Wood Walks DC

We create self-guided walking tours to help visitors and locals rediscover Washington, DC. We founded Wood Walks DC to change the way we see our nation’s capital.

Every idea starts with a problem. Ours took us several years and thousands of miles of world travel to discover: We knew more about the places we visited across the Atlantic than the city we called home. On the plane, we would read the histories of the cities on our itinerary, highlight the museums and artifacts we had to see, and check local guidebooks to find the most authentic places to eat. We dove headfirst into trying to harvest as much as we possibly could from the short time we had at each destination. Armed with this knowledge, our walks through the cities would uncover previously invisible layers of rich cultural content, and the streets would come to life. The statue in the park broke out of its bronze and regaled us with the exciting tale of the country’s fight for independence; the piazza now filled with restaurants and musicians whispered that it once hosted the greatest bullfights in the entire city; and the solemn church confessed the city’s struggle for religious tolerance. The otherwise ordinary streets transformed into a manifestation of the city’s hundred–if not thousand–year history. As we sought to learn anything and everything during our travels, we began to realize that we knew little about the streets we walked on to get to the grocery store, the statues we passed on the way to work, and the wars for which memorials stood just beyond our doorstep. We realized we could not begin to appreciate the wonder of our city without deliberately seeking to understand its history, its culture, and its people. At first, our mission was to see those invisible layers for ourselves. As we walked and researched, DC began to change before our eyes. And, we felt that we needed to share what we’ve found with all of you through Wood Walks DC. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, we hope to change the way you experience our city, the nation’s capital, through our self-guided walks, maps, guidebooks, photographs, and videos. We want our walks to be accurate, user friendly, and enjoyable, so please let us know what you think. Sincerely, The DC Woods

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Looking to cool off while visiting the Mall this summer? Head to the U.S. Botanic Garden for their beautiful flowers and shady picnic tables.

If you're visiting DC during this dreary month, head inside and enjoy the stunning architecture of The Library of Congress, the largest library in the world.

Did you know Daniel Webster Hall acts as the residence and school for the 30 high school juniors and seniors from across the country who have been appointed United States Senate Pages? Since 1829, Senate Pages have assisted the day-to-day operations of the United States Senate.

After a two-year renovation, the Renwick Gallery reopened with a fabulous exhibit: WONDER, and we were finally able to see it yesterday. We loved visiting the first building in the US designed to be an art museum and were in awe of the installation artwork. Don't miss this if you're visiting the area! Free // Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW // First floor closes on May 8; Second Floor closes on July 10.

Did you know the American Legion Freedom Bell, a replica of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, that stands in front of Union Station, Washington D.C. traveled to all 48 contiguous states aboard the American Freedom Train to mark the Bicentennial of our country?

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Self-Guided Capitol Hill Morning Walk | Wood Walks DC

In town for the National Cherry Blossom Festival? Use our Capitol Hill Morning Walking Guide to get away from the crowds and soak up some DC history! Along the way you'll visit a market established by Thomas Jefferson and see the first memorial dedicated to Abraham Lincoln in our Capitol.

www.woodwalksdc.com This self-guided walking tour written by locals guides you through Washington, DC's memorials with detailed maps and rich history.

Went down to the Tidal Basin this morning, and the Cherry Blossoms are beautiful! We think peak bloom is just around the corner. Use our Cherry Blossom Walk as guide when you visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival this year!

Wood Walks DC: Behind the Scenes | Wood Walks DC

Check out Wood Walks DC's blog for a behind-the-scenes look at how we plan to spread the word about our walks and bring our walking guides to DC locals and visitors alike!

woodwalksdc.com This week we focused on finding ways for our walks to gain traction with potential fellow walkers. As an editorial note, though we will generally keep these posts related to our walks, as a new venture in DC and knowing some of you reading these posts now or someday in the future may want to …

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Wood Walks DC Cherry Blossom Walk: A Self-Guided Walking Tour Through DC's 2016 Cherry Blossom...

Today is the last day you can get our 2016 Cherry Blossom Walk FREE on Amazon, just in time to walk along the Tidal Basin while the blossoms are in peak bloom later this week!

amazon.com DC locals, Marena and Matt Wood, have crammed everything you need to know about the 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival and the memorials that line the Tidal Basin into their 90-minute walk. In addition to learning about the Cherry Blossom Festival, you'll discover the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, ...

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Wood Walks DC Cherry Blossom Walk: A Self-Guided Walking Tour Through DC's 2016 Cherry Blossom...

Some Cherry Blossom History: The original Cherry Blossom trees arrived in Washington, DC from Tokyo in January of 1910 but were infested with insects and diseased.

To protect American farmland, President Taft ordered nearly all 2,000 trees to be burned.

Undeterred, the Mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, suggested another donation be made, this time even larger. The 3,020 trees arrived in Washington, DC in March 1912 without issue, and the planting commenced immediately.

