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Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Overview

Step back in time and experience the vibrant culture and history of the Harlem Renaissance in Washington, DC. Go on an Off the Mall Walking Tour and explore the streets where black artists and intellectuals made their mark on the nation's capital.

-Get ready to discover the juicy secrets of DC's Black arts scene!
-Visit multiple historic performance venues and walk in the footsteps of jazz icons.
-And of course, no tour of U Street would be complete without a stop at Ben's Chili Bowl for a tasty refreshment (on your own dime, of course).
-Book your spot on the Harlem Renaissance in DC Historical Tour today and get ready to dive into the vibrant history of DC's Black community!

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Year-Round,
Offered multiple days a month

Practical information

Any restrictions to participate?

  • Age: All age groups are welcome
  • Physical limitations: Must be able to be on their feet for at least 2 hours. Not recommended for people with back problems.

Who can you accommodate for?

  • Individuals with disabilities: Wheelchair accessible 
  • Languages: English
  • Pets: Service animals are allowed

What to expect on the day of the experience?

  • Duration: 2.5 hours. Tour/experience may go slightly longer based on participant engagement throughout the tour/experience.
  • What’s included: Admission to the tour
  • Who will be present: You will have a guide with you at all times as well as up to 20 total participants. This experience will be cancelled if the minimum participant requirement is not met.
  • Spectators: No spectators are allowed, everyone must have a ticket/reservation.
  • Photo/ video: Photos are encouraged!

How to prepare?

  • Weather dependency: This experience is weather dependent
  • Arrival: Plan to arrive at the meeting spot a few minutes in advance
  • Parking: There is street and private parking near all meeting points
  • What to wear: Clothing appropriate for the weather, good walking shoes
  • Restrooms/ lockers/ changing rooms: No changing rooms, but there will be bathroom breaks during the tour.

Full description

Come on a winding journey through an era in which the U Street neighborhood of Washington, DC was giving rise to a vibrant jazz scene and establishing the roots of a new movement in black intellectualism. Also known as ""Black Broadway"", the U Street corridor was a neighborhood where black businesses thrived, Langston Hughes and Jean Toomer were upcoming writers and poets, and Howard University professors were guiding a movement that would highlight black contributions to history.

Tour begins at the historic Howard Theater at 620 T Street NW and ends at the Georgia Douglas Johnson house at 1461 S Street NW. The tour also makes a halfway stop at the famous Ben's Chili Bowl for a bathroom break and optional refreshment. Tour runs Third Sunday of the month at 2pm.

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Unused Experience Vouchers can be returned within 30 days for a full refund to the original purchaser, no questions asked.

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No refunds are allowed once the experience is booked, but you can reschedule up to 24 hours before your experience, for a date within a year of the original booking. To reschedule, contact the experience provider directly. No-shows or rescheduling less than 24 hours in advance means losing the value of your experience.

Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
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Lyndsay K

The tour was fantastic! Our guide was highly knowledgeable about the subject matter and infused her lovely energy into the experience. She also added a personal touch by incorporating music and dressing appropriately. The tour was well-organized, and I wholeheartedly recommend it!

Morgan C

Our guide Daarel made this tour phenomenal. He was incredibly engaging, shared a plethora of information, and patiently answered all of our queries. We had a fantastic time and gained a lot of knowledge.

Zach B

Katie's tour is a vibrant and enthralling journey into the history of U Street. She brings to life the music and personalities that shaped the area into a thriving community. I discovered a wealth of information about this unique neighborhood that's off the beaten path. I highly recommend this tour!