Washington, DC Living - Places - Washington, DC, USA

Washington has many neighborhoods, entertainment venues, museums, and other places with Web sites
  • Sites: Places such as parks, buildings, public gardens and zoos, notable buildings, libraries, interesting places; see also the listings for Venues, Museums, Memorials, Dining, and Housing; see Activities for cultural centers
    • Aquarium: The National Aquarium; Department of Commerce Building
    • Aquatic Gardens: Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens; display of aquatic plants on 283 hectares; part of Anacostia Park
    • Arboretum: US National Arboretum; trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants; a division of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center of the Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture
    • Architecture Great: Architecture of DC; shows off notable architectural landmarks; section of Great Buildings Online, presented by Architecture Week Magazine
    • Archives: National Archives and Records Administration; a repository of the nation's records; notable: US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights
    • Arlington Cem: Arlington National Cemetery; veterans from all the nation's wars are buried in the cemetery
    • Arts Ctr: District of Columbia Arts Center; supports emerging artists; in Adams Morgan
    • Botanic Garden: United States Botanic Garden; plant museum on the National Mall at the foot of the US Capitol; Architect of the Capitol
    • Burbs: Metro DC cities Yahoo directory; the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area is huge, making up more than 92% of the population of the Washington--Baltimore Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA); Washington, DC itself makes up less than 8% of the population of its CMSA
    • Bureau of Engraving: Bureau of Engraving and Printing; prints money (Federal Reserve notes), US postage stamps, Treasury securities, identification cards, naturalization certificates, and other special security documents; site has extensive information about US currency and how to spot forgeries
    • Capitol: Architect of the Capitol; the United States Capitol Complex buildings: the Capitol, congressional offices, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, US Botanic Garden, the Capitol Power Plant, and other facilities
    • Cathedral: Washington National Cathedral; Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul; envisioned in Pierre l'Enfant's 18th century plan for Washington commissioned by President Washington to be a church "intended for national purposes, such as public prayer, thanksgiving, funeral orations, etc., and assigned to the special use of no particular Sect of denomination, but equally open to all."; built from 1907 to 1990
    • Congressional Cem: Congressional Cemetery; unofficial resting place for Members of Congress; members who die in office and are buried elsewhere get a cenotaph here commemorating their service
    • Downtown: Downtown DC Business Improvement District; promotes Downtown DC as the site of museums, cultural venues, restaurants, hotels and shopping; provides cleaning, safety, hospitality, marketing, economic development and homeless services
    • Dumbarton Oaks: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection; housed in a nineteenth-century Federal-style house in Georgetown
    • EEOB: Eisenhower Executive Office Building; formerly Old Executive Office Building; White House offices
    • Eastern Mkt: food and arts market; located in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood
    • Embassy Row: Electronic Embassy Web; resources for the DC foreign embassy community; includes a list of foreign embassies in DC
    • Farmer's Mkts: List of District of Columbia Farmers Markets; provided by the Agricultural Marketing Service of the US Department of Agriculture
    • Federal Govt: Directory of Federal Agencies/Departments; a list of agencies, most based in DC, from govspot.com
    • Georgetown: Area of DC; guide provided by the Georgetown Partnership Business Improvement District
    • GW Pkwy: George Washington Memorial Parkway, National Park Service; preserves natural scenery along the Potomac River; sites include Arlington House: The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Belle Haven Park & Marina, Clara Barton National Historic Site, Collingwood Park, Columbia Island Marina, Daingerfield Island, Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fort Hunt Park, Fort Marcy, Glen Echo Park, Gravelly Point, Great Falls Park, Lady Bird Johnson Park, Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove-on-the-Potomac, Memorial Avenue, Mount Vernon Trail, Netherlands Carillon, Potomac Heritage Trail, Riverside Park, Roaches Run Wildlife Sanctuary, Theodore Roosevelt Island, Turkey Run Park, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, and Washington Sailing Marina
    • Govt Printing Office: Government Printing Office; produces, procures, and distributes printed and electronic publications of the Congress as well as the executive departments and establishments of the Federal Government
    • Libraries List: List of area libraries; provided by Libweb; gives link to official Web site and information link; includes academic, public, and special libraries
    • Library: District of Columbia Public Library
    • Library of Congress: Library of Congress; the research arm of Congress; the largest library in the world; more than 126 million items on approximately 850 kilometers of bookshelves
    • Mall: National Mall; central open, green space linking the Lincoln Memorial in the west to the US Capitol building in the east; site of many national events
    • Marshall Ctr: Thurgood Marshall Center; community services center
    • Marian Shrine: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception;
    • Mount Vernon: George Washington's estate and gardens
