- One of the more unusual DC tours
- See the rapidly changing culture of U Street and Shaw
Once America’s largest African-American community, the Shaw neighbourhood, particularly the U Street corridor, was known as ‘Black Broadway.’ Duke Ellington lived here, many of the nation’s most important African-American architects designed buildings here, and of course it had a very famous nightlife and theatre scene. This local-led tour takes you through the history of U Street and Shaw, bringing you up-to-date on how the area is being regenerated, and past important landmarks, with several stops at local restaurants, cafes and bars to refuel.
During this leisurely Washington DC gift experience you’ll explore this iconic neighbourhood, once a hub for African-American businesses, with plenty of opportunity to pick your guide’s brains. Pass public art, murals and historic music venues and learn how the area fell into disrepute after the assassination of Martin Luther King, and how it has been transformed in recent years. See another side to Washington DC, and a vital part of the city’s heritage.