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.
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.
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.
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.
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.