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Columbia Heights Heritage Trail

Columbia Heights Heritage Trail

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 12:15pm
Get acquainted Columbia Heights, an ethnically diverse and historically fascinating neighborhood by hiking Cultural Tourism DC's Columbia Heights Heritage Trail. The self-guided walking tour begins on 14th St., again one of the District's shopping hubs, and winds its way through city blocks once home to many prominent residents. Also featured are Meridian Hill Park, a popular destination for weekend picnics, as well as several restaurants with outdoor seating great for an afternoon beer.
Distance: 
2.9mi
Difficulty: 
Easy
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Scenery: 
Very Good
Location: 
14th St. and Irving St. NW
20010
Metro Accessible: 
Yes
Closest Metro Station: 
Additional Directions: 
The first trail sign is located immediately in front of the CVS on 14th and Irving, just outside the Columbia Heights Metro Station.
What to Bring: 
Download the trail booklet from Cultural Tourism DC for a tour map and text from the signs along the tour.
Food Options: 
Plenty. 11th and 14th St.'s offer plenty of restaurants, bars, and a few cafes. One of the best things about this tour is the places it passes with outdoor seating. Check out the links below. Save this tour for a nice day when you want to eat outdoors.
Additional Information: 

This is one of the DC's Heritage Trails. Signs are posted along the trail (on the sidewalk) to point out places of historical interest. The trails provide great opportunities to learn local and national history, as well as visit DC's distinct neighborhoods.

This trail highlights a diverse collection of sites with historical significance. They include the the site of William Marriott's first business, one of the nation's first gay clubs owned by African Americans, the hotel headquarters for Martin Luther King's Poor People's Campaign, and a club owned by Washington DC's Al Capone.

This trail will appeal especially to lovers of African American History. In addition to the sites already mentioned, it will take you past blocks of houses once homes to what Cultural Tourism DC describes as, a "Who's who" of African American leaders. Included are the homes of the first African American winner of a Nobel Prize, Ralph Bunche and the first African American nominated for president nominated at a major party convention, Channing Phillips.

As with the Adams Morgan and U St. Heritage Trails, you will pass Meridian Hill Park, also known as Malcolm X Park. Take an extra few minutes and check out the fountains. This park provides a nice setting to enjoy a picnic on a sunny day. On Sundays, there is a large drum circle.

As we mentioned above, you pass a number of bars and restaurants with outdoor seating. We like Wonderland Ballroom for an outdoor beer, Redrocks for pizza, and Room 11 for its eclectic food and drinks.

For more information, and to download the Columbia Heights Heritage Trail booklet, visit the Cultural Tourism DC's Columbia Heights Heritage Trail page.

Editor's Note: The linked trail map was developed by Cultural Tourism DC and is provided here for convenience.

Disclaimer: 
Environmental conditions in cities, parks, etc. can change rapidly and without our knowledge. We do not make any claims as to the accuracy of information presented on this page. Further, hiking can be a dangerous activity that may result in bodily harm and possibly death. We hope the information that we provide will help you prepare for your hike, but do not imply that the information provided is complete. It is your responsibility to prepare yourself for whatever challenges you may face. If you decide to use any of the information on this page, you do so at your own risk.
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Columbia Height Heritage Trail, Washington DC
Columbia Height Heritage Trail, Washington DC
Columbia Height Heritage Trail, Washington DC
Columbia Height Heritage Trail, Washington DC
Columbia Height Heritage Trail, Washington DC
Columbia Height Heritage Trail, Washington DC
Columbia Height Heritage Trail, Washington DC
Columbia Height Heritage Trail, Washington DC
Columbia Height Heritage Trail, Washington DC

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