Your Destination Guide to Washington DC

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Washington DC encompasses a wide range of diverse neighborhoods, many historic communities that have undergone urban renewal and are now centers of vitality and lively activities. From the storied mansions on Capitol Hill to the hopping nightlife on U Street, the city is a cultural and entertainment mecca.

Washington DC | Areas

Adams Morgan
  • Adams Morgan
  • This is Washington DC's hip enclave of multi-ethnic and international happenings, complete with historic Victorian row houses, eclectic restaurants, neighborhood art – and the petty theft and crime that seems to go along with historic urban areas.
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Capitol Hill
  • Capitol Hill
  • Capitol Hill, while a euphemism for Congress, is also the largest historic neighborhood in DC, spanning along wide avenues to the east of the U.S. Capitol for two square miles and including 35,000 people. Located on the crest of the hill is, of course, the U.S.
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Chinatown/Seventh Street District
  • Chinatown/Seventh Street District
  • Chinatown, also known generally as the Seventh Street District, is located in the downtown area that includes the Washington Convention Center and the Verizon sports complex.
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Columbia Heights
  • Columbia Heights
  • Columbia Heights is a historic residential neighborhood just a mile north of the White House which, in the early 20th century, was home to some of the wealthiest and influential people in Washington, including two justices and author Sinclair Lewis.
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Dupont Circle
  • Dupont Circle
  • Dupont Circle, a small urban park at the intersection of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut avenues, lends its name to this cosmopolitan neighborhood, known for famous Embassy Row, and the...
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Foggy Bottom
  • Foggy Bottom
  • Originally named for the industrial fumes and fog that got caught in the low-lying areas and marshy banks of this neighborhood, Foggy Bottom has come a far, far way from the days when its immigrant population made a living in the area's coal factory and gasworks.
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  • Georgetown
  • Predating Washington DC itself and the only town in the area at its founding in 1751, Georgetown's prime location near the Potomac River made it a major port and industrial center in colonial times.
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H Street Northeast/Atlas District
Penn Quarter/Old Downtown/East End
  • Penn Quarter/Old Downtown/East End
  • A "…new neighborhood between the White House and the Capitol," Penn Quarter isn't actually new, of course: it's the historic East End neighborhood often also referred to as Old Downtown, that has been revitalized and re-energized in the past decade.
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Southwest Waterfront
  • Southwest Waterfront
  • There are urban renewal projects, and then there is The Urban Renewal project, which, if this is DC, has to be the Southwest quadrant, a visionary $1.5 billion complete recreation of the...
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U Street Corridor
  • U Street Corridor
  • Known years ago as "Black Broadway" for its many jazz clubs and the place where Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Cab Calloway once performed, the U Street Corridor is again coming into its own as a hot, new nightlife destination.
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