Adams Morgan

Adams Morgan is a study in contradiction.  It is named for two once-segregated schools, yet it is remembered for the biracial cooperation of their respective principals and others to improve the community.  It prides itself on being the polar opposite of the homogenous cookie-cutter suburbs, yet it began as a suburb of Washington, D.C.  Its residents decry and fear gentrification, though such has been their concern for nearly five decades, even knowing that before the neighborhood was rich it was poor--but before it was poor it was originally rich!

If there is one thing Adams Morgan resident know how to do, it is live.  This vibrant neighborhood charms with its beauty, fascinates with its history, throbs with music, entices with the scents and flavors of its cuisines, and offers one of the last remaining mom-and-pop shopping scenes in the city.  It also has connections to:

  • D.C.'s greatest single-day peacetime loss of life.

Led by Josh Gibson, long-time Adams Morgan resident and co-author with Celestino Zapata of Adams Morgan: Then and Now.  Josh serves as Director of Communication and Public Information Office for the D.C. Council.


If you like this Washington walking tour, you might also like: U Street and Capitol Hill and Eastern Market


Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.


The walk originally scheduled for April 18, 2020 has been cancelled.

Out of an abundance of caution in regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Washington Walks is cancelling all public walking tours until May 2020.

Approximately 2 hours
No reservations necessary. Simply show up!

$20 per person (kids 3 and younger free). $5 discount with U.S. military or federal government ID. Pay the walk fee in cash or with a credit card (using your smartphone) when you arrive.

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Meet at the Heritage Trail sign on the SW corner of 16th St. and Florida Ave, NW, diagonally across from Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park.
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