Getting to Know the DMV


Washington, D.C., is more than the seat of the national government. The DMV—the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia—is home to broad, diverse communities and neighborhoods that offer history, good eats, parks and waterfronts—much of it a quick Metro ride away. Once a month during the academic year, GW Today will offer a glimpse of selected DMV neighborhoods.


Getting to Know Crystal City

This historic D.C. neighborhood brings together Eastern Market, a beautiful landscape and a wealth of cultural opportunities

Getting to Know Crystal City

One of D.C.’s signature neighborhoods, this vibrant cultural hub buzzes with diplomats, tourists and exciting nightlife attractions. 

Getting to Know Crystal City

This northern Virginia neighborhood is undergoing significant changes as Amazon’s new headquarters prepares to move in.

Getting to Know Foggy Bottom

These two residential Maryland neighborhoods offer quirky atmospheres, delicious food, woodland walks and easy shopping for those looking for a quick trip out of town.


Getting to Know Foggy Bottom

This vibrant and culturally diverse D.C. neighborhood offers a bit of everything for lovers of food, art and history.

Getting to Know Foggy Bottom

This Northwest D.C. riverside neighborhood went from a 19th-century manufacturing hub to home base for the George Washington University. Now it's a center of learning and government that still teems with cultural (and gastronomical) interest.

Getting to Know Georgetown

Situated along the Potomac River, D.C.’s oldest neighborhood is a favorite destination for tourists and locals alike. Historic charm meets high-end, modern flair in the heart of its commercial corridor at the intersection of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Getting to Know Brookland

In the charming, tree-lined Northeast neighborhood nicknamed “Little Rome,” find a variety of religious institutions, retro storefronts along 12th Street and a lively arts scene.


Getting to Know U Street

One of D.C.’s most vibrant neighborhoods, once was the heart of black culture in city. Today, it remains a hub for music, art, live entertainment and the city’s most diverse dining options.

Navy Yard

This riverside neighborhood is a hotspot for sports junkies, since it hosts both the Washington Nationals and soccer team D.C. United. But it’s also a vibrant area with good food, a rich history and some unusual activity options.

Getting to Know Penn Quarter

Just north of the National Mall, Penn Quarter is an arts and entertainment district in the heart of Washington, D.C. Plan a day of must-see museums, stroll through Chinatown or catch a pro sports game at Capital One Arena.

Getting to Know Old Town Alexandria

This historic neighborhood minutes away from Washington, D.C., has everything from museums and colonial architecture to tacos and outdoor activities on the Potomac River waterfront. At the heart of Old Town Alexandria is King Street, a walkable mile with hundreds of local, independently-owned stores and restaurants.