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Columbia Heights, Washington, DC

Did you know? Before creating the worldwide Marriott hotel chain, J.W. Marriott and his wife opened an A&W Root Beer franchise on 14th Street in Columbia Heights in 1927.

Overview of Columbia Heights DC

Columbia Heights takes pride in its diversity, which is reflected in both the people who call this area home and the businesses that serve residents and visitors. A stroll through the neighborhood brings you to ethnic restaurants, one-of-a-kind dive bars and specialty bakeries alongside big-box retailers and large entertainment venues. Convenient transit navigates the main thoroughfares, but you might want to take your time and walk along the mural-covered side streets.

Best of Columbia Heights

For the best panoramic view of the city, head to Francis L. Cardoza Senior High School, located at 13th and Clifton Streets. The school is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Best Cupcakes:

The best cupcakes in Columbia Heights are found at Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats on Park Road, a bakery specializing in vegan cupcakes. Best Gastropub:

Airedale, a European gastropub at 14th and Spring, has the best alcoholic treats in Columbia Heights. Try some whiskey soft-serve ice cream. tivoli theatreTivoli Theatre

Top 5 Columbia Heights Adventures

  1. The Historic Tivoli Theatre: Built in 1924 and once dubbed the "Temple of the Arts," the Tivoli Theatre on 14th Street and Park Road now is home to the GALA Hispanic Theatre.
  2. Spend a day devoted to the neighborhood: Created to unite the diverse Columbia Heights community and celebrate its history, Columbia Heights Day, or CoHi Day, is an end-of-summer party that takes place on Saturday.
  3. Take a walk through Columbia Heights' cultural history: Spend two hours on a self-guided tour along the Columbia Heights Trail where you'll encounter 19 poster-sized signs at noteworthy spots around the neighborhood.
  4. Museum of Unnatural History: More than just a curious gift shop, the Museum of Unnatural History on Columbia Heights Plaza is a storefront for the nonprofit organization 826DC, which is dedicated to expanding and encouraging kids' creative expression.
  5. Cross cultures at the Mexican Cultural Institute: Enjoy the murals and art at the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, D.C., on 16th Street or enjoy an educational program.