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Hi, I'm

Amanda H.

Guide & History Lover

I've been a guide with Walks since 2016 first in New York and now Washington, D.C. When I'm not guiding, I'm performing as a stage actor or at home with my 3 year old son, husband and dog.

  • Washington D.C.
  • Guide since 2016
    • Art History
    • History
    • Architecture
    • Storytelling
I love telling stories about the food and communities, stories about people making change and standing up for what they believe is right, the sacrifice and honor. That's what makes D.C....D.C.!

About Me

Q. What inspired you to become a guide?

I studied theatre performance and history in college and this seems to be the perfect intersection of my goals and interests. A friend suggested I look into guiding, and all these years later…here I am!

Q. What do you love most about DC?

Washington D.C. has so much to offer beyond government buildings and presidential history. People tell me all the time they had no idea there was so much to do!

Q. What's one of your favorite memories from a tour?

A local woman brought her friend from England on tour and had no idea that the Women's Memorial at the Vietnam Veteran's Complex existed. She was shocked! I love when locals learn things about their city.

fun facts

Fun Facts

  • Teddy Roosevelt is my favorite president.

  • I have a goal to run a race in all 50 states (I'm at state #19).

  • I love crossword puzzles and trivia.

  • I love to travel. I've run with the bulls in Spain, hiked Machu Picchu in Peru and worked with elephants in Thailand.

My Insider Tips for D.C.

Q: Best time of year to enjoy D.C.?

I suggest October. It's not too hot, not too cold, and not crowded.

Q: What do you tell your visiting friends to see in D.C.?

The Library of Congress is a must. Ben's Chili Bowl on U St. is worth the hype. Mount Vernon is worth the ride. Walks offers a day trip to Mount Vernon if you don't want to worry about the logistics.

Q. What about the culture in D.C. should people not miss?

There are so many free activities and events: happy hours at museum galleries, music in gardens, and free performance at The Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage every day. Not to mention parades, festivals and surprise events. For being the capital of the country, there's a lot of community in the city.

Q: What are some unmissable foods and drinks?

Get a half smoke at Ben's Chili Bowl (fully loaded). For a special night out, get the oyster happy hour at Old Ebbitt Grill, the oldest saloon in D.C., then go next door to the Hotel Washington to the POV lounge for a punny beverage with a view.

You might see me on these tours

2 Walks DC MtVernonTour 0001 (2)
Likely to Sell Out
Mt Vernon Day Trip with VIP River Cruise
Gain an unrivaled insight into America's past on this VIP experience that brings you to Mount Vernon on a scenic river cruise.
13 7 h 15 max
1 Walks DC GeorgetownTour 0021 (1)
New
Potomac River Cruise and Georgetown Walking Tour
Discover Washington by water on a scenic river cruise before uncovering the secrets of Georgetown on a guided walking tour.
17 3 h 15 max
1 Walks DC MonumentsTour 0019 (1)
New
National Mall Fully Guided Tour with Washington Monument Tickets
Discover the majestic National Mall on a specially designed tour with a small group, complete with pre-booked access to the Washington Monument.
6 3 h 10 max