Museums, theaters and galleries share the streets with bustling restaurants, lounges and hotels. The neighborhood is full of must-see sights like the International Spy Museum, Newseum, Madame Tussauds Washington D.C., the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Crime Museum and Ford’s Theatre. DC’s Chinatown, with its authentic Chinese restaurants and shops, is nestled in the heart of the neighborhood. You'll know you're in the right place when you see the brightly colored "Friendship Arch" that spans H Street. The neighborhood is also home to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the Verizon Center, which hosts college and professional sports action and star-studded concerts year-round.
View a complete collection of presidential portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, and watch art preservationists at work in the Lunder Conservation Center. 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.
Downtown DC has come to signify urban revitalization and the rise of new districts like Penn Quarter, a dining and entertainment hotspot named for its proximity to Pennsylvania Avenue. In Chinatown, you'll notice the storefronts have their names spelled out in Chinese characters, a requirement to do business in the neighbhorhood.