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"

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.

Meet Your GuidES

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Katie Kirkpatrick is the founder of Off the Mall Tours. She 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. 

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Daarel Burnette II is Off the Mall's new guide! He is an education journalist, but fell in love with historic guiding as a guest of Off the Mall Tours.  He has worked as an education reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the Louisville Courier-Journal. He also worked as a general assignment reporter at the Chicago Tribune. He received his undergraduate degree in print journalism from Hampton University and a master’s degree in politics and journalism from Columbia University. He guides theHarlem Renaissance in DC tour the last Saturday of the month. 

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. 

Coming in July!

District of Punk Tour is Back for a special event! July 13th, 5:30pm
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Photo by Leslie Clague

The DC Public Library is holding a special series of FREE punk shows on the roof of the MLK Public Library once a month for the summer!

 

As a lead-up activity to the July 13th concert at 6:30pm, the DC History Center and OTM are partnering to bring you a special version of the District of Punk tour! Tour starts at 5:30pm at the Gallery Place Metro and will end at the MLK rooftop in time for the concert. Tour tickets are $20 for members of the DC History Center, $25 for General Admission. 

History of Jewish Washington Tour
Celebrates Jewish Patriots
July 3rd 6pm
Ami Greener is back to lead this tour about notable Jewish contributions to DC history, with a special focus for Independence Day! This tour goes through the Gallery Place neighborhood highlighting the stories of Jewish-American patriots, such as Haym Salomon. He emigrated to New York in the 1750's and would go on to be a major financier of the American Revolution. Tour is Sunday, July 3rd at 6pm. 2 hours long, $25 per person.  
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Haym Salomon

Regularly Scheduled Tour Descriptions 
Tours are $25 per adult, $15 per child unless otherwise specified.

 
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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.

June - August 

Fridays, 4pm and 6pm (alternating weeks)

Madams
of DC

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.

June - August 

Every other Saturday

11am 

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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. 

 

June - August 

Saturdays 3pm 

Harlem Renaissance
in DC

 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 

June - August

Every other Friday 11am; Every other Sunday 1pm

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. The Blagden Alley/Naylor Court Historic District is the backdrop of one of DC's most fascinating stories.  Pull back the curtain on these secret enclaves.

June - August 

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

 French
Connections

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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 Francaise.



June - August 

Every other Saturday, 11am

Private Tours 

Off the Mall offers private tours on an "as available" basis. Choose any of the regularly offered tour themes above, one of the "by private only request" tours below, or with enough advance notice we can customize something special for you! Write 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.  Minimum $200 for up to 8 people and then rates vary depending on time and number of people. 

Queer Black Broadway

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The U Street Corridor was known as "Black Broadway" in its heyday of the early 20th Century, and was also the center for social justice and fringe movements that fought to bring more opportunity for marginalized groups, including an active Queer community that was associated with the Harlem Renaissance, the Pansy Craze, underground crime worlds, and the wide world of entertainment. This 1.5 hour walking tour begins at 2204 14th Street and ends at Shaw Tavern. 

Echoes of Navy Yard

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The Navy Yard is DC’s oldest neighborhood, and was also one of the largest sources of employment for the city's citizens, the entry point into the capital, a destination of DC’s first mass transit system, and much more. This  2-hour walking tour will show you the hidden historic side of this amazing and rapidly changing neighborhood. Tour begins at the New Jersey exit of the Navy Yard - Ballpark metro station (green line), and ends at the Capital Waterfront. 

Lesser Known Notables of Oak Hill Cemetery

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The Oak Hill Cemetery in the Georgetown neighborhood

dates back to 1848, and contains the graves of many notable but lesser-known men and women. From confederate spies to union generals, educators to architects, Civil War to Cold War, this tour will take you around this beautiful cemetery and recount wild tales of those who use it as their final resting place. And yes, there is at least one ghost story. *Cemetery hours are only 9am - 4pm, so this tour is limited to those times only. 

 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. This 1.5 hour tour starts at the Gallery Place Metro and ends at the MLK Memorial Library. 

 

Full Tour Schedule
(If on mobile version, click Book Now to be taken to schedule) 

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Not sure what to get the person who has everything?

The holidays may 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 unique experiences. 
Good for one year and applicable to any tour. Get yours for that special someone today! 

 
 

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