Adams Morgan: Eclectic Adams Morgan is where buttoned-up D.C. lets its hair down. The neighborhood is a global village, lined with restaurants serving cuisine from around the world. At night, Adams Morgan transforms into one of the city's hotspots for music, dancing, and bars.
Anacostia: Known for its beautiful late 19th-century architecture, Anacostia encompasses some of D.C.'s most fascinating sights and best views.
Brookland/Northeast: Sometimes called “Little Rome,” Brookland/Northeast has a collection of more than 60 Catholic sites and is home to the 446-acre National Arboretum, the Franciscan Monastery, and the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center.
Capitol Hill/Capitol Riverfront: The Capitol Hill neighborhood packs powerful attractions like the Library of Congress and Supreme Court and beautiful treasures like the Folger Shakespeare Library, National Postal Museum, and Union Station. The Capitol Riverfront has been making headlines as home to the nation's first "green" ballpark at Nationals Park and modern developments along the waterfront. The main non-residential corridor of Capitol Hill is Pennsylvania Avenue, a lively commercial street with shops, restaurants, and bars.
Downtown: A crossroads of culture and entertainment, downtown is full of must-see sights like the International Spy Museum, Newseum, Madame Tussauds, the new National Museum of Crime and Punishment, Ford’s Theatre, and more, all of which share the streets with hot new restaurants and lounges. Chinatown is nestled in the heart of the neighborhood, which is also home to the Verizon Center, an arena that hosts college and professional sports action and star-studded concerts all year round.
Dupont Circle/Kalorama: With beautiful Victorian architecture, charming cafes, and trendy shops and galleries, Dupont Circle is perfect for exploring on foot. Bistros, bars, and boutiques line the streets, and the largest concentration of international embassies sits just northwest of the circle on Massachusetts Avenue, giving the neighborhood an extra dash of global flavor.
Eastern Market: Eastern Market is a public market located on Capitol Hill where vendors sell fresh meat and produce in indoor stalls and outdoor farmers' stands. It is also the site of outdoor arts and crafts fairs and flea markets every weekend.
Foggy Bottom/West End: Nestled between Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and the White House, this corner of the city plays host to diplomats, dignitaries, and celebrities who visit neighborhood landmarks such as the IMF, World Bank, Kennedy Center, Department of State, and Watergate. Foggy Bottom stretches down to the Potomac shoreline, welcoming runners, bikers, and water sports enthusiasts to the southernmost point of Rock Creek Park.
Georgetown: Founded in 1751, historic Georgetown is known for its designer and mainstream boutiques, picturesque historic house museums, and its seemingly endless list of cafes, restaurants, and bars. Walk in the footsteps of presidents, scholars, athletes, and socialites as you take in the sights and stories of this action-packed waterfront neighborhood. Whether you're a tourist, eccentric heiress, college student, or history buff, Georgetown has something for you.
SW/Waterfront: Southwest Waterfront is undergoing an extensive process of development and renewal, with efforts being directed toward creating vital and thriving spaces and producing an active, mixed-use, urban riverfront that showcases distinctive cultural destinations.
U Street: U Street, the birthplace of Duke Ellington, has long been a center of Washington's music scene, with the Lincoln Theatre, Howard Theatre, Bohemian Caverns, and other clubs and historic jazz venues. On weekend nights and even during the week, throngs from the city and suburbs, along with hip city visitors, crowd the dozens of restaurants, bars, and clubs of the U Street Corridor.
Woodley Park/Cleveland Park: Woodley Park and Cleveland Park are lively residential districts whose tree-lined streets are flanked by friendly boutiques, coffee shops, and sidewalk cafés featuring cuisines from around the world. Popular sites include Rock Creek Park, a vast urban green space home to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, and the Washington National Cathedral.
Arlington, Virginia: In Arlington, you’ll find world-class dining, shopping, and nightlife around every corner. It is also home to national historic landmarks like the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon Memorial, and the U.S. Air Force Memorial.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival annually commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, honoring the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan. Today, more than a million people visit the District each year between the end of March and the beginning of April to admire the blossoming cherry trees and attend events that herald the beginning of spring in the nation’s capital.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage produced outdoors on the National Mall for two weeks every summer, overlapping with the Fourth of July holiday. Usually divided into programs featuring a nation, region, state, or theme, it is an educational presentation that features community-based cultural exemplars.
Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Festival celebrates the joy of reading and lifelong literacy. Every year at the end of September, the festival features more than 70 award-winning authors, poets, and illustrators of subjects ranging from history and biography to mysteries, thrillers, poetry, and books for families and young people. Festival attendants can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, and participate in a variety of learning activities.
Each December, our local and national communities come together to celebrate the Christmas season and to share the message of peace at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, accompanied by a diverse program of holiday music from performers around the country.