Washington, DC: Escape Room Recommendations

Latest update: March 20, 2022

Washington, D.C. has a number of escape room operators, but in our experience, to visit the best games in the area, you need to venture just a bit outside of the city.

Consider this a “metro D.C.” guide to the top escape rooms.

Washington, DC Escape Room Guide, depicts the Washington Monument surrounded by blooming cherry blossoms.

Market Standouts

  1. Train Robbery, Cyber Raccoon (Falls Church, VA)
  2. 8-Bit Escape, Escape Room Herndon (Herndon, VA)
  3. Maritime Mutiny, Escape Room Herndon (Herndon, VA)
  4. Magician’s Workshop, Escape Room Herndon (Herndon, VA)
  5. Excalibur, Clue IQ (Frederick, MD)
  6. Operation Jingle Bells, Clue IQ (Frederick, MD)
  7. Crane Manor, Clue IQ (Frederick, MD)

Set & Scenery Driven


Large Team

  • Operation Jingle Bells, Clue IQ (Frederick, MD)… this game was explicitly designed for large families to enjoy, and it works well for that market. With its parallelizable puzzles, however, enthusiast groups will be happier with smaller teams.


  • Bowl Voyage, Bonds Escape Room (Fairfax, VA)
  • Excalibur, Clue IQ (Frederick, MD)
  • Operation Jingle Bells, Clue IQ (Frederick, MD)
  • Supervillains, Escape Room Arlington (Arlington, VA)

You want to see something special

  • 5 Wits, Arlington, VA (reviewed in Nyack, NY)

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