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Dupont Circle and Embassy Row Architecture Tour

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Dupont Circle and Embassy Row Architecture Tour

From USD 48.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Dupont Circle
    Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20036, USA

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

End point

  • The Phillips Collection
    1600 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA

What To Expect

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.

Dupont Circle

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Embassy Row

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Anderson House

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The President Woodrow Wilson House

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Spanish Steps

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The Phillips Collection

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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 travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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90 reviews
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Great tour and tour guide!
Theresa_S, Sept 2023
Our tour guide was an excellent communicator and handled my many well! Great tour! Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Thank you Theresa! We love inquisitive tour guests! Makes it more fun. :)
Very knowledgeable guide....
Louis_H, Aug 2023
Very knowledgeable guide. Enjoyed tour. Just the right size. Would have liked to be able to tour one of the embassies
Natalie was a wonderful...
Margaret_T, July 2023
Natalie was a wonderful tour guide! We got just the right amount of information about different architecture styles and who lived at various houses. I also appreciated her supplemental pictures of people so I could visualize how they lived. Too bad it was so hot and humid! She had nothing to do with that - I would go again to n cooler weather.
Response from Host, July 2023
Thank you! We appreciate you sticking with us in the DC summer heat! :)
Information and interesting
Kim_H, June 2023
Wonderful tour in DuPont Circle, down embassy row and in Kalorama. I learned new things - I did not know DC had Spanish Steps!!
Response from Host, June 2023
We love to hear that, thank you!!
DC Tour not to miss
penny_l, June 2023
Natalia our tour guide was fabulous! She made it interesting and fun! Our entire group loved the tour and learned a lot, even those who live in dc! We would definitely recommend this tour!
Response from Host, June 2023
Thank you so much for posting a review! We're so glad you enjoyed your tour with Natalie!
Great tour!
SuYiSophia_H, Mar 2023
Sam was an outstanding guide with great storytelling skills. The distance and duration of the tour were appropriate, and we were left with a thirst for knowledge and keener eyes for architectural details. Highly recommended!!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
We’re so glad to read your review, thank you!
Entertaining and informative tour
Marc_z, Nov 2022
Great tour….informative of the architectural styles of the beautiful homes and neighborhood and filled with great stories of the people who owned them. Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you Marc! We really appreciate your review!
Enlightening tour
Kelly_M, Oct 2022
Enjoyed learning the history of the homes and embassies in the Dupont neighborhood. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the architectural styles and made the time fly by.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you Kelly! We're so glad to read your review!
Very incisive tour of embassy row.
Lori_N, Sept 2022
Very enjoyable walking tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable about the area. I would have loved to walk this area and listen to our guide for several more hours!
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Thanks Lori, we're so glad to read your review!
Great historical overview of the area and architecture
Joan_R, Sept 2022
Made history come to life- fun and informative and Christine added a welcome splash of humor Not a good idea to ask for more comments in my opinion
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Thank you for joining us Joan!
Fascinating Tour
Nicole_S, July 2022
This is our third time in DC and we had yet to tour Embassy Row or the surrounding areas. This tour was an experience to say the least. I’m not architecturally too literate. But the Guide was fun and informative with great crowd interaction. I absolutely loved this tour and would do it again in a heartbeat.
Response from Host, July 2022
Thank you, Nicole! We pride ourselves on making the architecture focus fun for everyone, and I'm glad to read that your guide succeeded! :)
Just what I was hoping for.
Gerard_B, June 2022
Well paced, informative. More historically oriented than architecturally focused. Friendly guide. Recommended.
Response from Host, June 2022
Thank you, we’re glad to read your review!
Meredith_M, June 2022
Outstanding guide. Architecture and family history of homes in the area, along with anecdotal stories of prior occupants. Very interesting and well done!
Response from Host, June 2022
Thank you so much!
Highly recommend! Awesome tour!
Sadhna_L, Mar 2022
Tour really brought the DuPont circle neighborhood to life! Our guide was very knowledgeable and made each story fun to follow -- even for my teen and tween! This one is worth it! Had a great time-- both educational and fun!
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thanks very much! We appreciate your review!
Our guide, Carolyn, was a...
Katherine_W, Feb 2022
Our guide, Carolyn, was a wonderful guide. She shared engaging stories, as well as architectural details of the buildings we observed on the tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2022
We appreciate your kind review, thank you!
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.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Thanks so much, Pam! Sam is definitely a super tour guide, and we appreciate your kind review! :)
Great tour in great neighborhood
Kelsey_I, Sept 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.
Response from Host, Sept 2021
Thanks so much, Kelsey! We really appreciate you taking the time to review our tours!
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!
Response from Host, Sept 2021
Thanks, Martha! Hope to see you again!
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!
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Thank you so much, Emily! Recommendations from locals are so valuable, and we really appreciate it!
Experience this!
Michelle_M, July 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!!!!
Response from Host, July 2021
We so appreciate your enthusiastic review! Thank you!

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