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1. Off the Mall Tours

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7 reviews
Off the Mall Tours
Duration
5
Guidance
5
Punctuality
5
Knowledge
5
Physical Difficulty
5

Address: Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 5PM

Telephone: (703) 901-1588

Guy: Sightseeing tour agency


Review: Their website mentions walking tour

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Adria Crannell: Katie and off the mall tours are great! I've taken 2 tours now - madams of DC and Harlem Renaissance. Katie does extensive research and shares all kinds of fun trivia and facts you would not otherwise learn in your standard tour. It's great for locals to get to learn about the history of their own neighborhoods and also for visitors to learn something new about the city. Will definitely tour with OTM again!

Amaury Laporte: I did all of the main tours (Madams of DC, Historic Alleyways, The Wives Who Won the Cold War, Harlem Renaissance in DC, the History of Black Georgetown, District of Punk and—last but not least—French Connections), and they're all great. Off the Mall Tours covers lesser-known aspects of our capital's history, and I learned a whole lot. Highly recommended!

HEATHER MCMANUS: I so loved this tour and the tour guide! We did the Madams of DC tour. Completely fascinating and makes you think about what life was like for women. I highly recommend it.

Jon Psotka: We did the Madams of DC tour. As an area native I had always thought of Federal Triangle as the most boring of neighborhoods, so walking around and learning about its sordid past, right next to the Mall, was an eye-opening experience. Tour guide was fun and knowledgeable. Recommended.

Jasmine Plummer: Great tours from a knowledgable and friendly host! Katie's tours are a magical learning experience. DC has a very rich history far beyond the White House, the Capitol, and the monuments, and Off the Mall Tours offers you the chance to see and feel it!

Michael Terracciano: Off The Mall Tours is an informative and entertaining walk through the hidden gems of the DC area. A must for history buffs and lovers of local lore. Highly recommended.

Sex Pistoleros: Great punk tour of DC.

2. DC Walkabout

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4 reviews
DC Walkabout
Duration
5
Guidance
5
Punctuality
5
Knowledge
5
Physical Difficulty
5

Address: 3432 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (202) 421-4053

Guy: Sightseeing tour agency


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Hemwant Persaud: Walkabout is the most healthy and best way to explore Washington DC if you have the luxury of time and money for long hotel accommodation.

Casandra Newman: I have been on free tours like this in some European cities and I prefer them as my experiences have shown me they usually end up being a better tour - this one was perfect! We went on the 5pm Big Five tour, and the guide (Sean) knew how to engage the group (there were about 20 people) and how to keep the story interesting and the tour energetic. The weather was also nice at the start, although we could see rain in the distance, but the guide really stepped it up and timed it so unbelievably perfectly that at our last stop he was standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and the raindrops began to fall. Maybe it was luck, but it was still cool. The stories and facts along the tour kept everyone on their toes and it was well worth it, plus the views around the Tidal Basin are some of the best in DC!

3. USA Guided Tours

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USA Guided Tours
Duration
5
Guidance
5
Punctuality
5
Knowledge
5
Physical Difficulty
5

Telephone: (202) 733-7376

Guy: Tour operator


Review: "This tour was amazing."

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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.

4. Tours for Humanity

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5 reviews
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


Review: Their website mentions walking tours

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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.

5. 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: "Highly recommend Rebecca and the name your pricing walking tour."

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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.

6. DC Guided Tours

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5 reviews
DC Guided Tours
Duration
5
Guidance
5
Punctuality
5
Knowledge
5
Physical Difficulty
5

Address: 800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 11PM

Telephone: (202) 498-2346

Guy: Sightseeing tour agency


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firefighter First: Really enjoyed my tour of our nation’s capital while in the DC area. Ms Cassie and the driver Chris were great! Ms Cassie was very knowledgeable and really engaged the crowd. Wish I could give more stars!

Alex Figueroa: Best experience in D.C. Chris and Trevor were awesome during the entire tour. We had a great time, definitely would recommend this tour.

Rawan Elfar: Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, ValueZuma was great company, super comfortable busses and services. We saw a lot! We loved the boat ride especially, great for families & couples!

Anthony Ball: Nick is the BEST GUIDED IN DC. Professional, Knowledgeable, and great personality!

