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Washington Walks

819 G Street, S.W., Washington DC, DC 20024
202-484-1565
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The tour was given just before Halloween and was fittingly spirited. We visited the grounds of the Octagon and had an inside tour of that historic building that blended history and ghost stories. Carolyn is an awesome storyteller - the background information on the various ghost stories was fascinating. The Octagon is considered to be one of the most (if... More 

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Brambleton, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

My daughters and I had a wonderful experience on the Most Haunted Houses Tour. Our guide, Victoria, was very knowledgeable and personable. My daughters were apprehensive at first about a 2 hour walk, but we really didn't walk too far from our starting point and they enjoyed this take on the history of DC. As Northern VA residents, we will... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We had amazing weather and a wonderful guide. He offered lots of great info with accompanying photos that were relevant to the stories he was telling. If someone asked a question he didnt know the answer to, he would research it and have an answer by the time we reached the next stopping point. It definitely made me interested to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My Mother and I totally enjoyed this DC adventure and had such a good time. Carolyn was so gracious and both Phoebe and Dwayne were excellent guides and City hosts. The absolute best part of our journey was the Octagon House with a question and answer period hosted by former First Lady Dolley Madison. Of course this historic actor was... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Very good and informative tour about the burning of Washington in 1814. I grow up locally and am familiar with the basic events, but the guide was able to add new details and place the whole event in an orderly context. The guide, Dwayne had good voice projection and encouraged questions. The "cruise director" Carolyn managed the group and guide... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Washington Walk's special four-hour walk to the key spots where British troops burned our capital city's public buildings on August 24, 1814 was well worth the time and money. Eight of our sixty-something pals, all who love history, agreed to meet for the adventure, and we're so glad we did. Guide Dwane was thoroughly entertaining and informative. We enjoyed our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I went on my first tour with Washington Walks yesterday. My guide was David for the 2-hour Dupont Circle tour. I have lived in Maryland my whole life so this neighbor is very familiar to me. I love the restaurants and shops and circle with the fountain. But I learned so much about the history of the neighborhood from David... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I'm a HUGE fan of Washington Walks! This is a great "fun thing to do on the weekend" option, whether you've lived in DC for years (like me), have just moved here and want to learn about the District, or looking to entertain visiting family and/or friends. I've taken all of the regularly programmed tours (Georgetown, Embassy Row, Dupont Circle,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I am a docent at the Smithsonian American History Museum, so I know quite a bit about American history, but am always seeking opportunities to learn more. I certainly knew about the White House being burned down in 1814, but this tour gave me lots more information. I gained lots of insights that I did not have before, and I... More 

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washwalks, Owner at Washington Walks, responded to this review

Coming from a docent at the Smithsonian American History Museum, your review is quite a compliment. Thank you very much! We are glad "Washington is Burning! August 1814" added to your War of 1812 knowledge base. Jim, the guide who led the tour, genuinely enjoys hearing from walkers who share facts and figures with the group. (We've gleaned a lot... More 

Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My wife and I signed up for a Washington Walk entitled "The Burning of Washington" scheduled for August 24, 2014. By some fortuitous happenstance, the tour took place 200 years to the day of the calamitous event. What had surprised me is that Americans often rush to celebrate those episodes in our history where we were victorious, but shrink from... More 

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washwalks, Owner at Washington Walks, responded to this review

At the very first meeting held for Washington Walks guides interested in leading "Washington is Burning! August 1814," we each answered the question, "Why do I want to lead this particular tour?" The responses indicated that all felt a keen desire not only to relay the story of (to use your words) a "calamitous event", but also to delve into... More 

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