Just a few miles north of the White House, D.C.’s Northwest neighborhoods feel a world away from the towering monuments and expansive boulevards of downtown Washington. Sixteenth Street bisects the District along its north-south axis, as the area transitions from law firms and think tanks to embassies and urban parks. The neighborhoods along this crucial thoroughfare, like Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, and Adams Morgan, have long been recognized for their rich history and cultural diversity. Home to ambassadors and politicians, revolutionaries and civil rights leaders, these areas have hosted and housed every type of District resident.
Join Carolyn Muraskin, founder of DC Design Tours, for a walk through some of Washington’s most vibrant communities and hear stories of movers and shakers, protests, disasters, and social scandals. Explore the oasis of Meridian Hill Park, visit the site of a former castle, learn about the “Empress of 16th Street,” and see what used to be the largest fire station in the city.
Know Before You Go
- Tour participants meet just outside Meridian Hill Park at the corner of 16th Street and W Street.
- Tour concludes in Adams Morgan along 18th Street near Belmont Road NW.
- Sturdy walking shoes, bottled water, and comfortable clothes are recommended.
- The tour involves 1.5 miles of walking.
Additional Date Options for this Tour
- Registration for this tour will end by 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 12, 2023.
- Smithsonian is a mask-friendly environment. Masks are strongly recommended to be worn on buses at all times and may also be required at various indoor sites.
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