"Get Off the Mall to explore the deep history of the Nation's Capital"
About The Company...
Off the Mall Tours is a unique walking tour company that brings a fresh perspective to the history of the nation's capital. Its Mission is to introduce locals and tourists alike to the DC that awaits "off the Mall" and into the neighborhoods of this fascinating, energetic city. After one of our tours, our guests are delighted with their newfound understanding of the multi-layered and multi-cultural heritage of the "shining city on the hill." To really understand Washington, you need to "get Off the Mall!"
Meet Your Guide...
Katie Kirkpatrick is proud to call herself a DC resident since 2002. She moved to the capital after college for graduate school, and then worked in government for many years. However, history was always her first love. She started her touring career by giving historical ghost tour pub crawls, and discovered a passion for sharing the varied and layered history of the capital area. So, she started her own company, drawing upon her interests in unique stories, a flair for costuming, and her love of DC.
OTM's Latest Tour - French Connections
Next Date: August 11th, 7pm
This tour takes you around Lafayette Square and the surrounding neighborhood, and discusses the many connections between the District, the country, and our French allies. From the Revolutionary War hero General Marquis de Lafayette to the original planner of our Nation's Capital Pierre L'Enfant, our connection to France has a long history. This 1.5 hour tour ends outside the Opaline restaurant in the French Sofitel hotel where guests can opt to finish the tour with refreshment!
Special Tour Series with Author JoAnn Hill
Off the Mall has partnered with local author JoAnn Hill to offer you a limited tour series “Off the Mall – Secrets of DC” based on her book "Secret Washington, DC - The Weird, Wonderful and Obscure." We created FIVE separate tours, once a month, in different parts of the city. These tours will reveal some of DC’s quirkiest spots and some stories that might surprise you. Tickets are $45 and that INCLUDES your very own signed copy of the book! Already have the book? Use promo code SECRETTOUR at checkout for a reduced price for the tour only. See schedule below! Click on each tour title to find more info and to book tickets.
Summer 2021 Schedule
2nd - Madams of DC - 7pm
4th - Wives Who Won the Cold War- 11am
10th - Harlem Renaissance in DC - 3pm
11th - Historic Alleyways - 2pm
14th - DEBUT TOUR - French Connections
15th - Secrets of Dupont Circle - 7pm
16th - Madams of DC - 7pm
18th - Wives Who Won the Cold War - 11am
24th - Harlem Renaissance in DC - 3pm
26th - History of Black Georgetown - 1pm
29th - District of Punk - 7pm
30th - Madams of DC - 7pm
1st – 11am – The Wives Who Won the Cold War
7th – 3pm – Harlem Renaissance in DC
8th – 2pm – Historic Alleyways
11th – 7pm – French Connections
12th – 7pm - Secrets of Capital Hill
13th – 7pm - Madams of DC
15th – 11am - The Wives Who Won the Cold War
21st – 3pm – Harlem Renaissance in DC
22nd – 2pm – Historic Alleyways
26th – 7pm – District of Punk
27th – 7pm - Madams of DC
29th – 1pm – History of Black Georgetown
Our Unique Tours
District of PUNK
Punk took hold in DC, and is it any surprise? DC is where political movements come to rise and make their voices heard, and punk was undeniably political. This tour takes you to the former venues that transformed downtown DC into a punk haven, and tells the stories of the people who defined the scene.
Last Thursday of every month 6pm
The History of Black Georgetown
Come on a journey from Georgetown’s early days as a port town known for its tobacco and slave trade to the era of gentrification that took place after Truman’s New Deal brought droves of government workers to the District. Throughout it all, Georgetown’s black citizens made significant contributions to its history
Last Sunday of the Month, 1pm.
Uncover the story of the rise of Madams in DC during and after the Civil War, and walk along the roads where you could find the most notorious brothels of DC's former red-light district.
Every other Friday, 7pm
Hidden behind elegant row houses was another world that served as a haven for the city's working class and escaped enslaved persons. Pull back the curtain on these secret enclaves.
1st and 3rd Sundays, 2pm
Wives Who Won
the Cold War
During the early days of the Cold War and the Kennedy era, men made the policy but their wives made history. Discover the lives of women who learned how to make their mark in a man's world.
Select Sundays (check schedule above), 11am
Harlem Renaissance in DC
The Harlem Renaissance didn't just happen in Harlem. From the sounds of the Jazz Era to the prose of Langston Hughes, this tour takes you on a journey back in time and through the hip and happening U Street neighborhood.
Every other Saturday, 3pm