One of the best things about living in Washington DC is the access you have to all of the world-class amenities you could dream of in a relatively small, self-contained geographic area. After all, the District contains amazing art, architecture, shopping, restaurants, and, of course, historical landmarks. Beyond all of these, there are some of the greatest companies to work for anywhere in the country.
Now add to this the fact that, instead of having to sit in traffic to take advantage of all of these places, DC also has one of the highest walkability scores in the country. The flat terrain, the age of the city’s major thoroughfares–which were designed in an age of walking rather than driving– and the accessibility inherent in a town built for tourists means that an in-town address puts you in proximity to great places to see and things to do, no matter what neighborhood you’re in.
Here, then, are some standout DC neighborhoods with high walkability and amenities that will make the most determined couch potato get up and get moving.
Georgetown: For a combination of the best of old and new D.C., you can’t do better than Georgetown. Historic homes nestle next to nationally regarded restaurants and food emporiums. Some of the best shopping in the area is accompanied by some of the best views. Come out in the morning for breakfast and stay all day, strolling among the many beauties of this neighborhood. Start your day with brunch at Farmers Fishers Bakers, then take a stroll along the C&O Canal Towpath before it gets hot. Stop for lunch at Clyde’s of Georgetown for a truly authentic DC experience. There’s no telling who you’ll spot. Then perhaps shopping and browsing at Book Hill or Canal Square shops. Or spend the afternoon doing something active on the water or in one of the great yoga studios or gyms in the area. If you’re feeling lazy, you can relax at Waterfront Park instead. An afternoon snack from Sprinkles or Georgetown Cupcake, then cocktails and dinner at Fiola Mare if you’re feeling particularly fancy.
U Street Corridor: One of the most walkable neighborhoods in DC, the U Street Corridor happily for us also contains some of the most iconic Washington DC landmarks in the area. Lunch at Ben’s Chili Bowl is always on the must-do list, of course. And if you are a Farmer’s Market fan, and it seems everyone around here is, the 14th & U Farmer’s Market is a perfect destination. Meridian HIll Park is just a couple of blocks off U and features some of the most spectacular vistas in the area (as well as a Sunday night drum circle, if you’re looking for one.) But U Street really shines brightest at night–Marvin, the 9:30 Club, The Gibson and more will make you thankful for the walkability of this area as you move from club to club (and think what you’ll save on Lyft charges!)
Penn Quarter-Chinatown: This is the area you’ll definitely want to come to when you have friends and family visiting from out of town (and it seems like someone is always coming to visit when you live in this area.) The museums here are not the one’s you’ve been to a million times, so there’s always something new to see. The International Spy Museum is one of the best and most unique ones in the area, and the National Portrait Gallery is the best of art and history combined. The Ford’s Theatre tour is interesting and enlightening for the whole family, no matter the age of your visitors. And the dining here is some of the most unparalleled in terms of both taste and interest. Jose Andres has three of his spectacular restaurants in Penn Quarter for the foodies on your guest list. And dim sum or duck in Chinatown is a revelatory experience your guests won’t soon forget. Top it off with a Caps or Wizards game at the Verizon Center and you will truly appreciate the ease with which you can get around this exciting area.
Dupont Circle: Location, Location, Location is, of course, the watchword of real estate brokers, buyers, and sellers alike, and one of the most desirable locations in the region is Dupont Circle. If your taste runs to outdoor beauty and relaxation you can people watch at the Dupont Circle Fountain or picnic at the Spanish Steps. Love architecture? Take a stroll around Embassy Row or visit one of the historic home tours like Anderson House or Woodrow Wilson’s home. Art? The Phillips Collection is an important part of DC’s art history as the area’s first museum dedicated to modern art. Nightlife? Drink at The Big Hunt or laugh at DC Improv. There is no limit to where you can go and what you can do in Dupont Circle.
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