    • Naval Observatory: US Naval Observatory; authority on the correct time and astronomical data required for accurate navigation and fundamental astronomy
    • Neighborhoods: Neighborhood Web sites in DC; links take you to neighborhood associations or promotional Web sites
    • Neighborhood Link: Neighborhood Link; neighborhood and nonprofit group information
    • Old Post Office: The Old Post Office Pavilion; retail, dining, events, historic site
    • Parking-Spot Hero: Parking spots around town; rent by the day or longer
    • Parks DC: Department of Parks and Recreation District of Columbia
    • Parks NPS: National Capital Region of the National Park Service; administers the National Mall and monumental core parks (Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ford's Theatre National Historic Site and Petersen House, Pennsylvania Avenue National Historical Park, and the Old Post Office Tower), historic sites, natural areas, and Civil War battlefields
    • Pennsylvania Ave: Major ceremonial and business street in DC; National Park Service
    • Pentagon: Headquarters of the US Department of Defense; tours of the Pentagon are available to schools, educational organizations, and other select groups by reservation only
    • Reagan Bldg: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; conference center and information resource for trade activities in the United States; public food court; Capitol Steps musical satire performances; offices; US Center for World Trade; DC Visitor Information Center; Woodrow Wilson Plaza free summer performance series
    • Rock Creek Pk: The oldest and largest urban park in the national park system; National Park Service
    • Supreme Ct: The Supreme Court of the United States; head of the judicial branch of the US federal government
    • Theatres: Guide to Greater Washington, DC Area Theatres, Groups, Performances; maintained by Donn B. Murphy, Ph.D. Professor of Theatre Emeritus, Art, Music & Theatre Department, Georgetown University, Washington
    • Tidal Basin: Paddle boats; view Japanese Cherry Tress and Jefferson Memorial from paddle boats
    • Union Station: Transit and retail complex; catch the Amtrak, Red Line metro, shop, or eat in this active and historic train station
    • Visitor's Info Ctr: DC Visitor's Information Center; located in the Ronald Reagan Building; information about attractions, events, accommodations
    • White House: Residence of the President and executive offices; tour requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress and will be accepted up to six months in advance
    • Zoo: Smithsonian National Zoological Park; animals on 66 hectares
  • Memorials: Washington, DC is a setting for hundreds of memorials and monuments; this is a selected list of well-known memorials; for a comprehensive directory with photos, see the dcMemorials site
    • African Amer Civil War Veterans: Memorial for US African American troops of the Civil War
    • FDR: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial; National Memorial
    • Jefferson: Memorial to Thomas Jefferson; born 1743, died 1826; third US President, 1801-1809
    • Korean Veterans: Memorial to Korean War Veterans; Korean conflict, 1950-1953
    • Lincoln: Tribute to Abraham Lincoln; born 1809, died 1865; 16th US President, 1861-1865
    • Law Enforcement: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial; honors all of America's federal, state and local law enforcers; lists those who gave their lives to protect citizens; dedicated 1991 by President George Bush; located in Judiciary Square
    • Marine "Iwo Jima": United States Marine Corp War Memorial; memorializes marines who gave their lives for their country; statue in the form of marines raising a flag resembling the photo taken by Joe Rosenthal of marines raising a flag on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, during World War II; dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on November 10, 1954, the 179th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps; National Park Service
    • Mason: George Mason Memorial; in East Potomac Park near the Thomas Jefferson Memorial; commemorates George Mason, the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights which inspired Thomas Jefferson when drafting the Declaration of Independence
    • MLK: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial; National Memorial
    • Navy: Lone Sailor statue; "represents all people who ever served, are serving now or who are yet to serve in the Navy"; US Navy Memorial Foundation
    • Roosevelt: Memorial to Franklin Delano Roosevelt; born 1882, died 1945; 32nd US President 1933-1945; along the Cherry Tree Walk on the Tidal Basin
    • Vietnam Veterans: Honors those who served and died in the Vietnam War; dedicated on November 13, 1982 by President Ronald Reagan
    • Washington Monument: Obelisk, 169 meters, on the national mall; honors George Washington; born 1732, died 1799; 1st US President 1789-1797; dedicated on February 21, 1885
    • Women Military: Women In Military Service For America Memorial; honoring all military women--past, present & future
    • World War II Veterans: National World War II Memorial; national memorial dedicated to all who served during World War II; dedicated on May 29, 2004
    • -dcMemorials-: directory of hundreds of DC-area memorials, monuments, statues; shows photos; historical markers & other tourist attractions in the Washington D.C. area & beyond; search by subject, metro station, artist or general locationa
  • Venues: Places for performances, concerts, athletics, conventions, tradeshows, gatherings
    • Arena Stage: at the Mead Center; Old Vat Room flexible-format stage; Kreeger stage, Fichandler stage
    • Convention Ctr: Washington Convention Center; 213,000 square meter convention center downtown
    • DAR Const Hall: DAR Constitution Hall; beaux arts building; eclectic music
