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Things to do in Downtown DC

From bustling K St to the vibrant Dupont Circle, one could spend days exploring downtown DC. Here are some of our favorite things to do in downtown DC.

The Washington Monument on a clear, sunny day

People watch in Dupont Circle

Known for its iconic fountain, Dupont Circle was built in 1871 as part of L’Enfant’s plan for the city. It was named for Samuel Francis Du Pont, in recognition of his service during the Civil War. The statue and fountain that sit in the center was designed by Launt Thompson and was landscaped with exotic flowers and ornamental trees. In 1920, the current double-tiered white marble fountain replaced the statue and was designed by Daniel Chester French and Henry Bacon, the co-creators of the Lincoln Memorial and features carvings of three classical figures symbolizing the sea, the stars and the wind.

Today, Dupont Circle is a gathering place year-round and was the host of the first official Dupont Circle snowball fight in 2009. To blend in with the locals, grab a coffee, your favorite book and find a spot on the fountain!

Stroll the National Mall

No visit to DC is complete without a trip to the national mall. Located in downtown, DC the national mall stretches all the way to Capitol Hill and is home to many of the Smithsonian Museums including the National Gallery of Art, the Natural History Museum and the the National Museum of American History – all free to the public!

Take in a Show

Downtown DC is home to a number of venues including the Warner Theatre, the National theatre, the Hamilton and Black Cat. These theatres are home to plays, musicals and local DC bands. With something always on the calendar, a show in DC is a great way to spend an evening when visiting.

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