Colorful signs, potent aromas from restaurants and lively Asian grocery stores all stand in the shadow of the world's largest single-span Chinese arch. "Friendship Arch" was built cooperatively by the Washington city government and its sister city Beijing. The neighborhood is bordered to the west by the old Convention Center and on the eastern edge by the the MCI Center.
Georgetown was officially formed in 1751 when the Maryland Assembly authorized the foundation of a town bordering the Potomac River. It was named George Town in honor of King George II, and very soon it prospered.
Just west of Dupont Circle lies the biggest concentration of the city's 150 international embassies. Many of them are housed along Massachusetts Avenue in grand Beaux-Art mansions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The terminus of Embassy Row is at the US Naval Observatory, whose grounds include the Vice President's residence and the atomic clock, which keeps the official time for the country.
South of the National Mall is the Southwest-Waterfront District: home to the award-winning Arena Stage. Other attractions of the Southwest-Waterfront District include Benjamin Banneker Circle and Fountain, the Titanic Memorial, and L'Enfant Plaza.
Eckington is a neighborhood in Washington, DC located south of Le Droit Park and east of Shaw. It is generally considered part of the greater Bloomingdale neighborhood. Eckington is less than one mile southeast of Howard University and 2.3 miles northwest of the United States Capitol. Eckington is also the home of XM Satellite Radio.
Nicknamed "little Rome," this Northeast neighborhood contains the largest concentration of Catholic institutions (more than 60) outside of the Vatican. Catholic University, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, and the Franciscan Monastery boast beautiful gardens, architecture and art. Other sites beyond the religious icons include the city's oldest cemetery and the expansive gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmstead at the National Arboretum.
This riverfront neighborhood, named for the fog that rises off of the Potomac, is east of Georgetown and west of Lafayette Square. It reminds residents and visitors of Washington's industrial past.
Today, Foggy Bottom is home to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, George Washington University, and the Watergate complex. A cluster of charming 19th-century houses remain, a reminder of this community's early working class history. It is sometimes referred to as the West End.
Only a short Metro ride from the Mall and downtown is a bucolic residential neighborhood that has the feel of a small New England town at the turn of the 20th century. With its rolling hills, winding streets (some of which were laid out by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted), and rambling frame houses with wrap-around porches, Cleveland Park still looks much as it did when it was designed as an upscale streetcar suburb described as the "Queen of Washington suburbs."
Located in Northwest Washington DC, with Georgia Avenue to its West and North Capitol to its East, Petworth claims more major streets leading to more areas of the city than any other section of Georgia Avenue.
The Parklands Neighborhood is home to the Parklands Community Center Day: recognized by Mayor Anthony Williams for the community's long history of devotion and services to children, youth and disadvantaged families.
The Shaw neighborhood, whose focus is U Street, NW between 7th and 16th Streets, is the heart of an African American history and culture that was unique in the United States and rivals that of New York City's Harlem and Chicago's Bronzeville in significance. The neighborhood was named after Civil War Union Officer, Robert Gould Shaw. Son of a prominent Boston abolitionist family, Robert Shaw was serving as a captain in the 2nd Massachusetts when he was tapped by Massachusetts Governor John Andrew for a special assignment. Shaw was to raise and command the first regiment of black troops organized in a Northern state. Marion Jackson Pryde was born in 1911 and grew up in SHAW on the 1500 block of T Street, NW with her five brothers and sisters. Her father Samuel was a butler at the White House from the Taft to the Truman administration and her mother Eliza raised their six children.