ADAMS MORGAN Restaurants, funky shops and bars in this international area known for adventurous nightlife and global cuisine. Main drags: 18th Street and Columbia Road NW. ALEXANDRIA, VA. Historic Old Town flanking the Potomac River, with restored 18th- and 19th- century row houses holding museums, galleries, boutiques, bars and restaurants. ARLINGTON, VA. West of the Potomac, the county encompassing Arlington National Cemetery plus bustling neighborhoods Rosslyn, Clarendon, Ballston, Shirlington, Crystal City and Pentagon City. BETHESDA, MD. 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. CAPITOL HILL 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. CHEVY CHASE A swanky retail district straddling the D.C.- Maryland border at Wisconsin and Western avenues. Restaurants, a cinema and shops like Bloomingdale’s, Cartier. DUPONT CIRCLE Galleries, restaurants, shops and nightlife around a central fountain by Daniel Chester French, plus The Phillips Collection art gallery and Gilded Age mansions. FOGGY BOTTOM East of Georgetown, home to the State Department, George Washington University and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. GEORGETOWN 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. GOLDEN TRIANGLE Zone stretching northsouth from Dupont Circle to Pennsylvania Avenue NW and east-west from 16th to 21st streets hosts 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 a new 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. PENN QUARTER/CHINATOWN 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. SHAW 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. U ST./LOGAN CIRCLE/14TH ST. Bars, shops and cafes along U Street NW between 9th and 17th. Theaters, hip eateries and galleries on 14th Street NW between N and Florida. WASHINGTON HARBOUR At the south end of Georgetown, a bustling waterfront zone with a boardwalk, restaurants, D.C.’s largest outdoor ice skating rink and views of Key Bridge and the Kennedy Center. WATERFRONT On Southeast Waterfront, the Navy museum, Yards Park and the MLB Nationals Park; on Southwest Waterfront, The Wharf with top restaurants (construction o ngoing), dinner cruises and Arena Stage. WOODLEY PARK Cafes, restaurants, shops, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and the Art Deco- era Uptown Theater along Connecticut Avenue from Calvert Street to Cleveland Park. CRUISES DC DUCKS Ninety-minute narrated excursions on WWII amphibious vehicles. Check schedule online or by phone. $42, children 12 and under $32 (discounts online). From Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave.
NE, 866.754.5039 Metro: Union Station DC WATER TAXI Narrated sightseeing tours on covered boats along the Potomac River with views of major iconic sites. Traveling between Georgetown’s Washington Harbour (departing on the hour) and the National Mall/ West Potomac Park (departing on the half hour), near Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. $20, children (4-16) $10 purchased online (plus $2 fee). Washington Harbour, 3100 K St. NW; National Mall/West Potomac Park, Ohio Drive & West Basin Drive SW POTOMAC RIVERBOAT COMPANY Water taxi service between Alexandria, National Harbor and Georgetown, plus seasonal sightseeing and canine cruises. Private charters. See schedule and dock locations online. 877.511.2628 URBAN PIRATES Aboard the Relentless, a “pirate” crew leading 90-minute kid-friendly adventures on the Potomac River. Pirate talk, treasure hunts and water cannons. Also adult BYOG (grog) cruises. $22-$25. Capital Wheel Pier, National Harbor, Md., 301.300.0895 TOURS & TRANSPORT ALEXANDRIA COLONIAL TOURS Costumed guides leading by lantern light for ghost stories, legends and lore (ages 9 and older). W, Th, Su 7:30 pm; F-Sa 7:30 and 9 pm. $13, children $7. Departs from Visitors Center. 221 King St., Alexandria, Va., 703.519.1749 BIG BUS TOURS See the capital from the enclosed first level or open upper deck of a bus on three routes of this hop- on, hop- off narrated tour. Buses run every 15-30 minutes. Most tickets (24- or 48-hour) include admission to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. From $39, children from $29 (discounts online). 