consistent speed. All in all I would prefer bus ride instead of a driving in car. The only inconvenience was that I could not reserve seats even 15 days earlier. First come first served appears good but hurts those who plan early. Hope the bus reserves at least 25% of seats for advance reservation. That would be a very good thing. Ganeshan Centreville VA

Pippela Pam: We purchased the deluxe ticket + night tour which was well worth the price. The narrators all had different levels of knowledge about DC which made for interesting rides, even if we had been by the same place. All the staff from drivers to ticket sellers were awesome! For the ticket price you can get on and off for 2 days which was a great way to get around the city. We went on the boat, Madame Tussands and the night tour which was gorgeous and loved that we all were able to use the upper deck to see the sites. We highly recommend using Big Bus tours and will definitely use again when available at other cities or when we are in DC again.

Alla Kotlyarova: It can only be good if you hop on the bus at the stop number 1 and don't leave the bus. I purchased a deluxe ticket that comes with a night tour and a 2-day tour. I got to use the night tour only. I couldn't find the bus for the day tour at the designated stops. The bus didn't stop twice on those stops, even though they saw Mr. I did city sightseen bus in NYC and it was great! Lots of busses which come frequently. This big bus in DC was horrible. If I knew, I would just purchased a night tour with no stops.

Ameet Sandhu: Tour is decent though I wish there was a live tour guide not an audio recording. Also the buses are old and outdated I wish there were outlets for charging. The staff could also be more friendly.

Latoya Fletcher: We purchased the red line tours...which I thought was a good enough for my group...it started at Union station...we we're lucky to have decided to do our tour on a Sunday as we were lucky to get free parking on the street and more importantly if the town was that busy I would not want to see a week day. We hoped to start the tour as they opened .. but finding the place took us some time so we lost 2 hrs...we had to move fast through the various stop and we could not come off at most, we choose a few and we still had to run to catch the last bus. This tour offers more than you can do in one day...so choose carefully or book another day ..

9. Private DC Tours, LLC

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Private DC Tours, LLC
Duration
5
Guidance
5
Punctuality
5
Knowledge
5
Physical Difficulty
5

Address: 1629 K St NW Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (571) 354-5015

