DC Design Tours offers historical tours of Washington DC with a focus on architecture, urban planning, and design.

Get an insider’s look at the design of the District with DC Design 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 on our design-focused Washington tours!

Washington DC Architecture Tours


DC Design Tours conducts walking tours of eight fascinating neighborhoods in Washington DC.   We also offer private walking, driving, and bus tours.  Get in touch or click on a tour to learn more! 

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Great for first time visitors!


Offered seasonally during the bloom!

Washington DC Capitol Hill Architecture Tour

Museums of the National Mall

Learn all about the Smithsonians!

Washington DC Columbia Heights & Adams Morgan Architecture Tour

Get off the beaten path!


Offered year round!


Our public tours are $35 per adult and $20 for children (age 5-15), with special discounts for military personnel and veterans. Children under 5 are free. The public tour schedule can be found here. Private family tours (up to 8 people) are $200 and can be booked automatically here. For larger private tour or driving tour requests, please contact us directly for rate and scheduling information.


We also provide gift cards for our tours!  Gift cards are the perfect present for an adventurous urban explorer, and can be purchased to join public or book private tours. A private tour gift card is good for up to six people. Please use the button below to purchase, or contact us to learn more. 


Whether you're an independent traveler looking for something different, a group of DC natives with a passion for Washington, or a band of architecture lovers, join DC Design Tours to learn the history behind the brick and mortar! 


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A student tour group taking in the evening view from the back of the Lincoln Memorial!