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Washington, DC: African American History Tour

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Washington, DC: African American History Tour

From US$ 89 per person

Washington, D.C. has been a center of African American history and culture since the creation of this “Federal District”. Visit the sites rooted in the nation’s history, thanks to the contributions of freed and enslaved African Americans.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Walk the grounds of Washington, D.C. and its famous attractions & monuments
  • Hop aboard the comfortable, climate-controlled tour busses for a memorable journey
  • Explore the rich history of African Americans in the nation’s capital
  • Upgrade to a private tour with pickup from your hotel
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This tour will explore the rich and often untold history of African Americans in the nation’s capital. This tour highlights significant areas starting with a drive to Cedar Hill in the historic community of Anacostia - home of the famous freed slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, a renowned civil right activist, lawyer, and writer during his life. After taking a glimpse into the past at the Home of Frederick Douglas, proceed to Howard University - one of the oldest black universities in the United States. On the way to Howard University, you will drive by Lincoln Park to visit the statue of educator, activist, and founder of the National Council of Negro Women - Mary McLeod Bethune. Following your visit to the beautiful Howard University campus, drive through Le Driot Park, Shaw Neighborhood, and Historic “U” Street. Home to the largest urban African American community in the United States in the early 1900’s, it created its own “Black Broadway” - a home to entertainment legends from the past and present. 

Next, see the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum to discover how the course of the Civil War was impacted by these disenfranchised soldiers. You will then take a journey into downtown DC to the sites of the national headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, the White house and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

Once downtown, enter the Logan Circle historic district to see the historic Metropolitan AME Church and the Mary McLeod Bethune Council house. The tour ends in front of the African American History and Culture Museum where you will learn about Civil Rights heroes and icons who changed the history of this Nation.

  • Comprehensive overview of African History and Culture
  • Live tour guide
  • Luxury climate-controlled tour bus
  • Reserved entry to the National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must bring your own headphones

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Meeting point

US Navy Memorial Plaza, 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Purchase of this tour includes free timed-entry passes to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. However, this is not an official Smithsonian tour. Customers booking this tour are paying for the local partner's services and perspective, which is independent of and may not represent the views of the Smithsonian.
  • The live tour guide narration is provided in English only
  • Lunch is not included in the price
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4.5 /5

based on 80 reviews

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Great guide and safe driver! Good information, very good follow up and answers to questions. Christopher was warm and friendly and the tour was legit and informative. Lost one star because: No overview of the tour itself so we didn’t know what was coming in overview. An overview of tour can provide info like when bathroom breaks come in within the tour. Telling us there is no stopping at Douglas’s house fits nicely into overview, with reason since none was given for the omission. We couldn’t even see it from the outside?

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November 11, 2021

This was an amazing tour. Our guide, Deion, was absolutely amazing. He took us to great sites and gave us a very understandable background story at each site. So we truly appreciated the significance and real importance of each site. Deion really captured the attention of the college age students in our group. I don’t even think they blinked when Deion talked, especially the last story that tied the events together. I can’t thank Deion enough for putting his heart and soul into our tour. It brings tears to my eyes to imagine all of the hearts and minds that Deion has touched. (Mine included) DEION is THE BEST tour guide we have ever had. If you are looking for a life changing tour, then take this one with Deion. We are very grateful to this tour company and Deion. Very safe and good driver too.

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January 20, 2020

the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable on everything dealing with Washington DC and not just limited to the things related to African American history. this trip covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. The only thing I would request is that they give written directions of how to get back to the area that you were originally picked up at.

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July 2, 2019

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