Discover DC's Fascinating Local History + Heritage With Cultural Tourism DC's Cheryl Crowell
Awesome People in DC You Should Know Series
Find travel inspiration and discover new wonders for your adventures in DC as some of the city's movers, shakers, explorers and creatives share tips on exploring the city even during the quarantine and what they're looking forward to once the restrictions lift.
Longtime DC resident Cheryl Crowell is the Resource Development Director at Cultural Tourism DC; she is responsible for developing new sources of revenue and building relationships that further the organization's vision. The non-profit develops authentic, memorable experiences for people to enjoy and learn about DC, beyond its monuments. You've probably seen tall posts with historic information, photos and maps all across the city. Well, those are thanks to Cultural Tourism DC. And that's not all.
They promote pride and appreciation for the arts and vibrant heritage of DC through an impressive range of signature events: Residents and locals can participate in WalkingTown DC, a 10-day festival of intriguing guided tours of DC sites; gain insight into our international diplomatic community via Passport DC and the Around the World Embassy Tour; and engage in arts and culture during PorchFest DC, a showcase for local performing artists in neighborhood settings. Cultural Tourism DC is the ultimate local's tourism guide!
With all that insider knowledge, find out what DC spots bring Cheryl joy and other ways for you to discover the real DC!
The content below has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity and length.
What local spot in DC brings you joy and why?
Hains Point for the view and sound of the water.
What recommendations do you have for people to explore and discover DC while staying at home?
DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails.
Editor's Note: Since 2001, Cultural Tourism has been establishing walking trails throughout the city’s many neighborhoods, allowing residents and visitors alike a self-guided, deeper look into the heart of the city, as opposed to the monuments and government buildings downtown. There are currently 17 heritage trails through local neighborhoods that offer one- to two-mile treks punctuated by large poster-sized markers that combine stories, historic photographs and maps that bright DC history and culture to life.
What's something new you've found out about DC while staying at home that you didn't know before?
How many small, local DC organizations have such awesome content on their websites! There are so many virtual tours, online galleries and art resources -- true creativity.
What's the first thing you're looking forward to doing in DC after the COVID restrictions are lifted?
A nice brunch at an outdoor cafe near the water!
What tips do you have for or ways locals and tourists can discover the "real DC" when things return to "normal." *
Attend performances at small, local theatres where you will see a gifted performers and learn about a different neighborhood.
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