African American History and Culture Tour | USA Guided Tours
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IMPORTANT NOTE

DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC - ALL SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE, ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE TOUR

  • An in-depth look at the history of African-Americans in D.C.

  • Comfortable, Climate-Controlled Tour Buses

  • Walk the Grounds of Washington, DC’s Famous Attractions & Monuments

  • Includes Live Tour Guide Narrative & Amazing Photo Opportunities

  • Public or Private Tour Option

  • Daily: 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM (3.5 HOURS)

  • $89/$79 Ad/Ch

We have curated a one-of-a-kind African American history tour that gives visitors a chance to experience the richness of Washington, DC through the eyes of our African American compatriots. During this tour, we guide you through many of Washington, DC’s highlights while considering the significance of the black perspective. Visit the remarkable sites rooted in our nation’s history thanks to the innumerable contributions of freed and enslaved African Americans.


This tour starts with a drive to Cedar Hill in the historic community of Anacostia—home of the famous freed slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. In his lifetime, Frederick Douglass was a renowned civil rights activist, lawyer, and writer.


Next, we observe Howard University, which is one of the oldest and most prestigious historically black universities in the country. Along the way, we pass the statue of educator, activist, and founder of the National Council of Negro Women, Mary McLeod Bethune.


Following the visit to Howard University, we explore LeDroit Park and the exquisite U Street Corridor, or as it used to be known, “Black Broadway”. Once home to the largest African American community in the United States, this historic section of DC showcases the vibrant and unique local culture that thrives to this day.


The journey continues to downtown DC to the headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.


Finally, you will stand where Civil Rights heroes and icons stood and changed the history of our nation at the temple-like Lincoln Memorial. The phenomenal view of the National Mall from this point offers a captivating glance into the moment when Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed more than 250,000 people standing before him in 1963.


In conclusion, you will visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture* with reserved access. Inside, you will find thousands of artifacts that are chronologically organized for progressive and user-friendly experience.


*Please note that this tour typically concludes with reserved entry into the National Museum of African American History and Culture - however due to the current COVID-19 pandemic - all Smithsonian Institutions, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, are closed until further notice!

INTERESTED IN BOOKING A PRIVATE TOUR?

LUXURY SUV (5 PAX PAX) $540 | LUXURY VAN (12 PAX MAX) $780

COVID-19 ENHANCED CLEANING POLICY

  • BUSES CLEANED WITH EPA-REGISTERED DISINFECTANT BETWEEN EVERY TOUR

SOCIAL DISTANCING POLICY

  • ALL USA GUIDED TOURS EMPLOYEES TO WEAR FACE MASKS & GLOVES
  • MANDATORY TEMPERATURE SCREENING FOR ALL EMPLOYEES
  • FACE MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL TRAVELERS (MANDATORY BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS)
  • DISPOSABLE HAND SANITIZERS AVAILABLE ABOARD BUSES
  • LIMITED SEATING ON BUSES FOR ADDED SPACE BETWEEN PASSENGERS
  • CONTACTLESS CHECK-IN PROCESS

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • REFUNDABLE CANCELLATIONS UP TO 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE (UP TO 1 HOUR WITH BOOKING INSURANCE)

We use 35-passenger luxury tour buses for our daily mixed tour groups. Private tours are scheduled on our 15-passenger mini coach buses and vans. We do our best to keep large, same-party groups together on the same bus. We reserve the right to substitute our small-capacity tour buses with larger 55-passenger buses, depending upon demand and/or our tour schedule. The 55-passenger buses have bathrooms on board for your convenience.

Unfortunately, our shuttles are not wheelchair accessible, nor is there storage for baby strollers. If you have a wheelchair, please call us to make special vehicle arrangements for your tour. Some of our tours involve longer walks so if you like, you may stay on board the shuttle, near the landmark, without exiting the shuttle bus every time.

Our shuttle buses and vans do not have storage for accommodating carry-on bags. We ask that you only bring purses, briefcases, or backpacks for your tour; Please note that USA Guided Tours reserves the right to inspect any bags, book bags, briefcases or backpacks you carry.

It depends on the stop. Your tour guide will tell you the planned amount of time for each stop. We have allowed enough time on every stop for you to walk around and take plenty of pictures!

We have some pickup services available from selected hotels only. Please contact your concierge or call our customer service line at +1 202-733-7376.

Free Cancellation up to 24 Hours in Advance > if you cancel your booking 24 hours in advance of your tour departure time - a full refund will be issued

Free Cancellation up to 1 Hour in Advance With Tour Booking Insurance > if you purchase Tour Booking Insurance at $5.99 per booking, booking cancellations may be made up to 1 hour in advance of your tour departure time for a full refund

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African American History Tour Itinerary

Starts at U.S. Navy Memorial

701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

U.S. Capitol Building

PICTURE STOP

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

PICTURE STOP

Lincoln Park

GUIDED STOP

  • Emancipation Memorial
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Statue

Howard University

PICTURE STOP

  • The Howard Theatre
  • Duke Ellington Statue

African American Civil War Memorial

GUIDED STOP

Ben's Chili Bowl

GUIDED STOP

  • Udofia Mural
  • Lincoln Theatre

Carter G. Woodson Memorial Park

GUIDED STOP

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

GUIDED STOP

Lincoln Memorial

GUIDED STOP

Drive Past

  • Washington Monument
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • FBI Headquarters

Ends at The National Museum of African American History and Culture

  • Due to the Current COVID-19 pandemic - All Smithsonian Institutions, Including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Are Closed Until Further Notice!

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Lincoln, Abraham. “Emancipation Proclamation.” National Archives and Records Administration, 299998, January 1, 1863, https://catalog.archives.gov/id/299998
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INTERESTED IN BOOKING AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE PRIVATE TOUR?

LUXURY SUV (5 PAX PAX) $540 | LUXURY VAN (12 PAX MAX) $780
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