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Explore Everything D.C. Has to Offer
Explore Washington, D.C., from the Hilltop of Georgetown to the halls of Congress on Capitol Hill. The city boasts an endless array of historic sights, cultural institutions, entertainment venues, outdoor activities, sports teams, shopping destinations, and a diverse restaurant and nightlife scene to explore.
Georgetown University is in the heart of the historic Georgetown neighborhood in Washington, D.C. The area is famous for the shops and restaurants lining M Street and the Potomac River, as well as for its picturesque row homes and cobblestone streets.
Culinary Experiences from Around the World
From casual hometown favorites like Ben’s Chili Bowl to historical fine dining like Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington, D.C., restaurants have something for every taste. Try one of D.C.’s famous Ethiopian restaurants or tour the District’s many pizzerias; there are more than 3,500 restaurants in D.C. to visit!
What Makes D.C. Special?
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Adams Morgan: Eclectic Adams Morgan is where buttoned-up D.C. lets its hair down. The neighborhood is a global village, lined with restaurants serving cuisine from around the world. At night, Adams Morgan transforms into one of the city's hotspots for music, dancing, and bars.
Anacostia: Known for its beautiful late 19th-century architecture, Anacostia encompasses some of D.C.'s most fascinating sights and best views.
Brookland/Northeast: Sometimes called “Little Rome,” Brookland/Northeast has a collection of more than 60 Catholic sites and is home to the 446-acre National Arboretum, the Franciscan Monastery, and the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center.
Capitol Hill/Capitol Riverfront: The Capitol Hill neighborhood packs powerful attractions like the Library of Congress and Supreme Court and beautiful treasures like the Folger Shakespeare Library, National Postal Museum, and Union Station. The Capitol Riverfront has been making headlines as home to the nation's first "green" ballpark at Nationals Park and modern developments along the waterfront. The main non-residential corridor of Capitol Hill is Pennsylvania Avenue, a lively commercial street with shops, restaurants, and bars.
Downtown: A crossroads of culture and entertainment, downtown is full of must-see sights like the International Spy Museum, Newseum, Madame Tussauds, the new National Museum of Crime and Punishment, Ford’s Theatre, and more, all of which share the streets with hot new restaurants and lounges. Chinatown is nestled in the heart of the neighborhood, which is also home to the Verizon Center, an arena that hosts college and professional sports action and star-studded concerts all year round.
Dupont Circle/Kalorama: With beautiful Victorian architecture, charming cafes, and trendy shops and galleries, Dupont Circle is perfect for exploring on foot. Bistros, bars, and boutiques line the streets, and the largest concentration of international embassies sits just northwest of the circle on Massachusetts Avenue, giving the neighborhood an extra dash of global flavor.
Eastern Market: Eastern Market is a public market located on Capitol Hill where vendors sell fresh meat and produce in indoor stalls and outdoor farmers' stands. It is also the site of outdoor arts and crafts fairs and flea markets every weekend.
Foggy Bottom/West End: Nestled between Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and the White House, this corner of the city plays host to diplomats, dignitaries, and celebrities who visit neighborhood landmarks such as the IMF, World Bank, Kennedy Center, Department of State, and Watergate. Foggy Bottom stretches down to the Potomac shoreline, welcoming runners, bikers, and water sports enthusiasts to the southernmost point of Rock Creek Park.
Georgetown: Founded in 1751, historic Georgetown is known for its designer and mainstream boutiques, picturesque historic house museums, and its seemingly endless list of cafes, restaurants, and bars. Walk in the footsteps of presidents, scholars, athletes, and socialites as you take in the sights and stories of this action-packed waterfront neighborhood. Whether you're a tourist, eccentric heiress, college student, or history buff, Georgetown has something for you.
SW/Waterfront: Southwest Waterfront is undergoing an extensive process of development and renewal, with efforts being directed toward creating vital and thriving spaces and producing an active, mixed-use, urban riverfront that showcases distinctive cultural destinations.
U Street: U Street, the birthplace of Duke Ellington, has long been a center of Washington's music scene, with the Lincoln Theatre, Howard Theatre, Bohemian Caverns, and other clubs and historic jazz venues. On weekend nights and even during the week, throngs from the city and suburbs, along with hip city visitors, crowd the dozens of restaurants, bars, and clubs of the U Street Corridor.
Woodley Park/Cleveland Park: Woodley Park and Cleveland Park are lively residential districts whose tree-lined streets are flanked by friendly boutiques, coffee shops, and sidewalk cafés featuring cuisines from around the world. Popular sites include Rock Creek Park, a vast urban green space home to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, and the Washington National Cathedral.
Arlington, Virginia: In Arlington, you’ll find world-class dining, shopping, and nightlife around every corner. It is also home to national historic landmarks like the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon Memorial, and the U.S. Air Force Memorial.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival annually commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, honoring the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan. Today, more than a million people visit the District each year between the end of March and the beginning of April to admire the blossoming cherry trees and attend events that herald the beginning of spring in the nation’s capital.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage produced outdoors on the National Mall for two weeks every summer, overlapping with the Fourth of July holiday. Usually divided into programs featuring a nation, region, state, or theme, it is an educational presentation that features community-based cultural exemplars.
Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Festival celebrates the joy of reading and lifelong literacy. Every year at the end of September, the festival features more than 70 award-winning authors, poets, and illustrators of subjects ranging from history and biography to mysteries, thrillers, poetry, and books for families and young people. Festival attendants can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, and participate in a variety of learning activities.
