Centered around an elegant traffic circle at the intersection of Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts Avenues, this upscale yet urban neighborhood is full of refined pursuits, as well as much of the city’s gay community. While here, be sure to soak up the people-watching scene around the fountain at Dupont Circle itself, and stop into the unique Kramer Books & Afterwords, a combination café and well-curated bookstore.

Dupont Circle’s graceful marble fountain was designed and built by the same architectural team behind the Lincoln Memorial. Installed in 1921, the fountain replaced a memorial statue of Civil War rear admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont that was moved to the prominent Du Pont family’s estate in Wilmington, Delaware.

In the neighborhood surrounding the traffic circle and fountain, you can feast your eyes on Impressionist masterpieces at the elegant Phillips Collection; tour the 19th-century Anderson House, the lavish home of a former diplomat; and explore awe-inspiring exhibits at the National Geographic Society. Catch a contemporary play at the renowned Studio Theatre, settle in for an artfully prepared dinner at the intimate Obelisk, or enjoy some fancy cocktails at the chic, multi-level Eighteenth Street Lounge.

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Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 445 Reviews

Explore Washington DC at your own pace on an extensive Big Bus hop-on hop-off itinerary through the heart of the nation's capital. The buses are open top ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: Varies

From USD $48.99

Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley and Monuments by Moonlight Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 Reviews

Explore Washington DC at your leisure on a hop-on hop-off trolley and see the city's landmarks illuminated on a guided night tour with this super saver combo. ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $77.99
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Land and River Monuments Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

See the Stately Monuments of Washington DC by land and water on a 6-hour (Lunch Included) sightseeing tour of America’s Capital. Ride through the streets of ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.00

Walking Tour On Embassy Row in Washington DC

See where America's 19th-century nouveau-riche built the showstopping mansions that serve as ambassador residences today. The two-hour walking tour of ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $20.00

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