2-Hour African American Heritage Tour: Explore Washington DC's Historic U Street
17 Ratings
Discover the rich African American history and heritage of Washington DC on a 2-hour walking tour of the historic U Street. Explore the vibrant music and nightlife scene, visit the birthplace of jazz musician Duke Ellington, and indulge in eclectic and exciting food options.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
What's Included
  • Licensed Tour Guide
What's Not Included
  • Transportation
  • Food and drink
Additional Information

Join a knowledgeable local guide for a captivating 2-hour evening stroll, during which you can delve into the African American history and heritage of D.C. Discover U Street, fondly referred to as “Black Broadway”, a former hub of Black culture in America that lured both locals and travelers with its vibrant music and nightlife. Counting the esteemed jazz musician, Duke Ellington of D.C., as one of its natives, the U Street Corridor boasted the largest urban African-American population until the 1920s. Today, the area retains its dynamism, underpinned by the bustling 14th Street corridor to the west and bordered by the restored Howard Theatre in the east, within the Shaw neighborhood, where a towering homage to Ellington is erected. With a diverse and tantalizing food scene, you can savor cuisines ranging from soul to Italian food, and not forgetting the world-renowned Ben’s Chili Bowl. Uniquely, the east end houses a neighborhood called “Little Ethiopia” for its dense Ethiopian resident community.

1250 U St NW
U Street Northwest
Please meet your tour guide at the meeting point: 1250 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Jul 28, 2023
African American Heritage Tour 7/26/23 - Such An Informative Tour & The Tour Guide (NUR) Was Amazing & Very Knowledgeable In Every Aspect Of The African American Neighborhoods & History. Enjoyed Going On The Howard University Campus!♥️ Had Delicious Chili Fries At 'Ben's Chili Bowl' I Would Definitely Recommend This Tour!!!♥️
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Jul 24, 2023
Walking and Learning - Tour guide Darren was very knowledgeable about the history of Washington’s urban core. He described the past and present while taking us to different historical locations. Darren made sure we were comfortable with the sharing of tour knowledge.
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Jun 1, 2023
It was a great tour... - It was a great tour especially the visit of Howard University! The guide is really good and explain very well
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Mar 31, 2023
I enjoyed learning about... - I enjoyed learning about the black women who played a part in the Civil War! Especially the one who pretended to be a man so she could enlist!
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Mar 17, 2023
Engaging Stroll Through Beautiful Black Washingtonian History - Nor's insight and passion for Black history provided an enjoyable tour and look back at an era in which Black people can take great pride. I appreciated the casual, relaxed walk through the streets of DC, while conversing like old friends. I highly recommend this tour with Nor...a treasurable treat.
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Jul 31, 2022
Great in-depth tour of African American DC. - My guide for this tour was Nur Ali, and he was very informative and engaging. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the neighborhood! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
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Nov 14, 2021
Neighborhood walk with full of hidden gems - We loved this tour. It went into more detail of the neighborhoods and we loved the HU walk on the yard. The guide was knowledgeable and you could tell he loves the city and neighborhood. I highly recommend.
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Feb 21, 2024
Guide didn’t show up - Your guide never showed. I called the contact number. No answer. Messaged via the contact your operator function. No response. There was no contact from them before hand to say it wasn’t going ahead.
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Nov 20, 2023
The tour was canceled... - The tour was canceled maybe 4 hours before it was supposed to start. Disappointing . We had scheduled our day around it.
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Feb 18, 2022
Very disappointing - We didn’t have any the tour said 2 hours it was only 45 minutes. The address that you’re suppose to meet at does not exists!! I was very disappointed!! I feel he’s just looking for quick money!! I want a refund
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
April 2024