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U Street Corridor

U Street Corridor

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Walking distance from both Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle, this condensed, stylish center of black culture and boutique shopping was formerly one of D.C.’s sketchiest neighborhoods. Its Victorian homes echo its post-Civil War origins as a bedroom community for newly-migrated Southern blacks, and a few preserved Art Deco club and theater facades belie its history as a Harlem-owned “Black Broadway,” but for decades after being the epicenter of D.C.’s violent 1968 riots (sparked by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), this area was sadly known best for drug trafficking.

However, the U Street area was almost wholly revitalized during the real estate boom of the 1990s. Still a bit gritty in the evenings (when music clubs like Black Cat and the 9:30 Club draw hip, young crowds), milder daytime attractions here include the famed Ben’s Chili Bowl (where longtime fan Bill Cosby offers the on-hold accompaniment for to-go orders), the funky, literary-themed café scene at Busboys and Poets, and the African-American Civil War Memorial and Museum. The independent shops here offer some of the city’s most unusual and artistic finds, from jewelry to clothing and housewares.

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African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry

African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry

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Immerse yourself in the history of African-American culture in the United States during this half-day history excursion in the Nation’s Capital. Follow the path of the first African-Americans at Jamestown through the Civil Rights movement, checking out key sites like the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the vibrant U Street corridor, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the MLK Memorial, plus much more. Due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian institutions are closed.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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U Street: Food, History, and Street Art Tour

U Street: Food, History, and Street Art Tour

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Get a taste of Washington DC's historic U Street neighborhood on this guided culinary walking tour. Discover the history and culture of these streets, formerly known as ‘Black Broadway,’ while stopping at multiple local restaurants to sample the foods that make these neighborhoods unique. A portion of every ticket price goes to feed district residents in need.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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African American Heritage Night tour of Washington DC

African American Heritage Night tour of Washington DC

This is the only African American Heritage tour in Washington DC that include a great African American heritage tour of the city, a soul food dinner and tickets to the Museum of African American History and Culture. We will have only 20 people on the tour so you will get a lot of special attention from our very knowledgeable guides . The summer day are very hot and humid. Taking a night tour is much cooler and relaxing
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Art & Soul of Black Broadway Neighborhood Tour

Art & Soul of Black Broadway Neighborhood Tour

Discover the musical heritage of U Street --formerly known as Black Broadway-- from jazz to hip hop to punk to DC’s own go-go. Walk the streets & back alleys of Shaw and U Street neighborhoods and learn how murals, theatres, music venues, and memorials embrace the history of this amazing city. Along the way, listen to a diverse playlist that will match up with the murals and venues.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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