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Washington, DC: African American History Tour

1. Washington, DC: African American History Tour

This tour will explore the rich and often untold history of African Americans in the nation’s capital. This tour highlights significant areas starting with a drive to Cedar Hill in the historic community of Anacostia - home of the famous freed slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, a renowned civil right activist, lawyer, and writer during his life. After taking a glimpse into the past at the Home of Frederick Douglas, proceed to Howard University - one of the oldest black universities in the United States. On the way to Howard University, you will drive by Lincoln Park to visit the statue of educator, activist, and founder of the National Council of Negro Women - Mary McLeod Bethune. Following your visit to the beautiful Howard University campus, drive through Le Driot Park, Shaw Neighborhood, and Historic “U” Street. Home to the largest urban African American community in the United States in the early 1900’s, it created its own “Black Broadway” - a home to entertainment legends from the past and present.  Next, see the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum to discover how the course of the Civil War was impacted by these disenfranchised soldiers. You will then take a journey into downtown DC to the sites of the national headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, the White house and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Once downtown, enter the Logan Circle historic district to see the historic Metropolitan AME Church and the Mary McLeod Bethune Council house. The tour ends in front of the African American History and Culture Museum where you will learn about Civil Rights heroes and icons who changed the history of this Nation.

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Washington, DC: The Original Brew Tour with Tasting & Dinner

2. Washington, DC: The Original Brew Tour with Tasting & Dinner

On this all-inclusive tour, explore the beer of our nation’s capital as you learn about beer history and the brewing process. Your guide will take you behind the curtains where the brewmasters work their magic. Pair all that knowledge with a scrumptious beer and food pairing lunch for an unparallelled brew tour experience!   Taste award-winning beers on a 5-hour tour to 4 breweries in the Washington, DC area, which may include:   DC Brau Brewing Co: Brewing the area’s best ales since 1950s, DC Brau has been designated one of the fastest-growing breweries in the USA.   Hellbender Brewing Co: Hellbender (named after the largest salamander in North America!) don’t just brew killer ales; they do it in an environmentally-sound super-efficient way using a hammer mill and mash filter to protect the earth from harsh effects and you from bad beer. See at Hellbender why less is really more.   Right Proper Brewing Co: This company churns out some of the tastiest beers in the region, starting from a vision of heading to your local pub to grab a fresh glass of beer brewed on-site.   Port City Brewing: Tucked at the western-most tip of Washington, DC, Port City Brewing are churning out some of the most incredible craft brews. They’ve generously offered tour-goers special samples and beers that are exclusive to the brewery and pack such a malty punch, you may even forget you’re on planet earth.

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U Street Neighborhood Food Tour

3. U Street Neighborhood Food Tour

The U Street neighborhood tour begins at Ben's Chili Bowl, directly across from the U Street metro. From there visit the other stops during a 3-hour long leisurely walking tour, that covers approximately 2 miles. During your tour, you will learn about several significant buildings and check out street art and murals that contribute to the story of U St. In addition to the stops at multiple restaurants, where you will enjoy a variety of carefully selected tastings, you will explore the history of the neighborhood. Stay for approximately 20 minutes at each stop and enjoy brief walks in-between. The tour will end close to the Shaw Metro stop at approximately 2:30 PM. A portion of each ticket is donated to Bread for the City, a charity that provides services to DC locals including providing food, clothing, and legal and medical services. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate vegan diets on this tour.

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Washington, DC: African American Heritage Walking Tour

4. Washington, DC: African American Heritage Walking Tour

Explore the U Street Corridor, once known as "Black Broadway," with a local guide and learn about African American history and heritage in Washington, D.C. After meeting your guide, set off on your stroll through what was once the heart of Black culture in America, attracting locals and visitors for an unparalleled music and nightlife scene. During your tour, hear about jazz musician Duke Ellington, a celebrated D.C. hero whose birthplace was here, and admire a towering sculpture in reverence to him. Soak up a section of the city that was once home to the largest urban African American community in the United States, and which is still as vibrant as ever, The food in the area is also eclectic and exciting. From soul food to Italian to the world-famous Ben's Chili Bowl and, uniquely, on the eastern end, the area known as “Little Ethiopia” for its concentration of residents from that country, you're sure to find somewhere to stop to eat after your tour.

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Washington, DC: Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan Tour

5. Washington, DC: Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan Tour

Experience another side of Washington, DC, as you explore the rich history and cultural diversity of U Street, Columbia Heights, and Adams Morgan. Less than two miles north of the White House, these DC neighborhoods feel a world away from government buildings, monuments, and memorials. Home to carefully designed parks, grand mansions, churches, and colorful row homes, these neighborhoods have hosted and housed every type of resident, from the working class to the social elite. Discover the hidden architectural gems of DC and see the design and architecture that make these neighborhoods stand out in DC history. Hear stories of movers and shakers, protests, disasters, social scandals, and more.

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What people are saying about U Street

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 89 reviews

Our guide was energetic and extremely well informed about the history of the area and Howard University. He shared information and encouraged questions. The areas of U Street that we walked included shops, bars and murals all with history. We learned so much and were energized by his attitude.

The tour was absolutely great. The tour guide Bill was very polite and knowledgeable. This tour was a cross off of my eledery parents bucket list. They really enjoyed it. The driver Thomas was also very professional and polite. I would defintely recommend going on this tour.

Great experience and well worth the cost. On this hot day the guide was great, very knowledgeable he also brought water and the bus was climate controlled. Also the tickets for the African American Heritage Museum was icing on the cake. Would recommend to everyone!!!

This was excellent. Our guide was very good He was knowledgeable and really knew the area. It was our best tour.

Soneka was super nice and informed and the food was delicious!