Manoj Talwar: Positive: Professionalism, Responsiveness, Value

7. DC Insider Tours

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47 reviews
DC Insider Tours
Duration
4.9
Guidance
4.8
Punctuality
4.8
Knowledge
4.8
Physical Difficulty
4.8

Address: 555 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 7PM

Telephone: (202) 810-4627

Guy: Sightseeing tour agency


Review: Their website mentions walking tours

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Andrew Studenic: Bo did an Incredible job doing a bike tour of our first time in DC! He was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and made it fun. He was reliable and worth every dollar!!!! If I could give 10 stars I would! This is THE tour to take in DC

Robert Faires: Our family just spent 3 days in D.C. with Bo guiding us around. I would have to say it was a great experience, Bo is very knowledgeable and adds a lot to the experience. "Bo knows D.C." You can tell Bo has a passion for the history of D.C. and has put a lot of work into learning facts that are not obvious and his pointing out these facts during the tour really helped us takeaway more from the experience than we would have otherwise. Bo was very easy to work with and accommodating to our family's needs and desires. I would highly recommend DC Insider Tours.

Det Ansinn: Bo has amazing historical knowledge of DC and is really entertaining. They use electric bicycles made by Pedego — well maintained, zippy, and the brakes give you confidence. Added bonus? on a hot DC summer day, the breeze on an electric bike keeps you cool.

Pakeezha: The night tour on the electrical bikes was a blast!!! The tour guide was very clear with instructions and never a dull moment! The views were the best. I’ve lived here all my life and learned and saw things I had never before! The best part were the bikes! Anyone can do it! And hardly any man power needed. Wrap up though because it can get chilly when you are going 30 mph!!!

Christian Gerbick: Wife and I did an electric bike tour with Bo and it was AWESOME. Whether you're a history buff or not, Bo will make your ride incredible. I've been to to DC a number of times, and Bo's electric bike tour was by far the most memorable activity I've undertaking in DC. He has all sorts of fun and interesting stories about DC. Doing the tour at night avoids all sorts of traffic and you can get-up speed on the bike. I cannot recommend this adventure enough.

Tisha Ooppapan: A “Wheelie” Extraordinary Tour The DC After Hours Electric Bike Tour with Bo and Becca is a MUST GO! The electric bikes are a quick, safe, and fun way to visit all the attractive sites as well as the hidden gems of DC. I have loved adventuring DC for the past 7 years, yet Bo and Becca were still able to share a ton of new fun facts and an admirable amount of knowledge with me. If you need an exhilarating and educational trip, book with DC Insider Tours.

Troy Rippere: We did the DC After Hours electric bike tour and this was by far the absolutely best way to see all of the major sites at night. In this 2 hour tour, we were able to visit the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, MLK Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Supreme Court, and the Capitol with enough time at each spot for pictures. The electric bikes were also a blast to ride (up to 20-25 mph) and are actually fully electric, instead of just pedal-assist like other tours. On our tour, there were just 6 guests plus the tour guide. The small group was intimate and made it really easy to hear everything the tour guide said. Our particular guide was Matt and he was super friendly and seemed really knowledgeable about the different sites. All in all I had a great time and look forward to trying their other tours on subsequent trips to DC.

Camer Bean: Best experience in DC. My husband and I had a great time riding the bikes all over DC with a wonderfully energetic tour guide. Bo's excitement will keep you energized all day all wanting to hear more about each building's history. Definitely a must see in the DC area!!!

Gavin Sethi: Bo and Becca are the two most knowledgeable people of DC history I've met! I've lived in Washington DC area most of my life but haven't discovered DC like the way these two have shown me. I've taken a "electric bicycle," tour of theirs...not only did I have a blast but was truly another...unique way to get around DC while learning the history of our nations capital! Bo and Becca are simply two very cool/knowledgeable guides with a unique and creative business! Highly recommend them to anyone that comes into town! Gavin

Derrick D: I have done a tour with DC Insider Tours before, but this was the first time doing it with the electric bikes. I highly suggest if you're in DC and want to see the sights... this is the way to go. Bo and Becca are both extremely knowledgeable. Who knew learning history could be so fun!? I'm definitely doing it again when I come back! Also, night time was definitely the best time to go in the summer. Less crowded and not so hot. I went on July 29th.

8. Custom Tours of DC - Private Tour Agency

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Custom Tours of DC - Private Tour Agency
Duration
4.8
Guidance
4.9
Punctuality
4.8
Knowledge
4.8
Physical Difficulty
4.8

Address: 1030 15th St NW #212, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 9PM

Telephone: (202) 600-2488

Guy: Tour operator


Review: "... The tour will include a 2-hour walking tour of Arlington National ..."

