See What’s Off the Record

Join Us and Learn the Stories Behind the Scenes in DC

Maybe you’re a local and drive around DC all the time but find yourself asking, “what is the real story behind that famous landmark?” Well, we’ll tell you. Join us on our private tours and we’ll unravel the behind the scenes stories and urban legends surrounding DC’s most famous sites.

Have you ever wondered what lies beyond the Capitol building? Our Hidden on the Hill tour takes you to the heart of a vibrant neighborhood with fascinating stories and if you’ve wondered about the prestigious houses on Embassy Row, wonder no more. On the Divinity and Diplomats tour, we’ll uncover the stories (and scandals) of the Gilded Age residents of this neighborhood as well as today’s diplomatic intrigue.

David showing and sharing insight and stories of DC
aerial shot of 14th street in Washington, DC

Why Off the Record Tours?

All our tours are private, so you're seeing and discussing the sites with people you know.

Expert Local Guide

David is a Certified Master Guide of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC, holds a city tour guide licence, and is a certified National Cathedral guide — there’s no doubt you’re in the best hands!

Washington, DC Private Tours

Due to COVID-19, for your safety and ours, all of our tours are currently private so you feel more comfortable with the people you know.

Unrivaled Storytelling

David treasures the history of the city and loves nothing more than to show it off. He keeps things factual (in addition to a lot of urban legends) coupled with a dry sense of humor and wit — hear what’s Off the Record.

Off the Record Tours

With David Shaw

Ever since I was a young boy watching the Watergate hearings on TV with my mother, I wanted to live in Washington. The confluence of personalities, power, and history makes this such an intriguing city. I consider myself fortunate to be able to tell you its stories as well as separating myths from facts. Join me and see Washington again for the first time.

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A Selection of DC’s Intriguing Sites

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