My husband grew up in the city as did my children. I love living in DC and sharing my love of it with others. My goal is always to share the importance of the memorial/sight as well stories about its history, its role in the DC and other interesting anecdotes. I also emphasize the history of the Federal City (how through compromise Washington, DC got to be where and what it is). I love guiding through the popular memorials as well as the more unusual ones. My interests also include the Washington DC Theater scene and our sport teams. While I have specific tours listed, my real specialty is developing tailored tours to meet the specific needs/interests of my clients. There are so many possible places to see and experience in DC. I will plan and execute a day that you will find truly memorable.
I am also active in fostering the professionalization of tour guiding and the education and development of tour guides in order to ensure guests receive the value they deserve. Accordingly, I am currently the president and board member of the National Association of Tourist Guide Associations-USA (NFTGA) and a board member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington DC.
A Recent Review of this guide
Ellen knows her city and it's clear she loves sharing the details. She is generous with her time and willing to customize to your expectations.
Licensed District of Columbia Tour Guide
Certified Master Guild Guide
Board Member, The Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC
President and Board Member, National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations
Certified National Cathedral Guide
Capitol Visitors Center Volunteer
US Capitol Historical Society Volunteer
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle, arrange for a separate car and driver (at additional cost) or we can use DC's great Metro system combined with reasonable taxi cabs when needed.