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West End, Washington, DC

Did you know? The West End may be known for the power struggle that takes place at political locations, but it was originally an African American community with Victorian rowhouses that were made out of brick.

Overview of West End

The West End is located in northwest region of Washington, D.C. It's also known as Golden Triangle or K Street. West End is a location where money and power are active, and the branches of government make decisions that affect the rest of the country. West End is also adjacent to Downtown, Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Foggy Bottom. It is where the embassies of Qatar and Spain are located.

Best of West End

Check out some of West End's finest offerings.

Best Restaurant: The best restaurant in the neighborhood is Blue Duck Tavern, which features a classy interior and entrees that include a 12-hour roasted suckling pig, braised beef ribs and prime steak.

Best Coffee Shop: The best coffee shop to order a beverage is llly, a small shop that is attached to the Renaissance Hotel.

Best Place to Get Your Hair Cut: Aura Spa, located on 15th Street, offers massages, facials, waxing services and more. With outstanding specials and packages, you will want to book your spa day soon.

Best Place to Get Ice Cream: Dolcezza is the best place to grab a scoop of ice cream during the summer months with flavors that include tangerine sorbet or cilantro.

Top 5 West End Adventures

  1. Take a photo in front of the White House to see the official residence of the president: You'll be able to appreciate the architecture of the building, which was originally built in 1792 and designed by James Hoban.
  2. The attraction allows guests to enjoy live theater before heading out to the roof of the building for panoramic views of the city: The location has hosted several historic events and even offers free tours to guests. The inside seating area features stunning architecture with a retro ceiling that is still elegant and well preserved.
  3. Gain a greater appreciation for the 16th president of the United States by visiting the Lincoln Memorial: The site features a 19-foot statue of Abraham Lincoln and overlooks the reflecting pool near the Washington Monument.
  4. Take a stroll in LaFayette Square: The 7-acre public park has previously been used as a racetrack, a zoo and a graveyard.
  5. View different works of art at the Octagon Museum: Guests are welcome to tour the building where President Madison once lived after a fire broke out at the White House.