Nonprofit organization offers tours to local residents

Free tours will launch from 18 different locations around the city this weekend, exposing the rich culture behind many of D.C.’s neighborhoods and landmarks to District residents.

Cultural Tourism D.C., a non-profit tourism organization, will sponsor the biannual Walkingtown D.C. program this Saturday and Sunday.

The outings will explore the lesser-known points of interest in D.C. and shed new light on some of the more familiar ones. A tour called “The National Mall: What the Memorials Don’t Tell You” will look at the stories behind some of District’s most recognizable landmarks.

Some of the more popular journeys include the “Spies of Georgetown” walking tour and the Twin Oaks tour, which showcases D.C.’s largest privately owned estate.

The group expects more than 4,500 people around the District to turn out for the weekend’s tours, said Reshma Sinanan, Cultural Tourism D.C.’s marketing and membership director.

“Cultural Tourism D.C. and Walkingtown D.C. work to bring awareness and visibility to the neighborhoods,” Sinanan said. “Walkingtown D.C. can attract almost any type of person because of the variety of options.”

In the fourth year of the program, several new tours include St. Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital, Lafayette Park, architectural tours of Dupont Circle and tours that cater to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

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