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.