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13 Star Starred
U Street NW
Meet outside U Street/Cardozo Metro Station, 13th Street Exit 1240 U St., NW Washington, DC 20009
202-637-7000
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14 reviews
1 stars
attended Aug 19 2006

an excellent way to learn about the history of the U street corridor.....

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attended Sep 26 2009

The was one of the best tours I've been on. The tour was informative and the Tour Guide really knew the history.

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2 stars
attended May 29 2010

Our guide was very knowledgeable about the neighborhood and it's history, architecture and people. The highlight of the tour was the presentation at the African American Civil War Museum. We have been recommending this tour to all our friends.

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Website

http://www.washingtonwalks.com/tours/u-street/

Description

Explore the neighborhood that was shared by African American intellectuals, business leaders, and families of all economic levels. The businesses they owned and the houses they lived in are featured on this walk. U Street was dubbed “Black Broadway” for the numerous movie theaters, nightclubs and ballrooms frequented by jazz musicians like Cab Calloway, Pearl Bailey, Jelly Roll Morton, and Duke Ellington himself. You’ll see the theaters (including the Howard Theatre) and a club where these performances took place. The first full-service YMCA for African Americans, one of the few hotels that welcomed black clientele, and the first memorial to African American soldiers who fought in the U.S. Civil War are on the walk route, as are homes occupied by the Ellington family as Duke grew up. You’ll stand on the corner where riots started that extinguished the heyday of the area—but only temporarily. U Street has rebounded to become a must-see corridor for tourists and locals alike.

About the Ticket Supplier: Washington Walks

The best way to tour any historic city is by foot. Tree-lined neighborhoods, famous (and infamous) personalities, architecture, majestic memorials, African American history, local edibles--it's all waiting for you to discover with Washington Walks!