Brookland

A neighborhood with the nickname “Little Rome” looks exactly how one might suspect. Home to Catholic University, this Northeast neighborhood is filled with beautiful churches and awe-inspiring architecture, including the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The neighborhood is also home to Civil War-era forts and landmarks, including Lincoln’s Cottage.

Northeast is home to Civil War-era forts and landmarks, quiet residential streets and picturesque places like the 446-acre National Arboretum. The Roman Catholic Church bought up tracts of land here in the late 19th century to build the Catholic University of America, which attracted additional Catholic sites like the Franciscan Monastery and the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Picnic in the peaceful gardens of the Franciscan Monastery or pause for quiet reflection in the largest Catholic church in the U.S. Wander through the National Arboretum’s two-acre herb garden or the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, and don’t miss its thousands of brightly colored azaleas in full bloom each May.