Exploring DC Neighbourhoods

Home to more than 20 distinct neighbourhoods, there's something to discover in every corner of the city.

Adams Morgan neighbourhood, Washington, DC
Adams Morgan (Photo courtesy Washington.org)
Georgetown waterfront, Washington, DC
Georgetown waterfront (Photo courtesy Washington.org)
Smithsonian, Zoo, National Zoo, Washington DC, DC, attractions
The Woodley Park/Cleveland Park neighbourhood is home to the National Zoo
Chinatown, Friendship Arch, Washington, DC
Chinatown's Friendship Arch (Photo courtesy Washington.org)
Capitol Hill (Photo courtesy Washington.org)
Washington, DC, National Mall, Smithsonian, castle
Many museums, including the Smithsonian Institution Building ("The Castle") shown here, line the National Mall (Photo courtesy Washington.org)
Adams Morgan neighbourhood, Washington, DC
Georgetown waterfront, Washington, DC
Smithsonian, Zoo, National Zoo, Washington DC, DC, attractions
Chinatown, Friendship Arch, Washington, DC
Washington, DC, National Mall, Smithsonian, castle

Get to know the unique character of DC's distinct neighbourhoods. 

Georgetown

High-end shops, picturesque row houses, crafty cocktails

Art District/U Street

Music venues, nightlife hub, African American heritage

Foggy Bottom

Fine dining, luxurious hotels, Kennedy Center

Capitol Hill

Iconic buildings, political hotspots, diverse restaurants

Adams Morgan

Late night scene, quirky boutiques, global cuisine

Anacostia

African American history, beautiful late 19th-century architecture

Brookland

Civil War-era landmarks, historic architecture and houses, "Little Rome"

Capitol Riverfront

Waterfront parks, new restaurants, Nationals baseball

Downtown/Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Must-see museums like the Newseum, excellent dining, performance venues

Dupont Circle

Cosmopolitan bistros, bars and boutiques, international vibe

Logan Circle

LGBTQ-friendly, funky bars, design shops, theatre

NOMA

Transportation hub, public art, Union Market food hall

Shaw

Trendy restaurants, cultural landmarks, unique alleyways

Southwest Waterfront

River cruises, riverside restaurants, nautical life

Upper Northwest/National Cathedral

Quiet, tree-lined, lush gardens

Woodley Park/Cleveland Park

Vast green spaces, National Zoo, award-winning restaurants

The National Mall

This national park which stretches between the US Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial features several iconic landmarks including the Washington Monument and World War II Memorial. Known as "The Mall", the grassy, tree-lined expanse is the site of festivals, history-making events and numerous free museums.

Getting Around

The Metro is considered the best way to get around DC. Consider these options, as well:

  • Metrobuses connect destinations not served by Metrorail
  • DC Circulator, a $1 ride along five routes
  • Bikeshare on 70 miles of bike lanes
  • Taxis and ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft
  • Walkable avenues that lead you past famous landmarks
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