Cultural Tourism DC’s WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC Expands to a Ten-Day Celebration of DC’s Culture
Over 100 Free Walking and Biking Tours Highlight the History, Heritage, Art, and Culture of All Eight Wards of the City
Washington, DC – WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC expands this fall to a new ten-day journey into the history and culture ofWashington, DC, from September 23 to October 2. Presented by Cultural Tourism DC, this citywide event presents more than 100 free guided walking and biking tours through all eight wards of the city. From the well-known to the unfamiliar, tour topics explore all things DC, including neighborhood history, art, community heritage, the environment, and much more.
In addition to a full schedule of weekend tours, the new edition will feature weekday tours, including lunch hour tours and after work tours, tour itineraries, and special events. WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC will also include a series of tours exploring DC’s involvement in the Civil War, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
“Part health conscious activity, part green movement, part cultural exploration, walking and biking is an essential element of living and working in DC. It is amazing how a good walk or bike ride can show you the flavor of a community,” said Linda Harper, Executive Director of Cultural Tourism DC. “WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC is a vital asset for people who want to discover DC’s neighborhoods and culture. This year’s larger event will give people even more of an opportunity to explore a new part of town or gain greater insight into their own neighborhood.”
WalkingTown DC 2011 and BikingTown DC will include the following popular tours:
- History Before History: The Geologic Saga of Washington, DC – A journey into the very core of DC. As participants walk though Rock Creek Park they learn about the foundation on which DC is built.
- Gimme 5! – From the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to the National Arboretum, this bike ride take riders past all of the attractions and landmarks of DC’s Ward 5.
- Queering Capitol Hill – Participants experience the history and tales of seven decades of gay and lesbian life in the shadow of the Capitol. Tour led by Rainbow History Project.
This year’s edition of WalkingTown DC will also feature abbreviated guided tours of all 11 of Cultural Tourism DC’s Neighborhood Heritage Trails, the Official Walking Tours of Washington, DC, and special sneak peeks of the two upcoming Heritage Trails, Lift Every Voice: Georgia Ave./ Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail, launching October 15, 2011; and Hub, Heart, Home: H Street, NE Neighborhood Heritage Trail, launching December 2011. WalkingTown DC is the only time during the year that historians and community leaders conduct tours of these trails, which are otherwise self-guided.
A complete schedule of tours and special events will be available in early September. Tours are led by professional guides, community leaders, historians, and others who volunteer their time and expertise to lead interesting and informative tours. All WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC tours are free and open to the public. Many tours are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Tours vary in distance and pace accommodating all fitness levels. Many tours will require advanced registration available at www.CulturalTourismDC.org in early September.
WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC is sponsored by CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and Equity Residential.
About Cultural Tourism DC
An independent coalition of more than 230 art, culture, heritage, and community-based organizations, Cultural Tourism DC and its members help residents and visitors experience DC’s authentic culture and heritage. For more information, visit www.CulturalTourismDC.org or call 202-661-7581.