Where to Stay in Washington, D.C.
Visiting the capital city for vacation or business? Chances are, you've already scoped out listings of great D.C. attractions and things to do. But what about where to stay in Washington, D.C.? The neighborhood you choose can greatly influence the tone of your trip. Here's a guide to what you'll find in some of the best DC neighborhoods.
Where to Stay in Washington, D.C. - Penn Quarter
Visiting for a Wizards or Capitals game at Verizon Center? You'll want to stay right in the heart of things - Penn Quarter encompasses D.C.'s Chinatown and boasts some of the area's finest restaurants and bars as well as a number of museums and galleries.
Where to Stay in Washington, D.C. - Dupont Circle
Just above Downtown, Dupont Circle is filled with a fair mix of businesses, shops, bars and restaurants. Ease of access via public transportation, close proximity to trendy areas like Columbia Heights and Logan Circle and a mix of prime sightseeing spots (play 'name the embassy' along Embassy Row) and busineses make this a perfect location for business and pleasure travelers alike.
Where to Stay in Washington, D.C. - Downtown
Visiting D.C. on business? You'll want to stay downtown. This term is actually a broad explanation of a number of areas and encompasses the White House and much of the main business and financial areas of the city, plus the infamous K Street, where many law firms and lobbying shops are located. You'll find some of the city's best restuarants and several bars, but this probably isn't the most exciting neighborhood for vacationers. On the plus side, there's abundant and easy-to-access public transportation via a number of metro stops.
Where to Stay in Washington, D.C. - Georgetown
One of D.C.'s best neighborhoods for shopping and nightlife, Georgetown is an easy choice for those visiting the university or simply planning a fun vacation. Stroll down M Street or Wisconsin Avenue, the area's two main thoroughfares. In the summer, hit the bars and restaurants on the Potomac River waterfront for casual cocktails and some of the city's best people-watching. Just note that the metro doesn't stop here - you'll have to take a bus or walk to Foggy Bottom or Rosslyn.
Where to Stay in Washington, D.C. - Capitol Hill
If your primary trip function is government business or you're looking to explore the Capitol and Library of Congress, consider Capitol Hill your perfect home base. On weekend mornings, head to Eastern Market to peruse locally-crafted goods, an extensive flea market and numerous food stands.
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