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Washington, D.C. Tour: Mount Pleasant/Columbia Heights

The Latin American culture beats strong in these connecting neighborhoods, as does an unsuppressible indie spirit.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 4 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview:  Mount Pleasant, an elbow thrust off the long arm of 16th Street, sprung to life as a streetcar suburb circa 1900. The extension of the... more »

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The cultural branch of the Mexican embassy shares its rich south-of-the-border traditions with a variety of public events, many of which are free. Check the center’s calendar for festive celebrations of national holidays; gallery talks and exhibits (shows for 2012: folk art masks, and Jaina figurines and Mayan rituals); and cooking demos and... More

The 12-acre urban park, part of the National Park Service family, exemplifies early 20th-century neoclassical design. Inspired by the formal gardens of Italy and the Renaissance, the landscape is otherworldly with a cascading terraced fountain; statues of such formidable figures as Dante, Joan of Arc, and Serenity; and a drum circle that often... More

3. Village in the City: Mt. Pleasant Heritage Tour

On this self-guided walking tour, piece together the neighborhood’s history by following the 17 informational signs sprinkled throughout the protected historic district. The photo-strewn placards highlight specific events, people and sites that have helped shape Mount Pleasant, such as the district’s oldest home and “Czech Row.” Download a map on ... More

4. Nana, Washington, D.C.

Opened in 2003, Nana is a locally minded women’s clothing boutique that showcases independent American designers, many of whom use sustainable, organic and/or recycled fabrics. The store sells vintage-inspired and handmade items, such as dresses made of recycled fabric from designer Preloved. In addition, it carries owner Jackie Flanagan’s tunics ... More

5. Heller’s Bakery

Open since 1922, Heller’s tempts visitors with pastries, cakes and cookies that flashback to a more decadent age, one with more frosting, butter, and calories. Signature treats include mocha rum cakes, éclairs, and blocks of marshmallow doused in chocolate.

Address:
3221 Mount Pleasant St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20009
United States

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The 36-year-old performing arts center embraces Latin American culture with bilingual programs held in the Tivoli Theater, an ornate movie palace built in 1924. The theater company stages classical and modern plays in Spanish and English, and hosts films, poetry events and dance extravaganzas, including a tango show that encourages the audience to... More

The two-time winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars bakes vegan cupcakes so rich and tasty, they could dupe even the most diehard dairy- and egg-eater. The retro-stylin’ shop doesn’t stop at the bitty cakes, either: Broaden your palate with a signature Cowvin cookie (oatmeal cookie sandwich with vanilla cream filling) or a Little Devil (a... More

The cubicle-size restaurant serves authentic Mexican fare. And while menu items are written in Spanish—tamales de puerco y pollo, rojos y verdas, they are thoughtfully described in English (“pork or chicken tamales with red or green sauce”). Eat indoors and watch the soccer game on TV and the action in the open kitchen, or grab a table outside and... More

The corner hangout wears many hats: brunch spot, bar, music venue, d.j. danceteria. However, if you can only choose one, go for the beer garden, a spacious patio with communal picnic tables, trees draped in twinkling lights and chatty co-cocktailers. If possible, time your drink with Tuesday night’s live band karaoke.

Address:
1101 Kenyon St. NW
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