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Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes


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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After purchase, you can request your preferred dates and times by following the instructions in the email you receive. If it's a gift, the recipient will also get an email with booking instructions.

Offered multiple times each month

Practical information

If you participate in an Off the Mall Tours, LLC walking tour, you are agreeing to the following:

I am taking this tour voluntarily and am in good health.

I understand there are risks to walking in public.

I accept personal responsibility for anything that happens to me, like if I get hurt or lose something.

I release Off the Mall Tours, LLC and anyone working for it, including contractors, from any claims or liability for damages.

If part of this waiver is deemed to be invalid or unenforceable, it doesn’t mean the whole thing is.

If I agreed to it, Off the Mall Tours, LLC can take photos and video during the walking tour and can use my image, likeness, recordings of me in any format to promote their tours or any other way they like without having to pay me anything for it, ever.

If I get hurt or need medical attention, Off the Mall Tours, LLC can arrange it, but it’s not their duty to do so.

I have taken all CDC-recommended precautions concerning the COVID-19 virus.

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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Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
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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!

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.