Washington D.C.

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The 67-square-mile District of Columbia is divided into four quadrants (Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, and Southeast) which radiate out from the U.S. Capitol. Washington, D.C.'s grid layout makes it easy to get around: numbered streets run north and south, lettered streets east and west. Avenues named after U.S. states run diagonally.

Washington D.C. Neighborhoods

National Mall

At the very heart of the city lies this vast expanse of green bordered by 200 year old elm trees and monuments, museums, and memorials, including the Washington Monument and the memorials to Lincoln and Jefferson.


Explore the historic Ford Theater and Navy Memorial on your way to the Penn Quarter/Seventh Street Corridor shopping plaza – then bring the kids to the International Spy Museum.

Capitol Hill

The Capitol, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress dominate this area. Also worth visiting: restored Union Station with its vaulted, gilded ceilings, and the nearby Folger Shakespeare Library.

Dupont Circle

Experience ethnic cafés and sidewalk eateries as you stroll past museums, brick row homes, exclusive private art galleries, and, along Massachusetts Avenue, 150 embassies and consulates.


Beautiful vibrant murals, like a portrait of Parisian artist Toulouse-Lautrec, adorn the outside of buildings in this ethnically diverse, northern D.C. neighborhood.


A historically African American neighborhood, Shaw is the place to go for cutting-edge décor and vintage clothing shops. Come evening, it’s home to a happening nightlife scene.

Cleveland Park

Tree-lined Cleveland Park has arts-and-crafts shops, restaurants, the 1930 art-deco Lowes Cineplex Uptown and the National Zoo (home to the only komodo dragons in the U.S.).


In addition to housing the Hoyas sports teams, Georgetown is the home to an elite, elegant community. Make time to stroll through historic architecture, upscale shops, restaurants, and college-town pubs.

Foggy Bottom

George Washington University, the Kennedy Center, and the Watergate Hotel are just a few of the famous landmarks in the northwest neighborhood of Foggy Bottom. This historic area dates from the 19th century when Irish and German immigrants moved in to work in the neighborhood’s glass factories and breweries.

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