From Vampire Dogs to Punk Music, this Year’s WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC Explores more than 175 Tours through Washington, DC
WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC offers More Tours, More Times, More Ways to See Washington, DC
Washington, DC – Journey with Cultural Tourism DC from the National Arboretum to the National Zoo during this year’s WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC. The 2011 WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC is the largest event yet, with more than 175 free guided walking and biking tours over ten days, September 23 – October 2, 2011, through all eight wards of Washington, DC. This newly expanded ten-day WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC will feature more tours at more times with even more distinct ways to explore the city’s neighborhoods. This year’s event will include Happy Hour tours, Bite-Sized tours, special Civil War themed tours, bilingual tours offered in Spanish and English in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a special launch party, bike clinics, and much more. A complete list of tours is available online.
WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC tours are led by neighborhood historians, DC experts, professional guides, and community leaders. Popular tour companies, including Washington Walks and DC by Foot, offer their tours for free as part of this yearly community celebration of DC’s history, art, and culture. Community leaders participating in this year’s WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC include Councilmember Mary Cheh, Ward 3; Secretary of the District of Columbia Cynthia Brock Smith, Councilmember Yvette Alexander, Ward 7; and Fitness Consultant and Personal Trainer to the First Family of United States of America and Presidential Appointee to the President’s Council on Fitness Mr. Cornell McClellan.
“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.”
Many tours require advance registration at www.CulturalTourismDC.org. Wheelchair and stroller accessible tours are also available. Participants in a need of a bike for a BikingTown DC tour may rent one at a discount from Bike and Roll, Washington DC.
The launch party for WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC will be held September 22, 2011 6 – 8:30 pm at Meridian Pint: A Neighborhood Gathering Place, 3400 11th Street, NW. WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC participants, tour guides, and volunteers, will gather to meet and plan their tour schedule for the upcoming ten-day event. Meridian Pint will donate a portion of the bar sale to Cultural Tourism DC’s WalkingTown DC. The kickoff party is open to the public, no reservations required.
Press is invited to join Cultural Tourism DC for the first tour on Friday September 23, 2011. For more information email Info@CulturalTourismDC.org.
New to the 2011 WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC
WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC New Tour Highlight:
More than 40 new tours offer a fresh perspective on DC’s neighborhoods. Highlights include:
WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC Returning Favorites Highlights:
This year also see the return of many crowd favorites, many offered only during WalkingTown and BikingTown DC.
High resolution images are available upon request to Info@CulturalTourismDC.org.
WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC is produced by Cultural Tourism DC, an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit coalition of more than 230 culture, heritage, and community-based organizations helping you experience DC’s authentic culture and heritage. We are proud to offer WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC with the help of our presenting sponsors CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Washington Gas. Further sponsorship provided by Equity Residential and Clean Currents. Additional support is provided by event partners Events DC, WAMU 88.5, Downtown Business Improvement District, and Capital Criterium, as well as Friends of Cultural Tourism DC.
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