The vistas on the National Mall between the Capitol, Washington Monument, White House, and Lincoln Memorial are famous throughout the world as icons of the world's wealthiest and most powerful nation. Travellers will find the city to be exciting, cosmopolitan, and international. C.'s tourists flock to the National Mall—a two-mile long, beautiful stretch of parkland that holds many of the city's monuments and Smithsonian museums—but the city itself is a vibrant metropolis that often has little to do with monuments, politics, or white, neoclassical buildings. Downtown (The National Mall, East End, West End, Waterfront)The most-visited areas: The National Mall, D.
is the capital of the United States of America and the seat of its three branches of government, as well as the federal district of the U. The city has an unparalleled collection of free, public museums and many of the nation's most treasured monuments and memorials. shed its former reputation as a boring and dangerous city and it now has shopping, dining, and nightlife befitting a world-class metropolis.
C.'s most historic neighborhood, and one of its most trendy, is home to the fabled "Washington Elite," the city's première upmarket dining scene, colonial architecture and cobblestone streets, sports bars, upscale and boutique shopping, bucolic Dumbarton Oaks, and Georgetown University.
Waterfront — a booming neighborhood just south of the Mall, with an open-air waterfront seafood market within easy walking distance from the Mall, and the home of the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
The prestigious, wealthy side of town: Georgetown — D.
The Smithsonian is a "can't miss," but don't trick yourself—you haven't really been to D. C.'s main theater district, Smithsonian and non-Smithsonian museums galore, fine dining, Chinatown, the Verizon Center, the Convention Center, the central business district, the White House, West Potomac Park, the Kennedy Center, George Washington University, the beautiful Tidal Basin, and Nationals Park.
North Central (Dupont Circle, Shaw, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, Petworth)D.
The center of it all: The National Mall — the national park at the center of the city, surrounded by the white monumental buildings of the U. government, and containing an extraordinary collection of monuments, memorials, free museums, cherry blossoms, squirrels, and pigeons. C.'s downtown cultural center, with the main theater district, more great museums, many tourist traps, the Verizon Center, the Convention Center, Chinatown, and fine dining a la successful restaurateur José Andrés. C.'s central business district, the White House, George Washington University, and the Kennedy Center.