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