Must-Sees in Dupont Circle

If you’re looking for something to do in DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, you certainly have plenty of options. The area is packed with must-see sites and attractions. You may be able to catch an organized walking tour of the neighborhood, but some of the sites are just as easy to see on your own.

Dupont Traffic Circle

It goes without saying, you cannot visit Dupont Circle without driving the main traffic circle that shares its name. The circle connects up three major roadways, including New Hampshire Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue and Connecticut Avenue. It’s an experience all its own 

Dupont Circle fountain

If you don’t want to get behind the wheel, you can always bring your lunch or just take a short stroll through the park in the middle of the traffic circle and admire its fountain. It’s a good spot for people-watching, plus it occasionally hosts things like political rallies and even chess matches.

Brewmaster’s Castle

The old Brewmaster’s Castle dates back to the late 1800s and now serves as home to the Heurich House Museum. If you’re not able to get a tour of the inside, you can always try a visit to the Castle Garden.

Phillips Collection

Another option is the Phillips Collection. First opened in the early 1920s, the building bills itself as the nation’s first modern art museum. You’ll find artwork from the likes of Vincent Van Gogh and others.

Embassy Row

If admiring stately old homes is on your wish list, you’ll find them in Dupont Circle. The neighborhood is home to several foreign embassies, including Greece, India, Ireland and Sudan. If you’re looking for Embassy Row, be sure to take a stroll along Massachusetts Avenue. 

President Wilson House

Not far from Embassy Row, make plans to see the President Woodrow Wilson House. Once home to the nation’s 28th president, the old mansion takes about an hour to tour.  

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