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)
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Yards Park in the Capitol Riverfront neighbourhood
Ben's Chili Bowl, Washington, DC
Ben's Chili Bowl is an iconic restaurant in the U Street neighbourhood
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Waterfront dining along The Wharf in DC's Southwest Riverfront neighbourhood
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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
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Ben's Chili Bowl, Washington, DC
The Whard, Washington, DC, Washington DC, river, riverfront, dining, patio, restaurants, neighbourhood, neighborhood, Southwest Waterfront
Washington, DC, National Mall, Smithsonian, castle

NEIGHBOURHOODS TO KNOW

Georgetown

Picturesque row homes and cobblestone streets set the tone for this charming area, a favourite of tourists and locals alike. It’s also a shopper’s par­adise, with M Street offering both mainstream retailers and high-end designers.

U Street

This lively sector could be considered the part of DC that never sleeps. As a nightlife hub, music venues are plen­tiful. It’s even the birthplace of famed jazz musician Duke Ellington, and is steeped in African American heritage.

Adams Morgan

Though known for its late-night scene along the 18th Street corridor, Adams Morgan also boasts a variety of independent stores and quirky boutiques. The food scene is bolstered by a number of spots featuring global cuisine.

Capitol Riverfront

Set along the Anacostia River, this neighbourhood is home to Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals. Waterfront parks take advantage of the area’s natural beauty, whilst restaurant options have multiplied in recent years.

Shaw

One of Washington, DC’s oldest, Shaw is now one of the hippest up-and-coming neighbourhoods, peppered with trendy restaurants set amongst historic alleyways and cultural landmarks.

Southwest Waterfront

Much of the activity here centres on the water, from river cruises to riverside restaurants. A revitalisation effort has made The Wharf development a vibrant destination for dining and entertainment.

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 (the region's subway system) 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 six 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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