Go where the locals go in Washington, D.C.
Enjoy a scenic, relaxed walk through two of D. C. 's best known historic areas, Georgetown and Dupont Circle. We'll share some rich stories and historic curiosities as we pass by the boundless old architecture from Embassy Row to the center of the old tobacco port of George Town, predecessor of today's Washington. We'll see a number of historic sites, lesser known memorials, parks, gardens, and even a couple of movie locations, before landing at the banks of the historic C&O Canal and Potomac River. This is a great tour day or night.
If desired, I can adjust the tour to extend our reach (and see more sights). The 3-hour tour begins at Dupont Circle and ends at Foggy Bottom or Georgetown, if preferred, where you can browse the shops afterward or linger at one of the many cafes and coffee shops nearby. Or, I can also accompany you on the easy return to Dupont Circle. Feel free to ask for insider tips for local dining, hanging out or cooling off in warmer weather.
We'll begin the tour with a brief introduction to Dupont Circle, then amble past the elegant old mansions of D. C. 's Embassy Row. We'll cross Rock Creek on the photogenic Buffalo Bridge and continue along quieter streets past much 18th and 19th century architecture. We'll check out a number of Georgetown's historic sites, and talk a little about the town's early African American community and the end of slavery in D. C. We'll see some lesser known memorials and the homes of important figures in American history, as well as parks and gardens, and even a couple of movie locations. We'll aim for M. Street to walk a bit of Georgetown's main drag, then dip down to the historic C&O Canal, followed by a short stroll to Waterfront Park on the Potomac River. We can either continue to the Foggy Bottom Metro Station, or you can opt to linger in Georgetown to browse the shops or enjoy a meal. Or, we can make the easy return to Dupont Circle, as desired. Note that the tour can be modified to suit your interests.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet your party at the fountain in the center of Dupont Circle, just a two-minute walk from the Metro station. Additional directions and details are provided when you purchase your tour. An alternate meeting location can also be arranged in advance of the tour.
End location: The tour ends at the Foggy Bottom Metro Station or in Georgetown, if preferred. An alternate ending location can also be arranged, such as a return to Dupont Circle.
Duration: 3 hours
This walking tour begins and ends near a Metro station, which is normally the quickest and easiest way to get around the city.
The tour cost includes my guiding fees for the 3-hour tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 US Dollars - Should you decide to purchase snacks or drinks during the tour.
Personal expenses such as souvenirs.
I do not lead docent tours inside the museums or galleries.