Washington, D.C.: Places to Explore


  • Adams Morgan

    To the urban and hip, Adams Morgan is a beacon of light in an otherwise stuffy landscape. D.C. may have a reputation for being staid and traditional, but drab suits, classical tastes, and bland food make... Read more

  • Capitol Hill

    The people who live and work on "the Hill" do so in the shadow of the edifice that lends the neighborhood its name: the gleaming white Capitol. This is where political deals and decisions are made. Beyond... Read more

  • Downtown

    Downtown D.C. is where government, commerce, and entertainment meet. The streets are wide, the buildings are as tall as they get in Washington, and it is here that D.C. feels most like a big city. It's... Read more

  • Dupont Circle

    Dupont Circle, named for Civil War hero Admiral Samuel F. Dupont, is the grand hub of D.C., literally. This traffic circle is essentially the intersection of the main thoroughfares of Connecticut, New... Read more

  • Georgetown

    At first glance, Washington's oldest and wealthiest neighborhood may look genteel and staid, but don't be fooled: this is a lively part of town. By day, Georgetown is D.C.'s top shopping destination, with... Read more

  • The Mall

    It could be said that the Mall—the heart of almost every visitor's trip to Washington—has influenced life in the U.S. more than any other expanse of lawn. The Mall is a picnicking park, a jogging path... Read more

  • Upper Northwest

    The upper northwest corner of D.C. is predominantly residential and in many places practically suburban. However, there are several good reasons to visit the leafy streets, including the National Zoo and... Read more

  • U Street Corridor

    Home-style Ethiopian food, offbeat boutiques, and live music are fueling the revival of the U Street area. Just a few years back, this neighborhood was surviving on memories of its heyday of black culture... Read more

  • The White House Area and Foggy Bottom

    Foggy Bottom includes some of D.C.'s most iconic attractions, the top being the White House. The home of every U.S. president but George Washington, the 132-room mansion is as impressive in real life as... Read more