Cultural Tourism DC
Cultural Tourism DC is an independent non-profit coalition of more than 230 culture, heritage, and community-based organizations in Washington, DC. Cultural Tourism DC and its members develop and present programs in Washington for area residents and visitors. Member organizations represent cultural and community organizations throughout Washington, DC; they include large institutions such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and U.S. National Arboretum to smaller ones such as the Frederick Douglass House and the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.
Cultural Tourism DC (CTDC) offers a range of guided and self-guided walking tours of historic neighborhoods in Washington, DC:
- Neighborhood Heritage Trail: The Neighborhood Heritage Trails relate the history of DC's communities through poster-sized street signs displaying text, maps, and historic photos. The walking tour can be combined with an accompanying free guidebook. A few of the tours also offer an accompanying audio walking tour guide. As of 2013, CTDC had created Heritage Trails for twenty-two DC neighborhoods:
- Adams Morgan
- Capitol Hill
- Connecticut Avenue Corridor (including Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, Van Ness, Tenleytown, the National Zoo, and the National Cathedral)
- Columbia Heights
- Downtown (following Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House past the National Gallery of Art, many of the Smithsonian Institution museums, and ending at the United States Capitol).
- Dupont Circle/Sheridan-Kalorama
- East of the Anacostia River
- Foggy Bottom
- Georgia Ave.
- Greater U Street
- Lafeyette Square
- H Street, NE
- Mount Pleasant
- Sixteenth St. Corridor (extending from Lafeyette Square through the Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, and Greater U Street neighborhoods and ending at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park)
Cultural Tourism DC also offers an African American Heritage Trail that highlights significant sites in African American history in multiple locations around the city.
- Passport DC, an annual event that occurs each May, where many of the more than 187 embassies and international cultural centers in Washington, DC open their doors to showcase their culture, art, music, dance and food. The event features street festivals, open houses, embassy events, special performances and other events
- WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC, a two-week program that features free guided walking and biking tours of neighborhoods across the city. Tour topics include history, architecture, and local development.
- The Embassy Chef Challenge, an annual fundraising benefit featuring international tastings, awards, entertainment, and a silent auction.
- Cultural Tourism DC official website