Ginger BarthelSunset, SOUTH CAROLINA, United States
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.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks!! Enjoy the rest of your stay!
Michael AlperUnited States
Highly knowlegable & great tour. Highly recommend.
Curtis AbsherUnited States
Ellen M. has a wealth of knowledge about the D.C. area and is very articulate. We would use her again!
Sophie DiazUnited States
Absolutely a fantastic tour thanks to a very knowledgeable guide! We learned so much and had a wonderful time. We recommend Ellen very highly. Not only does she know Washington DC inside and out but she is also very pleasant socially.
Richard ConvilleUnited States
Ellen was a superb tour guide! She was friendly, very knowledgeable and graciously designed the tour to match our requests. She was particularly aware of our 10 year old grandson's interests. After a short while, we felt like Ellen had been our friend for years. I am delighted that Tours by Locals matched us with Ellen! We would definitely request Ellen again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! Great family!
Frances CeyUnited States
Ellen is an outstanding guide. We all enjoyed her knowledge and friendly style.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks. Guiding you felt like being with old friends!
J C (Clay) HamlinUnited States
See my other write up on Ellen.
J C (Clay) HamlinUnited States
Ellen is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Washington DC. We got along well. Her tour was thorough. She guided through the gauntlet that is the Capitol building, Supreme Ct., Arlington, Nat'l Archives, and on, all the while providing just the right level of fascinating historical details. She guided us for two days. I don't give 5 starts very often. When I return to Washington DC for sightseeing (and there is too much to see) I will ask her guide us again.
Melissa BenderUnited States
Ellen was an excellent tour guide. She is friendly and knowledgable. She did a great job of engaging with my group of university students and adapted the tour to our interests and to the subject that the students are studying. She also gave us a lot of useful tips about other things to do while in the area. I couldn't have asked for a better guide. I will definitely book another tour with her in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks!
Yukari KaneUnited States
I hired Ellen for a 5-hour tour with me and my 16-year old exchange daughter from Germany, and we had a very full morning of major sites and memorials. She kept us entertained with great information throughout and even helped us get tickets for the African-American History Museum (which are almost impossible to get through normal channels). She had good recs for restaurants too.
Patrick GogginsUnited States
Ellen was a wonderful tour guide very informative and very pleasant to deal with thank you
David MartinMississauga, ON, Canada
This was our second tour with Ellen following a half day April 18. We went North from downtown to to 3 wonderful sites: Kreeger Art Museum; National Cathedral; and Hillwood estate. All very different except for Ellen's knowledge at each. We learned so much. By the time we parted, we said goodbye to a very good friend!
David MartinMississauga, ON, Canada
Ellen Malasky is an excellent Tours by Locals guide - and then some. She is very personable with a happy and outgoing personality. She is extremely knowledgeable about the Mall area and the history represented there. A wonderful afternoon at an excellent pace.
Janet LevineUnited States
Ellen is a true historian and lover of the architectural and cultural aspects of Washington DC. We were a group of six and spent the entire day with this woman visiting the National Archives, Library of Congress, Arlington Memorial the 9/11 Monument along with a great lunch at the Old Ebbitt Grille. The time spent walking, writing, talking and learning was worth its weight in gold. We look forward to doing it again and recommend him any of our friends on this fine tour of our country's capital.
Dale ConradUnited States
Ellen is extremely knowledgeable and she loves what she does. We spent 2 days with her and consider her a friend. There is undoubtedly other good tour guides but we can assure you Ellen will be our first request when we come back to DC.
Gail NolteUnited States
Anyone lucky enough to get Ellen will get a once in a lifetime experience. Highly knowledgable, great personsonality. She knows the DC area. She really wants you to see what you want to see, and to get the histoty out of each place we went.
Christine MoogUnited States
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
Diane MillerUnited States
We had a wonderful tour with Ellen :) She worked in all we could see in our time frame. She is very knowledgeable. We had the best time- even some behind the scenes things we would have not been able to do on our own. We Just loved it!
Edwin DardenUnited States
Ellen M. couldn't have been better. She is wonderful. Highly recommend her.
Ellen sets the bar very high for tour guides. We would not have seen as much, learned as much or enjoyed as much of Washington, DC in such a short time. Ellen is a true professional who delivers every minute that she is with you. We would not have seen some of the things we did even with a tour and there was just Ellen and the two of us, She not only knows the sights but has a wonderful store of knowledge about Washington and what makes the country run.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks!!