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Lee Winchell: We couldn't have asked for a better tour for our family of 4! We visited all the sites we were looking forward to, including finding relatives and friends both at Arlington and the Vietnam Memorial. Our tour guide Buck was the BEST we've ever had on any of our travels. He was great with involving kids and getting them thinking to ask their own questions, had so much information that was NOT on a boring script, and you could just tell he loves what he does! We'll definitely reach out again and would recommend to all our family and friends. Thank you!!

Sandee Guzman: I recently organized a group activity for my work colleagues. We are a group from New Jersey and we got together for the first time in 2 years. We have about 50 people combined from the US to Europe and Brazil. Because of our time restraint, I arranged a 4 our tour of the DC area with all the important landmarks. I reached out to Custom Tours and connected with Adam and he accommodated my group. We were connected with Debbie our tour guide and I cannot say enough about how fantastic she was. She is the sweetest person, funny, thorough in her explanations of the landmarks and made sure we saw all the sites despite the time restrictions we had. It was the perfect combination of riding on a bus and walking. My colleagues were so please with the tour especially the ones that were in DC for the first time. I am grateful that this tour worked out and thankful for Debbie. Please ask for her for her if you have a trip to DC for work or pleasure. They really cater to large groups!

Pat Flora: The tour starts the Navy memorial, and our tour guide Britney started as soon as all were there....."early", which makes 100% sense, you never see common sense applied anymore however Britney was all over it. With early start Britney took her time and was informative on all points of interest along the way. You could tell she enjoyed her job and the challenge of being tested. The monuments truly have a different appearance at night. I was honored to be able to share these sites and educational memories with my family. Thank you Britney for your insight and vast knowledge of DC.

Michelle Hall: We had a great private night tour for our family group of 35. Our guide Clift was more than accommodating, helpful, nice, and knowledgeable. Would recommend this tour for anyone.

Ashley Iversen: Had a conference in DC and wanted a fun private tour of all the great memorials with our team and Custom Tours of DC fully came through. Easy booking, great price and had a fabulous and funny tour guide, Larry! Everyone left the tour very satisfied and learned a bunch!

Mackenzie Bordelon: I reached out to Custom Tours of DC for a corporate event with tons of specifics and every single request was made without hesitation. Our group of 30 was taken on an executive bus for 90 minutes for a quick version of their tour. We we able to bring wine on board and enjoy the sights for our night tour. They were very accommodating picking us up at our dinner spot and dropping us off at our hotel. Adam was the coordinator for the entire event and he made the process seamless! 10/10 recommend for any groups coming to the DC area.

Anthony Cheng: We had driver Leon, and guide Monti. Both were courteous and helpful, particularly as one in our party needed wheelchair assistance for longer walks. We enjoyed the dusk to night tour of national monuments, took lots of photos. Monti particularly knowledgeable with historical facts, shared generously with us. In 2+ hrs we saw all the major monuments and memorialized with photos. Worth the $$ as walking to all these would have been logistically impossible. I highly recommend this company and its service.

Shirley: Charles and Dave were in charge of our tour on a very hot day in DC. They made every effort and did a wonderful job to make our trip enjoyable and succeeded. Even though some of the things we wanted to see were closed they gave us alternative choices that were wonderful. Would highly recommend them.

Annie Ellis: Everything we hoped for and more! It was so wonderful to connect with Adam to help plan 3 days of 3-4 hour morning tours to maximize our time in DC with my elderly parents in the August heat. We were able to comfortably fit in everything we needed to see and enjoyed visiting the sites at our own pace after being dropped off at the closest spots to make things easier for my parents. We learned so much and had amazing conversations with our extremely knowledgeable and insightful tour guides Bob and Rebecca. Our driver was fantastic and attentive. My folks really enjoyed the VIP treatment. Thank you all for the first-rate experience and beautiful memories!

Andy Nichols: We were finally able to have our Washington DC trip after COVID canceled our trip in March 2020. Adam Plescia was great to work with as we put our trip on hold until March 2021. We were two families looking to get a great tour with all the history and we were not disappointed! Our DC tour was AMAZING! Bob was our tour guide and he was awesome! COVID-19 restrictions didn’t keep us from seeing and learning so much about our nation’s capitol! I would recommend Custom Tours of DC to any family!

9. 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 operator


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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.

