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Washington, D.C. Tour: Penn Quarter

This neighborhood’s action is nonstop for visitors of all ages and interests, with museums, restaurants, bars, and even

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 1 miles
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Overview:  Penn Quarter thrums with activity, the happy result of decades-long revitalization efforts. The high-energy, mixed-use neighborhood... more »

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At this good vs. evil museum, the law usually wins, but the villains certainly put up a plucky fight. Co-founded by John Walsh of the TV show America’s Most Wanted, the four-year-old repository delves into the dark side with artifacts from the criminal world and the penal system, such as Ted Bundy’s getaway VW Bug and an electric chair from a... More

2. Hotel Monaco, DC

Construction on this property was completed in 1866 by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument; before it was a hotel, it originally opened as the city’s first General Post Office. Since then, it has been deemed a National Historic Landmark, and was renovated by the Kimpton group in 2002. The marble four-story structure, located in Penn... More

Michel Richard, the French-born celebrity chef, brings meatballs to the people with his latest venture in DIY dining. Diners construct their own meal at the counter, choosing a base (salad, pasta, polenta, bread), protein (classic, chicken, lamb, lentil), sauce (marinara, mushroom, red pepper, alfredo) and, for the final flourish, toppings (fritos... More

4. Iron Horse Taproom

Drinking isn’t the only sport at this vintage motorcycle-themed watering hole. The downstairs bar resembles a retro-rec room with shuffleboard tables, Skee-Ball, pinball and Stacker, which can earn the winner an Angry Birds charm necklace, the rare nod to the 21st century.

507 Seventh St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20004
United States

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5. Ford’s Theatre

Visitors to Ford’s Theatre immerse themselves in the life and death of Abraham Lincoln. Tours encompass the theatre, site of the assassination; the Petersen House, where the president died; the Center for Education and Leadership, which covers his legacy; and the newly renovated museum. Extra perks include a National Park Service ranger talk and a... More

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery traces the history of America through visual and performing arts that pay tribute to great American icons like Marilyn Monroe and Rosa Parks. The gallery is housed alongside the Smithsonian American Art Museum in the historic 1836 U.S. Patent Office building. Permanent exhibitions include ... More

The gelato and sorbet parlor touts all-natural, high-end ingredients and a broad selection of classic and fancy flavors, such as cardamom, black tea, banana, or white grapefruit. Mixing is allowed and encouraged.

413 Seventh St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20004
United States

(202) 885-9607

Chef Vikram Sunderam, a Bombay native, came to The District after working in one of London’s most acclaimed Indian restaurants, Bombay Brasserie. At Rasika, Sunderam brings his own modern take on traditional Indian cuisine. The menu has such dishes as tandoori lamb chops, chicken biryani, and chicken green masala. The restaurant, which takes its... More