Harlem Renaissance in DC Historical Tour

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30 reviews   (4.87)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Departs: Washington DC, Washington DC

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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*This tour is only offered on a private tour basis from mid-December until February. Starting February 2023 the tour will be offered the 3rd Sunday of the month at 2pm.

This amazing walking tour will take you on a journey to an era in which U Street NW DC was the center of African American music and intellectualism. The sounds of jazz was everywhere, Langston Hughes and Jean Toomer were being established as the future writers of the day, and an effort to document the history of African Americans was underway. Take a journey through the Harlem Renaissance as it started in DC! Tour stops mid-way at the famous Ben's Chili Bowl, for optional refreshments and a bathroom break.

What's Included

2 hours of incredible DC History with a knowledgeable guide.

What's Not Included

Food and Drink purchased at Ben's Chili Bowl or Ben's Next Door

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 1
  • CHILD: Age: 2 - 13
  • YOUTH: Age: 14 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 64
  • SENIOR: Age: 65 - 100

Additional Info

  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Howard Theatre
Howard Theater was the first theater in DC to offer a stage for African American performers, established in 1910. It has played a key part in the DC music and arts scene ever since.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The site of the Frank Holliday's Pool Hall where Duke Ellington first started dabbling in ragtime and jazz piano.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Bohemian Caverns
Former Jazz icon, Bohemian Caverns was a must visit during U Street's period as DC's "Black Broadway."

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Awesome way to learn about the Harlem Renaissance in DC
W6094DWandreac, 28-11-2022
This tour was phenomenal. Daarel was our guide. He was really engaging, provided a wealth of information and answered all of our questions. We learned so much and had a great time.
A great tour of the Harlem Reneissance
751alayahj, 15-11-2022
What a great tour! Our guide was very well versed in the information she spoke about. She has lovely energy and added her own personal touches by incorporating music and dressing for the part. It was a well organized tour that I recommend!
Great experience
Inspire484221, 13-11-2022
Great cultural experience lots of information I didn’t know would love to take the trip again in the future.
Great way to spend an afternoon: Harlem Renaissance in DC
903nylah, 18-09-2022
This was such a cool walking tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and had done plenty of research on the history of Black writers and musicians who were from or got their start in DC. She took us to some gems that I will certainly be going back to, and gave us some tips on where to find local jazz. I moved to DC recently and found this tour a great learning experience about the rich culture of African Americans in DC that I wouldn’t get from the big tourist attractions.
Black excellence in DC.
renjon25, 03-07-2022
This is a great tour if you want to learn more about the significant contributions, history and the important legacy of Black people in DC during the Harlem Renaissance era. All the jazz greats, musicians, poets, writers, intellectuals, educators.
As a Black woman who attended Howard University and lived in the DC area for many years I learned so much on this tour as we walked through the various neighborhoods. I really enjoyed it.
Great job Katie!! I recommend this tour for anyone that loves history and culture.

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