Come to Dupont Circle and enjoy its museums, art, and history.

Dupont Circle is one of the hippest neighborhoods in Washington D.C. Explore this eclectic jumble of bistros, bars, embassies, galleries, museums and early 20th-century architecture. The cosmopolitan district is home to young professionals and artists and has a large lesbian and gay community.

The circle started taking shape in the last quarter of the 19th century when members of Washington’s elite built their mansions here. Following a period of decline in the early 20th century, Dupont Circle re-emerged as a bohemian neighborhood in the 1970s, attracting musicians, artists, students and intellectuals.

Take a slow ramble through the streets to appreciate the architecture. In Embassy Row you’ll find many country embassies in mansions and former residences. Visit the Heurich House, also known as the Brewmaster’s Castle, a Victorian mansion with a fortress-like appearance.

At the heart of the neighborhood is the small park where locals hang out and chess players compete at stone tables. Stroll through the leafy open space and rest near the white marble fountain. The area honors Samuel Francis Du Pont, a Civil War naval hero.

On a cultural tour of Dupont Circle’s museums and galleries, visit the Phillips Collection to view works by Cezanne, Van Gogh, Picasso and other towering figures of modern art. Explore the revival-style house where President Woodrow Wilson spent his last few years. The National Geographic Museum offers insights into the diversity of our planet and its cultures.

The area has many other attractions that make a visit worthwhile. Pick up vintage clothing in secondhand stores, find good deals on rare vinyl records and try a bowl of mussels in a casual restaurant. Come back in the evening for the lively nightlife.

To find many of the area’s gay-friendly bars, restaurants and cafes, walk down P Street Northwest toward Rock Creek Parkway along the Potomac River. This park is a great place for walking, biking or simply enjoying green space in the nation’s capital.

Dupont Circle is located just north of downtown Washington D.C. It conveniently has its own metro station. Street parking is limited but you’ll find paid parking garages nearby.

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Top Hotels in Dupont Circle

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Embassy Row Hotel
The Embassy Row Hotel
4 out of 5
2015 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC
$149
per night
Nov 1 - Nov 2
4.1/5Very Good! (1,905 reviews)

"We loved the location and overall the hotel was very well kept. Really wish they had a better restaurant on site. The food they had was good but limited."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

The Embassy Row Hotel
Washington Hilton
Washington Hilton
4 out of 5
1919 Connecticut Ave Nw, Washington, DC
$118
per night
Oct 31 - Nov 1
4/5Very Good! (2,205 reviews)

"normal to small room, but clean , and excellent condition."…"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

Washington Hilton
The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C.
The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C.
4 out of 5
2100 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC
$159
per night
Oct 31 - Nov 1
4.4/5Excellent! (4,595 reviews)

"Good location. Easy check in and out. Friendly staff. Comfortable beds..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C.
The St. Gregory Hotel
The St. Gregory Hotel
4 out of 5
2033 M St Nw, Washington, DC
$147
per night
Oct 31 - Nov 1
4.2/5Very Good! (2,409 reviews)

"Beautiful spaces and the amenities are amazing! The staff is extremely friendly, I would definitely return."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

The St. Gregory Hotel
The Normandy Hotel
The Normandy Hotel
3 out of 5
2118 Wyoming Ave NW, Washington, DC
$132
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28
4.2/5Excellent! (1,907 reviews)

"close to everything, but the room is a bit too small."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

The Normandy Hotel
Embassy Inn
Embassy Inn
2 out of 5
1627 16th St Nw, Washington, DC
$99
per night
Oct 31 - Nov 1
3.1/5 (1,523 reviews)

"Good location. Comfortable beds. Complimentary coffee and water."…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Embassy Inn

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White House
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White House

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Georgetown University

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Washington, D.C. Day Trip from New York

$169

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Magic LED Exclusive Guided Night Tour with Hotel Pickup
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Magic LED Exclusive Guided Night Tour with Hotel Pickup

$55

Complementary free pick ups / drop offs from your downtown DC hotel, so climb aboard our comfortable bus and make this experience worthwhile in our nation’s capital. We’ll take you on a super fun journey in the heart of America! Experiencia Washington DC dressed in her best jewels.

See DC Today - Small Group Moonlight Tour
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See DC Today - Small Group Moonlight Tour

$50

Discover our Nation’s Capital during this exceptionally comprehensive, 3 - hour, personalized, professionally guided tour. To enhance our tour you will view dramatic slides and videos of DC on our Transit's overhead display screen.

Washington DC African American Heritage Tour
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Washington DC African American Heritage Tour

$82

Delve into the African American heritage of the United States and its capital city on this local-led tour of D.C. Visit landmarks like Frederick Douglass' house and the Martin Luther King Jr.

Washington: Small-Group City Unveiled eCruiser Tour
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Washington: Small-Group City Unveiled eCruiser Tour

$62

Delve deep into the history of America's capital aboard a swift eCruiser. This eccentric tour unveils the heritage and culture of the city through the eyes of a local. With an expert guide, see historical monuments and war memorials, peek at the legendary White House, and view the US Capitol.

Private Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden Tour
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Private Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden Tour

$50

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th St & Independence Ave. SW Smithsonian Institutions, Washington DC, DC 20560 Travelers will see only the outdoor sculptures. Duration: 2 hours

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