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“Great walking area, beautiful mansions” 5 of 5 stars
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Embassy Row
Washington DC, DC (Upper Northwest)
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Ranked #108 of 487 things to do in Washington DC
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The section of Massachusetts Avenue with many embassies and the house of the Vice President located on one end.
SoCal
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“Great walking area, beautiful mansions”
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.

Visited June 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“Good fences make good neighbors?”
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 its representatives. At the end you’ll come to the Islamic Center (open daily 10-5, no shorts, and women need a head scarf). You’re welcome to visit and see what a typical mosque looks like. Then follow Kalorama Rd. right beside to see a wealth of grand homes, many of which are ambassadors’ residences. The French tell you to eat cake, with the ambassador enjoying a house and grounds that cover nearly a full city block.

Canadians looking for their embassy need to return to the heart of DC, across from the National Gallery of Art on Pennsylvania Ave, between the Capitol and the White House.

Visited April 2014
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USA
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“Open House at Embassies”
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 tours are very popular so get an early start in the day in hopes of avoiding the long lines. The Embassy Series is another group that offers a series of classical music concerts at embassies for a reasonable fee. I have not yet been to the free Tango dance lessons at the Embassy of Argentina, but that this just another example of the great activities at embassies in DC.

Visited May 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Loved the houses here.”
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.

Visited May 2014
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“Love seeing these HUGE houses (Embassies)”
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.

Visited April 2014
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