About

Washington Walks is a love story.

Washington Walks founder Carolyn Crouch was pursuing her graduate degree in acting when she met and married her husband, who lived in Washington DC. Everything was supposed to go according to plan. After a perfect wedding and honeymoon, she'd return home to DC to complete her acting studies and audition for roles.

One walking tour of London was all it took to change everything. Carolyn returned from her London honeymoon with two loves: her husband and walking tours.

Based on her London experiences, she started creating walking tours where none existed before for her newly adopted Washington. In 1999, Washington Walks became the first company to offer walking tours of the nation’s capital. Crouch created Washington Walks to tell the stories of the people and places in America’s capital you just can’t get from glancing out of a tour bus window. As Crouch explains, “There is more to D.C. than just the famous monuments and the National Mall. With a walking tour, people get to experience so much more.”


“We have an ongoing love affair with Washington D.C.’s history – its residents, architecture, and cultural significance – and like nothing better than sharing stories about those people and places.”


 It’s a passion that has grown to include more than a dozen fellow guides over the years. “We have an ongoing love affair with Washington D.C.’s history – its residents, architecture, and cultural significance – and like nothing better than sharing stories about those people and places,” beams Crouch.

Our Guides

ANDREW has always understood and appreciated the power of a good story to capture, persuade, and inspire audiences of all sizes.

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BREE is a media researcher for an international broadcaster and has been living in D.C. since 2015. She spends her lunch breaks walking through D.C. neighborhoods picking out her favorite house on each block. Her top three things to do in D.C.

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BRENDA has lived in Washington, D.C., since 1982 when she helped launch USA Today newspaper as one of its founding editors. For decades, she told short, grabby, pertinent stories in print. Now, she enjoys telling stories face-to-face on tour.

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BRIAN has been living in and around Washington DC for 34 years. He came to DC as a computer programmer but quickly developed an interest in local history and the sense of place. In his work, Brian finds new ways to research Washington history.

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CAROLYN attributes her devotion to walking tours to her husband, who showed her the sites of his hometown on foot when she arrived to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. She studied English and Art History as an undergraduate.

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CHERYL grew up in the D.C. area and has seen Washington change a great deal over the years.  Having traveled nationally for her work and internationally for fun, she still thinks D.C.

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CHRISTINA attributes her love of history and walking to Sunday afternoon family walks at historic spots in her native Ohio. She is a 40 year resident of the D.C. area and had a career in electronic libraries.

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DAVID traces his love of history to having grown up next to Old Bethpage Village Restoration, a recreated mid-19th century living history village on Long Island. He moved to the D.C.

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DWANE is a licensed D.C. tour guide, historical character interpreter, plus professional musician (bugler, trumpeter, and kazooist).

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HAYDEN moved to D.C. in 1972. He is active in the D.C. Preservation League, preparing Historic Landmark Nominations for endangered buildings. He is former archivist for the Sumner School and Archives, where he catalogued the historical records of the D.C. Public Schools.

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JIM is a retired attorney now pursuing his life-long passion for politics, history, and the capital city’s neighborhoods. An avid world traveler, he often takes walking tours himself when abroad.

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LAURA has been a D.C. area resident for almost 20 years and a lover of history for twice as long. A native of Austin, Texas, she spent years as a writer working in corporate settings in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, and finally D.C.

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MANDY is a writer and book editor who used to freelance for the Washington Post, New York Times and D.C. City Paper. From 2011-18, she managed communications for one of D.C.’s best history museums, Tudor Place, the D.C.

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MARTIN has been enchanted by the city of Washington since arriving in 1980 to pursue a government career in economics.  He found he enjoyed pounding the sidewalks of the city as much as crunching numbers and began leading special interest tours for friends and community groups, i

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MARY ANNE, a Washington area resident since 1972, is a former travel writer who’s convinced that the nation’s capital is the most fascinating city she’s ever covered.

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MEG is a native of Queens, NY, (with the occasional accent to prove it), where she previously worked as a Ranger on the High Line in New York City. She has lived in D.C.

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PAUL is a professional journalist, actor, runner, history buff and former radio news anchor. A native of the New York/New Jersey area, he’s been exploring Washington’s crannies, cemeteries, and memorials for 25 years.

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PHOEBE retired from the federal government several years ago, where she was involved in dry technical subjects. Tour guiding has unleashed her inner Liberal Arts major, and taken advantage of her degrees–a B.A. in History and a M.A. in City Planning.

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POLLY wanted to live in D.C. ever since she and her husband Mike drove 450 miles right down to the Mall one spring day in the 1970s and couldn’t find parking. They turned around and left in frustration. Like the Terminator, Polly swore she’d be back.

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TERRY studied business and tourism at Clemson and earned her master’s degree in Heritage Planning and Management in England.

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VICTORIA is a professional actor and teaching artist who, after receiving two master’s degrees in Shakespeare, moved to the D.C. area in 2010. A year later, she co-founded Brave Spirits Theatre.

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