Foggy Bottom, the West End, and the White House Neighborhood Snapshot

Top Experiences

  • Department of State Diplomatic Reception Rooms: One of D.C.'s best-kept secrets, this suite of rooms is filled with museum-quality art and historical treasures inspired by the country's founding years. You must reserve well in advance.
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: See popular live bands on the Millennium Stage, daily at 6 pm.
  • Thompson Boat Center: Take in Washington's marble monuments, lush Roosevelt Island, and the Virginia coastline with a kayak ride down the Potomac.
  • Touring the White House: The White House website has up-to-date information on White House tours.

Getting Here

The White House can be reached by the Red Line's Farragut North stop or the Silver, Blue, and Orange lines' McPherson Square and Farragut West stops. Foggy Bottom has its own Metro stop, also on the Silver, Blue, and Orange lines. A free shuttle runs from the station to the Kennedy Center. Many of the other attractions are a considerable distance from the nearest Metro stop. If you don't relish long walks or if time is limited, check the map to see if you need to make alternate travel arrangements to visit specific sights.

Planning Your Time

Touring the area around the White House could easily take a day or even two. If you enjoy history, you may be most interested in the buildings in the Lafayette Square Historic District, DAR Museum, and State Department. Save the Kennedy Center for the evening. You'll find some notable restaurants here as well, including the West End's Blue Duck Tavern.

Quick Bites

Burger Tap & Shake. This GWU campus favorite serves burgers with house-made toppings, hand-cut fries, shakes, and craft beers on tap. 2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Foggy Bottom–GWU.

Flower Child. Yummy, made-from-scratch vegetarian, vegan, and paleo bowls, salads, and wraps are served in a cheery space. 2112 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Foggy Bottom–GWU.

Immigrant Food.Star chef Enrique Limardo creates fusion bowls mixing the diverse flavors brought to America by immigrants, with a devoted mission of engaging with and helping immigrants. 1701 Pennsylvania Ave. Farragut W.

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