Friday Freebie: DC Without a Car

September 19, 2008

in Cheap Activities, Free Stuff, Travel, USA, Web Tips

If you’ll be in our nation’s capital this weekend, you’re in for a treat:  Monday, Sept. 22 is the annual Metro DC Car Free Day.  Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., there will be a car-free celebration at the corner of 7th and F Streets, with free music, tee-shirts and other giveaways.  The Circulator bus will be free all day Monday as well, so save your feet and enjoy the ride. 

Walking Town DC logoThe real car-free fun, however, begins on Saturday.  Over 80 different walking and biking tours are on offer this weekend, thanks to a coalition of DC heritage and arts organizations — and they won’t cost you one red cent!

Maybe you’d like to “Get Back to your Roots” at the National Arboretum, go underground and learn “The Story Behind the Artwork at Metro Stations,” or simply take it all in on a “Monument Tour”?  There’s something for everyone on offer, with specific tours targeted for children.  Even locals stand to learn a few things hidden in their own neighborhoods. . .

You can read more about the event, including a detailed schedule for both Saturday and Sunday, at the event’s schedule page.

Thanks to This Just In for the tip!

The fun continues through next Saturday, Sept. 27:  Bike DC is sponsoring a community bike ride through “17 miles of car-free city streets.”  The ride is designed for both new and experienced cyclists, and families are also welcome.  Sadly, not a freebie:  adults can register for $35, children for $15.  A map of the route can be found here.

If you won’t be in DC this weekend or next, don’t fret:  you can still uncover some local flavor on your next DC visit by following one of Cultural Tourism DC’s many designated heritage walking trails.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jennie 09.20.08 at 5:59 pm

And! This is also the weekend that Metro is doing track work on pretty much every line, so there are significant delays all weekend! (You think they could have coordinated that!)

2 Monica 10.20.08 at 9:41 pm

Have you been at the national arb or botanic garden? What did you think? What about the Hirshhorn (inside and out)? I’m planning a no-cost all-out U.S. gardens tour next year!

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