Restaurants, funky shops and bars in this international area known for adventurous nightlife and global cuisine. Main drags: 18th Street and Columbia Road NW.
Historic Old Town flanking the Potomac River, with restored 18th- and 19th- century row houses holding museums, galleries, boutiques, bars and restaurants.
West of the Potomac, the county encompassing Arlington National Cemetery, plus bustling neighborhoods Rosslyn, Clarendon, Ballston, Shirlington, Crystal City and Pentagon City.
A Metro-accessible zone with offices, shops, cafes, stages and movie theaters. In north Bethesda, the National Institutes of Health and the Music Center at Strathmore.
Marble Congressional offices and 19th- century residences. At Eastern Market, crafts and food. North of the Capitol, historic Union Station with a busy Amtrak depot, shops and restaurants .
A swanky retail district straddling the D.C.- Maryland border at Wisconsin and Western avenues. Restaurants, a cinema and shops like Bloomingdale’s, Cartier.
Galleries, restaurants, shops and nightlife around a central fountain by Daniel Chester French, plus The Phillips Collection art gallery and Gilded Age mansions.
East of Georgetown, home to the State Department, George Washington University and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Centered at M Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW, D.C.’s oldest neighborhood, where elegant brick row houses coexist with high- end shops, restaurants and bars.
Zone stretching northsouth from Dupont Circle to Pennsylvania Avenue and east-west from 16th to 21st streets hosting office workers by day and restaurant/ club- goers by night.
H STREET NE
Between 3rd and 14th streets NE, an emerging zone of restaurants, music clubs and bars, plus the Art Deco-style Atlas Performing Arts Center, accessible via streetcar.
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD.
On the Potomac River, a 300acre “new town” with luxe lodging, an MGM casino, eateries, shops and festivals, plus The Capital Wheel with views from 180 feet up.
North of Pennsylvania Avenue, with restaurants, retail, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Smithsonian art museums, Verizon Center and Chinatown’s ornate arch at 7th and H streets NW.
Along 7th and 9th streets NW between Mount Vernon Square and Florida Avenue, a hot spot with top restaurants and cocktail bars, trendy boutiques and the historic Howard Theatre.
TYSONS CORNER, VA.
A business and retail hub with two malls—Tysons Corner Center (the largest in the area) and Tysons Galleria—plus, across Route 7, Fairfax Square. Now accessible by Metrorail.