For more history of the Cherry Blossom Festival and our nation's Capitol, check out our 2016 Cherry Blossom Walk -- FREE on Amazon for a limited time!

www.amazon.com DC locals, Marena and Matt Wood, have crammed everything you need to know about the 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival and the memorials that line the Tidal Basin into their 90-minute walk. In addition to learning about the Cherry Blossom Festival, you'll discover the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, ...

Did you know Edwin Stanton, who served as President Lincoln's Secretary of War, declined an invitation from the President to attend Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre on that fateful night of April 14, 1865?

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Wood Walks DC Cherry Blossom Walk: A Self-Guided Walking Tour Through DC's 2016 Cherry Blossom...

For a limited time--and just in time for the Cherry Blossoms!--our 2016 Cherry Blossom Walk will be FREE on Amazon!

On nearly all mobile devices, you can learn the history of the festival and the memorials that line the Tidal Basin.

amazon.com DC locals, Marena and Matt Wood, have crammed everything you need to know about the 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival and the memorials that line the Tidal Basin into their 90-minute walk. In addition to learning about the Cherry Blossom Festival, you'll discover the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, ...

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The National Park Service has revised its Cherry Blossom forecast once again. The new peak bloom period is between March 23 - 24. We will see you there!

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Wood Walks DC Cherry Blossom Walk: A Self-Guided Walking Tour Through DC's 2016 Cherry Blossom...

We've modified our Tidal Basin walk with everything you need to know about the 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival. In addition to learning about this time-honored tradition, you'll stop at the MLK Jr., FDR, and Thomas Jefferson Memorials along the way. Buy it on Amazon today!

www.amazon.com DC locals, Marena and Matt Wood, have crammed everything you need to know about the 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival and the memorials that line the Tidal Basin into their 90-minute walk. In addition to learning about the Cherry Blossom Festival, you'll discover the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, ...

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Parking - ParkNow

Driving to the Cherry Blossom Festival this week? Use ParkNow's mobile App or website to reserve a parking spot!

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Wood Walks at Work

Behind-the-scene photos of the Woods as they create their walks

Behind-the-scene photos of the Woods as they create their walks

Louis Saint-Gaudens created 46 Roman legionnaires for Union Station to watch over the travelers. Originally intended to be naked, railroad officials added "Modesty Shields" in front of the statues to avoid offending the public.

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We predict cherry blossoms to peak five days early in 2016, around March 24-28

Update! Capital Weather Gang, a group of our favorite and most reliable weather people in the District, is predicting that the Cherry Blossoms will now peak around March 24-28. NPS moves up their forecast to March 18-23.

www.washingtonpost.com The feverish spring arrival favors an earlier than normal cherry blossom bloom.

Did you know this statue was the first erected on public land in DC honoring an African American or a woman?

Our first walk is now published and ready for purchase. Buy it in eBook form from our website at http://www.woodwalksdc.com/buy-now/

The decision to include nineteen statutes in the Korean War Veterans Memorial was deliberate; as the statues reflect in the black granite mural wall, the total count rises to thirty-eight. This number is significant for two reasons: There were thirty-eight months in the Korean War, and the 38th parallel was the initial dividing line between South Korea and North Korea.

Did you know the MLK, Jr. Memorial is located at 1964 Independence Avenue in a nod to the 1964 Civil Rights Act?

Try one of our walks at night; the memorials are stunning!

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Bloom Watch - Cherry Blossom Festival (U.S. National Park Service)

The National Park Service issued it's first prediction for the Peak Bloom Dates for 2016: March 31 - April 3.

nps.gov The peak bloom date is defined as the day when 70% of the Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis) blossoms are open. Peak bloom varies annually depending on weather conditions. The most likely time to reach peak bloom is between the last week of March and the first week of April. Extraordinary warm or c…

Cherry Blossom Walking Tour | Wood Walks DC

As Spring nears, all eyes are on the Cherry Blossom forecast. We just finished our new Cherry Blossom Walk to enhance this cherished DC tradition. Buy it on Amazon today!

woodwalksdc.com This self-guided walking tour along the Tidal Basin tells fascinating stories of Martin Luther King, Jr., Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson as you visit their memorials all while strolling under the canopy of the cherry blossoms.

Self-Guided Memorial Walking Tour | Wood Walks DC

Our first walk is complete and ready for purchase on Amazon! Check out our extensive walking tour of the National Mall and discover our nation's history and the great leaders who built our country.

woodwalksdc.com This self-guided walking tour written by locals guides you through Washington, DC's memorials with detailed maps and rich history.

Wood Walks DC is Here | Wood Walks DC

Welcome to Wood Walks DC! We hope you enjoy our self-guided walking tours through Washington, DC.

woodwalksdc.com Self-guided walking tours written by locals to uncover the hidden layers of our nation's capital.

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