10. DC Design Tours

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

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 7PM

Telephone: (240) 229-6795

Guy: Sightseeing tour agency


Review: "I highly recommend this 2 hour walking tour."

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Kristin Roberts: I took a Cleveland Park Cherry Blossom Neighborhood Tour a couple of days ago and loved it! I learned so much about the National Cathedral grounds and the Cleveland Park neighborhood, even though I lived in the District for over 10 years. There were also great connections to other areas of DC on the tour that really shows the “small town” nature of DC. On top of that, Carolyn, our guide, was friendly and welcoming making sure to engage everyone in our group in conversation and asking all of our questions! I wish I had had time to take more of their tours while I was visiting, but will definitely sign up for another next time I’m in town!
Response: Thanks Kristin! It was a pleasure meeting you!

aphrodite fletcher: Beautiful walking tour of the cherry blossoms. Unfortunately we weren’t able to the splendor due to the bad weather a few days prior to the the tour.Our guide was very informative!
Response: Thanks for joining us, Aphrodite!

ANNE Goshen: Carolyn was a wonderful guide for our family group of seven. We would definitely use her on our next trip to DC. And I’ve already recommended her to several friends. Thanks for perfect experience.
Response: Thank you, Anne! It was a pleasure touring with your family and I truly appreciate your review and referrals. Word of mouth is the back bone of my business! Hope to see you all again.

Cheri Wyse: This tour is a must! Carolyn was warm and knowledgeable. The time flew by as we immersed ourselves in the history she was sharing.
Response: Thanks so much Cheri! It was a pleasure meeting you and Randy. Thanks for sticking it out in the cold with me! :)

Jill Smith: My husband and I are relatively new DC locals and thought a tour would be an excellent way to learn more about our new community and we were not disappointed. We had an amazing time with Sam yesterday, as our guide on the White House & Penn Ave Architecture Tour. He was informative, engaging and great fun to spend time with. An architecture tour with the rich historical context is an interesting and illuminating way to learn about DC in that it was a designed city. I will appreciate the buildings and the area in a new way and have fun stories to share with friends. Having previously enjoyed an exceptional tour with Carolyn (Dupont Circle and Embassy Row), I would enthusiastically recommend DC Design Tours to architecture and history buffs alike.
Response: We really appreciate your review, Jill! Thank you for being a repeat customer, and taking the time to post about our tours!

susan fleming: Our tour of Georgetown's architecture was absolutely amazing! Carolyn's knowledge of the history of Georgetown is deep and her added stories about little known snippets of American history added a wonderful touch of humor. I would highly recommend taking one of the custom tours for a few hours that you will never forget!
Response: Thanks so much Susan! I really enjoyed our tour together!

Stephen Mannino: Our family thoroughly enjoyed a DC Design Tours walking tour of historic Georgetown with our private tour guide, Sam. Sam was informative, witty, and extremely engaging over the course of our 2-hr tour. We have two teens, including one who is not easily entertained or amused and he was capable of captivating that kid for the duration. We highly recommend DC Design Tours, especially Sam!
Response: Thank you Stephen! We really appreciate your review!

Josh Torres: The tour was amazing. Carolyn was nice and knowledgeable. She was sincere about the good and bad of DC, very descriptive and had great suggestions. Took time to hear our story and made personalized suggestions on other tours we should take with them. We definitely will be back to take more tours with Carolyn.
Response: Thanks very much, Josh! Hope to see you again! :)

Meghan Cocci: We took the evening walking tour of monuments and memorials with DC Design Tours. Carolyn was a pleasure to work with - quick to respond to inquiries and very easy to book. Sam, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and charismatic. He kept our group of 9 (that included 5 kids) engaged throughout the tour with interesting anecdotes and stories along the way. Definitely would book again!
Response: Thank you so much for joining us Meghan! Hope to see you all again soon!

Mel Korobkin: Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, QualityWe had a wonderful experience with DC Design Tours. Our team of real estate agents went on this tour to learn a little history and architecture about DC. We truly learned so much and had so much fun. The bus was gorgeous and our guide was so knowledgeable and personable. Highly recommend!!Services: Private tours, City tours, Group tours
Response: Thank you Mel! I really enjoyed exploring so many beautiful and storied neighborhoods with you and your team!

