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16th Street & Adams Morgan Neighborhood Tour

Get off the beaten path and into the real DC

Sundays, Now - Apr 06, 2025. From: 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Less than two miles north of the White House, DC’s Northwest neighborhoods feel a world away from the towering monuments and expansive boulevards of downtown Washington. Sixteenth Street 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 neighborhoods have hosted and housed every type of District resident, from working class to social elite. Visit one of Washington’s best hidden oases, hear stories of movers and shakers, protests, disasters, social scandals, and get off the beaten path!

Our tour begins in Meridian Hill Park, one of Washington’s best urban oases. We’ll uncover little known memorials, wind through back paths, and discuss the enterprising woman who envisioned a diplomatic paradise in the heights of Washington. We’ll see the only female equestrian statue in the city and might even catch a drum circle.

After leaving Meridian Hill Park, we’ll stroll up 16th Street, the “spine” of the District, to have a look at historic mansions, embassies, apartment homes, churches, and even a Masonic temple. Turning west toward Adams Morgan, we’ll take a short detour into charming Lanier Heights to see the cutest fire station in town. Finally we’ll head down 18th street, to the beating heart of Adams Morgan and Northwest Washington.

Sights and stops include:

  • Meridian Hill Park

  • The Envoy 

  • Josephine Butler Parks Center

  • Dorchester House

  • The Pink Palace

  • Warder Mansion

  • Spanish Cultural Center

  • Scottish Rite of the District of Columbia

  • Unification Church

  • Former Ontario Theater

  • Lanier Firehouse

  • Former Site of Knickerbocker Theater

  • Adams Morgan Main Street

This tour meets just outside Meridian Hill Park at the corner of 16th St and W St. The tour takes about 2 hours and covers approximately 2 miles. Your tour concludes in the heart of Adams Morgan along 18th street near Belmont Rd NW.



Meridian Hill Park 1559 W St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Washington, DC 20008
United States

(202) 525-7315

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