Proud home of iconic monuments and buildings, DC houses even more “hidden” sites, from historic homes and embassies to intimate galleries. An advocate for the importance of local culture in the health and development of our city, CTDC is a coalition of more than 230 arts, heritage, and community organizations in one of the most walkable cities in the nation. The Neighborhood Heritage Trails lead residents and visitors through the stories of countless blocks, from Old Anacostia to Pleasant Plains; the award-winning African American Heritage Trail features over 200 sites citywide; and a month-long celebration of the city’s international culture, Passport DC, opens 69 embassies and numerous festivals to nearly 185,000 people. WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC offer 192 tours by foot and bike, often through less-visited areas in Near Northeast and East of the River. All year CTDC works closely with its members to promote visibility, build capacity, and showcase programs. This city is home to so many voices and stories – let’s be sure they are heard and seen.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; Neighborhoods with Heritage Trails:; Historic Anacostia (in progress); Ledroit Park/Bloomingdale (in progress); Logan Circle (in progress); Greater H Street, NE; Greater U Street, NW; Mount Pleasant; Adams Morgan; Columbia Heights; Brightwood; Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains; Barracks Row; Southwest Waterfront; Shaw; Downtown; Deanwood; Tenleytown; Embassy Row, International Drive, International Court

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: n/a

Awards & Recognition

Millennium Trail Award for Civil War to Civil Rights: Downtown Heritage Trail from White House Millennium Council, 2000

Member of the Year, Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington/Washington Convention and Tourism Corporation, 2002

Momentum Award, Downtown DC Business Improvement District, 2002

Vision Award, for African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC, Committee of 100 in the Federal City, 2003

Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation (Education) for African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC, 2004

Award of Merit for Civil War to Civil Rights: Downtown Heritage Trail Audio Tour, American Association for State and Local History, 2009

District of Columbia Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation (Education), 2010, for DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails.

Neighborhood Heritage Trails named the "Official Walking Trails of Washington, DC" 2010

Month of May declared "International Cultural Awareness Month" by the Mayor's office in coordination with Passport DC, 2010. 2011, 2012

Recipient of the Silver GuideStar Exchange Seal


Budget (FY2011)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Cultural Tourism DC is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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