11. Comedy Walks DC

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Comedy Walks DC
Duration
5
Guidance
5
Punctuality
5
Knowledge
5
Physical Difficulty
5

Address: In Front of Peet's coffee, 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10:30AM Fri

Telephone: (301) 602-6130

Guy: Comedy club


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Renea Atiemo: I highly recommend Comedy Walks of DC. We learned a bunch and laughed many times. I enjoyed the walk v being in a vehicle. Our comedian, Mark, was a kind, witty, & relatable guy. 2 hours and money well spent!
Response: Thank you so much. We had a great time and your family is fantastic.

Meshe Hicks: Wayne was super friendly, full of fun facts, and took great pictures! Thank you for a great family day!
Response: It was our pleasure. It was a perfect .

12. Mangia DC Food Tours

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Mangia DC Food Tours
Duration
4.8
Guidance
4.8
Punctuality
4.9
Knowledge
4.8
Physical Difficulty
4.8

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

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (202) 838-1900

Guy: Tour operator


Review: "We are locals and we thought that this tour was a hidden gem."

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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.

13. Washington Monument

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Washington Monument
Duration
4.7
Guidance
4.6
Punctuality
4.6
Knowledge
4.6
Physical Difficulty
4.6

Address: 2 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (202) 426-6841

Guy: Tourist attraction


Review: "Walking around, taking in the sights."

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Erika Gardner: This monument is impressive and amazing to visit the grounds are really clean, a lot security around. Great place to walk around, ride a bike, relax, take pictures and/or have lunch from the food trucks. The structure is magnificent piece of Art, the monument is more beautiful in person, I definitely recommend it to anyone. The Washington Monument is an obelisk within the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army (1775–1784) in the American Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States (1789–1797).

Amol More: This Monument is way bigger in actual than expected. Amazing place to visit in DC and mark it in your wish list. I visited during Cherry Blossom 🌸 festival and enjoyed kite festival as well. Couldn’t go at the top as it needs to have tickets in advanced. This is located in between Capitol and Lincoln Memorial. Flags around the monument make it more beautiful. Just visit, enjoy and make memories.

Ryan: The day we went was a bit of a bad day, but I assume the view would be amazing on a better day. I’m glad they reopened the elevator to the top, because they have an interesting little museum up there too. It surprised me when I approached it in-person, it’s much bigger when you’re up close. I had previously only seen it from afar or online.

John Myers: Dude, so good! Been a long time since I went to the top. Well worth it. Kind of exciting. Get tix at recreation.gov. look at least a few days ahead. Right now only 6 tickets at a time. Great place to make memories.

Daniel Steiminger: Enjoy the view, enjoy the elevator ride down, and good luck in getting your tickets. Wait early in the morning at the Washington Monument Lodge and cross your fingers and your toes you get there early enough to get tickets. I recommend 6:30 am if you are getting same day tickets.

Kristen Alger: You need to get tickets online. When I went to DC they were not giving tickets out. You had to get them online and they were NOT available for that day. Meaning...if you want to go, get your tickets online and in advance. Since this is new (Covid), I went through security alone, went up the elevator with 5 people and we were the only ones at the top! Great views! Plan ahead and ENJOY!

Jeff O: Get your tickets ahead of time before your visit. It's really amazing in person prepare yourself. Going up to the top you'll get some truly amazing pictures.

Dragan Ange: Take the elevator up there to enjoy the beautiful view. There is some info about the Washington Monument: Built in the shape of an Egyptian obelisk, evoking the timelessness of ancient civilizations, the Washington Monument embodies the awe, respect, and gratitude the nation felt for its most essential Founding Father. When completed, the Washington Monument was the tallest building in the world at 555 feet, 5-1/8 inches. Construction of the Washington Monument began in 1848 with enslaved Africans as laborers, according to several sources. Construction stopped in 1854 due to lack of funds, and then resumed from 1877 until its completion in 1888.

Mendy Henderson: If you are flying in from I know the south. You can sit on the left side of the plane and see everything. Like the Lincoln Memorial. Washington Memorial. The white house and so much more. I really enjoyed myself here.

Ashok Patel: This 555 ft marble monument was built to honor the first President of USA, George Washington. The political and military leadership of George Washington was indispensable. This is built in the shape of Egyptian obelisk. This was the tallest building in the world when it was completed. It is still world’s tallest stone structure. You need a timed ticket of an elevator for the observation deck at 500 ft to get a bird’s eye view of the capital. You have to go through the security screening. The Washington Monument is located near the west end of the National Mall, with spectacular views of the National Mall and other important memorials. This Monument has been the witness to the history that shaped our nation. Must visit if you are in Washington DC and if you can manage to get the ticket.