A series of weekly walking tours that travel through D.C. neighborhoods and past local historic sites. Many walks highlight the District of Columbia Heritage Trails produced by Cultural Tourism DC.

  • All walks begin at 11:00am and last two hours.
  • All walks take place rain or shine.
  • Cost $20 per person unless noted (age three and younger free)
  • $5 discount with federal or military I.D.

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April 1, 2017

Logan Circle


Few Washington neighborhoods have witnessed the dramatic change and breathtaking renaissance of Logan Circle, the city's only unaltered Victorian residential district. It evolved from rural obscurity to an enclave of architectural splendor, home to wealthy white and later African-American residents.
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April 8, 2017

Capitol Hill and Eastern Market


Although the outside world may associate the term Capitol Hill solely with the U.S. Congress, those who make Washington their home conjure up a very different image: a vibrant neighborhood spread across one of the largest historic districts in the country filled with quaint row houses, leafy parks, shops and cafes, churches and schools.
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April 15, 2017

U Street


Explore the neighborhood that was shared by African-American intellectuals, business leaders, and families of all economic levels. The businesses they owned and the houses they lived in are featured on this walk.
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April 22, 2017

Urban Oasis: Watts Branch and Marvin Gaye Park


Watts Branch is one of two creeks running from Maryland into the Anacostia River, and has a lovely park along its entire length. We begin by finding the eastern-most boundary stone of the District of Columbia and then follow the creek through residential neighborhoods until it reaches the Anacostia River.
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April 29, 2017

Dupont Circle


A vibrant, diverse historic district that thrives on constant activity.
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May 6, 2017

Georgetown Waterfront


Georgetown was originally a bustling tobacco port, a gritty place with wharves and rowdy taverns. After the Potomac River silted up, however, the tobacco trade dwindled and Georgetown's economy required a new engine to drive it. This came in the forms of mills constructed along the waterfront. You'll see what has become of them on this walk.
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May 13, 2017

Brookland


Brookland was originally the farm of Col. Jehial Brooks. After his death, the area developed as an early suburb northeast of downtown Washington. The neighborhood is often referred to as "Little Rome" because of the extraordinary number of Catholic institutions (large and small) that have located there.
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May 20, 2017

Bloomingdale


Bloomingdale, tucked between North Capitol Street and Second Street in northeast DC, is an enclave of tree-lined streets and early twentieth-century brick row houses, many topped with conical towers and many built by the era's dominant developer Harry Wardman. Explore this neighborhood with us!
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May 27, 2017

Foggy Bottom


Join us in exploring Foggy Bottom's alleys and courts and discover the neat rows of houses blue-collar workers called home as well as a pair of 19th-century churches where they worshiped.
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June 3, 2017

Walt Whitman in Washington


Join us for a walking tour identifying Walt Whitman-related sites in downtown Washington, DC.
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June 10, 2017

Kalorama


Joel Barlow named the estate he purchased in 1807 Kalorama for the expansive views to be had from its place overlooking today's Rock Creek Park. No more exquisitely beautiful enclave exists in America's capital.
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June 17, 2017

Columbia Heights


The 14th Street corridor between Irving Street and Park Road was one of Washington's most important shopping and entertainment destinations outside downtown. That is, until April 4, 1968, when riots sparked extensive looting and burning of commercial property. Nearly 40 years later, change has swept the area once more.
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June 24, 2017

Buzzard Point


Join Washington Walks in exploring the Buzzard Point neighborhood of D.C.!
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July 1, 2017

Logan Circle


Few Washington neighborhoods have witnessed the dramatic change and breathtaking renaissance of Logan Circle, the city's only unaltered Victorian residential district. It evolved from rural obscurity to an enclave of architectural splendor, home to wealthy white and later African-American residents.
read more >

July 8, 2017

U Street


Explore the neighborhood that was shared by African-American intellectuals, business leaders, and families of all economic levels. The businesses they owned and the houses they lived in are featured on this walk.
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July 15, 2017

Urban Oasis: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens


This walk through far northeast D.C. travels through the quiet, settled 1950s neighborhood Eastland Gardens and past historic 1930s apartment buildings, following the eastern bank of the Anacostia River. A highlight is the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, the only U.S. National Park devoted to aquatic plants.
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July 22, 2017

Capitol Hill and Eastern Market


Although the outside world may associate the term Capitol Hill solely with the U.S. Congress, those who make Washington their home conjure up a very different image: a vibrant neighborhood spread across one of the largest historic districts in the country filled with quaint row houses, leafy parks, shops and cafes, churches and schools.
read more >

