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

BREE is a Seattle native who lived abroad before moving to D.C. in 2015. She spends her lunch breaks walking through D.C. neighborhoods picking out her favorite house on each block (Victorian row homes are her favorite).
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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 is a 35-year resident of the Washington area and has been guiding for over 20 years. Brian's job is researching Washington's buildings and creating historical resources.

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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 walking tours to Sunday afternoon family strolls at historic spots in her native Ohio. She is a long-time 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. area in 2003 following a stint as a park ranger at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York City.

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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.

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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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LEIGH has over thirty years experience as an actor and storyteller on stages across the country. She has served as a tour director up and down the East Coast, working with guests of all ages from around the globe.

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MANDY is a writer and book editor. She got hooked on D.C. history while working as communications director for Tudor Place Historic House & Garden, the Georgetown estate of one of Martha Washington’s granddaughters.

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MARK is a retired Foreign Service Officer, Defense Department official, and university professor. Born in Oklahoma and raised in California, Mark has lived extensively overseas but has made Washington D.C. his permanent U.S. home since 1977.

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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.

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MARY ANNE, a Washington area resident since 1972, is a former travel writer who rates the nation’s capital the most fascinating city she ever covered. She’s an avid architecture and history buff and shares broad knowledge of both fields on all her Washington Walks.

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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 lives in the D.C. area and has resided here for over 7 years, moving here 3 separates times – she loves the city so much that each time she had to leave she had to come back!

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PAUL is a journalist, history buff, actor and former radio newscaster who has lived in the Washington area for 26 years and still discovers something new every week. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Paul lives in Springfield with his wife Angela and their two Shih-Tzus Luna and Chu-Chu, who enjoy watching crunchy gravel British costume dramas from the sofa along with their grownups.

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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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SCOTT’S first visit to Washington, D.C., was during his seventh grade class trip. That experience ignited a passion for history and politics.

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VICTORIA is a professional actor and teaching artist who has lived in the D.C. area for a decade. While pursuing two master’s degrees in Shakespeare, Victoria visited D.C. regularly and fell in love with the city’s cultural amenities, including its vibrant theatre scene.

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VINNY has had an ongoing love affair with D.C. ever since he came here to study politics at The Catholic University of America in 2013. He currently works for the historic Octagon Museum downtown (a must-see!). 

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