We're open for business and scheduling tours for the Spring and Summer of 2023!!
Monumental Walks now offers walking tours for the National Mall AND for Arlington National Cemetery!
Please join Monumental Walks for one, or both, of these unique and exceptional walking tours. There are many tour options for Washington D.C. I simply ask that you read the testimonials (below) of guests who have been on our recent tours. If seeing what others have experienced is something you'd like to experience as well - I hope you'll join us on a 'monumental walk'. The calendar tab above shows all open tour dates into the summer. I hope to see you!
I recently received this testimonial from a couple from near Frederick, MD who took the Mall tour with me in March 2023.
We recently ventured on the Washington DC monuments tour with Allen.
Before embarking, Allen kindly messaged us to see if we wanted to change times because of the impending weather forecast and gave clear directions on how to meet him. On the chilly morning of our tour, Allen was prompt and opened with questions about catering the tour to our interests. He asked about our interest in the depth of history and facts, thought about the best route and places to avoid the cold and crowds, and monitored if we wanted to stop for pictures, shorten the walk or hear more particulars. He couldn’t have been anymore accommodating!
The tour was absolutely perfect. As two teachers, we were excited to soak up every story and fun fact Allen had to offer. He was extremely knowledgeable, drawing on his 23 years of experience working for the national park service and his extensive studies to deliver captivating stories with passion and details. You won’t find the level of depth from a hop on hop off bus tour as you do from this incredible tour guide. Allen even got choked up with compassion and pride telling us some of the history behind the monuments.
We ended up spending an extra half hour with Allen to finish the tour. By the end it was like saying goodbye to a friend. We didn’t want it to end, but we were so grateful and inspired by his tour. Allen even took the time to point out bathrooms, a place to eat lunch, tips for future DC events and recommendations for the rest of the day in DC.
We HIGHLY recommend this tour and promise you won’t be disappointed. If you love history, want to know all of the context and secrets of the monuments, and enjoy a custom experience on a beautiful walk, then look no further and pick this true American hero as your guide. We can’t wait to try his tour of Arlington!
I received this email from a family from Mexico who took the National Mall tour after Christmas last year.
"It would be hard to describe in a small space how great it was to see the Washington Monuments with Allen's guidance. My family had an experience they will never forget. Allen explained to us not only the detail of each monument, but also the historical context, the relevance, the criticisms and the moment that this great country was going through when each monument was erected. I will never see this city the same again after having had this great experience, but I will never see the history of the United States of America the same again, having learned how difficult it has been to achieve the place that this country has in the world. It was like having received a history seminar in less than 4 hours, walking next to -for my taste- the best guide, historian and connoisseur of this unique place in the world."
Marcos Duarte - Mexico City - December 2022
Here are some comments I received from guests who joined me on the walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery after Veterans Day 2022:
"I have taken tours all over the world to include many in the Washington D.C area but this was the best tour I've taken.
Allen is passionate, extremely knowledgeable and caring. Allen is a wealth of information and insight and his tours go far beyond what other tours may cover. He leaves no stone. Every detail is covered. Allen’s superb use and understanding of history, culture and people make each monument come alive. There were parts of the tour when I was literally brought to tears by Allen’s excellent explanation of a monument. Quite frankly, Allen is very much in his own class where it comes to tours. This was time extremely well spent. I highly encourage you to take his tour! You will not be disappointed!"
Washington, DC November 2022
"Good morning, Allen. To say that I enjoyed your tour is an understatement. There was so much to see and so much to learn. All I can say is that 3 1/2 hours was just the tip. I wouldn't change a thing except that I were able to stay longer. Interesting and captivating. My sister said "oh my gosh, I think we all would have just followed him home if he kept talking to us." I loved it. And I'm looking forward to more tours with Monumental Walks. Thank you so much for including us on your tour."
Washington, DC November 2022
I highly recommend the Arlington tour by Allen McCabe at Monumental Walks when in DC! (actually, any tour by Allen). Allen is so generous with his time and knowledge of DC and it’s rich history. He has done his research and shares the stories behind the places and figures. This makes his tour feel special, like a real insider experience that isn’t typical/generic info that you can just read on plaques on your own, like most tours feel. He takes his time to answer your questions. At the end, you’ll walk away with more than just the pictures you took.
Cathy J - from January 2023
Here's what some guests from New York State had to say about their tour of the National Mall:
"We were recommended to Allen's Monumental Walks Tours of the National Mall, and we were not disappointed! While everyone in our group had been to DC before, we all agreed we learned much more with Allen. The attention to the details of the memorials - and their meaning and significance - was amazing. Allen's knowledge and personal insight was very much appreciated. Unfortunately, our tour scheduled tour of Arlington National Cemetery with Allen did not work out due to torrential rain. We visited several days later and wished Allen was with us. The next time, we will definitely take his Arlington National Cemetery tour."
Elizabeth and Dan P. Middletown, NY