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Embassy Row

Washington DC, DC (Upper Northwest)
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Ranked #85 of 253 Attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The section of Massachusetts Avenue with many embassies and the house of the Vice President located on one end.
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Manila, Philippines
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367 reviews 367 reviews
128 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It is interesting to drive down Embassy Row to see how the different countries try to represent themselves in Washington. Aside from their flags, they do try to be unique. For example, the British Embassy has a red phone booth in front, just like the ones in London. Brazil has a very modern looking building. Côte d'Ivoire has a statue... More

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SoCal
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Whenever I'm in DC I love walking through and around Embassy row which is an architectural adventure especially for someone from the Western U.S. There are gorgeous buildings everywhere along the leafy streets. That said I wouldn't recommend it for children who are likely to get bored. It's not too far from DuPont Circle which has lots of tasty restaurants.

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Toronto, Canada
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249 reviews 249 reviews
84 attraction reviews
250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Embassy Row is the colloquial term used for the section of Massachusetts Ave. from Dupont Circle to Rock Creek. Almost every building on this stretch is an embassy. Test your knowledge of foreign flags before getting closer to read whose it is. Good luck. As a general rule of thumb, the more impoverished the country, the grander the mansion housing... More

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USA
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66 reviews 66 reviews
12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

While looking at the outside of embassies is slightly interesting, keep an eye open for the even more interesting occasional open house celebrations at embassies in DC. For example, "Passport DC" organizes a yearly event with tours of up to 70 embassies. The tours might include music, art, or even a free sample of food from the hosting embassies. These... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Walk around this neighbourhood and admire the houses/embassies. Very quaint and beautiful. We visited on a sunny morning and it was delightful. How we wished we lived in one of these houses.

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sarasota FL
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195 reviews 195 reviews
53 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

What fun to see all the flags of different countries on these beautiful mansions. We parked near DuPont Circle and did a lovely walk looking at the different homes/embassies. It was a lovely walk in the springtime.

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Montreal
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183 reviews 183 reviews
90 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We stayed at the Rouge Hotel and when we strolled to restaurants , we came upon embassies. Our hotel was directly across from the Australian embassy. Identifying flags was becoming a game for my son, and I discovered how well he knew world flags. There were embassies had statues, such as Gandhi near the Indian museum. Well worth seeing.

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New York City, New York
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74 reviews 74 reviews
39 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

The unique thing here is that DC has embassies in a central location, so a leisurely stroll will get you through this area. A lunch at nearby DuPont Circle and then walk off the calories along Embassy Row. The architecture is run of the mill to stunning . . . so do take the time. The tree lined street is... More

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Paarl, South Africa
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156 reviews 156 reviews
68 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We used City Bikes to travel this street, all the way up the hill to the National Cathedral. Finding the South African embassy was a highlight, especially with the newly erected statue of Mr Nelson Mandela, within a few weeks after his death.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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93 reviews 93 reviews
40 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Unlike many capitals, DC concentrates its embassies in one place. Not all of them are here (we saw the Ukraine in Georgetown) but the architecture is spectacular and worth a visit. Lookout for the Indonesian, the Luxembourg and the Turkish embassies. If you're into moremodern architecture, take a walk to Washington Harbour to see the spectacular UK embassy on the... More

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