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Kathy Walker: We had a private tour with Eshan as our guide. It was such a wonderful tour, a highlight of our trip. Our party included myself (age 46), my husband (age 49), my mother (age 73) and our daughter (age 19) and son (age 18). We chose the moonlight tour which lasted from 7-10pm. Eshan picked us up at our Airbnb and the vehicle was very nice and clean. Eshan was extremely friendly and made us feel so comfortable and by the end of the night it felt like he was a longtime friend. He was very knowledgeable about all the DC history and each location he took us to. He took wonderful pictures which were so much better then the ones my camera took so I was so thankful. He was patient with us and kept us on a good pace. He took us to the Jefferson Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Pentagon, Arlington cemetery, the fountain, Washington monument/tidal basin, the capital , library of Congress and even though it was close to our end time he knew we really wanted to see the Lincoln memorial and he went above and beyond to take us there as well. He was so amazing with us. Our kids and mom truly enjoyed our tour as well. I have a health condition where I have hard time with heat and long periods walking, by taking the night tour and with Eshan driving us to each monument was the only way I was able to see as much as we did. We are so thankful and recommend him to anyone interested in truly seeing DC without all the big tours and crowds. It was so personal and less stressful. Their cost was so reasonable compared to other private tours and quality of the tour was top notch. Also, our son left his AirPod case in the vehicle and Eshan was kind enough to bring it the next night to our Airbnb home. Again great service above the rest ! Thank you Eshan for wonderful memories my family will never forget.
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Erica Widdoss: Esaan was our tour guide and he was fantastiiiiic! He has so much knowledge of the area, he had pictures and videos that he would show about the next monument or memorial we were on our way to. We got right up and close to each one. I only expected to see a few things. He went above and beyond. He took us to sooo many more places than I expected. He knows the route very well! We spent 10 to 20 minutes at each location depending on the memorial/monument. The vehicle was spacious. We had 2 adults and 3 children. Thank you so much for a great experience!! We appreciate you!
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Jocelyn Cardona: Awesome tour from beginning to the end! The responses I received when I was inquiring were instantaneous; very user friendly website and the Tour guide that we had, Bruce, was the best! He was very knowledgeable, amiable and helpful. I recommend this company to anyone who is looking for a hassle free private tour.
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Nellie L: Our driver was Bruce. His knowledge of history was deep. He was able to answer the questions we asked. He took us to several memorials. We were able to fit off and spend time at some of the memorials. The vehicle was very comfortable. Bruce was very professional and courteous. I recommend Private DC Tours to anyone coming to DC. The night tour of the memorials is a must!!! I especially liked we had our own tour guide versus being part of a large group on a bus.
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Lauretta Suneborn: Bruce did a terrific job of navigating around DC on a Saturday during the cherry blossom festival with all the traffic and crowds! He shared stories of history with my family in the middle of intense traffic. He was cool under pressure and made it a very pleasant experience. He showed us a lot in a small amount of time! My family has lived in the area for over 30 years and Bruce had plenty to teach and remind us. We reminisced about how much the city has changed, sharing stories and laughter. We would love to tour with him again. Highly recommend!
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Mat B: Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, ValueEhsan was great - very knowledgeable on all DC’s historic sites. He allowed us to customize our tour and incorporated some of his recommended points of interest as well.
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Wendy Delp: Bruce was fabulous! He was knowledgeable, professional, and an all around high caliber individual. He made us feel right at home, and we hope to stay in touch. He went above and beyond to make our experience memorable. The vehicle was immaculate and very comfortable. He provided great anecdotes and historical facts, and he knew the best way to experience each site. He even tailored the tour to our interests. This was the best way to experience DC! I highly recommend this tour!
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E J: After confirming pick up by text, Ehsan picked us up on time at our hotel in a clean, cool and comfortable Suburban. It was great to customize the tour to our interests. He is knowledgeable, engaging and organized. He makes good use of photographs and videos to teach about a site or monument prior to arrival at the location. The 2.5-hour afternoon tour was perfect for our two children. He even dropped us off at our restaurant reservation after the tour. Highly recommended!!
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Christie Wagner: We pretty much had 4 hours in DC before moving on to our next destination and none of us had ever been there. With museums still shut down from the pandemic, I thought, "how can we see everything we need to see historically that is outdoors before we leave in the morning...and make it entertaining for 2 teenage boys"? Insert DC Tours. Bruce was our tour guide and he was exactly who we needed! He texted us in advance to confirm our appointment and asked us to text him back when we were in the lobby. He showed up a few minutes early, gave us the rundown, and we hopped into an SUV. Bruce had his route and let us know that he was skipping past a few things until later because they are much better to see lit up at night. He was spot on with his logic! We saw it all - Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, Capitol, White House...and he had stories and history to go with it. He grew up in the area, so he knew it well. We enjoyed getting to know a little about Bruce along the way, and he told us a few history side stories about that we never knew about - one about Lincoln's son even threw off our 13-year old Lincoln fan! I cannot say enough about Bruce and DC Tours...they made our DC night the greatest and we are all excited to come back to DC (for a bit longer next time). Thank you so much, Bruce! Services: City tours , Private tours
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Toni Sinker-Strang: Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, ValueEshan was a great tour guide giving lots of historic information along the tour. He asked us what locations were a priority for us to see while we were in DC. I would use him again and again. He was patient and knowledgeable.
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10. 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

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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.

11. Big Bus Tours Washington DC

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Big Bus Tours Washington DC
Duration
3.6
Guidance
3.7
Punctuality
3.6
Knowledge
3.6
Physical Difficulty
3.6

Address: 955 L'Enfant Plaza SW #915, Washington, DC 20024

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C.B. Ballew: Loved the Night Tour! Pick a day when the weather is in the low 70’s - it was perfect! The driver was really nice and helpful. The route the bus takes is organized so that you see a Georgetown and buildings that you need to see in the light before the sun goes down. Then you travel to the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool as night falls. Perfect!! Take this tour - no downsides at all.
Response: C.b. Ballew, reviews like this give us motivation and help us ensure we provide high-quality care.

Ashley Beth: Fabulous tour and a really fun and informative way to see the DC area! The signage and pickup locations were clearly marked so we knew right where to go (to get on the bus and at any of the drop-off points as well). They had headphones for our family of five and the info on the narration was interesting, relevant, and entertaining. The bus departed on time and returned on time. Ms. Gale was an outstanding tour guide and she knew all the fun, quirky tidbits of information that made our night tour of the DC area extra special. Highly recommend!
Response: Thank you Ashley! So informative and helpful. We loved having your family on board with us!

