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U Street NW

Journey through one of Washington, D.C.'s most historical and unique neighborhoods on a guided walking tour led by local author and journalist Briana Thomas. With the use of community storytelling and engaging visuals, we will stroll through the Greater U Street area once known as Black Broadway.
Schedule: Weekly
Start Time: 2pm Fri (Select Sat 11am)
Tour Language: English
Duration: 2 Hours
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Journey through one of Washington, D.C.'s most historical and unique neighborhoods on a guided walking tour led by local author and journalist Briana Thomas. With the use of community storytelling and engaging visuals, we will stroll through the Greater U Street area once known as Black Broadway.

Journey through one of Washington, D.C.'s most historical and unique neighborhoods on a guided walking tour led by led by local journalist and author of Black Broadway in Washington, D.C. With the use of community storytelling and engaging visuals, we will stroll through the Greater U Street area once known as Black Broadway.


During this experience you will view one of a kind murals of notable history makers from D.C. native Duke Ellington to the music icon Mile Davis. You'll learn about the Jazz and Cultural Renaissance that paved the way for today's most famous African American successes, musicians, talents, and heroes.

We will reminisce on U Street's vibrant nightlife and flashy attractions as we highlight the entertainment venues such as, the more than 100-year-old Howard Theater and the jeweled Lincoln Theatre, which brought national recording artists like, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong, to the corridor during the early 1900s. Keep an eye out for some hidden gems along the way!

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

  • Murals
  • Howard Theatre
  • Historic Black-owned businesses (Ben's Chili Bowl and Industrial Bank)
  • Civil War Memorial
  • Grimke School 
  • & more
Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

This tour runs weekly Fridays at 2pm and select Saturdays at 11am

When: View our Calendar

Where: Meet your guide at Compass Coffee - 1921 8th St NW #100, Washington, D.C., DC 20001 (closest Metro is the Shaw/Howard station on the Green/Yellow line.)

The tour ends at Ben's Chili Bowl(closest Metro: U Street on the Green/Yellow line)

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

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