Rosemary OsborneUnited Kingdom
Ellen was a great tour guide from start to finish she made it my day in Washington she was great to talk to and as this was my first time as a solo traveler made me feel at ease she should me and and told me things I did not now and was willing to and could answer many questions all in all a fantastic day would highly recommend her to any body visiting a great big thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks!!!
Andrea LawrenceUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are very welcome..great grandmothers have great grandsons! Enjoy the remainder of your stay in DC. My best, Ellen
Chris WeeksUnited Kingdom
We had a great time with Ellen who, despite the weather, provided a very informative and entertaining tour. It was a packed afternoon, but she brought the city and the story behind its many memorials to life.
Julie EllisUnited States
Our family of 6, which included 3 generations (kids ages 7 and 9), had two wonderful tours with Ellen. She did a wonderful job of making the information relevant and interesting for all of us - no easy task. She is instantly likable, and has a calm demeanor that reduced the stress level inherent in traveling with multi-generations. She has a tremendous knowledge of all-things-D.C. Additionally, she was extremely flexible with our uncertain plans. We had a great trip - due in large part to our time w/her.
Richard RodriguezUnited States
Ellen was great. Her tour was just what we wanted. She provides so much interesting information; she really knows Washington and its history. Just a perfect tour guide!
Cyndi CynthiaUnited States
Ellen led an exceptional tour for us. There were 4 in our group; grandparents with 2 young teen grandkids. Ellen asked a few pre-tour questions and planned the trip for our interests. We saw and learned far more than we would have on our own. She added many insights and details about Washington D.C., historical backgrounds and little known facts. I will definitely recommend Ellen!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! It was so great to be with such a close and fun family. Lucky grandchildren to have you two! I hope you enjoy the remainder of your time in DC! Come back soon.
Glenn CreswellUnited States
Our vacation is over and we've all made it back to our perspective homes. I wanted to say thank you for a wonderful day in DC. Everyone was impressed with your knowledge of the history and workings of our Capital. Your presence made our 6 hour stay a much more rewarding experience. You pointed out details that we couldn't possibly have seen by ourselves. I particularly liked how you interacted with both the children and the adult members of our group. I highly recommend your services to anyone.
Linda CampUnited States
Ellen was amazing! She enhanced my knowledge so much beyond the norm Her knowledge of what goes on, the minutiae and the big picture...she is worth her weight in gold. Thanks Ellen!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Linda! Hope to see you both again.
We toured with Ellen on February 16, 2017 with a customized 6 hour tour for five people aged 27 to 54. She was amazing. She was prompt to answer emails and designed a tour that was excellent for our group. She was extremely knowledgeable and took time to answer all our many questions. Our group all enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend her. Tour with Ellen you won't be disappointed.
Theresa BarkerUnited States
Ellen had excellent knowledge of the Capitol Hill sites and her approach of storytelling and history story-telling was really good for us. She was professional in her approach and she was kind and friendly. She came well-prepared. Thanks, Ellen!
Michelle FrancisUnited States
Ellen was amazing. She knew just how to take care of our 10 year-old boy and 12 year-old girl. She told stories about all the monuments, explaining things that, after 4 visits to DC, I didn't know. I wasn't convinced our son was getting anything out of it since he was bashing his umbrella on everything. However, the rest of our week in DC, the kids' favorite phrase was, "remember when Ellen told us about..." That is enough proof to me to know that Ellen did a great job!!!
Carol EdmonstonUnited States
Ellen was a wonderful guide and very informative about all sites visited. We visited the Supreme Court, Library of Congress and Capitol Bldg where we even ate lunch. She gave a great behind the scenes tour and has a warm and welcoming presence. We highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! I hope the remainder of your visit to DC was informative and fun!
Renata AziziUnited States
Ellen was amazing! She was knowledgeable, accommodating and very pleasant. Would highly recommend her to family and friends!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks!! I hope you stayed dry and enjoyed the remainder of your stay in DC. Come back when the kids are older..we have lots to see!
Richard RodriguezUnited States
Ellen was a fantastic tour guide. One of the best tours I have ever taken, very knowledgeable and a great host.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! I so enjoyed meeting you and the family. I hope the remainder of your stay in DC was great fun. Ellen
Robert (Bob) HuntUnited States
Ellen's knowledge of and insights into the workings of Washington, DC were so informative and enjoyable. We had a terrific time, in large part to Ellen's guidance.