Holli Allen Magill: What a fabulous experience. These friendly and very accommodating people really go out of their way to make sure you have the best experience. Frederick was so kind and helpful.. Our bus driver even dropped us right at our hotel! Thanks for a great time, definitely recommend this tour.
Response: We are so happy you enjoyed the experience. Thank you for pointing out Frederick's service to your group. He is one of the groups of stars that shine bright for us. Please come back and visit with us again!

Roger & Ashley Freese: This is one of the best experiences I have had in DC in the many years I've been visiting. Ms. Gayle was amazing and gave us plenty of time to snap good photos as well as take in the scenery. It's really amazing the amount of growth the area has seen through Georgetown and Reston as well as the additions in D.C.
Response: Roger and Ashley; Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. It’s so lovely to see our guests thriving and sharing their experiences here! Take care!

Samantha Carp: None of our busses had AC at the bottom and I really wish they drove threw the Arlington cemetery like I thought but they just pull up & drop you off. Then they was 45mins late picking a stop up & my mother almost missed her flight because we expected to be back by our car in time to drop her off and I tried contacting the Big bus company but they said there was nothing they could do & didn't know why it was late.
Response: Hi Samantha Carp thank you for taking the time to leave us your honest feedback.

Jamie Lowe: We had a 2 day pass and evening tour. All experiences were great! Highly recommend evening tour. A beautiful glimpse of the city and all its landmarks. Staff was friendly and helpful. Gregory at Spy Museum stop was super friendly and entertaining. A shout out to Romero who remembered my grandson at every stop he saw us…both days! Romero made him feel like he had a friend in an unfamiliar place. Great experience for us!
Response: Jamie Lowe, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Big Bus Tours Washington D.C.!

Jodie Martin: We have used Big Bus Tours in several cities throughout the US and have never been disappointed! DC tour was fantastic! You have to keep in mind DC can have closures for different reasons so just download the app and check to see if any events are happening and if there is a slow doen for pickup. You can literally watch the buses on the app. Some stops may be closed for sifferent reasons, again, doenload the app it will tell you. All employees are so friendly and very helpful! Gregory was very upbeat, friendly, and just a top notch nice man. We watched him stop traffic for a girl on crutches who was trying to cross the street. Night tour is a MUST!! You see several different things that aren't on the day hop on hop off. It includes a stop at the Lincoln monument and the entire city is beautiful at night. We were lucky enough to have Ms. Gale for our night tour and she was the best!!! Lots of fun and very entertaining! We will definitely be recommending to others for their visits and will continue using big bus tours!
Response: Jodie! Your pictures are fabulous! What courage to place your vision on this forum. Thanks for the encouraging feedback. Please refer us to family and friends. We appreciate your support!

Miranda: I bought the Groupon that included hop on and hop off for 48 hours and a night ride tour! Worth every penny! Easy to use. You go to one of the stops to have them print your tickets and then you can start riding. Download the app because you can see where the buses are in real time. We waited on more than 20 minutes at a stop for another bus to arrive. The bus wasn’t crowded at all. They supply headphones to listen to a recording about the monuments as the bus passes them. The night tour was awesome!! Easiest way to see the parts outside of Washington DC such as the pentagon, Georgetown, downtown Arlington. Be sure to tip your driver!! 💵
Response: Miranda: We are so grateful for your experience. We especially appreciate the detailed information you left here. It was a pleasure to read your kind review. Take care and we look forward to seeing you again.

Mack Ivy: Our tickets were purchased Monday for Thursday night tour and said "meeting time 07:45 PM" and we arrived in line before that. Gregory was talking at front of the line, but us at the back could not hear him. I had my hand up for several minutes to ask him to repeat what he was saying but he indicated that he would answer me later. Later never came, and after several busses were full at the top, Gregory finally spoke to us at the end of the line and told us to return tomorrow. We are leaving town tomorrow, so that was not an option. He told us to sit on the bottom of the bus. I can post some very disappointing photos at ground level with cars in the way or monuments on the other side of the bus and passenger heads in the way. Our bus Dionte did his best to make the most of a situation that he did not create. This was my son's only chance to see the monuments at night and I don't know how the BigBus management can make it up to us since they obviously overbooked the busses and our views were blocked throughout the tour.
Response: Mack Ivy, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional service, so we are disappointed to hear that your visit with us was anything less than satisfactory. With the unprecedented concert and last minute security plan reveal, we were forced to close last minute. If we had known this prior to, we certainly would not have sold tickets or promoted service. We attempted to run as long as we could until local authorities shut down the roads. Thank you for the feedback.

