WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC offer a perfect insider’s look into the heart of Washington DC’s arts, culture, and heritage by way of dozens of free guided walking tours in all eight wards of the District.
More Tours, More Times, More Ways to See DC
Grab your walking shoes and get ready for the WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC. Dozens of tours will lead you through the neighborhoods of Washington, DC. This fall, one weekend and five days of weekday lunchtime and after work evening tours are perfect for grabbing family, friends, and coworkers to get outside for an educational walk through DC's neighborhoods.
Experience Washington, DC
WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC celebrate the arts, culture and heritage of Washington’s diverse neighborhoods by featuring dozens of free guided tours. Explore the history and significance of DC’s African American figures, landmarks, and events. Get insider’s knowledge into neighborhood history as explained by resident experts, including abbreviated guided tours of the Neighborhood Heritage Trails, the Official Walking Trails of Washington, DC. Learn about DC’s visual and performing arts through exhibits and public art such as sculpture, murals, architecture. Head out to a tour featuring local sustainable development, urban parks, natural resources, flora and fauna. Historical period buffs will love exploring political unrest, social movements, and historically significant events including the War of 1812, the American Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement.
Visit a New Neighborhood or Rediscover a Familiar Place
From the Mall to Mount Pleasant, both well-known and unfamiliar places are ready to be explored.
Exercise Body and Mind
Tours are led by historians, community leaders, business owners, artists, licensed tour guides, enthusiasts, and docents, who all donate their time and expertise for this event. Tours are offered at varying lengths and fitness levels, so it is easy to find a tour that is right for you. Many tours are walk-up but the majority requires online reservations. Several tours are wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Be in the Know
The most up-to-date information will be posted here. Sign up for the weekly Culture Communiqué for announcements about WalkingTown DC and a weekly cultural calendar that will keep you informed on the latest cultural and arts events and activities.
Share Your Experience
Learn something interesting about Washington, DC? Share it with your fellow explorers. Find Cultural Tourism DC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CulturalTourismDC and on Twitter at @DCculture. Use hashtag #WTDC!
Our Friends Make It Possible
Cultural Tourism DC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. It is proud to offer these tours for free with support from Friends of Cultural Tourism DC. Please consider becoming a Friend. Your contribution will help keep this event free and fun for all. Friends receive sneak peeks, first choice of tours, and more. Find out more about the Friend’s Program.
VolunteerIf you are interested in volunteering with Cultural Tourism DC for WalkingTown DC or BikingTown DC, please email Volunteer@CulturalTourismDC.org for information.
WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC, eight days of more than 100 free guided walking and biking tours in all eight wards of the District, 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 listed above.
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