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Washington, DC

Below you will find a selection of links where you can learn more about the Washington, DC, area.

Government

The Executive Branch

The Legislative Branch

The Judicial Branch

Government in Washington, DC

Tourist Information

Transportation

Getting To and From Washington

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 Around Washington

  • Public transportation in Washington is outstanding with extensive rail and bus service.
  • The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates Metrorail and Metrobus service which serves Washington, Virginia and Maryland.
  • The D.C. Circulator buses offer routes through various areas of DC including a bus that travels from Capitol Hill to Georgetown.

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, between the Capitol and White House north of Pennsylvania Avenue, newly revitalized with the Convention and MCI Centers, theaters, restaurants, hotels, and stores
  • Dupont Circle. a vibrant neighborhood adjacent to downtown and is home to many shops, restaurants and private art galleries  
  • Georgetown, adjacent west of Dupont Circle, a famous historic district, partly residential and partly commercial, and also a hugely popular nightlife, restaurant, and shopping district
  • Adams-Morgan, northeast of Dupont Circle up 18th Street: a popular, nightlife area famous for its wide array of ethnic eateries The Golden Triangle, essentially a business district, adjacent south of Dupont Circle full of offices, shops, and restaurants
  • Kalorama, adjacent northwest of Dupont Circle along Massachusetts Avenue’s embassy row, Washington’s ambassadorial quarter, all beautiful mansions and handsome town houses.
  • Foggy Bottom, south of Dupont Circle, home of George Washington University, the Kennedy Center, and 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 Old Town, is historically preserved and a strong shopping and nightlife district reachable by Metro.

Local media

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, humor, and celebratory festivals. Depending on availability, students can obtain half-price tickets. Free performances are offered daily at 6:00 p.m. at the Millennium Stage of the Grand Foyer.
  • The MCI Center, for sports, concerts, ice shows, etc.
  • The National Theater, historic downtown theater often running Broadway musicals.
  • The Warner Theater
  • Ford's Theater, for more intimate productions
  • The Shakespeare Theatre, plays by the Bard and other classics, in superb productions
  • Arena Stage, Washington's premier regional theater, emphasizing classics and major new works
  • The Studio Theatre, a small company with edgy contemporary productions

Historic sites and monuments

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

The National Mall holds most of the top sights: The White House, 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 offers lots of history. Across the street are the three buildings of the Library of Congress.

Arlington also hosts a large number of sights, especially Arlington National Cemetery with its Veterans’ memorials, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Kennedy grave sites, Iwo Jima Memorial, and Carillon. The Pentagon is nearby.

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

Museums and galleries

The Smithsonian Institute is a collection of museums that offer one of the most comprehensive collections 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.

Art museums, in particular, are especially fine.

Finally, there are many art galleries in town, with an especially large concentration nearby, organized as Galleries of Dupont Circle.