Frequently Asked Questions

How is See DC Today unique?
We offer customizable private tours. Guests are able to choose the places they want to se. No tours are the same, and nothing is scripted. We have an insider’s view of DC because we are locals. And for first time visitors we offer standard Full Day, Half Day and Moonlight tours.

Where do we start our tour?
Transportation is provided door to door- we pick up our guests wherever they are staying and at the end of the evening return them to that same location. Our personalized pick-up and drop-off makes the entire tour experience seamless time and stress free.

What time do the tours begin?

Day tours typically begin at 10AM and night tours at 7PM. Since our tours are private, the start times can be adjusted to fit our guests schedules; sometimes we base start times on weather or traffic conditions. Our half-day tours’ start times are extremely flexible… Just give us a call at 202.971.9116 to discuss what works for you.

Can solo travelers book?

Absolutely! You will join others to form a group of 4-6 on average per tour and by the end you will have made new friends.

What’s the maximum group size you can book?

We can accommodate larger groups up to 20 people with advanced planning.

Will I get to stop and take pictures?
Yes. You tell us when and where you’d like to stop for a shot and we will accommodate you!

Where do you take us?
Our tours include the popular landmarks, historical sites, government buildings, famous religious sites, Smithsonians, art galleries, museums, monuments and memorials as well as excursions to Embassy Row, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery and National Cathedral.

Can we go inside of any of the museums?
Yes, we can guide inside the museums and as well as some Federal buildings. Just let us know when you call if this is an option you’d like!

 

How much walking will I do?
Since each tour is a bit different it’s hard to say exactly how much walking you will do. We aim to keep walking to a minimum so that most of your time is spent directly at the sites. However, many sites do not allow us to drop off directly in front. Some walking is always involved. Prepare to wear walking shoes for comfort.


Will I be able to charge my phone, or tablet?
Yes, we have the option to charge in the van while touring and have portable chargers available for use while outside of the van.

 

What are the food options while on tour? What will we do for lunch?
Multicultural food trucks in front of Air and Space Museum and near the White House (east side of the Ellipse) are very popular. There are even vegetarian options. There are several casual cafes near the Air and Space Museum. The Old Ebbitt Grill is a full-service restaurant on 15th St, NW, (near the White House) available for lunch or dinner. Many museums also have cafes or buffets available within their buildings. You are also welcome to bring your own snacks.

 

What is free?
ust about everything is free. Three private museums that require ticket purchase are: The Newseum, Spy Museum and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. However, time stamped (free) tickets are required at Ford’s Theater, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Washington Monument and the Capitol Visitors Center. Please let us know if you are interested in seeing any of the ticketed sites; we are often able help get tickets. Note: for a tour of the White House call your Senator or Representative at least six months in advance.

What forms of payment are acceptable for See DC Today tours?
We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.

What kind of security will we run into?
Upon entry to government buildings you will be required to go through regular security practices such as emptying your pockets, removing belts and all electronics (similar to airport security). FYI – no liquids including bottled water allowed in the US Capitol Visitors Center. At most of museums your bags will be checked but typically you are not required to empty pockets. However, these security procedures may change without notice. Most museums provide luggage storage.

 

Who is taking us around?
Our tours are led by DC natives – all experienced tour guides.  Together we bring 25+ years of guiding background to See DC Today tours.