July 29, 2017

Van Ness & the International Chancery Center


Join Washington Walks on an exploration of the Van Ness neighborhood and the International Chancery Center, the largest collection of special-built embassy buildings in the city.
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August 5, 2017

Dupont Circle


A vibrant, diverse historic district that thrives on constant activity.
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August 12, 2017

Renewing Urban Renewal


"Urban renewal" originally described a progressive, well-executed approach to remaking ailing cities in the 1960s. Today it is equated with wholesale destruction of urban neighborhoods and displacement of thousands of citizens. In Washington, the epicenter for this phenomenon was a large swath of Southwest, D.C.
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August 19, 2017

Georgetown Waterfront


Georgetown was originally a bustling tobacco port, a gritty place with wharves and rowdy taverns. After the Potomac River silted up, however, the tobacco trade dwindled and Georgetown's economy required a new engine to drive it. This came in the forms of mills constructed along the waterfront. You'll see what has become of them on this walk.
read more >

August 26, 2017

Washington is Burning! August 1814


A walk highlighting the bicentennial of the Battle of Bladensburg and the ensuing conflagration in the nation's capital.
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September 2, 2017

U Street


Explore the neighborhood that was shared by African-American intellectuals, business leaders, and families of all economic levels. The businesses they owned and the houses they lived in are featured on this walk.
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September 9, 2017

Officer Ernest W. Brown and the Seamier Side of Georgetown


Tag along with Officer Ernest W. Brown on his beat through Georgetown circa 1896 as he recounts the lawlessness and criminality of lower Georgetown by exposing sites associated with seedy nightlife and social disorder. Shocking!
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September 16, 2017

Columbia Heights


The 14th Street corridor between Irving Street and Park Road was one of Washington's most important shopping and entertainment destinations outside downtown. That is, until April 4, 1968, when riots sparked extensive looting and burning of commercial property. Nearly 40 years later, change has swept the area once more.
read more >

September 23, 2017

L'Enfant Plaza and the Southwest EcoDistrict


Believe it or not, L'Enfant Plaza is going to be one of the Next Big Things. But can it overcome its urban renewal-pedestrian-unfriendly design? What can we admire about this bewildering mass of ramps, pocket parks, open spaces, and mid-century architecture? The National Capital Planning Commission sees a golden opportunity.
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October 7, 2017

Brookland


Brookland was originally the farm of Col. Jehial Brooks. After his death, the area developed as an early suburb northeast of downtown Washington. The neighborhood is often referred to as "Little Rome" because of the extraordinary number of Catholic institutions (large and small) that have located there.
read more >

October 14, 2017

Across the 11th Street Bridge


Learn how public parks and neighborhood heritage are attracting visitors to the communities along the Anacostia River on a walking tour featuring a trek across the 11th Street Bridge.
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October 21, 2017

Southwest Waterfront: The Wharf


Join Washington Walks on an exploration of Washington's Southwest waterfront and new development under construction which aims to create a lively, vibrant destination for locals and visitors alike.
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October 28, 2017

Capitol Hill and Eastern Market


Although the outside world may associate the term Capitol Hill solely with the U.S. Congress, those who make Washington their home conjure up a very different image: a vibrant neighborhood spread across one of the largest historic districts in the country filled with quaint row houses, leafy parks, shops and cafes, churches and schools.
read more >

November 4, 2017

Rock Creek Cemetery


Imagine setting out a picnic near the graves of your ancestors. While anathema to citizens of the twenty-first century, to those living in the nineteenth a site like Rock Creek Church Yard and Cemetery beckoned both as a refuge from city life and a bucolic setting where deceased loved ones could be remembered with al fresco repasts and strolls.
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November 11, 2017

Kalorama


Joel Barlow named the estate he purchased in 1807 Kalorama for the expansive views to be had from its place overlooking today's Rock Creek Park. No more exquisitely beautiful enclave exists in America's capital.
read more >

November 18, 2017

Dupont Circle


A vibrant, diverse historic district that thrives on constant activity.
read more >

November 25, 2017

Penn Quarter


"Penn Quarter" describes downtown's Seventh Street corridor, where the 19th-century meets the 21st. Hip hotels, restaurants and loft apartments sprouted up amidst attractions like the International Spy Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Shakespeare Theatre and National Building Museum.
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