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Washington D.C.

District of Columbia (Washington D.C.)

Neighborhoods Downtown & Dupont Circle

Arguably the entertainment center of the city, downtown is the crossroads of the theatre, restaurant, business and museum experience. From edgy and classic productions to touring Broadway shows, Shakespeare, National, Warner and Ford's Theatres, are within easy walking distance. Museums abound include the International Spy Museum, National Building Museum, the Marian Koshland Science Museum and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. A wide variety of hotels, along with the stylish and spacious Washington Convention Center, call downtown home. Chinatown is marked most noticeably by the "Friendship Arch" which was built cooperatively by the Washington city government and its sister city, Beijing. Chinese characters adorn businesses from traditional Chinese restaurant mainstays to contemporary shops like Benetton and Aveda. Penn Quarter is a moniker for an area of downtown that has witnessed a "rags-to-riches" transformation including luxury condos rising above historic facades.
Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown, Metro Center, Archives-Navy Mem'l-Penn Quarter

Dupont Circle
Named for the circle where Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire avenues meet with P and 19 streets, Dupont Circle itself is the meeting place for this cosmopolitan neighborhood. It's perfect for people-watching, playing a pick-up game of chess or sipping a latte or chai while sitting on the edge of the fountain. Arts and entertainment collide with an impressive mix of restaurants, shops, hotels, quaint B&Bs, galleries and museums (The Phillips Collection, The Textile Museum, Woodrow Wilson House and National Geographic Society's Explorers Hall to name a few). Embassy Row radiates from the circle with the largest concentration of the city's 150 international embassies. Metro:
Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle
Dupont Circle



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