Greg Burkett: Vida was a great tour guide on our bus. She took family photos of us and gave us tips when asked of DC food and sites.
Response: Greg!!! These photos are absolutely beautiful. You have a real gift! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your wonderful experience with your family. Vida is a true professional in our employ. We are glad to have her!!

12. The Carousel on the National Mall

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The Carousel on the National Mall
Duration
4
Guidance
4
Punctuality
4.1
Knowledge
4
Physical Difficulty
4

Address: Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Guy: Amusement park ride



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Christina Minderman: Visited in late May 2022 and it’s still marked and closed for scheduled maintenance but there is no work in progress and it is definitely showing signs of major disrepair. Would not expect it to be open any time in 2022 based on the current state.

Alisha Lynch: Everyone riding requires a ticket and if your child is under 42” then you have to ride with them. Tickets are $3.50 so not bad. It is about a 3 minute ride. My daughters both had fun and really enjoyed riding!

Sam Odle: $3.50 for a carousel ride that lasted 3:45 when I timed it. If your kid is under 42” (~107cm) you’ll have to spend another $3.50 to stand next to them. Pros: beautiful location, the carousel itself is well kept and historic - before it moved here in 1981 it was part of Gwynn Oak amusement park and became notable when on the same day that MLK gave his “I have a dream” speech, an 11 month old child became the first African American to ride it. Cons: employees always seem disengaged, seemed pricey to me but I’ll let you be the judge!

Shane Jenkins: A good break for all the walking for the kids. About $3.50 per person, even kids accompanying children. Good harmless fun. Puts big smiles on the kids faces. Everyone loves a merry-go-round. Don't care about the cost it helps keep the upkeep of the carousel and gets people paid.

Damon Bryant: A great place for the kids to have some fun. It's currently not open due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Billie Thompson-Romie: A welcomed break for kids while sightseeing at the National Mall in DC. But this is more than just a carousel, it is the only carousel with four horses all abreast jumping. Also, it was a symbol of desegregation on Aug.28, 1963. Something to read up on before enjoying a ride!

Pika Fusion: A good place to rest with kids before moving on with your walks around Washington DC. There is a huge plane of grass to rest on.

Terry Smith: Took my grandchildren there Saturday September 4th 2021 at 11:00 a.m., but it was closed. No explanation, even though the website said it would be open. The Visitor's Center was open, as was the Natural History Museum, so things were otherwise functioning as advertised.

Rebecca Bigler: It's ok... Compliments first: the ride is longer than the few other carousels I have been on recently and each unique 'horse' is well maintained. My 2.5 year old loved it. Complaints: $3.50 per person for all age? Are you kidding me? And the employees barely communicated as we bought our tickets and boarded.

Kevin Allen: Beautiful carousel right on the National Mall. We always give our little ones a break here while touring -- a quick ride on the merry-go-round does a lot to relieve the fatigue kids get when touring all the museums! The cost is quite reasonable -- only $3 -- and this is a classic carousel built in the 1940's with a fairly long ride. My kids have always enjoyed the more unusual mounts -- like dragons and the like -- that are available next to the standard carousel horses.

13. WeVenture Washington DC (formerly Washington DC Tour Hub)

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WeVenture Washington DC (formerly Washington DC Tour Hub)
Duration
4.8
Guidance
4.7
Punctuality
4.7
Knowledge
4.7
Physical Difficulty
4.7

Address: 718 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 9PM

Telephone: (202) 810-1700

Guy: Tour operator



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Linda Kjonnerod: We had a great tour of DC with Cortland, a guide born and raised in DC. He was polite, humorous, extremely knowledgeable. It was hot and humid but we laughed so much it didn't matter. He could answer almost all of the questions and any he couldn't he looked up while we were at the monuments. He was really good with my teenage guests and gave them tips about the sites. The tour was really comprehensive hitting all the high points except the Capitol and Supreme Court. As those sites were blocked up close we had extra time at Roosevelt Memorial. I highly recommend this company. The vehicles are fairly comfortable and gives a better close up of the sites.

leon zachery: I was trying to book night time monument tours for a group of 80 and it was impossible working with online vendors even when I could speak to them on the phone. When I found Stacey at WeVenture, she solved ALL of my problems with one conversation. She was able to accommodate our entire group, arrange for escorted transportation to and from the drop off location, and set up an online payment system so each family could pay for their own activity. She was flexible, professional, responsive and an absolute joy to work with. The carts are fun, clean and safe and the guides were engaging, knowledgeable and funny for all ages. I can't recommend WeVenture enough!

