Aerial view, U.S. Capitol Grounds. Image: Architect of the Capitol.
I have been remiss in not mentioning that this weekend and next weekend, CulturalTourismDC is once again holding WalkingTownDC and BikingTownDC, walking and biking tours of various places across the city.
Many of the tours require reservations.
Interesting topics include the Swampoodle neighborhood that is now "NoMA" (although the registration list is full), tours of the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, which were designed by Olmsted and Vaux, the Park View neighborhood adjacent to the Petworth Metro Station, the Rock Creek Cemetery), Georgetown, previews of upcoming "heritage trails," a fitness oriented walk of some of the city's circles and squares, the art collection at the Convention Center, a bilingual tour of some of the Hispanic related sites in the city, and one focused on sites related to the "temperance" movement.
BikingTown tours include the monuments, the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail led by Councilmember Tommy Wells, the National Arboretum, a Coffee House "Bar" Crawl, and the Civil War Defenses of the city ("Fort Circle Parks").
Labels: cultural heritage/tourism, historic preservation, urban history, Washington history