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U Street Walking Tour

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JU Street Walking Touroin us as we explore the historic treasures of DC’s U Street corridor. Once known as “Black Broadway,” this neighborhood remains a trove of the capital’s African American history. From the Civil War through the Jazz Age to the race riots of the ‘60s and beyond.

You'll learn the African American Civil War Memorial and the stories of those men who served. Explore the childhood neighborhood of Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, Pearl Bailey, and Lillian Evanti.

Our U Street Walking Tour ends not far from Ben's Chili Bowl, where we recommend you visit for a half-smoke after hearing about this historic site.

We also offer a U Street NW History through Street Art Guided Tour, and Self Guided U Street Food Tour and a self-guided audio tour of the history of U Street.

Tour information

Reservations: This tour is run as a private option only for up to 12 people.  School groups may be able to accommodate more.

Contact us if you are interested in booking a private U Street tour.

Where: Meet your guide at Howard Theatre 620 T Street NW  (closest Metro is the Shaw/Howard station on the Green/Yellow line.)

The tour ends at 14th and U Street NW (closest Metro: U Street on the Green/Yellow line)

Duration: Tour lasts approx. 2 hours. Total walking is just under one mile (1,6km).


About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: June 23rd, 2015
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