A black and white photo of Off the Mall Walking Tours founder, Katie Kirkpatrick standing in front of the U.S. Capitol Building

"Get Off the MalL 
to explore the deep  history of the  Nation's Capital"

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. 

More about Off the Mall Tours

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 its multi-layered and multi-cultural heritage.

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. 

 

Winter break mid-December to February 
- Private Tours Only -

Write to offthemallwalkingtours@gmail.com for inquiries.

NEW Spring 2022 (March - May) Schedule!!
Madams of DC - Fridays, 4pm and 6pm (alternating), every other Saturday, 3pm
Wives Who Won the Cold War - Every other Thursday, 2pm
H
arlem Renaissance in DC - Every other Thursday, 2pm; Saturdays, 11am and 2pm (alternating) 
Historic Alleyways - Every other Friday, 2pm; every other Sunday, 1pm 
District of Punk - Every other Saturday, 11am
History of Black Georgetown - Every other Friday 11am; Every other Sunday 1pm

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The holidays may almost be over, but the gift of history is forever. Great for birthdays, special occasions, welcome homes or farewells, gift cards are great for the person who values experiences. 
Good for one year and applicable to any tour. Get yours for that special someone today! 

Private Tours 

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Off the Mall offers private tours on an "as available" basis. Choose one of our regular tours, or if you want something customized, reach out to offthemallwalkingtours@gmail.com and tell us your travel dates, available times,  and interests, and we'll work with you to create an amazing tour.  Rates vary depending on time, but most private 2-3 hour tours run $300 for up to eight people. 
 

Tour Descriptions and booking
Tours are $25 per adult, $15 per child unless otherwise specified.

Madams
of DC

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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.

Fridays, 4pm and 6pm (alternating), every other Saturday, 3pm

Historic
Alleyways 

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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.

 

Every other Friday, 2pm; every other Sunday, 1pm

 

Wives Who Won 
the Cold War

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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 several women who learned how to make their mark in a man's world behind the scenes.

Every other Thursday, 2pm

Harlem Renaissance
in DC

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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 Thursday, 2pm; Saturdays, 11am and 2pm (alte

 History of Black Georgetown
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Discover the stories of Georgetown’s black citizens, from its 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, Black Georgetown made significant contributions to its history 

Every other Friday 11am; Every other Sunday 1pm

 District of

 PUNK

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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. 

Every other Saturday, 11am 

 French
Connections


 

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By Private Request only!!

There are many connections between DC 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.  Learn about DC's many French Connections.
Aussi Offrez en Francais.
 

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