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Dupont Circle and Embassy Row Architecture Tour

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Explore some of Washington DC’s grandest streets on a 2-hour, small-group walking tour of Dupont Circle and Embassy Row with a local guide. Hear stories about capital city scandals and history as you follow a 2-mile route past Gilded Age mansions, extravagant homes, embassies, and architectural landmarks.
  • 2-hour walking tour of Dupont Circle and Embassy Row
  • See historic DC homes
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small group ensures personal service
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Gratuities
Dupont Circle , Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20036, USA

Look for your guide at the Dupont Circle Fountain in the center of Dupont Circle.

11:00 AM
The Phillips Collection , 1600 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Make your way to Dupont Circle, where you’ll meet a guide and small group for this 2-hour walking tour. Stroll alongside your guide, who will share interesting facts and historic tidbits throughout the tour, filling you on the unique culture of America’s capital city.

Start by passing by the James Blaine Mansion, the Embassy of Indonesia, the Cosmos Club, and the the Society of Cincinnati.

Then continue on to see the Embassies of Latvia and Turkey, and learn about the Washington élite that built the impressive structures as private homes. Pass Sheridan Circle and the Embassy of Cameroon before you see the former home of President Woodrow Wilson. 

Your tour takes you past DC’s own Spanish Steps, Mitchell Park, and the spot ‘The Hobbitt House,’ where Edward Lind Morse painted his famous inventor father. 

Lastly, take in the red brick exterior of The Philip’s Collection modern art museum, before re-entering Dupont Circle, where this tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Dupont Circle
Dupont Circle is the heart of this historic neighborhood, with a photogenic fountain at it's center.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Embassy Row
Walk along Embassy Row and see some of the city's most impressive properties, spanning the architectural gamut from Neo-classical to Beaux-Arts to Queen Anne and more.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Anderson House
Former home of the wealthiest power couple in Washington DC, now HQ to the the Nation's oldest patriotic organization.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The President Woodrow Wilson House
Former post-presidency home of Woodrow Wilson
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Spanish Steps
Washington's own modest version of the famed European landmark makes for a quiet hidden oasis in the middle of the city.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Phillips Collection
The first modern art museum in the United States
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY DC Design Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Sam was as excited as we were to be invited into Turkey Embassy. We saw things in the Embassy that was strikingly beauti
Pam_T
, Oct 2021
It was a great tour. We had a super tour guide - Sam - he absolutely made the two hour tour interesting, engaging, added humor and analysis to present day situations. The details in some of his stories were so cool. I am still talking about what I learned.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks so much, Pam! Sam is definitely a super tour guide, and we appreciate your kind review! :)
star-5
Great tour in great neighborhood
Kelsey_I
, Sep 2021
Great tour with very knowledgeable guide. Good mix of information related to architecture and design as well as the history of the buildings and their inhabitants. Also a fun neighborhood just to walk around in. Definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks so much, Kelsey! We really appreciate you taking the time to review our tours!
star-5
Great tour!
Martha_A
, Aug 2021
Fun and interesting tour - loved learning about the architecture and history of Du Pont Circle and Embassy Row. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks, Martha! Hope to see you again!
star-5
Even the locals love this tour!
Emily_B
, Aug 2021
The houses/buildings are spectacular and the stories about who lived in them are even better! We are two locals who run through this area all the time and learned so much from our guide. We had our teen nephew with us and he loved it, too. Highly recommend this tour for visitors and Washingtonians!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you so much, Emily! Recommendations from locals are so valuable, and we really appreciate it!
star-5
Experience this!
Michelle_M
, Jul 2021
Our guy from DC Design tours was educational and enthusiastic and a great storyteller! He kept the whole crowd entertained from our 11 year old to the elders in the crowd. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour if you like history, architecture and some fun facts about DC. It was well worth the money and time!!!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
We so appreciate your enthusiastic review! Thank you!
star-5
Fantastic storytelling
Nick_P
, Jul 2021
Wow what a great tour!! Such interesting story telling, she really brought the history to life, and was incredibly knowledgeable about the architecture.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you very much!
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DuPont Circle tour
Deborah_P
, Jul 2021
Our guide was an architect! The tour was one of the best we’ve had! Loved all the history of the area and stories of the people!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you very much! Hope to see you again!
star-5
Will be coming back for other tours
Nikki_P
, Oct 2020
Great for visitors AND residents! We took my parents and it was a great -socially distant- way to still be a tourist. We loved all the fun facts and the beautiful location. Sam was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
star-5
Great walking tour!
Donna_H
, Jun 2019
We figured this would just be another walking tour, but we were surprised. Carolyn regaled us with history, funny stories, little insider tidbits and architectural insights into the buildings we saw. We enjoyed the entire 2 hours and were only sorry that limited mobility of some of the people in the groups made us go so slowly that we didn't cover everything that was promised in the 2 hours. We look forward to doing other DC DesignTours with Carolyn (or her colleague) in the future.

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