Washington DC Sightseeing by Foot
Summer is the perfect time to visit the Washington DC area. When the weather is warm, you definitely want to take advantage and spend some time outdoors. Getting in a little exercise along the way doesn’t hurt either. Here are some of our favorite ways to see the sights in Washington DC, and be outdoors, all while walking.
DC By Foot
Free walking tours of the Washington, DC’s monuments include a fast paced and engaging presentation by young and energetic tour guides. The guides work exclusively for tips ensuring that you enjoy the experience. You’ll hear unique and legendary stories about George Washington’s love for dogs, the indestructibility of the President’s car, why French women loved Thomas Jefferson and much more. Private tours are available as well.
During the summer months, Ford’s Theatre Society offers History on Foot walking tours, which are guided by actors playing characters from Civil War Washington. The tours begin outside of the historic Ford’s Theatre at 511 10th Street NW and continue through downtown Washington, DC.
“Investigation: Detective McDevitt”
Written by Richard Hellesen; Directed by Mark Ramont. Learn about the investigation surrounding the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy from someone who was there. Join Detective James McDevitt as he re-visits and re-examines the sites and clues surrounding the death of our nation’s 16th president. This tour lasts approximately two hours and makes at least eight stops. The distance walked is 1.4 miles from Ford’s Theatre to the White House. For the months of June, July and August, tours are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 6:45 p.m. Additional tours will be held April 15 at 10:15 a.m. and 6:45 p.m., July 2 at 10:15 a.m. and 6:45 p.m., and July 3 at 6:45 p.m.
“A Free Black Woman: Elizabeth Keckly”
Written by Jennifer L. Nelson; Directed by Patrick Torres. Join Elizabeth Keckly, who bought her freedom after 35 years of slavery and became First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker and confidante. Listen as Elizabeth tells of her friendship with the Lincoln family, her work as a seamstress to Washington’s elite, and her dedication to helping former slaves make a new life in the nation’s capital. The tour lasts 90 minutes with a distance walked of approximately 1.5 miles. Tours are offered on June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, and 27.
Tickets for Ford’s Theatre Walking Tours are $12 for individuals and $10 for groups of 20 or more. Individual tickets can be reserved through Ticketmaster at (202) 397-SEAT or by visitingwww.fords.org. Groups of 20 or more may reserve tickets by calling (202) 638-2367.
Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour
It was a night that changed the history of a nation forever. Journey back in time with your guide to learn about the three-pronged attack designed to decapitate the U.S. Government. Shrouded in mystery, intrigue and conspiracy, the assassination of the 16th U.S. president has facinated Americans and foreigners for 147 years. Come along on this family friendly tour to meet the characters, walk the streets, and see the buildings where this great drama played out.
Sights covered on the tour:
•White House, •Lafayette Square, •Sight of William Seward’s Home, •Sight of Vice President Johnson’s Hotel, •US Treasury Building, •Willard Hotel, •National Theater, •Star Saloon, •Fords Theater, •Peterson Boarding House, •Baptist Alley – Please note that you do not enter into any buildings on this tour.
To put it simply, a walk through Washington’s tony Georgetown neighborhood is a venture through time — of 200-year-old mansions and their eccentric owners, of fortunes in trade won and lost, of marvelous architecture from Federal to Victorian, of the once-bustling freedman community Herring Hill, of political intrigue, of green preservation and urban renewal. And of course no one can mention Georgetown without the Kennedys. In the 1950s John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline almost single-handedly turned the neighborhood into the city’s politically fashionable place to live. We’ll point out the houses of the movers and shakers, as well as the remarkable historic properties here that are open to the public (and yes, The Exorcist steps.) This two-hour, two-mile tour winds up in Georgetown’s shopping and restaurant district just in time for lunch. Or if you’re on a roll, we can point you to the C&O Canal, the historic and bucolic waterway. (Be prepared to climb a hill or two.)
When: Sunday, 10:00 a.m. April 1 through October 31. Not offered Sunday, April 8, 2012.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours.
Weather: Walks are given rain or shine.
Where: Embarks from little park located at the intersection of 28th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.–next to the gas station at 2715 Pennsylania Avenue, NW.
Who: Your guide will be wearing a blue and green Washington Walks badge.
Cost: $15 per person (kids 3 and younger free). No reservations necessary. Simply show up! Pay the walk fee in cash when you arrive