Deborah RochfordUnited Kingdom
I travelled to Washington with a friend for a few days of sightseeing. Susan gave us a wonderful tour of Washington's monuments and memorials on our first morning. She was very entertaining and knowledgeable and her tour was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. A perfect introduction to Washington!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Deborah. I loved touring you and Ann and am so glad you got into the museum. Great feedback and questions on the tour. You made me a better guide! Please look me up next time you're here. I'd love to spend more time with you.
Walraven KetellapperUnited States
Susan was amazing. She was prepared, informed, passionate and professional. Susan was engaged with our 11 and 14 year olds and we all enjoyed an optimal experience. A+!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind and generous feedback. I loved touring you and your wonderful family. I was impressed! Your kids just soak up knowledge. And I learned from them - that's the best. I hope you are able to return. I would love to show you some cool, historic DC neighborhoods, and our Sunday night drum circle in the summer is a delight. Unanswered questions: DC bird: Wood Thrush. DC tree: Scarlet Oak. DC flower: American Beauty Rose. Enjoy your holidays!
Susan was amazing! Beyond expectations. She was friendly, informative, flexible and made this a very worthwhile day for us as a family of 3 on our first visit to DC. If you are looking for a tour guide, this is it! Would call her again if we are coming back to DC or surrounding area. Her driver Khalid is amazing also and very professional and accomadating. THANKS GUYS for a memorable day!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Artaj, Thank you so very much! What a wonderful day with you and your family. You all are extremely knowledgeable, interesting and open to discussion about historical events. You made me a better guide. Thanks to Judy, I know about Canadians fighting on our side in Vietnam and the columns at Treasury not being quite so special. Artaj, I hope you enjoyed your Tidal Basis walk this morning. I know Khalid would join me in saying we rate you 5 stars as well, all of you!
Dana ShragerUnited States
5 stars for Susan M of Washington DC. She knowledgeable, flexible to our family's needs, and kind. Great tour guide. Thank you,
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dana, it was my pleasure to meet you and to tour you and your family. Your girls are smart, creative and intuitive. I only wish I could have changed the weather. Thank you so much for your review. Enjoy the rest of your visit here.
Heather MitchellUnited States
Our group would never tour Washington, DC with anyone else. Susan is an awesome guide. She brings so much energy to every tour!! She is smart, attentive, conscientious, professional, and passionate. We would highly recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Heather, Thank you so much for the wonderful review. Your group is always a joy to tour. They are engaging, smart, receptive, fun and challenge me in the best ways! I am looking forward to our tour in October. Thank you for ALL you do on your end to make our tours successful. Best, Susan
Greg TaubinUnited States
Hi Susan, Thanks again for a great tour. We are back in NY but when we ask the kids what was the best part about our trip, they both unanimously answer 'the tour with Susan!' We hope all is well with you and look forward to touring with you again in the future. You were great, we gained so much knowledge from your tour of the monuments and memorials. Our kids loved your stories, historical references and insights. You held their attention for over 3 hours!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again, a million. The pleasure was mine!
Vadim LubianitskyUnited States
It was really great. I went in Washington to show it my 12 years son, and Susan done customize tour for us. Gave us a lot of interested info in very nice and light manner. My son loves it. Strongly recommend to everybody Vadim
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Vadim. Loved touring you and your son. You both made it so easy and so much fun. Thank you again.
Chelsea BiskupUnited States
Our tour guide was very friendly and passionate about her job. She spent over 4.5 hours with us and we were only scheduled for 3. We appreciated the time she spent and knowledge shared with us. On the downside we were exhausted after walking over 4.5 hours. It ended up to be too much and we lost our energy and enthusiasm. Next time we will do a bus tour or a tour that includes transportation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review, I really enjoyed touring your family. It is important to me that clients have a positive and memorable experience. I regret the excessive travel time and wish I would have been more assertive in using taxis for transport.
Steve JohnsonUnited States
Susan was GREAT! I would highly recommend Susan to anyone wanting a tour of DC. She is very personable and very knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Steve. I really enjoyed touring you and your family. It was my pleasure.
Susan HannaUnited States
This was the third year that Susan provided our group with a tour, and it was incredible. Her knowledge of the history of DC, and her ability to connect the monuments and make them relevant to today - in an interesting, engaging and fun way is the very reason why we continue to come back to DC and request Susan as our guide. I love that she has so many tidbits that are fascinating. She clearly loves DC, and she loves to share her wealth of knowledge. I can't wait to see what's in store for next year!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I love touring your group! What a treat it is to spend time with students who take nothing for granted and with you! You make touring so wonderfully enjoyable, Susan. I am also looking forward to next year. Thank you for choosing me as your guide! PS On Saturday evening, President Obama hosted the singer, Prince at the White House. Reason for all that extra Secret Service?
Robert LurieUnited States
Susan was wonderful! We were very limited in time and very ambitious in the number of sites we wanted to see. She was able to relate to three generations of my family in a warm, pleasant, and appropriate way, keeping us all engaged and informed throughout our time together. We all enjoyed our day in DC and give Susan all of the credit for making it such a success! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her and her tour to anyone traveling to DC.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nancy! I loved touring your family. What a joy for me.
