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Distinguished by its Friendship Arch, bustling cityscape and Times Square-esque lights, DC's Penn Quarter offers dazzling nightlife and exciting daytime activities.

Pictured: Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro

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Downtown/Penn Quarter/Chinatown

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. 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Chinatown - Corner of 7th and H Streets
Explore this vibrant neighborhood, home to the National Mall, Verizon Center and a dizzying number of eateries, shops and attractions.
Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery
Explore the free Smithsonian Museums (15 in all!) that line the National Mall.
Jaleo by José Andrés opened in DC's Penn Quarter in 1993 and quickly became a staple of the neighborhood. Known for its tapas and paellas, the restaurant underwent a stylish redesign in 2012.
After working up an explorer's appetite, find a variety of dining options in this bustling neighborhood.
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