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Discover DC for Yourself

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Transportation

Washington is served by three airports and an AMTRAK train station. Washington Reagan National is by far the closest airport to downtown DC and the only airport that is served by METRO.

Getting to and from Washington:

Getting around Washington

Public transportation in Washington is outstanding with extensive rail and bus service.

DC Neighborhoods

You will be living in the 19th century neighborhood adjacent to the U.S. Capitol known as Capitol Hill. Pierre L’Enfant, designer of Washington selected this area’s high ground as the ideal location for the city’s capitol building. In addition to this area, which you will undoubtedly explore, there are many interesting neighborhoods throughout the city.

  • Downtown, located between the Capitol and White House north of Pennsylvania Avenue, Downtown is a newly revitalized district with the Convention and MCI Centers, theaters, restaurants, hotels, and stores
  • Dupont Circle is a vibrant neighborhood adjacent to downtown and is home to many shops, restaurants and private art galleries
  • Georgetown, located west of Dupont Circle, is a famous historic district, partly residential and partly commercial, home to Georgetown University and hugely popular nightlife, restaurants, and shopping
  • Adams-Morgan, is northeast of Dupont Circle up 18th Street and is famous for its eclectic nightlife and its wide array of ethnic eateries
  • Kalorama,  located northwest of Dupont Circle along Massachusetts Avenue’s embassy row (Washington’s ambassadorial quarter) is full of beautiful mansions and handsome town houses
  • Foggy Bottom, south of Dupont Circle, is home to George Washington University, the Kennedy Center, and many international organizations, including the World Bank and the State Department
  • Cleveland Park and Woodley Park comprise the Connecticut Avenue corridor, which is home to many shops and restaurants. The National Zoo and Washington National Cathedral are found in these neighborhoods
  • Alexandria, Virginia, with its beautiful water-front Old Town, is a historically preserved district with tons of shopping and nightlife, easily accesible by the metro. 

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Performing Arts and Entertainment

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, with six theaters, is the dominant performing arts organization in the city, and a leading institution in the country. The Kennedy Center offers a wide variety of local, national, and international troupes and performers in over 3300 performances a year. You can find individual performances or examine multiple programs in opera, symphony, jazz, ballet, dance, theater, film, chamber music, commedy, and celebratory festivals. Depending on availability, students can obtain half price tickets. Additionally, free performances are offered daily at 6:00 PM at the Millennium Stage of the Grand Foyer.
  • The Verizon Center, which hosts sports, concerts, ice shows, etc.
  • The National Theater, a historic downtown theater that often shows Broadway musicals
  • The Warner Theater
  • Ford's Theater, for more intimate productions and a chilling historic feel 
  • The Shakespeare Theatre, superb productions of plays by the Bard and other classics
  • Arena Stage, Washington's premier regional theater, which emphasizes the classics as well as major new works
  • The Studio Theatre, a small company with edgy contemporary productions

Historic Sites and Monuments

Washington is home to many historic sites. You could visit one each day of the semester and many would still remain unseen! Take the time to visit those that are well known in addition to seeing some places off the beaten path.

  • The National Mall holds most of the top sights: The Washington Monument; the Lincoln, Jefferson, and Roosevelt Memorials; the Vietnam and Korean Memorials, and much more.
  • The US Capitol, its associated buildings, and surrounding grounds offer up lots of history. Across the street are the three buildings of the Library of Congress as well as the Supreme Court. 
  • Arlington, Virginia hosts a large number of sights, especially Arlington National Cemetery with its Veteran’s memorials, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Kennedy grave sites, Iwo Jima Memorial, and Carillon. The Pentagon is also nearby.

There are, of course, many other historic sites to visit:

Museums and Galleries

The Smithsonian Institution is a collection of museums that offers one of the most comprehensive bodies of art and artifacts in the world. All Smithsonian museums are free and open to the public.

The Smithsonian map can quickly direct you to your choice of web sites for:

Not all of Washington’s great museums are associated with the Smithsonian:

  • The Newseum explores the history of news and reporting and includes amazing artifacts from a chunk of the Berlin Wall to a piece of the original World Trade Center
  • The Holocaust Museum comprehensively examines the terrible and systematic genocide of Germany’s Nazi regime
  • The National Building Museum celebrates architecture, design, planning, and engineering
  • The International Spy Museum is the latest addition to the scene featuring tons of fascinating spy facts

DC is also home to some of the best art museums in the nation:

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