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DC Design Tours

Washington DC, DC, USA
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About DC Design Tours
DC Design Tours offers historic walking and driving tours of Washington DC focused on architecture, urban planning, and design. Our tours explore Washington's most prominent architectural marvels and best kept secrets, while hearing about the conflicts, controversies, and personalities involved in the development of our Capital City. From Neo-Classical to Brutalist, learn the history behind the brick and mortar with DC Design Tours!
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Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour
Get an overview of Washington, DC’s architecture, landmarks, and political powerhouses during a small-group walking tour led by a local guide. Learn about the elegant plan that underlies the present-day city as you visit sights from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Supreme Court and Library of Congress.
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2 hours
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Historic Georgetown Architecture Tour
With elegant mansions, churches, and a world class university, Georgetown is one of DC’s most fashionable neighborhoods. Get your bearings and explore Georgetown architecture on a 2-hour, small-group walking tour with a local guide, who will share Georgetown stories as you visit historic highlights and campus landmarks.
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2 hours
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Castle to Capitol: Museums of the National Mall Walking Tour
Take a stroll along America’s ‘front yard’ during this guided, small-group walking tour of the museums of the National Mall in Washington, DC. Go on a walk on the east side of the National Mall, between the United States Capitol Building and the Washington Monument, with a historian guide, and learn about the design and stories behind each museum. This tour also includes admission to the Smithsonian Castle.
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2 hours
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Monuments and Memorials Architecture Tour
Take a stroll along America’s ‘front yard’ on this guided, 2-hour, small-group walking tour of the National Mall in Washington, DC. From the banks of the Potomac River to the United States Capitol, this 300-acre national park is the premiere civic and symbolic space of a nation. Take a walk with a historian guide to better understand why this landscape looks the way it does, and visit famous historical sites like the Washington Monument.
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Off the Beaten Path: Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan Walking Tour
Venture into some of Washington's most diverse residential areas in this off the beaten path tour of the Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan neighborhoods. From DC socialites to civil rights activists, Northwest Washington has been host to castles, embassies, temples, protests, and almost the Lincoln Memorial! Learn about this diverse and ever-changing off the beaten path area of the real District.
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2 hours
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Castle to Capitol tour was great! We had out of town guests and wanted to play tourist in our hometown. We learned so much about the origins of the Smithsonian, museums and the people and stories behind the buildings. Carolyn was a lovely guide...More

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Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Sue R
CarolynMDC, Owner at DC Design Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you, Sue! It was my pleasure meeting and touring with you! Hope to see you all again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A big thanks to Sam as he lead us on a terrific tour of Georgetown even through the rain! I was a bit skeptical of what a tour would be like but I loved how he wove storytelling in with the design features we were...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Robert J
CarolynMDC, Owner at DC Design Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write about your Historic Georgetown tour with Sam! We're thrilled to hear about your experience, and hope to see you back in the future.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic tour. We were in town for a special event and they were able to accommodate and customize a large tour for 35 attendees!

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Date of experience: October 2019
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CarolynMDC, Owner at DC Design Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I booked 2 walking tours (Capitol Hill & Georgetown) in one day for family visiting DC and they loved every minute! They particularly like the Union Station history, the Georgetown homes, and countless other vignettes and historical facts unknown to my history buff father. Both...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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CarolynMDC, Owner at DC Design Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for booking two private tours with us! We were happy to entertain your dad and friend for the day, and appreciate your positive review! :)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Starting point of the tour was at local coffee shop. We then walked downhill for our first stop at the Georgetown waterfront, then we had to hike all the way back up the hill. I would recommend they start at the waterfront and go from...More

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Date of experience: October 2019
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CarolynMDC, Owner at DC Design Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! Generally our tour ends at the Georgetown Waterfront and doesn't back track up hill, so I'll be sure to double check with our guides about the route. A list of stops and route map can be found on our website,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Carolyn gave our small group a fabulous tour of the sites for the Lincoln Assassination Tour. She gave us facts that we didn't know. She also pointed out architecture and other details that we wouldn't have noticed on our own. This was a walking tour,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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CarolynMDC, Owner at DC Design Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for posting!

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Carolyn & Sam have created interesting, fun and 5 ⭐️ s! I highly recommend their tours of DC. My husband and i went on the Georgetown tour on Saturday morning with Sam, then on Monday, we did the Capitol Hill Architectural tour which includedthe Library...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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CarolynMDC, Owner at DC Design Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We so appreciate your kind feedback! Looking forward to seeing you both back in DC!

Reviewed October 14, 2019

We took a wonderful tour of Georgetown with Sam. He clearing enjoys his job and sharing information about Georgetown. The walk wasn’t short but was leisurely and provided lots of stops to provide us with information. He was conscious of those in the group like...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Katie R
CarolynMDC, Owner at DC Design Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you, hope to have you on another tour soon!

Reviewed October 14, 2019

I didn’t have high hopes for this tour (not an architecture or history buff, just happen to love one) but it was amazing! Our tour guide Sam was great and somehow made architecture interesting to me as I wrangled my 1 year old. Would definitely...More

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Date of experience: October 2019
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CarolynMDC, Owner at DC Design Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're glad to hear that our tours surpassed your expectations, especially with a one year old in tow! Thank you for your kind feedback about Sam!

Reviewed October 14, 2019

Carolyn was a great guide and the tour was excellent. Comprehensive, interesting and fun. A nice amount of detail and a nice amount of pop culture/celebrity notes.

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Date of experience: October 2019
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CarolynMDC, Owner at DC Design Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to post! I had a wonderful time with your group of art and history enthusiasts!

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