The US Educational System for Tourist Guides by Vicky Schwartz

The only localities that require licensing in the US are as follows:

New Orleans, Louisiana
Washington, DC
New York City, New York
Savannah, Georgia
Charleston, South Carolina
Gettysburg Battlefield, Pennsylvania
Vicksburg Battlefield, Mississippi

All of these localities are in the eastern part of the US and therefore licensing is not required anywhere west of the Mississippi River.

One of the goals of the National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations--USA is to raise the standards of the guiding profession here in the US. We were established in 1998 in Washington DC.

Please check out our website at:

Vicky Schwartz
The Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC