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and the Old Stone House (1765), the oldest standing build-
ing in Washington. The embassies of France, Mongolia,
Sweden, Thailand, Venezuela, and Ukraine also are located
10 Things to
in Georgetown.
The neighborhood is situated on bluffs overlooking
See in DC
the Potomac River. As a result, there are some rather
steep grades on streets running north-south. The
Smithsonian museums (free)
famous steps from the movie “Exorcist” connect
Georgetown, especially Old Stone House (free)
M Street to Prospect Street and were built because
of the area’s hilly terrain.
A performance at the Kennedy Center
M Street and Wisconsin Avenue are lined with
(free nightly at 6 p.m.)
high-fashion stores that draw crowds of tourists and
Restaurants and clubs in Adams Morgan
local shoppers year-round. There is also the Washington
Harbor complex on K Street, on the waterfront, featuring O Street Mansion in Dupont Circle
outdoor bars and restaurants popular for viewing boat races.
Between M and K Streets runs the historic Chesapeake and
Old Post Office Pavilion
Ohio Canal, today plied only by tour boats; adjacent trails
Chinatown / Verizon Center for a
are popular with joggers, walkers, and bicyclists.
sports game or concert
Adams Morgan is a culturally diverse neighborhood centered
National Zoo
at the intersection of 18th Street NW and Columbia Road (free)
NW. The neighborhood is considered the heart of Washington’s
Latino community and has a major night life, with many bars
Mount Vernon
and restaurants along 18th Street, the main commercial street.
Capitol Hill
Much of the neighborhood is composed of 19th- and early
20th-century row houses and apartment buildings.
The name Adams Morgan, once hyphenated, comes from
the names of two, formerly segregated elementary schools in
the area: the older, all-black Thomas P. Morgan Elementary
School (now defunct) and the all-white John Quincy Adams
Elementary School. market on 7th Street SE, where vendors sell fresh meat and
In the five-square-block area where most of the commer- produce in indoor stalls and at outdoor farmers’ stands. The
cial establishments are located, there are a variety of ethnic main market building is in the process of being restored after
restaurants from which to choose—Spanish, Ethiopian, a fire gutted it on April 30, 2007, but should be complete in
Guatemalan, Mexican, Italian, Dutch, Vietnamese, Ghanaian, early 2009.
Cajun, Brazilian, Palestinian, Peruvian, Indian, Israeli, Thai,
Lebanese, and Chinese.
Barracks Row (8th Street SE), so called because of its prox-
imity to the U.S. Marine barracks, is one of the city’s oldest
Dupont Circle is a traffic circle, neighborhood, and historic commercial corridors. It dates to the late 18th century and has
district in northwest Washington, DC. Located in the “Old recently been revitalized.
City” of Washington, the Dupont Circle neighborhood is
listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is home
Mount Vernon, located near Alexandria, Virginia, was the
to numerous embassies, restaurants, bars, and shops. The park
plantation home of President George Washington. The man-
within the circle is a gathering place for those wishing to play
sion is built of wood in neoclassical Georgia architectural style,
chess on the permanent stone chessboards. Dupont Circle is
and the estate is located on the banks of the Potomac River.
easily accessible by Metrorail.
Mount Vernon was designated a National Historic Landmark
in 1960 and is listed on the National Register of Historic
Capitol Hill, aside from being a metonym for the United Places. It is owned and maintained in trust by the Mount
States Congress, is the largest historic residential neighbor- Vernon Ladies’ Association.
hood in Washington, DC, stretching east in front of the U.S. The estate is open every day, including holidays. Visitors
Capitol along wide avenues. It is one of the oldest residential can tour the mansion and more than a dozen outbuildings,
communities in Washington, and with roughly 35,000 peo- including the slave quarters, kitchen, stables, and greenhouse.
ple in just under two square miles, it is also one of the most There are four gardens, a forest trail, and a four-acre work-
densely populated. ing farm that includes a re-creation of Washington’s 16-sided
The main nonresidential corridor of Capitol Hill is treading barn. Both Washington and his wife, Martha, are
Pennsylvania Avenue, a lively commercial street with shops, interred in a tomb where wreath laying ceremonies are held
restaurants, and bars. Eastern Market is an 1873 public daily. The slave memorial and burial ground are nearby. ■
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