About

Washington Walks is a love story.

Washington Walks founder Carolyn Crouch was pursuing her graduate degree in acting in Washington, D.C. when she met and married her husband, a long-time District denizen. Everything was supposed to go according to plan. After a honeymoon in England, she'd return home to D.C. and launch her career in theater.

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

Inspired by her experiences in London, Carolyn began to dream up walking tour itineraries of D.C. neighborhoods. In 1999, Washington Walks launched, becaming the first full-fledged company to offer walking tours of the nation’s capital and a way for visitors and locals alike to discover the history of the city's neighborhoods--the nation's capital as home town.  Crouch suggests, “After you've absorbed the majesty of the memorials on the National Mall, take a neighborhood walking tour to expand your D.C. experience.  In fact, it may be cheeky, but we like to say if you haven't been on a Washington Walks tour, you haven't been to Washington!"


“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.”


Washington Walks has grown to include more than a dozen fellow guides who are as passionate as Crouch about the District of Columbia. “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,” explains 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. is one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

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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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