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Carolyn M.

Washington, DC, United States

Thank you for considering me as your guide in Washington DC!

I'm a former architect and lover of all things brick and mortar. In 2015 I left my drafting desk and started guiding so I could talk about buildings rather than draw them. I have not-so-secret crushes on Pierre L'Enfant and Montgomery Meigs, and can spot a mansard roof a mile away.

I've guided with families, students, professionals, military personnel, international travelers, and groups of all kinds throughout the Capital. I consider myself an ambassador of the District, and cherish the opportunity to explore my city with you!

My tours delve into the stories and history behind the architecture, urban planning, and design that have shaped the Nation's capital. On tour with me, we'll explore Washington's most prominent architectural marvels and best kept secrets, while hearing about the conflicts, controversies, and personalities involved in the development of our Capital City. From famous landmarks to hidden gems and lots of little known secrets, my aim is to provide an insider's look into the design of the District.

I'm a full-time licensed tour guide in Washington DC, and member of the Guide of Professional Tour Guides. I'm also a certified guide at the Washington National Cathedral and National Building Museum, as well as a volunteer docent for the National Park Service. I graduated from the University of Maryland Architecture Program and hail from the exotic suburbs of New Jersey, though the District has been my home since 2006. When not guiding, you can find me counting columns at the National Building Museum (there are 152) and traipsing through Rock Creek Park looking for Civil War remnants.

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- Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide (Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs)
- Member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, D.C.
- Certified Washington National Cathedral Guide


I am not a driver, but I would be happy to accompany you in your vehicle, or arrange for a separate car and driver for our tour. We can also explore Washington DC on foot, or by public transit or taxi.

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