Sultan Chaudhry: Barry was a great tour guide, very professional and knowledgeable. Had a great time seeing the sights quickly since we were pressed for time with our trip to DC. Definitely helped out being in a golf cart with little kids since it was a hot day in the summer.

Katie Barber: This company stranded my family in the rain without a tour we paid nearly $400 for. I booked a tour for June 8 in early April. When we showed up for the tour, booking confirmation number in hand, we were told we were not on their manifest and there was nothing they could do aside from refund our money. Our family was incredibly disappointed and received no explanation other than they didn’t enter our booking in their reservation system. I highly recommend not using this company.
Response: Hi Katie. First let us offer our sincere apologies for last nights breakdown on our part. A technology glitch led to our Monuments by Night tour being oversold and that is completely our problem. We are working this morning to ensure this never happens again to one of our customers and I can only assure you this is not how we do business. We have already refunded your tickets and we would be very happy to reschedule your group for another tour today or in the next few days at no charge and are reaching out by phone to offer that. That should have been offered to you last night by our guide on the ground and by our customer service team on the phone so we apologize that didn't happen. If we are unable to accommodate you on another tour this week we are happy to offer you a complimentary tour with our company at any one of our other destinations in the future. Once again, we apologize for the experience you had with our company and we hope that we are able to make it up to you.

Abby Fife: Joel was an amazing tour guide. He was well prepared and knowledgeable. He knew the answer to anything we asked and was extremely patient with my very inquisitive 11-year-old.

Pamela Chavez Saucedo: I have been working for more than 4 opportunities in Washington. This 5th time I came to DC and I wanted a complete and intelligent explanation about the monuments of Washington. I am more than happy to recommend this tour. The price is $ 62 and it's worth it because the tours are in an electric car, which if you want to help the planet is a plus and also they are maximum 7 people. My guide was Montie and he is a GENIUS, I loved the good vibes to explain everything and give tips to those we took on tour. He asked our tastes or hobbies and so he recommended places to visit or places to eat or drink coffee. The cars are super because you do not have to walk in the heat. I recommend it, and especially take the tour with Montie because I loved the historical explanation, curious facts, and recommendations and the good pictures that I took.

Kevin Lackey: Sue and I signed up for the Urban Adventures Craft Cocktail Tour in Washington DC... Let me tell you, we had the most fantastic time! Our tour guide, Ozie, was amazing! Look for this guy if you decide to try it. He took us to 4 cool bars in DC, was so easy going and full of fun knowledge. We'll stay in contact with him for more Urban Adventures. Keep it going Ozie!

Rona Harari: We booked a private monuments tour for our 3 generations party of 7 and had the best time! Our tour guide was funny and very knowledgeable and was patient with both kids and grandparents. We booked via urban adventures website and had wonderful service start to finish!

Heather Jones: We really enjoyed this brief tour of DC! I'm a local but had family in from out of town and we only had a limited time to see the sights, so a 2 hour tour was ideal for our group. One thing to note is that there IS some walking required; at two points on the tour you stop for 30 minutes so you can walk to various monuments. That worked for some of our group but we had one person with a serious heart condition who couldn't do those parts of the tour. I wish we had known that before the trip but other than that everything was fantastic.

Amy Edwards: Took my grandkids to DC for the day. This was a great way to zip around town and see the sights. Fantastic open air touring, easy to take unobstructed photos. Great stops to get out and walk around different monuments. Alex was full of knowledge and very personable. The kids loved his humor sprinkled in! The listening devices were great! We didn't miss a thing. We really loved the tour!

14. Tours for Humanity

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Tours for Humanity
Duration
5
Guidance
5
Punctuality
5
Knowledge
5
Physical Difficulty
5

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 8PM

Telephone: (202) 780-4544

Guy: Sightseeing tour agency



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Paula Jasinski: Our group recently took the Drinking History tour and loved it! We’d been to DC many many times before but Bo told us stories we’d never heard before. He also took us to places that we’d somehow overlooked. Great history, hysterical stories, and a slew of drinks- what more could you ask for? Do yourself a favor and sign up for one of these tours! P

Becky Trullinger: My family took the Arlington Cemetery walking tour last weekend. Bo’s knowledge of it’s history and story telling was fantastic. His Southern charm and sense of humor kept us spellbound and entertained. Just wish we had time to take all of his tours.

Lyndsay Sims: Such a wonderful experience! Bo, was informative, engaging and interactive with our group. I learned a lot of fun and interesting facts about DC. I would highly recommend this tour!

Andrea Janko: I've never felt so American. Highly recommend.

15. 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



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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?