A trip to the capital of the United States? Lets take a look at which areas we suggest you should stay in while in Washington DC!
Otherwise known as the Washington District of Columbia – to avoid confusing it with Washington State – the American federal capital is an independent city with 646,449 inhabitants covering an area of 177 km² and 5.8 million inhabitants throughout the metropolitan area. It is the 7th largest city in the United States and the seat of many American political institutions: the White House, the Capitol, the World Bank, the American Federal Reserve (known as the Fed), the Supreme Court and 176 embassies. As is often the case in the United States, the accommodation rates to stay in Washington will be quite high.
Perhaps the most interesting districts in Washington are the National Mall, Dupont Circle, Anacostia, and Adams Morgan. Each of them – and others such as Southwest, Waterfront, Capitol Hill, Penn Quarter, Foggy Bottom, or Georgetown – offer a unique atmosphere. Here’s where to stay in Washington.
The National Mall
Located on the banks of the Potomac River, the National Mall is the district of must-see sites, very popular with tourists. Many buildings, museums, monuments, and memorials are concentrated there: the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Second World War Memorial, the Washington Monument, the National Museum of American History, the White House and the Capitol, etc.
This institutional district houses all the country’s major museums, from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, to the National Gallery of Art, to the National Air and Space Museum. In addition to these world-famous monuments, a gigantic eponymous park stretches from east to west, from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. It is, therefore, the ideal place to stay in Washington if you visit the city in a short period of time. However, staying at the National Mall will be expensive.
Dupont Circle – or Rond-point Dupont – is a vibrant and lively, cosmopolitan district north of National Mall, where there are many historic homes, bars, and restaurants to dine in. It is one of Washington’s most popular neighborhoods for the capital’s gay and lesbian community and the nightlife is incredibly lively. The local demographic is made up of families living in residential dwellings, while a stone’s throw away are the main boulevards, occupied by young students. The area is so diverse that anyone looking for a place to stay in Dupont Circle will find something to their liking!
Capitol Hill is Washington’s institutional district, it is home to the Capitol, the home of the US Congress , but also to 19th-century Victorian architectural houses, many shops for shopping and terraces to dine in. Staying in Washington D.C. in the Capitol Hill district will be expensive, as the residents are quite affluent. Finding cheap and comfortable accommodation in Capitol Hill would be like looking to buy a cheap apartment in Mayfair, London: impossible!
Located north of the city center, Adams Morgan is frequently cited as a pleasant place to stay in Washington. It is a colorful area, due mostly to the prominence of Victorian architecture, but also because of the lively, multicultural nature of the district. If you want to party with thirsty night owls – especially on the U Street Corridor – this is the place to book accommodation to stay in Washington. Located between 16th Street and Connecticut Avenue, the district attracts young professionals and students, and for good reason: it is home to a large concentration of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, cafés, bars, art galleries, bookstores, and trendy boutiques. The inhabitants of the district come from different nations and cultures, which makes it a very cosmopolitan district. On the other hand, by choosing to stay in Adams Morgan, you will be a little far from the city center.
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