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 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. Many tours require advance reservations.
Popular tours include:
- 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 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 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.