Robert (Bob) HuntUnited States
Knowledgeable,friendly,enthusiastic,adaptable...all are words that describe Ellen and the tour she provided us. The experience could not have been improved on in any way.
short notice booking due to some friends agreeing to extend our stay in Washington, Ellen made the tour happen with minimal stress, she only needed a few questions to be answered, suggested transportation due to the heat, 100% correct, she arrived early, her level of knowledge, passion is evident, she has a great personality, warm and welcoming, she even planned our Saturday trip, we saw way more than we had expected too, I recommend Ellen, you made our trip fantastic - THANK YOU, your awesome
Susan EganUnited States
Ellen was an excellent guide for our family of two grandparents and two preteen boy cousins. She guided us to the right hotel choice and good restaurants. She was on time for our meetings, very friendly and filled our day with history and fun. I would recommend her to anyone who needs guidance and help through what could have been a pretty disorganized trip to Washington DC.
Audrey DarvilleUnited States
Our tour with Ellen was all we hoped for and more. We range in age from 4 to 62 and ALL had a WONDERFUL day of great sights, activities and Ellen's knowledgeable and witty commentary. She perfectly paced our day so kids & adults stayed engaged. Time spent waiting in lines was minimal and she brought us to amazing places that were off our radar yet in keeping with our interests. Ellen is a true professional and we enthusiastically recommend her customized tour. Our 7 year old gives Ellen 2 "thumbs up" x 5!
Julie PischelUnited States
Ellen was amazing! So was a book of knowledge and managed to make it fun for the kids as well as the adults. We were a group of 30 traveling on a charter bus. She was great with our driver. Bottom line is we were in very capable hands and absolutely loved her!
Joseph KirkeyUnited States
My family and I had the pleasure of meeting with Ellen for an awesome, custom tailored, and extremely flexible tour. She is very knowledgeable, kind, and friendly guide who shared a lot of historical and sidebar knowledge that we would have not received walking alone. She also has great patience considering the several stops we had to make to tend to our twin 16 month olds and 8 year old that we brought on the tour. She was able to maximize our time because she knew the city like the back of her hand.
We loved our tourwith Ellen. She was very pleasent and knowledgable.
Janette WellsUnited States
Ellen was the best tour guide we had for a long time. She knew her facts very well and was excellent at describing the facts in a very engaging way. Next time we are in Washington, we will make sure to book her again. Well done Ellen!!!! Richard, Margareta, Rose-Marie and Per
Katherine BrewtonUnited States
This was my second experience with Tours By Locals. I feel it is the best way to get information about the place you are visiting. Ellen as our guide in Washington D C was excellent. Both knowledgable and personable, she made our visit very special.
Roger SymUnited Kingdom
Ellen was superb as a guide.Full of the local history, informative, helpful and funny which added to the whole experience.Would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to get the most out of touring Washington DC. Thank you Ellen.
Joseph HicksUnited States
Ellen did a wonderful job with our personnally guided tour of Washington DC. We asked for certain attractions and she accommodated our request appropriately. We had a senior in our group with limited hearing, sight and mobility. Those limitations were handled well with patience and understanding.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was an honor to spend time with your family. Your dad's stories were quite fascinating and moving. I will think of him and his lost comrades whenever I visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. I was there yesterday and the three flags were still there. I was proud to see them.
Chris McKinnieUnited States
Very knowledgeable and really maximized the details of what we saw. Very easy going and is a great storyteller about what we were seeing.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was great spending the morning with you. I hope you enjoyed the rest of you stay in DC.
