Book a real-time virtual tour and experience Washington's landmarks from the comfort of your home

Schedule a virtual interactive excursion with DC Design Tours! Enjoy the same incredible stories, beautiful sights, and fascinating secrets you'd experience on tour, from the comfort of your own home. Tours can be either on-site or presentation style, including historical photos, architectural diagrams, and more! Each talk is a live video conference, in-person with your private guide.

Our talks are perfect for educational programs, conferences, lunch and learns, social groups, and families. Presentations can be customized for the audience and time allowed, from young students to adults, and from thirty minutes to two hours. Read more about our live virtual tour series below, and get in touch at info@dcdesigntours.com to reserve your experience.

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Monumental Core: The Design of the National Mall 

 

Over the past 250 years, the National Mall has evolved as the centerpiece of our Nation's Capital. Described by Charles Dickens as the "City of Magnificent Intentions", Washington has transformed from pasture lands to military training grounds, mud flats to monuments. Hear the long and tumultuous history of our National stage and most famous landmarks-- from the storied White House, to the towering Washington Monument to the  to the awe inspiring Lincoln Memorial. Highlights include:

 

  • The L'Enfant Plan

  • United States Capitol Building

  • Washington Monument

  • The White House

  • Lincoln Memorial

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The Smithsonians: Tracing the Arc of American Architecture

 

Our "Nation's Attic," the Smithsonian Institution has shaped the character of the National Mall since 1855. Washington's most beloved museums trace the arc of American architecture, from the Gothic Smithsonian Castle to the modern Museum of African American History and Culture. Romanesque to Victorian, neoclassical to Brutalist, each unique building is an architectural study all its own. Learn about the style, design, controversy, construction, and fascinating backstory behind these celebrated museums. Highlights include:

 

  • Smithsonian Castle & Garden

  • Arts and Industries Building

  • National Museum of Natural History

  • Freer Gallery of Art

  • Hirshhorn Museum

  • National Air and Space Museum

  • National Museum of the American Indian

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Millionaire's Row to Embassy Row: DC in the Gilded Age

 

Washington's movers and shakers once strolled the streets of Dupont Circle, where Massachusetts Avenue was the city's premier residential address. Heiresses, industrial magnates, newspaper tycoons and political elites built opulent mansions along the avenue, all to impress Washington society. After the Great Depression, many of these magnificent mansions were converted into embassies, social clubs, and offices. Hear the stories of the Capital's gilded elite and learn about the history of Washington's premier promenade. Highlights include:

 

  • Dupont Circle

  • Embassy of Indonesia (Walsh-McLean House)

  • Alice's Palace

  • Society of the Cincinnati (Anderson Mansion)

  • Turkish Ambassador's Residence (Edward Everett Mansion)

  • Embassy of Latvia (Alice Pike Barney Studio)

  • The Hobbit House (Edward Lind Morse Studio)

  • The Phillip's Collection

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Rags to Riches: The Transformation of Historic Georgetown

 

A mention of modern Georgetown conjures up images of stately brick homes, tidy tree-lined streets, and bustling shops. Now one of the most idyllic and elite neighborhoods in Washington DC, Georgetown's origins are much less picturesque. Described by Abigail Adams as "a dirty little hole," Georgetown began as a gritty port, replete with ruffians, sailors, slave traders, brothels and saloons. From Canal Fever to Civil War, factories to condos, learn how Historic Georgetown has gone from coarse to posh in 250 years.  Highlights include:

 

  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

  • Old Stone House

  • Newton D. Baker House

  • Miss Lydia's English Seminary

  • Christ Episcopal Church

  • Pomander Walk

  • Volta Laboratory

  • Georgetown University

  • Exorcist Steps

  • Georgetown Waterfront

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America's Main Street:

Pennsylvania Avenue and the White House Neighborhood

 

America's most famous avenue, connecting the White House and US Capitol building, hasn't always been the grand thoroughfare of modern Washington. Originally laid out in Pierre L'Enfant's plans of the new Capital, Pennsylvania Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood has been renovated, re-imagined and revitalized over and over again. From Murder Bay, a center of crime, gambling, and prostitution, to the stately boulevard of Presidential parades, Pennsylvania Avenue is a microcosm of the Nation's history. Hear the story of metamorphosis along America's Main Street. Highlights include:

 

  • The White House

  • Eisenhower Executive Office Building

  • Blair House (President's Guest House)

  • The Willard Hotel

  • Old Post Tower

  • J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building

  • U.S. Navy Memorial

  • National Archives

  • Temperance Fountain

  • Federal Triangle