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Ken W.

Alexandria, VA, United States

As an enthusiastic traveler, outdoor writer and local tour guide, I thrive on exploring Washington, D.

C. 's "big outside. " I love introducing others to our amazing and highly walkable capital city, from the National Mall and Old Downtown to the quaint, historic areas where the locals go, like Barracks Row, Eastern Market, the Southwest Waterfront, Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, U. Street and more. I am quick to share their stories--compelling, mysterious and humorous--as we amble along, soaking it all in.

First-time visitors will surely want to catch the jaw-dropping monuments, memorials and museums along the National Mall. But there is so much more to see in D. C. , especially when we step off the beaten path and immerse ourselves in local culture, architecture, street music and art, quirky alcoves, relaxing greenspace and the countless hidden gems that truly make Washington, D. C. a world-class city. I know these areas well and strive to ensure that every tour is unique and rewarding.

My walking tours combine the best of great stories and great landscapes on every tour. I'll keep things moving, but at an easy pace (with a rest bench close by when we need it). I also seek to be inspired by something new and unexpected around every turn. As a semi-serious photographer, I also know when the lighting is right and where to go to shoot fabulous photos.

Now semi-retired, I have a professional background in environmental planning and outdoor recreation, including the design of trails and bikeways. I have also worked as a land use, shoreline and recreation planner with federal, state and local agencies, and have frequently volunteered with nonprofit organizations supporting outdoor recreation, parks, wildlife conservation and renewable energy. I am an avid hiker, frequent traveler, national parks junkie and the author of four hiking and walking guides. I have lived in both Washington, D. C. and Alexandria, Virginia, just across the Potomac River. I presently live near Old Town Alexandria with my wife, Kris, and cat-child, Fuji.

A Recent Review of this guide

Ken was great. Knowledgeable, great pace, friendly. Everything you'd want on our monuments tour by night. Highly Recommended!
Alan Nahmias

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Licensed D.C. tour guide, outdoor writer, experienced and entertaining public speaker, and the author of "A National Jaunt: Footster's Guide to Washington, D.C." (Tired Dogs Press). The book recieved a national excellence award in 2017. My work have also been published in Washingtonian Magazine.


I do not lead docent tours inside the museums or galleries.

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3-hour Monumental Walking Tour

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195 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

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3-hour Quaint & Historic Walking Tour--Adams,...


Go where the locals go in Washington, D.C.!

195 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

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6-Hour Full-Immersion DC Walking Tour


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350 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

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