This is one of Cultural Tourism DC's Heritage Trails. Signs are posted along the trail (i.e., 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 D.C.'s distinct neighborhoods.
This trail provides walkers with a tour of one of Washington D.C.'s most lively neighborhoods.
Lovers of African American history will especially like this one. Known in the early-to-mid 20th century as "Black Broadway," U Street was home to numerous jazz clubs where many musical titans played, including hometown favorite Duke Ellington. You will pass two of Ellington's boyhood residences on the trail.
The trail also brings walkers to the African American Civil War Memorial. Across the street from the memorial is the African American Civil War Museum. Plan ahead to give yourself some time to visit the museum.
As with the Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan Neighborhood Heritage Trails, you will pass entrances to Meridian Hill, also known as Malcolm X, Park.
There are many places to eat in the U Street corridor. Perhaps the most famous is Ben's Chili Bowl, which was founded in 1958. In 2009, Mayor Adrian Fenty brought President Barack Obama to Ben's as part of his welcome to the city (Source: Wikipedia).
Also popular is Marvin, named after hometown favorite Marvin Gaye. The restaurant combines Belgian cuisine (Gaye lived a self-imposed exile in Belgium for two years) and soul food.
A relatively recent (and innovative) addition to the area is Cause - The PhilanthroPub, which is located just off U Street and is reviewed very well on Yelp. The restaurant donates its profits to charity.