WalkingTown DC - Free Walking Tours in Washington DC

2017 Dates: September 16-24

Cultural Tourism DC sponsors WalkingTown DC, a week of free guided tours of the neighborhoods of Washington DC. Dozens of walking tours are available offering a great way to discover something new in the nation’s capital. In addition to a full schedule of weekend tours, this year's event will feature weekday tours, including lunch hour tours and after work tours, tour itineraries, and special events.  WalkingTown DC attracts culture enthusiasts, local residents, and visitors to the city's historic neighborhoods.

 All tours are free and open to the public, but require advance registration. Many tours are wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Popular tours include:

  • Netwalk the Murals of Greater Shaw.   Participants will enjoy a 1.5-mile mini adventure along U Street NW and learn about the history of its DC murals, including the interactive augmented reality mural dedicated to the life of the actor Paul Robeson.
  • Buzzard Point: Its History and Future. Slated to become the site of the stadium for DC United, now is a great time to walk through this neglected area of southwest and learn about its history. Hear contemporary accounts, view photos, and see what little is left of its various stages before massive development forever changes the area.
  • Place: A Walking Tour for Children. , on Sunday, September 25. Based on the places featured in the children's book by Anne Lindbergh, this tour features the sites around Georgetown that are mentioned in the book. Visit the statue of Archbishop Carroll at Georgetown University, the old street cars that used to run through the neighborhood, Anthony Hyde Elementary School where the main character August goes to school, Dumbarton Oaks and Montrose Park where the characters play.
  • African Americans in Washington, DC: On the Forefront in the Fight for Full Civil Rights: Tours dedicated to the history and significance of DC’s African American personalities, landmarks, and contributions to the culture and development of Washington, DC in the fight for civil rights for all citizens.
  • Georgetown Heights: Herring Hill, Cemeteries, Mansions, and Estates: Explore the neighborhood surrounding Dumbarton House, including huge mansions and small servant homes in Herring Hill. Hear stories of famous individuals that lived in the Georgetown area as early as 1703.
  • Frederick Law Olmsted and the U.S. Capitol Grounds: Explore the Capitol Grounds looking at Olmsted's designs while learning the history of the U.S. Capitol and its grounds, including plants, terraces, brick summerhouse, stone and ironwork, views and circulation paths.
  • Lafayette Square in the Civil War Era East: This tour focuses on the sites, events, and colorful personalities associated with the eastern side of Lafayette Square during the Civil War era.

See the complete WalkingTown schedule at www.CulturalTourismDC.org.

About Cultural Tourism DC

Cultural Tourism DC is a  nonprofit organization that seeks to provide memorable experiences and learning opportunities in the areas of heritage, international exchange, and humanities. Its signature programs include Passport DC, WalkingTown DC, DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails, and PorchFest