Frequently Asked Questions
How do I join a weekly walking tour?
Visit our calendar page to sign up for scheduled walking tours from mid-February through November. If you don't see the tour you want on the date you're free, please get in touch, and we'll do our best to accommodate you!
How much do tours cost?
Tickets for our public tours cost $35 per adult and $20 per child. Private family tours (up to eight people) cost $200. The cost for larger private tours depends on our itinerary and group size, so please get in touch for more information. Driving tours depends upon the size of the vehicle we'll need. Please visit our driving tours page for pricing information. Virtual tours also depend on the number of participants.
How many people will be on the weekly tour?
Our public tours are limited to a maximum of 10 people. Private family tours are limited to one party of eight people or less. Please get in touch if you have a larger group, and we'll be happy to accommodate you!
How do I schedule a private tour?
Private bookings can be arranged for any of our tours, or customized to suit you! Private family tours of up to eight people can be booked directly via our calendar. We also offer walking, driving, and virtual tours for larger groups. We can even build full or half-day itineraries for you visit. Please get in touch via our website or email for more information. Private tours run year round.
What about driving tours?
We partner with a chauffeur service to provide driving tours of Washington DC. Many of our walking tours can also be conducted by car, or we can build a custom driving itinerary for your visit. Please get in touch or email for more information.
And virtual tours?
Our virtual tours can be done two different ways, either as an on-site walk or in "presentation style". During an on-site virtual tour, your guide is physically at the tour location, bringing you along the walking tour route with them. In a presentation-style tour, your guide will show you current pictures, historical photos, videos, diagrams and lots of background information not available on an in-person tour. All of our virtual tours are live and interactive, never recorded or canned! Please get in touch to schedule your virtual tour!
What should I bring on my tour?
Sturdy walking shoes, bottled water, and rain gear are recommended for any outdoor activity. Please note that there are not always bathroom facilities available, so prepare in advance.
How long are the walking tours? Where do they start? How do I find my guide?
All of our weekly walking tours are about two hours long and cover one to two miles of walking. Please have a look at our online calendar to see what time and where your tour begins. You'll also receive a confirmation email with the time and meeting information. Look for your guide in the black and white DC Design Tours t-shirt!
What happens if it rains?
Our tours generally run rain or shine, unless weather conditions are dangerous. On the rare occasion a tour is cancelled, you''ll be notified by email, phone, and text, and receive a full refund.
Are the tours wheelchair/stroller accessible?
All of our tours are wheelchair/stroller accessible, except for the Columbia Heights & Adams Morgan tour, which includes a set of stairs. Georgetown can also be challenging due to the narrow sidewalks and uneven pavers of this Colonial-era neighborhood. Please let us know in advance if you have any concerns, and we'll be happy to make recommendations.
Where can I park for the tour?
Parking can be challenging in Washington DC, so we highly encourage using public transportation. However, there are many parking garages and some street parking in DC neighborhoods. Feel free to get in touch for more specific information on each tour, and check out this helpful guide about parking in DC.
Are there bathrooms on the tour?
There are public bathrooms on our two National Mall tours and Capitol Hill tour, but you never know the condition they'll be in! All our other routes are entirely outdoors, so options are limited. Please prepare in advance, and your guide will be happy to point you in the direction of restrooms at the end of your tour.