Guided tour

Washington, DC: African American History Tour

Activity provider: USA GUIDED TOURS
Guided tour

Washington, DC: African American History Tour

Activity provider: USA GUIDED TOURS

From US$ 89 per person


Go back in time to some of the most iconic moments of the civil rights movement, with a fascinating African American history tour of Washington, DC.

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Duration 4 hours
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4 hours
  • US Navy Memorial Plaza

  • White House, Washington (photo stop)

  • Lincoln Memorial, Washington (photo stop)

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (photo stop)

  • Lincoln Park, Washington DC (photo stop)

  • African American Civil War Museum (photo stop)

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture (visit)

Pickup included
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End point
  • Gain a refreshing, yet important, perspective of Washington D.C's history
  • Walk into the Smithsonian, with an included entrance ticket
  • Explore an in-depth look at the United State's civil rights struggle
  • Discover unique and lesser-known landmarks with a poignant backstory
  • Ride in a comfortable, climate-controlled bus, ideal for sightseeing
Full description

Travel back in time to some of the most iconic moments from the civil rights movement on an African American history tour of Washington DC. You will pass by the famous Emancipation Statue, the National Council of Negro Women, and more while learning about the history of the city from your guide. 

Get picked up at the U.S. Navy Memorial and head to monuments such as the Emancipation Statue, Howard Theatre, and vibrant local black communities. Stand where Martin Luther King stood when he gave his famous "I have a dream" address and feel the weight of the world on your shoulders.

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 Droit Park, Shaw Neighborhood, and Historic “U” Street. Home to the largest urban African American community in the United States in the early 1900s, 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. Finish the tour at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Enter inside and explore the absorbing artifacts and exhibits at your leisure.

  • 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

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  • 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 activity supplier's services and perspective, which is independent of and may not represent the views of the Smithsonian
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based on 175 reviews

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Outstanding tour guide with exceptional knowledge and public speaking skills. You will be impressed, not only with his extensive knowledge, but more importantly with his ability to communicate his passion for the subject. In short, this tour guide is the best, and you will learn a lot about black history.

March 25, 2023

Firstly the tour was on-time, vehicle was clean and warm. Our tour guide Dre was most amazing, just exceptional. He was informative, courteous, a wealth of knowledge flows from him a gentleman and offered very professional service. I would recommend him as a tour guide any day. It was our first time in Washington and both myself and my girlfriend had a wonderful time on this tour. I highly recommend, value for money, money well spent.

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March 25, 2023

Four floors of exhibits were packed, crowded and comprehensive, a good overview of AfroAmerican contributions to life. Sadly, Sat crowds eat us from History exhibit by David Rubinstein, 30-40 minute lines. Soul food was too generously served and prices $$ matched heaping helpings. Elevator operators need stools and training on how to introduce each floor. They were mute and bored. You need more benches, all floors, for patrons over 60. Sports need better organizing, overwhelming. Community needs more definition. Bus tour 2 hours was fun but riders need animated maps of DC.

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March 25, 2023

Product ID: 118624