Discover DC for Yourself

Live and explore DC like a true local! From Delta Hall to the outer neighborhoods, there is so much to see here in Washington, DC!

Tourist Information

Getting Around and To Washington, DC

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

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

Getting to and from Washington:

DC Neighborhoods

Delta Hall is 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 has lots of areas to explore, there are many interesting neighborhoods throughout the city.

  • Downtown, located between the Capitol and White House north of Pennsylvania Avenue, 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 district that is partially residential and partly commercial – it is home to Georgetown University and a hugely popular nightlife, restaurant, and shopping area
  • 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 U.S. Department of State
  • 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 accessible by the Metro.

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, comedy, 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 Capital One Arena hosts sports, concerts, ice shows, and other events
  • The National Theater is a historic downtown theater that often shows Broadway musicals
  • The Warner Theater
  • Ford’s Theater, the theater where President Lincoln was shot, hosts more intimate productions and a chilling historic feel
  • The Shakespeare Theatre hold superb productions of plays by the Bard and other classics
  • Arena Stage, Washington’s premier regional theater, emphasizes the classics as well as major new works
  • The Studio Theatre is a small company with edgy contemporary productions

Historic Sites and Monuments

Washington is home to many historic sites. 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 sites: The Washington Monument; the Lincoln, Jefferson, and Roosevelt Memorials; the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Korean War Memorial, and many more
  • The U.S. 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 websites 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 from 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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