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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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Dupont Circle and Embassy Row Architecture Tour

Explore some of Washington DC’s grandest streets on a 2-hour, small-group walking tour of Dupont Circle and Embassy Row with a local guide. Hear stories about capital city scandals and history as you follow a 2-mile route past Gilded Age mansions, extravagant homes, embassies, and architectural landmarks.
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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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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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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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Reviewed October 19, 2019

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 October 20, 2019

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 October 18, 2019

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 October 20, 2019

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 October 16, 2019

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 October 20, 2019

Thank you very much for posting!

Reviewed October 15, 2019

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 October 20, 2019

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
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CarolynMDC, Owner at DC Design Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2019

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

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