Amy NorstadUnited States
My family had a guided tour of the Washington monuments today with Susan and she was absolutely amazing! She was incredibly knowledgeable, was entertaining for adults and kids, was gracious and most of all shared her delight and passion for DC. We will recommend her for all DC visitors. 5 stars off the chart. Cheers to Susan!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Amy, I loved touring you and your family!. I have wondered how the rest of your trip has gone (many museums lost electrical power today and nice article on the Easter Egg Hunt in today's paper!) Here is an answer to 1 question you had: Lincoln Memorial: In 1910, 2 members of Congress joined forces to create his memorial. Shelby M. Cullom and Joseph G. Cannon, both knew Lincoln in IL and pushed through the bill to create the memorial. Bill signed by Pres. Taft in 1911. T. Jeff education to follow.
Mary OtahalUnited States
We enjoyed the monuments and memorials tour very much. Susan was on time, personable and communicated well. She gave us lots of interesting historical commentary. We enjoyed the walk and the education.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mary, Thank you so much for choosing me as your guide and for your kind words. I enjoyed touring you and your daughter and hope the rest of your visit here was fun. Thank you again. Best, Susan
Mandy MesshamUnited Kingdom
Thank you to Susan for a wonderful tour of the monuments of Washington DC. We had visited previously but wanted more in-depth information and boy did we get it! Susan's knowledge was outstanding and delivered in a way which was easy to understand- even for us Brits. The personal touch of this tour offered so many more insights than any guide book could ever do and we would definitely seek out Susan again when we return to DC. We loved Susan's sense of humour and her clear passion for this fantastic city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. I could have toured you all day! You all were a delight to tour. Please come back and see me. YOUR tour client rating: 5-stars. Clearly my pleasure.
Joanne WanczykUnited States
Susan has a great capacity for all kinds of historical and actual facts about DC. An absolute delight to spend such quality time with her. Would recommend this adventure to anyone. She will customize the tour to your wants and needs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so very much Joanne! You were a joy to tour - so open to your "adventure" and so well-informed yourself. I would love the opportunity to tour you again.
Joseph LermanUnited States
What can I say other than this is a tour we will NEVER forget. Susan was kind of enough to bear through treacherous weather and kept a smile on our kids the entire time. The DC walking tour was great. Thank you Susan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! You were all troopers! And your kids were amazing - they are the reason I enjoy touring children. It was wonderful being your guide even in that horrible weather! Please come back and see me and greetings to all.
Katherine DechUnited States
Our entire family thoroughly enjoyed Susan's tour! She involved our children and made it interesting for all of us. I would book a tour with her again, without question. Thank you Susan!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Kathy! I thoroughly enjoyed being your guide. Your kids were really fun to be with. And the Cleveland connection was really cool. Please look me up if you come back into town. I'd love to see you all again.
Amy DuncanKaty, TX, United States
EXCELLENT-the best way to see the monuments. PRE-TOUR: Susan was very responsive to emails and questions. Because of weather and Gov't shutdown, we rescheduled (mutually agreeable) at last minute, and had an optimal tour. TOUR: (10/8/13) Informative, brought history alive. I picked to tour this way, as my 85 yr. old mother has macular degeration, and the oral history is what I could not give her, and what Susan did. We enjoyed out time with Susan and this was a first class experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking my tour, for being flexible and patient with the changes and your very kind words. I look forward to touring you again in DC. You were both a PLEASURE to spend time with!
Well thought out, with great insights into all the sites. We always had others listening to Susan talk as they really missed the most important points of each site. Susan worked well with our two boys 7 & 12. We all gained a lot of valuable knowledge in a short time.. Very well done many thanks Susan..
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Bruce, Thank you for your review. I really enjoyed doing your tour! It's so interesting to get the international perspective re our history. I especially loved learning about the War of 1812 as it played out in Canada. And it was great to discuss our founders and leaders with you - with all their greatness and foibles. It's what makes history come alive and you helped make that happen for your kids. Touring your family was my pleasure and I also appreciate your generosity. Susan
Donna HurdUnited States
Susan was very, very knowledgeable. She was very flexible when I needed to sit down and helped us find a hard to find taxi at the end. There is no better way than this to do a tour of the whole mall. Took a tour of Arlington/Pentagon Memorial the next day with her. She knows a lot of stuff!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Donna! I loved doing your tour.
Debra WatkinsUnited States
Susan's walking tour of the monuments/memorials was a highlight of our generational ladies DC trip. She prefaced each sight with interesting historical facts and left us to experience each one on our own. Yet Susan was right at hand when we needed a group photo. We appreciated her sensitivity to snack, water and restroom locations. My 80 year Mom couldn't have been more pleased! I highly recommend Susan and look forward to taking another one of her tours in the future. Deb Watkins, McDonough, GA
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Deb! I loved touring your group. You were all great fun and what a great idea to do an intergenerational tour! Let me know if you return. I would love to see you again.
Judy TriceUnited States
Excellent, excellent tour guide. Friendly, knowledgeable and very efficient. Susan knew or found out the answers to our questions and even found the name I was looking for on the Vietnam Memorial without me asking. We would definitely ask for her and Tours by Locals on our next visit to Washington D.C. We did everything I asked for, but we really need to come back. So much more to see.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Judy, It was my pleasure to do your tour! You were delightful. I hope the rest of your trip was meaningful and enjoyable. I'd love to tour you again on your next visit to Washington. Susan