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Washington D.C.

District of Columbia (Washington D.C.)

Neighborhoods in the Nation's Capital

Savvy travelers know heading to the neighborhoods is the best way to get to know a city. From hip to historic, DC's neighborhoods are defined as much by distinct personalities as specific blocks or grids. Each is walkable, and easily accessible via Metro or DC's fun, new Circulator bus.

Thanks to the city's growing collection of neighborhood heritage trails, you can combine your history lesson with your walking regimen. In downtown, Adams Morgan, U Street and other corners of the city, you'll find clearly-marked signs that feature photos, maps and text for self-guided tours. Explore African-American history in Shaw and find Civil War and civil rights landmarks throughout downtown. Discover industrial development and urban growth in Southwest, cultural diversity in Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights areas, and commercial as well as military history on Barracks Row.

Adams Morgan
The intersection of 18th Street and Columbia Road is where this buttoned-up city goes to let its hair down. Long a multicultural hub, today its restaurant scene is a veritable global village ranging from Ethiopian and Thai to Mexican and Indian. By day, urban adventurers leisurely stroll the neighborhood heritage trail and take in colorful mural art while ducking into present-day coffee shops, boutiques and bookstores. By night, festive crowds that get younger as the evenings get older, fill the streets, nightclubs and bars. Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan and walk, or take a taxi. Parking is challenging at night.

Follow the 11th Street Bridge across the Anacostia River to what was Washington's first planned suburb, Uniontown. Now known as the Anacostia Historical District, the Southeast neighborhood retains its late 19th century architecture and working class feel. The great abolitionist Frederick Douglass made his home here at Cedar Hill. His residence is now a National Park Service site open to the public. Also explore African-American history and culture at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum. Metro: Anacostia

Adams Morgan, aerial view
Adams Morgan, aerial view



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