877.332.8689 BIKE AND ROLL Guided tours by bike and Segway, plus bike rentals. Four locations: National Mall, Union Station, Old Town Alexandria ( Va.) and Smithsonian. See website for details. National Mall, 955 L’Enfant Plaza, North Building SW, 202.842.2453 Metro: L’Enfant Plaza; Union Station (west side), 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, 202.842.2453 Metro: Union Station; Old Town Alexandria, One Wales Alley, Alexandria, Va., 202.842.2453 Metro: King Street (trolley to waterfront); Smithsonian, 14th St. & Madison Drive NW, 202.842.2453 BOATING IN DC Sailing, kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals and lessons on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. Also kayak tours of Georgetown and monuments/memorials, SUP yoga, sculling classes and Tidal Basin paddle boat rentals. See website for all locations. Key Bridge Boathouse, 3500 Water St. NW, 202.337.9642; Ballpark Boathouse, Potomac Ave. and First St. SE, 202.337.9642 Metro: Navy Yard; National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Md., 202.337.9642 CAPITAL BIKESHARE Wheels for rent at 400-plus stations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Pick up at one station and return to any other. Single trip $2. Memberships for 24 hours ($8) to three days ($17). First 30 minutes free, then ride time fees apply. 24/7, 365 days a year. 877.430.2453 CARPE DC FOOD TOURS Walking tours featuring the restaurants in the historic and trendy U Street/Shaw neighborhoods, plus cultural and historic points of interest. Also, happy hour and private tours. $36-$89. Check schedule online. 540.923.2774 DC BY FOOT Name-your-price walking tours of the National Mall, Tidal Basin, Capitol Hill, Arlington National Cemetery and several neighborhoods. Also food tours. Ghosts of Georgetown exploring the dark past of D.C.’s oldest zone ($20). Check website for times and meeting locations. 202.370.1830 DC CIRCULATOR Daily bus system running six routes including east-west between Union Station and Georgetown and north-south between Woodley Park and McPherson Square, plus a National Mall loop. Buses arrive every 10 minutes. $1, children under 5 free EXECUCAR Since 1988, rides in luxury sedans and SUVs to and from airports, business meetings, group events. Flat rates, frequent flier points and miles with select airlines. Ronald Reagan National Airport, Alexandria, Va.; Dulles International Airport, Dulles, Va., 800.410.4444 FORD’S THEATRE “HISTORY ON FOOT” WALKING TOURS A two-hour, 1.6 mile walk with “Detective McDevitt,” as he revisits sites and reexamines clues from the investigation into Lincoln’s April 14, 1865, assassination. Departs from theater. Reserve online. $17. 511 10th St. NW, 202.347.4833 Metro: Metro Center KING STREET TROLLEY In Old Town Alexandria, free hybrid trolleys running every 15 minutes between the Metro and Union Street, stopping every two blocks. Su-W 10:30 am-10:30 pm, Th-Sa till midnight. Metro: King Street NATIONAL PEDICABS City sights on three wheels for 2-3 passengers. Monuments and memorials, cherry blossom, Lincoln assassination and other themes. $15-$20 per ride (call for pick up); $75 per hourlong tour. 202.269.9090 OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOURS Hop- on, hop- off narrated tours passing 100 sites on two loops (National Mall- downtown, Arlington National Cemetery) with 25 stops. $39.95, children $29.95. Also two- day passes and Monuments by Moonlight tour. 844.356.2603 PICKLE PEA WALKS Three 70-minute walking tours focused on the White House, in which costumed actors portray historical figures like Quentin Roosevelt, youngest son of Theodore (no entry to White House). Sa-Su 10 am, 11 am, 5 pm. $23, children $15, under 6 free. 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 301.251.7064 Metro: Farragut West or McPherson Sq SENATE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES With a fleet of vehicles ranging from sedans and limos to vans and buses, shuttling passengers to and from airports, business meetings, weddings, sports games and other events. Also private sightseeing tours. 888.556.5331 SUPERSHUTTLE Since 1983, affordable, 24/7 transport to and from more than 40 airports. Door-to- door service, group rates, charters and frequent flier points and miles with select airlines. Ronald Reagan National Airport, Alexandria, Va.; Dulles International Airport, Dulles, Va., 800.258.3826 WASHINGTON PHOTO SAFARI Photographer E. David Luria and his team leading instructional tours of photogenic sights, from the monuments and memorials to neighborhoods and nature. Half- day and full- day options. From $59. 202.537.0937