Need Evidence of Spring? Take a Walking Tour of Georgetown with Free Tours by Foot

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Locals and Visitors Will Witness the Changing Seasons on this Stroll through the Historic Neighborhood to the Local Gardens

The Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC is one of the best places to explore nature. Manicured gardens in this tony neighborhood of brick mansions come alive in the Spring. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy the changing seasons with the professional, experienced tour guides of Free Tours by Foot on their recently launched walking tour through historic Georgetown.

Experience the freshness of Spring while hearing about the local architecture, 200 years of history and fascinating lore of this unique neighborhood. Included on the itinerary of the Free Tours by Foot tour are descriptions of two legendary gardens.

Tudor Place, which until 1983 was in Martha Washington’s family for six generations, has five-and-a-half acres of lushly landscaped gardens; the mansion also is open for tours (for a fee). The garden invites visitors to explore and discover a hidden pond, a boxwood ellipse, and a Japanese teahouse secreted among the flowers and trees. Visitors may relax in several nooks replete with benches and tables, which invite an afternoon picnic.

Unparalleled for its beauty, size, and design is the vast garden at Dumbarton Oaks. This 10-acre tranquil space, often used as a backdrop for professional and amateur photo shoots, is truly a work of art. Owner Milred Bliss and her landscape architect Beatrix Farrand worked for almost 30 years planning the garden’s every detail. Visitors in the Spring are bombarded with the vibrant colors and fragrances of roses, tulips, Japanese Cherry Blossom trees, irises, magnolia trees, and much more.

Participants on the two to two-and-a-half hour tour are encouraged to combine their walk with a picnic or local bistro lunch at the culmination of the tour. As with all tours from Free Tours by Foot, the tour is a “name your own price” experience. Instead of paying upfront for a tour that may not live up to its expectations, Free Tours by Foot asks that the tour guide be rewarded at the end of the tour.

For reservations, go to Free Tours by Foot was founded in 2006 in Washington, D.C. by three tour guides; each had recently traveled to Europe and experienced free, tip-supported walking tours in several cities. All three were struck by the quality and enthusiasm the guides had for the cities and guests. Free Tours by Foot now operates in Washington, DC, New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and New Orleans and is opening in Charleston.

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