    • DC SEC: DC Sports & Entertainment Commission; Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square, RFK Stadium, Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium, Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium, DC Armory, Nationals Park
    • FedEx Field: Football stadium; home of the Washington Redskins
    • Ford's Theatre: Historic theatre; presents musicals and plays; where President Abraham Lincoln was shot in 1865; a National Historic site
    • GALA Theatre: Grupo de Artistas Latino Americanos
    • Kennedy Ctr: Performing arts center; Millennium state, National Symphony Orchestra, jazz, theater, ballet, dance, special events, festivals
    • Lisner: Lisner Auditorium; performing arts center; on campus of George Washinton University
    • National Theatre: National Theatre of Washington DC; historic "Theatre of Presidents" operating since 1835; three blocks from The White House; stage shows
    • Nationals Pk: Nationals Park; baseball stadium
    • Patriot Ctr: Arena at George Mason University in Virginia; seats 10,000
    • Reagan Bldg: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; conference center and information resource for trade activities in the United States; Conference Center includes 6,000 square meters with a 625-seat amphitheater, 2 ballrooms, a 45-meter high atrium and more than 20 special function and conference spaces
    • Verizon Ctr: Multiuse arena; home of the Washington Wizards, Capitals, Mystics; formerly MCI Center
    • Wolf Trap: Performing arts center; Vienna, Virginia; summer home of National Symphony Orchestra; indoor/lawn seating
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    • B&B: National Capitol Region's Best Bed & Breakfast
    • Hotels DC: Discount hotels
    • Hotels: Budget accomodations; a collection of DC hotels
    • Homes Database: Regional real estate; Maryland, West Virginia, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania
    • -USA Housing-: National lodging and housing directories; there are national directories you can use to locate area lodging or housing
  • Dining: Find a place to eat in Washington
    • Menupix: Restaurants with menus in DC; browse restaurants by area, neighborhood, cuisine, delivery, etc.
    • Restaurants: Directory of restaurants online; DC, MA, VA
    • Restaurants/RAMW: Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington; search for restaurants
    • -USA Dining-: National Dining directories; you can use this link to locate restaurants in the area that may not be listed in the local guides
  • Museums: Displays of objects; includes planned educational activities related to art, history, culture, or science
    • Air & Space: Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum; impressive collection of aircraft, spacecraft, and related artifacts; includes National Mall building and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Washington Dulles International Airport
    • American History: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History; objects that reflect the experience of the American people
    • American Indian: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian
    • Anacostia: Anacostia Museum; Smithsonian Institution museum of African American history and culture
    • Art African: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art
    • Art American: Smithsonian Institution American art museum
    • Art Americas: Art Museum of the Americas; Organization of American States; from Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Art Corcoran: Corcoran Gallery of Art; 19th-century American art; legacy of William Wilson Corcoran
    • Art Freer & Sackler: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art; Smithsonian Institution national museum of Asian art for the United States
    • Art Galleries: Directory of DC art galleries; from Galleries Magazine
    • Art Hirshhorn: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Smithsonian Institution museum of international modern and contemporary art
    • Art Kreeger: Kreeger Museum; art works from the 1850s to the 1970s; legacy of David and Carmen Kreeger
    • Art MOCA: Museum of Contemporary Art DC
    • Art National Gallery: National Gallery of Art; painting, sculpture, and graphic arts from the Middle Ages to the present
    • Art Phillips: Phillips Collection; museum of modern art; opened in 1921 in the home of Duncan Phillips (1886-1966)
    • Art Portrait Gallery: Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery
    • Art Women: National Museum of Women in the Arts; dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists
    • Arts & Industries: Smithsonian Institution Arts and Industries Building; constructed to exhibit materials acquired from the nation's Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia
    • African American: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
    • Black Fashion: The Black Fashion Museum; repository for antique and recent garments that have been designed, made, and or worn by people of color
    • Building: National Building Museum; architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning
    • Castle, The: Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle; Information Center for the Smithsonian's collection of museums on the National Mall and elsewhere
    • Children Capital: Capital Children's Museum; encourages children to climb, taste, touch, and imagine to learn about the world
    • Children Disc Crk: Discovery Creek Children's Museum; focus on environmental education; exhibitions, live animal demonstrations, and teaching
    • City: Historical Society of Washington, DC; information about the national capital's past, neighborhoods, and people; since 1894
    • Crime: the history of crime, punishment, and crime scene investigation
    • Cryptologic: National Cryptologic Museum; displays about the exploitation of enemy codes and the protection of American communication; provided by the National Security Agency; site includes National Vigilance Park honoring aerial reconnaissance crews who lost their lives in the line of duty; located near the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland
