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Downtown Penn Quarter Chinatown, Washington, DC

Downtown Penn Quarter Chinatown, Washington, DC

Overview of Downtown Washington DC

Washington, D.C., the nation's capital, has an estimated population of 660,000, making it the 22nd most populous city in the country. In addition to the nation's greatest collection of historical sites to visit, the downtown area is teeming with dining and nightlife options to keep residents entertained.

Best of Downtown DC

Best tour of Washington, D.C.: Washington DC Duck Tour. This 90-minute tour is fun and unique in that its vehicle will take riders through the heart of the city before splashing into the Potomac River to finish the tour with unique monument views from the water.

Best professional sports in Washington, D.C.: After attending days of historical and educational overload at other attractions, people enjoy just sitting back and watching a professional sporting event. Depending on the time of year, there is always a professional sporting event taking place in the city with the NFL Redskins, NHL Capitals, MLB Nationals and NBA Wizards playing their home games here.

Best hotel in Washington DC: The Jefferson. This hotel has won many awards and is a favorite for tourists and business travelers alike.

Top 5 Downtown DC Adventures

  1. View the greatest display of American History in the world at the Smithsonian Institution. Within its 19 museums, visitors can learn American history on land, sea and air as well as see the world-famous pandas at the National Zoo. Most museums and the zoo are free, making them a very attractive draw for visitors.
  2. Come see a monument to one of America's greatest leaders. The Lincoln Memorial, seen on the backs of the U.S. penny and $5 bill, is a free attraction commemorating the 16th President of the United States, and it has attracted millions to view its simple yet significant beauty.
  3. View a great federal cultural institution, the nation's oldest library. The Library of Congress serves the public and scholars in addition to Congressional members. The de facto national library of the U.S., it is the second largest library in the world.
  4. Behold the beauty of the Washington Monument from the outside and appreciate the history within. This monument, built with federal appropriations and public funds between 1848 and 1885, commemorates America's first president and offers free admission.
  5. See the place where one of the world's most famous assassinations took place. Ford's Theatre, a world-class museum and learning center, is a working theater that celebrates the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln, who was fatally shot here on April 14, 1865.