Joel Barlow named the estate he purchased in 1807 Kalorama for the expansive views to be had from its place overlooking today’s Rock Creek Park. No more exquisitely beautiful enclave exists in America’s capital. Kalorama has always been a prime residential area, its glory the urban mansions located on the high ground between Massachusetts and Connecticut Avenues. We’ll start by ascending the “Spanish Steps” to reach the heights where Washington’s diplomatic community is evident everywhere you look, many of the original single family homes now occupied by ambassadors or embassy offices. Former police and fire call boxes punctuate the neighborhood as imaginative works of public art as does a brightly colored panda. See if you can identify the oldest house in the District and discover the Woodrow Wilson House. Wilson was the only U.S. president to retire in D.C. and chose Kalorama as his place of residence. In January 2017, however, another former U.S. president followed suit: Barack Obama and his family moved from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to a Kalorama home overlooking Rock Creek Park.


Highlights Sheridan-Kalorama Art on Call


Led by Carolyn or Cheryl


"Learned lots of little known facts and got a better appreciation for the significant history of the area. Highly recommend!" - TripAdvisor reviewer


Discover more great D.C. walking tour adventures: Rock Creek Cemetery and Dupont Circle


Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.


Also available for private and group tour bookings. Please email info@washingtonwalks.com for more information.

Approximately 2 hours
Reservations REQUIRED and limited to fifteen (15) participants on public tours.

$25 per person for public tours. 

Please email us for a private or group tour quote.

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Embarks from the corner of 22nd Street and Decatur Place, NW by the old police and fire call boxes.
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