Group to offer free tours of D.C.

Washingtonians will have the opportunity to take any of 55 free neighborhood walking tours this weekend through areas such as Brookland, Takoma Park and U Street.

Cultural Tourism D.C., a coalition of 103 cultural neighborhood organizations, is sponsoring the program to promote all of D.C. as a destination for cultural tourism, said Laura Brower, director of communications for the group.

“Really what it offers for many people is a completely new perspective on the city, and what we’re hoping people will do is, once they visit an area they’re not familiar with, they’ll come back,” Brower said. “They’ll realize all the things there is to see.”

The program is also offering a two-day hike that starts in Old Anacostia and goes through many parts of the city, following the shoreline of the Potomac River. There are bike tours available as well, and of the 55 tours, just three require prior registration. The entire schedule of tours on Saturday and Sunday can be viewed at

-Ryan Holeywell

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