Each December, our local and national communities come together to celebrate the Christmas season and to share the message of peace at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, accompanied by a diverse program of holiday music from performers around the country.
The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world and has hundreds of artifacts on display, including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, and a lunar rock sample that visitors can touch. Free admission.
Independence Ave at 6th St, SW
The national treasures in the National Museum of American History preserve the memories and experiences of the American people. Daily programs are offered that look at the major themes of our national experience by bringing history to life and providing the public with a strong sense of the American identity. Free admission.
14th St and Constitution Ave, NW
The National Museum of Natural History educates, enlightens, and entertain millions of visitors each year through exhibits including a look at the history and cultures of Africa, info on early Mammalian ancestors and primate diversity around the world, an examination ancient life forms including the ever popular dinosaurs, and an exploration of the beauty of rare gemstones and uniquely colored diamonds. Free admission.
10th St and Constitution Ave, NW
The National Portrait Gallery tells the stories of America through the individuals who have shaped U.S. culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts, and new media, the Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists who speak American history. Free admission.
8th and F St, NW
The 250,000-square-foot Newseum offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. Admission: $22.
Pennsylvania Ave and 6th St, NW
The International Spy Museum is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and features an extensive collection of spy artifacts and helps bring to life the strategies and techniques of the men and women behind some of the most secretive espionage missions in world history. Admission: $21.
800 F St, NW
The Phillips Collection is America's first museum of modern art. Paintings by Renoir and Rothko, Bonnard and O'Keeffe, van Gogh and Diebenkorn are among the many stunning impressionist and modern works that fill the museum's distinctive building. Weekday admission: free, donations gladly accepted. Weekend student admission: $8.
1600 21st St, NW
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presents a narrative history using more than 900 artifacts, 70 video monitors, and four theaters that include historic film footage and eyewitness testimonies. Free admission. For peak season (March-August), passes must be obtained at the museum on a first-come, first-serve basis.
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW (by 14th Street and Independence Ave).
The Corcoran presents American and international art and exhibits with a special emphasis on education, not just in the Corcoran’s classrooms but in its galleries and throughout the greater Washington region. Student admission: $8.
500 17th St, NW
The Kennedy Center presents the greatest performers in music, dance, and theater to the public. Hundreds of free performances are offered every year featuring national and local artists. Tickets can be purchased at kennedy-center.org, at the box office, or by calling (800) 444-1234. The Kennedy Center offers a limited number of Specially Priced Tickets (SPTs) at 50% off the full Box Office price, subject to availability, to full-time students.
2700 F St, NW
The National Theatre presents Broadway shows, musicals, professional touring attractions, and free family and community outreach performances. Tickets can be purchased by going to the box office, calling (800) 447-7400, or online at www.telecharge.com.
1321 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Warner Theatre: The Warner Theatre is a live concert venue which hosts musical performances as well as theatrical and dance productions. The theatre is also home to the BET Honors ceremony, held annually. Tickets can be bought at the box office, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling (202)397-SEAT.
513 13th St., NW
Harman Center for the Arts: The Harman Center is home to Shakespeare Theatre Company, which presents classic theatre in an accessible, skillful, imaginative, American style that honors playwrights’ language and intentions while viewing their plays through a 21st-century lens.
610 F Street, NW
Wolf Trap: A typical season at Wolf Trap includes something for everyone with performances ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to orchestra, dance, theater, and opera, as well as innovative performance art and multimedia presentations. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at (877) WOLFTRAP, or at the Wolf Trap Box Office.
1551 Trap Road Vienna, Virginia 22182
Regular Season: October–April
Stadium: Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004
Tickets can be purchased online, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, or by calling (202) 266-CAPS
Regular Season: September–January
Stadium: FedExField, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover, MD 20785
Tickets can be purchased online
Regular Season: April–October
Stadium: Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
Tickets can be purchased online, at the Nationals Park box office, or by calling 888-632-NATS
DC United (Soccer)
Regular season: March–October
Stadium: RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St, SE Washington, DC 20003
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or by calling 202-587-5000
The National Zoological Park is a 163-acre zoological park, home to 2,000 individual animals of nearly 400 different species. Its best known residents are its giant pandas, Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, and their cub, Tai Shan.
3001 Connecticut Ave, NW
With the White House as a back drop, President’s Park is a great place to enjoy open space and spend time with history. Over time the Park has played host to suffragettes, freedom riders, anti-war protestors, Easter egg rollers, and participants of holiday festivities.
1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the nation's history, walk along a quiet trail, bicycle along Rock Creek, attend a Ranger led program, and view wildlife at Rock Creek Park.
5200 Glover Road, N.W.
At Anacostia Park, hundreds of acres are available for playing sports, picnicking, roller skating, and golfing, while marinas, boat clubs, and a public boat ramp provide for access to the tidal Anacostia River for recreational boating.
1900 Anacostia Drive, SE
Preserving America’s colorful Canal era and transportation history, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is 184.5 miles of adventure. Millions of visitors hike or bike the C&O Canal each year to enjoy the natural, cultural and recreational opportunities available.
Georgetown Visitor Center: 1057 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW
DC Restaurant Week: During this semi-annual event, DC restaurants offer lunch and dinner meals at a set price of $20.14 for a three-course lunch and $35.14 for a three-course dinner.
Looking for a specific type of restaurant? Use the Washingtonian Restaurant Finder and search by neighborhood, price, cuisine, or rating.