Penn Quarter

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Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
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DMGAmes_Iowa
Ames, IA598 contributions
If you are visiting in downtown DC, you can't avoid Pennsylvania Avenue. So take some time and enjoy walking along the route from the White House to the Capitol. For those of us living in the Midlands, we watch presidential inaugurations, see the size of crowds for those events, watch parades etc. So it is wonderful to actually be there and become more familiar with this avenue.
Written October 13, 2019
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Rick M
68 contributions
Kind of snooty but isn't that what it is meant to be. It isn't a daily drinker but a worthwhile one time visit. Expensive and sexy.
Written June 5, 2018
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Karen V 🌴🌻🎀
Tampa, FL2,884 contributions
Family
This was the perfect location for us. We were staying at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center. We were able to walk to the White House and to the National Mall. It's also a short walk to Chinatown where they have many wonderful restaurants. There's an old postal tower (in the Trump Hotel) where you can get great views of the city (free public access). The hockey stadium is nearby if you're going to watch the Capitols play. There's lots of shopping including a Macy's. There are many bakeries/cafés within the Penn Quarter. You can find a taxi just about anywhere in this quarter, or you can use the Metro Center to take a subway into other parts of DC.

I've stayed in many different parts of DC in the past (Crystal City & Farragut), but this part of town has been by far the best area I've stayed in to date.
Written June 5, 2018
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PlatinumHoney
Los Angeles, CA2,095 contributions
Solo
It has lost its Chinese heritage, with barely an Asian eatery in sight. Yes, signs with Chinese letters, but that's about it...its growing, with new spots opening all the time, but nothing outrageous. Waiting for basic amenities, so if you are a tourist staying in this area close to so many museums, other than the drug stores and coffee shops, really no place to buy food to prepare. No bakeries, no florist, no shoe repair, no grocery store. On the other hand, busy, bustling, especially with the Verizon Center here and lots of restaurants.
Written May 15, 2017
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Ruzzaa
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia63 contributions
Couples
What a beautiful area !! 😍😍
Really you need to pass by and drink some coffee there ☺️
I went there at evening 😊
Written April 23, 2017
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC13,366 contributions
Solo
Penn Quarter is situated between Pennsylvania Avenue and Chinatown. Many locals considered Penn Quarter is the west of Chinatown (Verizon center) to Penn Ave with new buildings (office and residential). Penn Quarter and Chinatown can be accessed easily by many buses and Metro (green/yellow/red) lines. There are plenty of stores, museums, restaurants in this area (lunch and dinner), and park for everyone. The Shakespeare Theater, Spy Museum, and National Portrait Gallery are all in the heart of Penn Quarter. Plan to spend a day in the area when visiting D.C.
Written February 10, 2017
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Brellie
Washington DC, DC1,218 contributions
Solo
Convenient to the Metro. Many great varied restaurants. There are s restaurant that will please every member of the family and the old buildings are interesting.
Written January 13, 2017
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LeslieinTN
Jonesborough, TN781 contributions
Couples
This is a great place of DC to stay and visit with all their museums and WONDERFUL restaurants. We hardly left the Penn Quarter area.
Written October 27, 2016
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TERRAvelista
London, UK16,832 contributions
Couples
I visited several museums in this area and logically, stopped in some chain shops and unique restaurants for a bite to eat. What surprised me everywhere was how friendly the people were, unlike here in the UK.

The streets are large and you feel safe to walk, like most of the areas in central Washington. You have lots of points of interest here or some 1, 2 miles walk further away. We chose to stay across the river on both occasions, where is equally beautiful and close due to good transport links, yet if I chose to stay in DC probably this would be my preferred area.
Written June 16, 2016
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PlatinumHoney
Los Angeles, CA2,095 contributions
Couples
Once not a particularly safe or welcoming area, the Penn Quarter now is buzzing with restaurants representing many national cuisines. It's both interesting fast food and expensive good. It has a fair number of retail shops and it is in close proximity to the National Mall and many of Washington's museums and monuments. A good location to walk around, but its former Chinatown aura unfortunately is pretty much dissipated. Can still see signs in Chinese, but not much.
Written May 30, 2016
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