8 Fun Things To See & Do In Dupont Circle
Dupont Circle isn’t just a traffic circle – it’s one of the most interesting neighborhoods within Embassy Row. A veritable pocket of culture and history, you can actually get to know the city a little better by exploring Dupont Circle, which also happens to be the neighborhood of the most iconic hotel, The Fairfax Hotel.
#1, Go on a Walking Tour
The starting point of any great walking tour of the neighborhood would be the Australian Embassy, before the walking tour stretches on for a total of two miles. Embassy Row is also known by its older name, Massachusetts Avenue. If you keep walking northwest, you will be able to see plenty of diplomatic missions, and great sights, including the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial. There’s also the Nelson Mandela Statue which you can find just out the South African Embassy.
#2, Dig Some Modern Art
Dupont Circle is home of the very first modern museum of art in the United States – The Phillips Collection. This ticketed museum is a great entry point to modern works of art from all over the world. From the sage artists of Europe to collections from Anglo-American artists, there is something for everyone here. The Phillips Collections also hosts special art exhibitions and features a wonderful weekly program for all. Visit The Phillips Collection on Sundays and watch a unique and enchanting concert at 4 PM, on the dot. There’s also the after-hours program called Phillips After 5, which happens every Thursday of the week.
#3, Have a Picnic
Find the Dupont Circle Fountain just outside of the National Mall. This fountain was made by modern sculpture Daniel Chest French, and Henry Bacon of the Lincoln Memories. Everyone is invited to hang out or have a picnic at the Dupont Circle Fountain.
#4, Visit President Woodrow Wilson’s Home
Old houses are always a hoot, and you’ll be enjoying a visit to President Woodrow Wilson’s abode aplenty. The Georgian revival home, which has been exquisitely preserved since its heyday in the 1920s, is both a historical space and a place where great events happen, from fun vintage game nights to wonderful parties, which are hosted in spring.
#5, Delve Into History at the Anderson House
If you’re interested in the Revolutionary Era, the Anderson House is definitely for you. The Anderson House contains manuscripts, art, and different archives from this tumultuous period of US history. The Anderson House belongs to The Society, which was founded in 1783.
#6, Expand the Mind at The Mansion O & O Street Museum
This is a unique and eccentric museum nestled in a quiet street along Dupont Circle. There are tours, events, and other programs that encourage people to tap into their natural creativity.
#7, Chill Out at the Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps can be found at 22nd Street, and it’s a cool and quiet place to just relax and have great conversation, and perhaps snap a few photos.
#8, Go on a Book Spree at Kramerbooks
From great literature like modern novels to collections of important political essays, Kramerbooks has something for everyone. Kramerbooks is the place to be if you enjoy readings from established and up and coming writers.
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