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Washington, D.C. Tour: U Street

African-American roots and entrepreneurial spirit meet in this vibrant D.C. neighborhood.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 1.6 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview:  During the first half of the 20th century, the U Street corridor was a vital hub of African American culture, commerce and... more »

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Located in the Shaw neighborhood, this unique eatery is named after Marvin Gaye and is inspired by the time he spent in the Belgian town of Ostend. Chef James Claudio has created a menu that skillfully combines the cuisine of Belgium and the American South, and signature dishes include the Belgian moulles-frites and the fried chicken with Belgian ... More

2. Smucker Farms of Lancaster County

The rustic-gourmet grocer specializes in edibles from Lancaster County produced by Pennsylvania Amish and Mennonite farmers. Pickings include flavored popcorn, freshly baked breads, jams, cheeses, Soupergirl soups and, for dessert, whoopie pies, and stroopies.

2118 14 St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20009
United States

(202) 986-7332

Part restaurant and part community gathering spot, Busboys & Poets is a socially-conscious restaurant founded in 2005 by Iraqi-American activist and restauranteur Anas “Andy” Shallal. The eatery is divided into five separate areas, including a bookstore, the gallery, where works from local artists highlight the décor, and the Langston Room, a ... More

Up until very recently, the only VIP deemed worthy of a free meal at the Ali family chili shrine was longtime devotee Bill Cosby, who made the venue a national destination when he held a press conference there in the 1980s. The latest inductee into the eat-for-free club is Barack Obama, who stopped by to inhale the must-order Chili Half-Smoke a... More

The TV- and martini-free watering hole is heavy on the German brews and good intentions: 25 cents of each tab goes to charity. To date, the bar has helped build 15 schools in such developing countries as Uganda, Nicaragua, and Laos.

1205 U St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20009
United States

(202) 462-2640

6. Ginger Root Design

The boutique features a rotating cast of 12 designers (all local, minus the co-owner’s Wisconsin mother) who create clothes, accessories, and jewelry out of repurposed and recycled materials. The proprietresses, two pals from Minnesota, also sell their handmade wares; look for the store’s name on the label.

1530 U St. NW
Washington, D.C... More

7. African American Civil War Memorial and Museum

The bronze Spirit of Freedom statue and the Wall of Honor, which is etched with the names of 209,145 servicemen, commemorate the United States Colored Troops. Across the street, the heartfelt museum relates the hardships and victories of African Americans before, during, and after the Civil War. (The memorial is across the street at 1000 U St. NW.... More

A constellation of jazz legends–Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway, for example–have lit up this celebrated music venue, which opened in 1926. Today, the club hosts national and local acts who jam in an intimate space that resembles a cool secret cave, complete with faux-rock walls.

2001 11th St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20009
United States

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