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Dupont Circle, Washington DC

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     Dupont Circle, without question one of Washington's most popular destinations; it's lively, convenient and bubbling with activity day and night! This area is well known for its restaurants, bookstores, boutiques, coffee shops, art galleries, clubs and more. Dupont is also a DC transportation hub (the Metro's Red Line stops in the heart of the Circle and numerous bus routes intersect here), so travel to other parts of the Capitol is fast and easy.  Embassy Row and Rock Creek Park, plus the National Cathedral, Phillips Gallery House Museum, National Zoo, White House, Smithsonian Museums, and the National Monuments on the Mall are all just minutes away from Dupont Circle. Georgetown's fabulous shopping and nightlife are easy to get to too and the Adams-Morgan and Logan Circle neighborhoods are within a short walk.





     Dupont Circle's development began in 1871 (shortly after Logan Circle's), under its original name: Pacific Circle.  This neighborhood forms the Northwest corner of an inverted pyramid, in which the White House is at the South point and Logan Circle at the Northeast. In 1882, Congress commissioned a memorial statue of Civil War Rear Admiral Samuel Francis duPont to be placed at this site. The statue was unveiled in 1884, and the Circle's name was officially changed in the Rear Admiral's honor. The original statue was replaced in 1921 with the double tiered marble fountain that graces the spot today, though the Circle retains the duPont name.


     Most of the homes around Dupont Circle were constructed from 1895-1910. They include three and four story brick row houses in the prevalent styles of the Capital city: Queen Anne, Richardsonian, Romanesque Revival and Beaux Arts, as well as freestanding residences on relatively large parcels of land, by Washington's standards. Dupont Circle was an enclave for many of Washington's elite, including those arriving from other parts of the country - and the world - to facilitate interaction with our Federal Government. Today, a cruise down "Embassy Row" (officially Massachusetts Avenue) offers unparalleled glimpses of some of the city's most stunning original homes.




     Dupont Circle's attractions include many private art galleries, including the Phillips Collection, as well as several museums. The Textile Museum explores the history of fabric and textiles in the United States. The Woodrow Wilson House is also here and is, perhaps surprisingly, the District's only Presidential Museum. The Washington Hilton Towers hotel, on Connecticut Avenue (just North of the Circle), is a frequent site for business conventions, and will forever be known as the location of the attempted assassination of President Reagan in 1981.





     There are more than 80 restaurants in the area, providing options for all tastes and pocket books. You'll find small bistros for a quick bite, all the way up to formal dining and food from some of Washington's top chefs. Connecticut Avenue offers a large collection of bookstores, coffee bars and boutique shopping. Come evening, many shops stay open late, hoping to capture the people out strolling around the Circle. Later on, visitors will find a number of nightclubs, movie theaters and the Improv Comedy Club, one of Washington's best comedy venues.





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