Gladys HowenUnited States
Just returned from our 6 hour tour with Ellen. What a splendid day despite the rain. Ellen worked hard with our 93 year old Mother to make this a very meaningful day. We spent time at Arlington National Cemetry, ate a wonderful lunch at the Kennedy Center, and toured the National Cathedral. Before the tour Ellen made a special effort to call Mother who lives in Minnesota and work out a tour that was personalized to her needs. Both Ellen and our van service and driver were exceptional. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the review. I was so fortunate to be able to be with your wonderful, loving family. Seeing your mom's reaction to the changing of the guard is why I love being a guide. She's quite a woman and I'm pleased that I was able to be a part of her special day. Congratulations to the newlyweds and to your whole family. My very best, Ellen
Douglas WanderseeUnited States
Enthusiastic about DC and knew a lot of interesting and varied things. Seemed a little geared toward a younger audience. Would have preferred something more adult oriented.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Doug, I appreciate your comments. I'm sorry that you felt my commentary was a bit elementary. I didn't realize it and, if I had, would certainly have changed it a bit. I hope that the visits to the law and med schools were productive and wish them all well. My best to you, too. Ellen
Three couples from Canada enjoyed an informative, interesting and diverse tour with Ellen. Lots of background information and stories to round out our experience. Ellen is very comfortable to be with and open to making sure your visit is the best it could be. Be sure to see Washington with Ellen!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks!!
Ellen was a fabulous guide, her knowledge of history and other facts, together with anecdotes to bring everything to life made this a wonderful day for us and a great introduction to Washington DC for my parents. I highly recommend Ellen.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks. I hope you're all having a wonderful time!!
Lucia LeeUnited States
Ellen was very knowledgable, pleasant and easily accommodated our preferences. We all enjoyed our tour and learned a great deal from her. Would highly recommend her to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! You have a great family!
Howard SterlingUnited States
Ellen, was everything we wanted in a guide. Especially since she geared tours to adults and kids. We saw all we could see in time. I would give her 6 stars if I could.
Maria LucianUnited States
My family and I were lucky to have Ellen as our tour guide. She was extremely knowledgeable of the area. She was very accommodating to our needs. I recommend having lunch the senate building! I highly recommend Ellen anytime. Thank you Ellen!
Maria LucianUnited States
Ellen is highly knowledgeable of the area. She made it super fun for my family of four. Would recommend Ellen to all my family and friends!
Annette MarquezUnited States
This was a great trip, Ellen even helped me pick a great hotel and guide me on what we could do on the additional days there. Ellen was able to show us all the major attractions we went there to see.
Gisela SabalUnited States
Ellen was excellent. I would highly recommend her to anyone! We really enjoyed her tour. Ellen is pleasant & knows the DC area very well! She was awesome!!
Linda McGowanUnited States
Ellen was delightful. She related well to all of us but especially nine-year old Sean. Her knowledge of Washington seemed endless. High point of our weekend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! What a fun evening. Loved getting to know you both and to helping make Sean's birthday very special!
Judi MendelssohnUnited Kingdom
Ellen was terrific. Not only a delight and very informative, she completely adpated to unscheduled snow storm which stopped everything in Washington on the day we had booked, she came another day, adapted to needing to do it in two time blocks rather than one and without exception everyone in the group rated the day with her as one of the highlights of the tour. Would be difficult to want anyone else in future!
Fiona CookeUnited Kingdom
We were fortunate to have a lovely Spring like day in December and also have President Obama drive past us - WELL ARRANGED ELLEN :-) In a nutshell, Ellen was brilliant. She was able to guide us and inform us with ease. We really enjoyed our time and we were given an insight to the city which you would not get from a book or a bus.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! You and the group were great fun! Happy Holidays to all and best wishes for a wonderful new year!
Ed VennerUnited Kingdom
We are very grateful to Ellen for her time. Ellen was extremely knowledeable, but most importantly was friendly and flexible to our needs. She read our boys' energy levels like a pro and flexed the tour to accommodate them (including pointing our ice cream vans and toilets!). Thank you so much.
Ed VennerUnited Kingdom
We are very grateful to Ellen for her time. Ellen was extremely knowledeable, but most importantly was friendly and flexible to our needs. She read our boys' energy levels like a pro and flexed the tour to accommodate them (including pointing our ice cream vans and toilets!). Going on the Senators' train was an undoubted highlight. Thank you so much.
Larry CoourtneyUnited States
Ellen was professional, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, flexible, and was well-liked by the group. We would be happy to have her services as a guide in any future tours of Washington.
Lara NusbaumUnited States
Had a family group of 60 in town for a wedding. Every single person commented how great Ellen was and I agree! Hire her!
Kathy WhiteUnited States
Ellen was very easy to communicate with prior to our tour and included everything we were interested in seeing and doing as well as suggested things we had not considered. She was friendly, very knowledgeable and all 16 of us enjoyed our tour of DC. Thank you Ellen--it was a pleasure--and I would encourage others to use you as a tour guide.
