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This page is dedicated to a very special city, a city that was specifically designed to hold the Federal Government of the United States of America. The District of Columbia is unlike any other city in the US as it not part of any State. I first arrived in the District in 1989 after my Mother & I moved here from Madrid, Spain. DC attracts millions of visitors every year for the same reason that I fell in love with it........cause of its history, memorials, monuments, architecture, nightlife, and cultural centers.

It was named Washington for its first President, George Washington. He appointed Pierre Charles L'Enfant, a French born American architect & urban planner, as its designer. The city has a very specific design as it is split in four quadrants (NW, SW, SE, and NE). The NW quadrant is the largest and holds the most interest with visitors. The east-west streets are named after letters (i.e.- M Street), the north-south street are named after numbers (i.e.- 22nd Street), and the diagonal streets are named after the States (i.e.- Pennsilvania Avenue). To give you an idea, The White House is located on 1600 Pennsilvania Ave. NW).

NORTHWEST NEIGHBORHOODS

As I mentioned before, the NW quadrant of Washington DC is the most visited among tourist and most of the famous neighborhoods are in NW:

Adams Morgan

One of DC's most colorful neighborhoods, and a hot stop for nightlife. It is centered around 18th Street between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road. It has an array of Latin and Ethiopian Restaurants along with other ethic restaurants, and boutiques.

Capitol Hill

One of the oldest neighborhoods in DC that stands east of the U.S. Capitol. Filled with Victorian houses as well as Federal Buildings (Capitol, Library of Congress, etc). Here you will find one of the oldest functional train stations in the United States, Union Station. The oldest public market in the city, Eastern Market, is worthy of a Saturday or Sunday visit.

Chinatown

This is one of the up and coming neighborhoods that seems to have exploded with nightlife, apartment complexes, and resturants. Located 7th Street & H Street you will find the largest Chinesse Arch in the world. Here you will find such venues as the Verizon Center and the International Spy Museum.

Dupont Circle

This is my neighborhood. Filled with Museums, Historic Homes, and one the best art collections in the United States, The Phillips Collection. This neighborhood has Washington's largest collection of Art Galleries. You can also find a large number of ethnic restaurants, unique bookstores, and nightlife.

Georgetown

Take a walk through this 18th century port town and admire the great brick homes of the past. Georgetown is now well known for its shopping, dining, and great night scene. Take a ride on the C&O Canal Boat, or simply relax at one of the many coffee shops.


Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Extremely Diverse, Rich Politcal & National History, Museums, Food & Entertainment
  • Cons:Crazy Weather, Parking Tickets, Traffic, Expensive
  • Last visit to Washington D.C.: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Oct 30, 2009
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  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Great to have a resident foodie in VT. Thanks for the tips! Look forward to exploring DC's restaurants.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2009 at 5:29 AM

    Just ran through your travelogues. Great pics of the Inauguration day. Looks like you have a terrific apartment near the National Cathedral. I love DC>

  • MATIM's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Looking forward to visit Washington D.C this summer

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Excellent nightlife tips.

  • rockadolly's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    HALF SMOKES!!!!! man..this is 1 of the best places to go for a hungover lunch.. teehee..

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Hi Carlos, Your page on DC is great! Was there last Tuesday --spent an enjoyable few hours in the Dubliner across from Union Station before catching my return train to NJ. Cheers, Bill

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:49 PM

    Belated happy birthday!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    Hi, Carlos! Greetings to DC! Thanks for your page!

  • skywalkerbeth's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    You have a fabulous location! I know exactly where that church is, off your balcony. Good for you!

  • kschatterbox's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2007 at 6:41 PM

    Thanks to all your great tips and pictures I am sure to have a great time when I visit for the first time in Oct this year!!

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