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5 Washington, DC Neighborhoods to Explore This Summer
Washington, DC is filled with distinct neighborhoods, each with its own style and entertainment options. Get out in the warm weather for a stroll through one of these six DC neighborhoods, and explore the many dining, shopping, and people watching opportunities at your fingertips.
1. Penn Quarter/Chinatown
If you love inspiring food and entertainment in general (concerts, hockey, and basketball), Penn Quarter is the place to be. Home to some truly outstanding restaurants from DC’s top chefs – Proof, Zaytinya, Graffiato, Cedar, Poste, Fiola, and Jaleo, to name a few – the sidewalks are always buzzing with people.
Georgetown is where to go if you want to sample the finer things DC has to offer. Sidewalks are clogged with shoppers along M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, where you can hit mall favorites JCrew and Anthropologie and local hops like Blue Mercurty and Intermix. Go north of M Street to enjoy a stroll along leafy streets lined with eye-poppingly expensive homes.
3. Logan Circle and Dupont Circle
As housing prices escalated in Dupont Circle, a lot of pioneers moved east to gentrify Logan Circle – and now both addresses are sizzling hot. Beyond the myriad hot restaurants and bars to check out, there are also art galleries, embassies (mostly along Massachusetts Avenue), and the Phillips Collection Museum.
4. Adams Morgan
The main drag through Adams Morgan is 18th Street NW between S Street and Columbia Road, which is lined with numerous bars and restaurants. As you can imagine, it gets pretty crowded on Friday and Saturday nights with a young crowd out to have a great time.
5. Capitol Hill
Located southeast of the Capitol, this tightly-knit community is full of families and young professionals who have snapped up the beautiful old rowhouses that line the leafy streets. Eastern Market is a beloved landmark, and destination restaurants like Ambar, Belga Café, and Ted’s Bulletin line Barracks Row.