African American History Tour: Exploring Civil Rights Landmarks in DC
939 Ratings
Step into the past and explore the civil rights movement on this African American history tour in Washington DC. Visit iconic landmarks and gain a deeper understanding of African American perspectives. Includes a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center - Guided Stop (outside only)

  • White House - Guided Stop:
    White House (outside only)
    Black Lives Matter Plaza

  • Lincoln Memorial - Guided Stop

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - Guided Stop

  • Lincoln Park - Guided Stop:
    Emancipation Memorial
    Mary McLeod Bethune Statue

  • African American Civil War Memorial Museum - Guided Tour (outside only)

  • Washington Monument - Drive-by

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Drive-by

  • Bureau Of Engraving And Printing - Drive-by

  • Jefferson Memorial - Drive-by

  • FBI Headquarters - Drive-by

  • Howard University - Drive-by

  • U.S. Capitol - Drive-by

  • Freedom Plaza - Drive-by

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture - In conclusion, you will visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture with reserved access. Inside, you will find thousands of artifacts that are chronologically organized for a progressive and user-friendly experience.

What's Included
  • Reserved Entry into the National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Live commentary on board
  • Tour escort/host
  • In-vehicle air conditioning
  • Bottled water
What's Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information

Embark on a dramatic journey through the pivotal points of the civil rights movement with this intriguing African American history tour of Washington DC.

As a significant hub for civil and black rights activism in the United States, the nation’s capital is home to an astounding array of historically momentous locations. Discover both celebrated and less recognized landmarks, all narrated through the lens of the African American narratives by your knowledgeable guide. Your journey commences at the U.S. Navy Memorial, making pit stops at significant monuments like the Emancipation Statue, Howard Theatre, and dynamic African American neighborhoods.

Experience the profound sensation of standing in the same spot where Martin Luther King inspired countless people with his iconic ‘I have a dream,’ speech. Touted as one of the most detailed African American history tours in DC, your tour includes an admission into the National Museum of African American History and Culture, serving as the tour’s conclusion point.

  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • The seats are assigned on the first come, first served basis
  • Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to ensure a timely check in
  • No food allowed on buses (snacks are fine!)
  • Please Note: Purchase of this tour includes free timed-entry passes to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. However, this is not an official Smithsonian tour. Additionally, entry to the property is provided complimentary only after completing the sightseeing history tour. Customers booking this tour are paying for this company’s services and perspective, which is independent of and may not represent the views of the Smithsonian.
  • Additionally, we do our best to provide entry to the Smithsonian but it is not guaranteed. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture is a public institution and we do not factor entry passes into our ticket price. We have no special reservation agreement with them and simply access their public portal on for tickets. Guests may still experience wait times upon arrival to enter the museum and are required to follow the museum’s guidelines for entry at their allotted entry time.
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
US Navy Memorial Plaza
Cancellation Policy

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

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Feb 18, 2024
Great tour, best tour guide ever! - Dre the tour guide is unbelievable. Not so sure how a person could remember so many relevant details on history. I brought my children to DC for an educational experience and Dre was able to give us that and some. The best part was the added information that he gave on the tour about many local parts of DC that you would only know from growing up there. Thoroughly impressed with the tour and the tour guide and would highly recommend!
Review provided by Viator
Feb 17, 2024
Excellent tour - Excellent tour for solo, couple or group outing. The bus driver and the tour guide were both very knowledgeable of DC. The tour guide Dre' was amazing and a walking encyclopedia. We covered a lot of ground and I learned a lot during the 4 hours.
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Feb 4, 2024
Powerful! - Our tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable. He is an inspiration for our Black culture! I recommend this Young Man for this tour and will request him for future tours.
Review provided by Viator
Jan 12, 2024
Wonderful - OMG, a must do ,please don't visit the DC area and not experience this excellent and very informative tour, our tour guide was awesome, very knowledgeable , this is a must do..
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Jan 7, 2024
True Historians - This was one of the best tours I’ve ever been on. I had so many memorable moments that it’s hard to pick just one. We loved Dre. He is incredibly knowledgeable and caring. From the check in staff to the driver everything went smoothly despite the rainy DC day. Highly recommend!!
Review provided by Viator
Dec 30, 2023
Powerful Experience - A really powerful experience. There are exhibits that are of celebration, and exhibits which are galling for the barriers and discrimination faced by black Americans. There are many museums to see in Washington DC, but this is the most important once, the most powerful one.
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Dec 27, 2023
Educated well by a person who loves his culture. - The driver/scholar historian was prepared and articulated the history of African Americans extreme well.
Review provided by Viator
Dec 24, 2023
Amazing tour - The entire trip was both fun and educational. The guide, Dre, and the other tourists were fun and welcoming and Dre had so much knowledge about the subject that it was wonderful trying to keep up with him. So many things I didn’t know and should have.
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Dec 15, 2023
Black history - Our tour guide Dre was excellent! A local DC native provided a beautiful tour of historical black DC! Nice convo around questions. The African American museum is a most see!! Highly recommended! David
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Dec 4, 2023
Don't miss this tour!!! - I can't say enough about this tour. Dre was AMAZING. The amount of history that he poured into us was top tier!! If you don't do this tour when you visit DC you're missing out. I highly recommend it.
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
April 2024