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U Street NW
Meet outside U Street/Cardozo Metro Station, 13th Street Exit 1240 U St., NW Washington, DC 20009
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Rated by 48 members
Review from letzcashow
66 events 39 reviews

What a wonderful, interesting and informative way to spend a Saturday morning. Of course the ideal weather was a big help.

reviewed Apr 21 2012 report as inappropriate
Patrick M
Review from Patrick M
44 events 28 reviews

I enjoyed the tour. The guide was nice and well informed, the tour covered a lot of interesting local history and color, and the walking was good exercise but not too strenuous. I went with a friend who used to live in the neighborhood and she...continued

reviewed Aug 27 2016 report as inappropriate
Review from mstgreen
49 events 24 reviews

I think this was my favorite walking tour thus far. The route wasn't that long, but the history of the area was brought to life by both the tour guide and the curator? of the African-American Civil War Museum to which we were guided. I loved it!!

reviewed Sep 26 2009 report as inappropriate
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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.

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