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Visit M Street and DC’s Best Streets

What is now Washington, DC was initially inhabited by the Nacotchtank people during the 17th century. After that, in 1791, the newly emerging city was handpicked by George Washington to be the site for our nation’s new capital. DC is ideal for people of all types and interests. It offers a wide variety of activities and a thriving culture rooted in its historical past. Check out these four streets to discover the diverse neighborhoods of DC—ranging from scenic national parks to bustling nightlife.

M Street NW

One of the 30 metro buses can take you to the historic Georgetown neighborhood on M Street. There’s quite a shopping selection here, ranging from Buffalo Exchange to Steve Madden to Urban Outfitters. Bowl or play a few games of Bocce with friends at the hippest bowling alley bar around, Pinstripes, which offers indoor and outdoor seating. Or, have a nosh at Chaia, a unique taco shop serving delicious artisanal tacos made entirely with vegetables. According to Cohen & Cohen, a Personal Injury Law Firm in Washington DC, visitors can stroll down the quaint brick sidewalks of M Street to reach the scenic waterfront vistas on the Potomac River. You can rent a paddleboard or kayak here in the summer months and check out the views from the river—you might even catch elusive water Pokémon!

Notable: If you notice a steep stone staircase tucked behind an alley, get some photos here—these are the famed steps from The Exorcist movie. 

18th Street NW

Hang out with the local college crowd along the 18th Street strip in the Adams Morgan corridor. Then, after your rousing night on the town, hit one of the street’s well-known 24/7 jumbo slice locations and devour a slice of pizza. But, if partying with young twenty-somethings isn’t for you, there’s plenty of good eats and thrift shopping nearby that don’t involve the party scene. Audiophiles should visit the underground Smash Records and flip through the vinyl selection. Or, relax at Tryst, a hipster-oriented coffee house with eclectic furniture, sandwiches cappuccino, and sweets. At nighttime, Tryst transforms into a 21+ bar with live music and artisan cocktails. Be sure not to miss the jaw-dropping presidential mural on Mama Ayesha’s Restaurant, the long-running Middle Eastern spot that has grilled meats and exotic decor.

14th Street

14th Street cuts through versatile and eclectic neighborhoods as it spans the district from the northwest to the southwest corridor. Downtown, watch skateboarders practicing their impressive tricks at Freedom Plaza. Gawk at the items in Miss Pixie’s, a sprawling vintage and antique boutique. From an eclectic selection of vintage furniture to funky home decor, you’ll be challenged not to buy everything.  

Go north to the U Street neighborhood to watch an indie, rock, or alternative live-music show at the venue Black Cat. Afterward, head to Ted’s Bulletin for some avocado toast and a spiked milkshake. And don’t forget to stop in DC residents’ favorite restaurant Busboys & Poets. This beloved neighborhood staple has enticing food and promotes community activism, often hosting open mic nights and slam poetry.

Minnesota Avenue SE/NE

Take time out to cross the river and wander around Minnesota Avenue. Most tourists focus on the west side of the Anacostia River. However, southeast DC has under-appreciated sights. The river has struggled here due to industrial pollution, but many successful efforts are making it clean again. While you’re here, be sure to stop in to the charming Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

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