Suzanne NaccaratoUnited States
Ellen began our tour with an informative and historical overview of Washington DC. She continued to add interesting information throughout the afternoon as we toured. Ellen was so accommodating to our schedule as we literally flew in to the area went straight from the airport to our tour. A true asset to our visit to Washington DC! Thank you Ellen!!
Leonard KramUnited States
I wanted to thank you for a lovely experience. We certainly enjoyed meeting you as we'll. I am glad we had an overview of the city.
I would like to express my gratitude for your time and effort during our wonderful tour of Washington. Your passion and entusiasm for your home town is remarkable and something to be proud of indeed. I am thrilled that I was able to walk the ground and get a glimpse of the places I have read about for so long. My interest in the Civil War will no doubt continue for years to come, spurred on by the memories of our tour.
Amy MoultonUnited States
Ellen was fabulous! She recommended two half day tours around the DC area. We were able to see and learn so much with her extensive knowledge of the sites. She planned our tours based on what action would be happening at each site and was able to take us places we would not have known about on our own. As hurricane Sandy was approaching, and we had to alter our trip, Ellen was able to make quick adjustments so we could still see the sites on our wish list. Our 13 year old son loved it. Thanks Ellen!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for the wonderful review! I look forward to seeing you all again in the future..in good weather! Ellen
Ellen was an excellent guide. She was pleasant, approachable, and well informed. We learned a lot about Washington in a very short time period. She also offered suggestions as to what we could see and do during our remaining time in the Washington area.
Great personality, versatile and very knowledgable. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit with her... Understands families, and that was good for us, as we were a family of 8 in total.
Ellen gave us a memorable tour of Washington DC: besides the key landmarks, she understood we liked to learn more about US political system and embarked us on a great tour of the Capitol and Library of Congress. That included a lunch at the Senate! She has a wonderful personality and we are happy to warmly recommend Ellen for tours of DC!
Bill ScottUnited States
Ellen is very knowledgeable concerning every aspect of DC and its history. Ellen is definitely the best tour guide we're ever used. She made our trip to DC special, fun and educational. We recommend her at the highest level. She related well with all of us including our ten year old granddaughter. Thank you for such a great recommendation.
Harry ParsonageUnited States
Ellen is engaging and very knowledgeable about the Capitol and its history; which is just what we wanted. The capitol, like all of government,is a labyrinth of unending twist and turns. She navigated the building and unfolded the history of creation and events which have occurred in this building. She is just what we needed to have a very enjoyable day of touring.
Bill H.United States
Ellen was so helpful and knowledgeable about D.C. She suggested great things to see and restaurants to try and gave us a wonderful tour of the National Cathedral. Would definitely use Ellen again!
Dennis BelloUnited States
Tom DenhamUnited States
We loved Ellen! She was a treasure trove of interesting anecdotes and stories. She got us around the city very efficiently and was good about finding great places to stop, eat, and rest along the way. We will definitely hire her again.
Ira NierenbergUnited States
We had Ellen for a washington dc tour last week....i would like to express to anyone who is thinking about using Ellen for a tour, to do it immediately..she was incredible, knowledgable, interesting and an amazing guide...if u are going to go to d.c. u must use Ellen, it will make your experience so much more rewarding.
Susan SidesUnited States
Ellen was pleasant, informed, and flexible which was important to me.
Ellen was an excellent tour guide and I would recommend her to anyone! Our group had a wonderful time during the tour and I hope Ellen enjoyed our group as well. Thank you!!
John CinelliUnited States
Ellen did a nice job and was very knowledgeable. On a future trip to DC we would definitely ask her to be our guide again.
Ray WeyermanUnited States
Ellen was amazing. Without her this would not have been as enjoyable as it was. She was so knowledgeable, friendly, and fun to be with. We kept commenting all the rest of the trip that this was the best we had anywhere. thanks Ellen, keep up the great touring :) Ray and Marcy, Ron and Sandy, and Judy and Ken
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much. It was such a pleasure to meet you and show you around my city. Hope the rest of the trip was great fun. Gettysburg and Williamsburg are such special places but you must come back to DC. There's still lots to see and do! Warm regards, Ellen
Frank SummersellUnited States
You did a great job. Thank you so much for making our stay fun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Frank. I'm glad you enjoyed the visits to the Supreme Court and the National Cathedral. Weren't they special?! It was a pleasure being with you both.