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Knowledgeable and entertaining Washington Walks guides lead groups through neighborhoods like Embassy Row./Erin Schaff

You may think you know the capital city, but your appreciation for Washington will remain incomplete until you’ve experienced at least one of the many tours offered by Washington Walks. And, even better, federal civilian and military employees enjoy a 25 percent discount with ID.

From April 1 through Thanksgiving weekend, Washington Walks offers regularly scheduled walking tours, most lasting two hours, covering a host of interesting subjects and locales. Most of the walks start outside a Metro station and no reservations are necessary; simply how up and pay at the starting point. The average tour group size is 12.

“Our different neighborhood tours are most popular with folks who live in the metro area,” said founder Carolyn Crouch. “People like that we make an effort to tell the full spectrum of stories about any given neighborhood, representing all the types of people who have lived there.”

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Even area locals learn things they didn’t know on a Washington Walks tour./Erin Schaff

Some of the most popular tours currently take participants through Alexander Hamilton’s D.C., along Embassy Row, explore Georgetown, and stroll through Abraham Lincoln’s Washington. Other popular tours look at women who changed America, the backstory of the memorials on the National Mall, and an ‘I’ve Got a Secret’ tour that delves into some of the Mall’s historic secrets like the city’s swankiest bordello, a psychopath, and the severed leg of a Civil War general.

There are seasonal tours associated with the spring cherry blossoms, two tours pointing out the city’s most haunted sites, (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4-26), and exploring the Georgetown GLOW artworks during the holiday season, among others.

Eight tours explore African American D.C., from Bloomingdale’s civil rights history to U Street, once known as “Black Broadway.” A host of tours examine specific parts of the city’s history from Walt Whitman, to World War I, to John F. Kennedy in Georgetown ,to the burning of the Capitol and White House in 1814.

“Even if you think you know D.C., you’ll always see and discover something you didn’t know on one of our tours,” said Crouch.

Some tours are scheduled on a weekly basis; others may be scheduled one or a few times a year. Information on all the tours is available at washingtonwalks.com.

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