Penn Quarter

Composed of microneighborhoods, Downtown DC offers a full spectrum of experiences. Walk across cobblestone streets in the area’s historic district, catch a pro basketball or hockey game in Chinatown or do dinner and a play in Penn Quarter. With shopping, museum hopping and more, it’s easy to spend hours here.

Downtown DC covers the area between the National Mall, White House, U.S. Capitol and Massachusetts Avenue. Chinatown runs along H Street NW as well as around cross streets, including 7th Street NW. The Penn Quarter overlaps Chinatown in some areas and stretches from Pennsylvania Avenue north to H Street between 5th and 10th Streets NW.

By day, view a complete collection of presidential portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, and watch art preservationists at work in the Lunder Conservation Center. Or, try your hand at espionage in Operation Spy, an interactive experience at the International Spy Museum. Catch a midday production or lecture at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Harman Center for the Arts.

By night, see what’s doing at the Verizon Center, home of the Washington Wizards and Capitals. The sports venue also includes the Regal Cinemas Gallery Place Stadium 14 Movie Theater; Lucky Strike Bowling; and restaurants, bars and shops. Walk along 7th Street or along F Street and enter a sea of dining and nightlife options. Celebrity chef José Andrés also has five nearby restaurants, all which will leave a good taste in your mouth.