African American History Tour: Exploring Civil Rights Landmarks in DC
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Step into the past and explore the civil rights movement on this African American history tour in Washington DC. Visit iconic landmarks and gain a deeper understanding of African American perspectives. Includes a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center - Guided Stop (outside only)

  • White House - Guided Stop:
    White House (outside only)
    Black Lives Matter Plaza

  • Lincoln Memorial - Guided Stop

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - Guided Stop

  • Lincoln Park - Guided Stop:
    Emancipation Memorial
    Mary McLeod Bethune Statue

  • African American Civil War Memorial Museum - Guided Tour (outside only)

  • Washington Monument - Drive-by

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Drive-by

  • Bureau Of Engraving And Printing - Drive-by

  • Jefferson Memorial - Drive-by

  • FBI Headquarters - Drive-by

  • Howard University - Drive-by

  • U.S. Capitol - Drive-by

  • Freedom Plaza - Drive-by

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture - 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 a progressive and user-friendly experience.

What's Included
  • Reserved Entry into the National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Live commentary on board
  • Tour escort/host
  • In-vehicle air conditioning
  • Bottled water
What's Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information

Embark on a dramatic journey through the pivotal points of the civil rights movement with this intriguing African American history tour of Washington DC.

As a significant hub for civil and black rights activism in the United States, the nation’s capital is home to an astounding array of historically momentous locations. Discover both celebrated and less recognized landmarks, all narrated through the lens of the African American narratives by your knowledgeable guide. Your journey commences at the U.S. Navy Memorial, making pit stops at significant monuments like the Emancipation Statue, Howard Theatre, and dynamic African American neighborhoods.

Experience the profound sensation of standing in the same spot where Martin Luther King inspired countless people with his iconic ‘I have a dream,’ speech. Touted as one of the most detailed African American history tours in DC, your tour includes an admission into the National Museum of African American History and Culture, serving as the tour’s conclusion point.

  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • The seats are assigned on the first come, first served basis
  • Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to ensure a timely check in
  • No food allowed on buses (snacks are fine!)
  • Please Note: 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. Additionally, entry to the property is provided complimentary only after completing the sightseeing history tour. Customers booking this tour are paying for this company’s services and perspective, which is independent of and may not represent the views of the Smithsonian.
  • Additionally, we do our best to provide entry to the Smithsonian but it is not guaranteed. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture is a public institution and we do not factor entry passes into our ticket price. We have no special reservation agreement with them and simply access their public portal on for tickets. Guests may still experience wait times upon arrival to enter the museum and are required to follow the museum’s guidelines for entry at their allotted entry time.
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
US Navy Memorial Plaza
Cancellation Policy

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

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Jun 21, 2024
Favorite Tour Guide - I have never been on a tour where the guide was so knowledgeable. Andre knew everything about the sites. Please consider discussing the remarkable history of the black churches in the DC area.
Review provided by Viator
Jun 20, 2024
A great experience - Our tour guide Dre was excellent!! He was knowledgeable, respectful, and funny!! He gave us a great experience.
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Jun 19, 2024
Excellent History Lesson for Juneteenth! - The African American History Tour was amazing! Our tour guide, DeAndre, was so knowledgeable about key historical events and facts that set the precedence for our day, which was also the celebration of Juneteenth 2024 - Emancipation Day. His delivery was also well received by all customers on the tour. He was very engaging and seemed to enjoy what he does. Mr. Leonard guided us safely through the city and was also very attentive to all guests onboard.
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Jun 19, 2024
History in the Making - Our tour guide was Dre; he was excellent, he share small background stories about everything. I discovered that my relative who served in the Maryland volunteers is not listed with the National park website. I will be following up. Thanks dre.
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Jun 17, 2024
Great tour guide. - The tour guide was excellent. He is very knowledgeable , warm, accommodating and vibrant. I will definitely want to experience this again, and it has to be with him. He deserves more than he gets.
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Jun 15, 2024
Awesome - The tour guide Elvis was knowledgeable and helpful and friendly the only thing I do like was at the end of the tour you had to find your way back to the hotel so we had to walk because no taxi would stop but overall a great experience 😊😊😊
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Jun 13, 2024
Awesome tour! - The visit to the MLK monument and surrounding areas. MLK and I are a part of the same fraternal organization. I enjoyed the rich history lesson.
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Jun 13, 2024
Don't miss this museum. - Cool memorabilia, amazing art and interesting history. Food is full of soul! escalators helped my knees and feet. I wish I had more time to visit the whole place.
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Jun 12, 2024
Great tour, highly recommend. - Our tour guy was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable. Couldn't believe he could keep all those facts on his head. Amazing yoing man.
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Jun 12, 2024
More people should take this tour! - Our tour guide had a lot of energy and passion for the subject. I learned a lot from his narration, though he did tell us a few things that were not true. Left us at the African American Museum of History and Culture, which was fantastic. Could have used a bit more time there. Note that the museum does not allow outside food and prices in the cafe are quite high, and lines were long. It would be nice to allow time to get lunch before entering the museum.
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024