• Photo: Shootalot | Dreamstime.com
  • Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahsampsel/4112224120/">Dupont Circle</a> by Sarah Sampsel

Dupont Circle and Kalorama

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 Hampshire, and Massachusetts Avenues. More important though, the area around the circle is a vibrant center for urban and cultural life in the District.

Along with wealthy tenants and basement-dwelling young adults, several museums and art galleries call this upscale neighborhood home. Offbeat shops, bookstores, coffeehouses, and varied restaurants help the area stay funky and diverse. Nearby, the Kalorama neighborhood’s mansions welcome powerful movers and shakers from both political parties. Embassies enhance the elegance.

Add to the mix stores and clubs catering to the neighborhood's gay community, and this area becomes a big draw for nearly everyone. Perhaps that's why the fountain at the center of the Dupont traffic island is such a great spot for people-watching.

Read More


Find a Hotel


Fodor's Washington, D.C.: with Mount Vernon and Alexandria

View Details

Plan Your Next Trip