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Penn Quarter
Penn Quarter

Penn Quarter

Free admission
Washington DC

The Basics

Penn Quarter hosts the Capitol One Arena, home to the Washington Nationals (NHL) and the Washington Wizards (NBA), and Ford’s Theatre, the site of President Lincoln’s assassination. The neighborhood overlaps with Chinatown—look for the Friendship Arch on H Street—and features museums ranging from the National Portrait Gallery to the National Building Museum. Explore Penn Quarter on a walking or bike tour of downtown DC.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Located on the edge of the Penn Quarter, CityCenterDC is a popular shopping hub that’s home to a range of high-end and designer boutiques.

  • The neighborhood is home to several major memorials, including the US Navy Memorial and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

  • One of the area’s most recognizable landmarks is the imposing J. Edgar Hoover Building, home to the FBI Headquarters.

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How to Get There

If traveling via public transport, take the red, yellow, or green Metro lines to Gallery Pl-Chinatown; the yellow or green lines to Archives-Navy Mem-Penn Quarter Station; or the blue, orange, silver, or red lines to Metro Center Station. Union Station, DC’s main transit hub, is a short stroll away.

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When to Get There

Penn Quarter is lively at all hours of the day and night. During the daytime, enjoy its museums, monuments, movie theaters, and restaurants. After dark, the area’s bars come to life and the Capital One Arena regularly hosts games and concerts.

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Dining Destinations in the Penn Quarter

Penn Quarter is home to some of DC’s best eateries. Head to Rasika to enjoy fragrant Indian cooking, or feast on the food of celebrity chef Jose Garces at the Jaleo, Oyamel, and Zaytina restaurants. Don’t forget to visit Chinatown Express, which is renowned for its hand-pulled noodles.

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