Washington DC -- A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
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Welcome to Historic Washington, DC!


[photo} mayor
Mayor Vincent Gray
Courtesy of District of Columbia, Executive Office of the Mayor

On behalf of the 601,000 residents of our nation’s beautiful and historic capital, I want to welcome you to this virtual tour of the District of Columbia. Hop aboard Metrorail, Metrobus, or our D.C. Circulator bus for a comfortable and affordable way to tour the city. Explore our entire city – from the many museums, memorials and other cultural attractions ringing the National Mall to the treasures far beyond Washington’s monumental core, such as the National Arboretum along New York Avenue Northeast or the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in the storied Anacostia neighborhood. Visit spectacular Union Station – designated as a “Great Public Space” by the American Planning Association in 2008 – not only for its historic architectural grandeur, but also for its modern-day excitement as a shopping, dining, entertainment and transportation center.

The District of Columbia’s cultural heritage is rich and varied. The city is home to about 600 historic landmarks and more than 40 historic districts, each with its own unique heritage and appeal. More than 25,000 properties are designated as historic, and most are also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. These include the iconic monuments and commemorative places that define Washington as the nation’s capital, as well as the unique commercial districts, historic homes, beautiful houses of worship and other cultural monuments that make up our many vibrant neighborhoods.

Washington’s communities reflect the diversity and vitality of our city. Downtown D.C. is home to many of our most famous government and cultural institutions, monuments, historic hotels, restaurants, theaters and art galleries. From the hills of historic Anacostia, you can get an unrivaled view of our city’s iconic skyline. In Georgetown, explore some of the District’s oldest buildings and best shopping and dining. On Capitol Hill, government office buildings nestle near elegant Victorian rowhouses in a vibrant residential neighborhood. The brownstones of LeDroit Park have been home to educators at Howard University and many prominent African Americans over the last 150 years. Neighboring Shaw and U Street are the historic home of fraternal organizations, theaters, and jazz clubs that earned the area the nickname “Black Broadway” in the 20th Century. Today, Shaw/U Street is home to a thriving mix of historic treasures and new condo buildings, restaurants and shops.

Through this website, you can explore Washington’s dynamic neighborhoods and learn about our many historic landmarks. Make your next vacation an unforgettable adventure. We’re ready to welcome you to Washington, D.C.!

[photo] Mayor's Signature

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