    • Daughters Amer Rev: Daughters of the American Revolution Museum; showcases the furnishings and decorative arts of pre-industrial America
    • Decatur House: Stephen Decatur House Museum; a historic house museum located one block north of the White House on Lafayette Square
    • Douglass House: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site; home of Douglass from 1877 to 1895; Douglass was a 19th-century African American spokesman; National Park Service
    • Drug Enforcement: Drug Enforcement Administration Museum and Visitors Center; educates the public about the history of drugs, drug addiction, and drug law enforcement in the United States
    • Dupont-Kalorama: Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium; promotes the "off the mall" museums and their neighborhoods in the greater Dupont-Kalorama area of Washington, DC; members include: Meridian International Center, Woodrow Wilson House, The Textile Museum, Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, The Phillips Collection, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, Society of the Cincinnati
    • Explorer's Hall NGS: National Geographical Society Explorers Hall; displays about past and current expeditions; information from scientists in the field; artifacts
    • Folklife Ctr: Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; promotes the understanding and continuity of contemporary grassroots cultures in the United States and abroad
    • Health: National Health Museum; proposed museum about health and health science
    • Health & Medicine: National Museum of Health and Medicine; established during the Civil War as the Army Medical Museum; unit of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology on the campus of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in DC
    • Heurich House: Christian Heurich House Museum, The Brewmaster's Castle; Late-Victorian house, built 1892-1894; National Register of Historic Places
    • Hillwood: Hillwood Museum & Gardens; collection of 18th- and 19th-century Russian imperial art; 18th-century French decorative arts; founder Marjorie Merriweather Post; 10-hectare estate has gardens and with azalea and orchid collections
    • Historical Soc: The Historical Society of Washington, DC; Kiplinger Research Library; Window to Washington Exhibit
    • Holocaust: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Holocaust history and a memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust by the Nazi's, collaborators, supporters, and pacifist enablers between 1933 and 1945; the United States didn't enter World War II until 1941
    • Interior Dept: Department of the Interior Museum Program; over 145 million objects and documents in federal collections; this page describes administrative information about this program
    • Jewish: B'Nai B'rith Lutznick National Jewish Museum; collection of Jewish artifacts
    • Marine Corps: National Museum of the United States Marine Corps; museum and heritage center under construction on a 55 hectare site next to the Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Virginia; 48 km south of Washington, DC
    • McLeod Bethune House: Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site; commemorates the life of Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of the National Council of Negro Women
    • Military American-Jewish: National Museum of American Jewish Military History; contributions of Jewish Americans to the peace and freedom of the United States; Jewish War Veterans of the USA
    • Natural History: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
    • Navy History Ctr: Naval Historical Center; Washington Navy Yard
    • Newseum: Interactive news museum; now closed in Arlington, Virginia in preparation for a new Newseum facility on Pennsylvania Ave and Sixth Street in DC expected 2006
    • Octagon: Museum of the American Architectural Foundation; dedicated to architecture and design
    • Old Post Office: View from 82-meter tower; Richardsonian romanesque architecture; home to the bells of the US Congress; National Park Service
    • Old Stone House: historic home; daily lives of Georgetown's early residents; of Revolutionary War-era architecture
    • Postal: Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum; located in the old Post Office building next to Union Station
    • Red Cross: American National Red Cross Museum; historic displays about health and safety
    • Sewall-Belmont House: Sewall-Belmont House and Museuem; home of the historic National Woman's Party
    • Science Koshland: Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences; presents science related to public policy; exhibits based on the National Aacademy of Sciences reports.
    • Shakespeare Folger: Folger Shakespeare Library; independent research library on William Shakespeare's work, life, and times; on Capitol Hill
    • Smithsonian: Smithsonian Institution; largest museum complex in the world; organization operating many museums in DC and elsewhere; research and education; founded 1846 with a gift from James Smithson "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge"
    • Spy: International Spy Museum; espionage and international spy-related artifacts
    • Textile: Textile Museum; textile arts
    • Trolley: National Capital Trolley Museum; presents history of Washington's electric street railways; Montgomery County, Maryland
    • Tudor Place: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden; neoclassical house; National Historic Landmark; in Georgetown's Historic District
    • Wilson House: Woodrow Wilson House; museum honoring Thomas Woodrow Wilson, born 1856, died 1924; 28th US President 1913-1921; Wilson lived here after his presidency
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