The best way to tour any historic city is by foot. Washington Walks provides visitors to the Nation's Capital with the ideal place to start. Licensed, knowledgeable guides will introduce you to the stories and sites found in the many beautiful and fascinating areas of Washington, D.C. History, architecture, famous (and infamous) people, scandal, ghosts, scenery, family fun, Embassy Row, Lafayette Park, the Washington National Cathedral -- it's all waiting for you to discover with Washington Walks! Hear our unique perspective on these must-see places, and introduce yourself to lesser known but more-than-worth-the-visit neighborhoods like Foggy Bottom and the Southwest Waterfront. And don't forget to say good night to Mr. Lincoln!
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city was built from scratch, Washington's
regular town plan is easy to grasp. Centered
on Capitol Hill and its governmental
monoliths, the District is divided into four
quadrants - northeast, northwest, southeast
and southwest. Dozens of broad avenues , all
named after states, run diagonally across a
standard grid of streets , meeting up at
monumental traffic circles like Dupont
Circle. North-south streets are numbered,
east-west ones are lettered. There's no J
Street, an intentional slight to early
Supreme Court Justice John Jay, or X, Y or Z
Street. I Street is often written Eye
Street. Be sure to note the relevant
two-letter code in any address (NW, NE, SW,
SE), which shows its quadrant; 1600
Pennsylvania Ave NW is a long way from 1600
Pennsylvania Ave SE.
Once in the
city, stop at the
DC Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center ,
Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania
Ave NW (Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm; tel
202/328-4748), which can help with maps,
tours, bookings and citywide information.
Look for visitor information desks at the
airports and Union Station.
The White House Visitor Information Center
, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave NW (daily
7.30am-4pm; tel 202/208-1631), supplies free
maps and handy guides to museums and
attractions; the most useful is the free
Washington DC Visitors Guide .