Guide to Downtown

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Washington D.C.’s downtown core covers an area near the White House in the northwest portion of the city. There are several museums, theaters and sports and a section of the area is historic and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Major cultural institutions including the National Aquarium, the National Portrait Gallery and theaters such as the National, the Warner, and the once infamous Ford’s Theater—where Abraham Lincoln was shot—are all here. For top-notch views of the city, the Old Post Office Pavilion’s Observation deck is the tallest building in the area. Many bars, cafes, and retail shops line the Gallery Place corridor on 7th Street. Verizon Center is a major sporting venue, presenting basketball, hockey, and other events. Farragut Square Park and Mount Vernon Square both offer pleasant green space, while the busy restaurants of Chinatown offer excellent cuisine and late hours.

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Phoenix Park Hotel

520 N Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001


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Hyatt Regency Washington Dc

400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

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The Hamilton

600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Washington DC's newest destination for dining, music & entertainment is dedicated to celebrating the talent & passion of America's best artists.


The Jefferson

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American Restaurants

Capital Grille

601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

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DC Newseum

555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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633 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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