Penn Quarter Tours
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Penn Quarter is a lively and compact neighborhood in eastern Washington DC; its famed for its diverse selection of restaurants, bars, museums, and sports and entertainment venues. The district is a short distance from the National Mall and US Capitol.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Address: Washington DC, USA
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Penn Quarter
Sip a variety of top-notch, international wines or liquors at Central Wines, a classy wine, beer and spirits shop in the lively Penn Quarter District (or take your tastings to go), and then sit back and enjoy your pedicab ride. Your driver-guide pedals you through Chinatown and the Federal Triangle, as well as past key sights such as the National Portrait Gallery, the Friendship Arch and Ford Theatre. This small-group tour is limited to 9 people or fewer.
Mountain Bike Tours
The ultimate urban adventure! See D.C. like a local in the most personal way. D.C. is flush with some great city bikeshare bikes. Sure, they are a bit heavier but once you get rolling you barely notice as their wide tires smooth out rough patches of pavement. We can explore some of D.C.’s remarkable urban fabric, cool neighborhoods and even check out the major monuments, National Mall, White House and or Capitol Building. I’ll bring helmets and gear to make the experience even more safe and fun. Depending on availability, we can also use electric assist bikeshare bikes.
Private and Luxury
Cocktails have been a part of U.S. history since George Washington ran his own Mount Vernon distillery. In the heart of downtown DC, your guide gives you insider access to the city’s best bars, from a rooftop pub with views of the capital to a Prohibition-era speakeasy often missed by visitors. The evening includes light snacks, one complimentary drink, and a cocktail-making demonstration.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Penn Quarter?
The best ways to experience Penn Quarter are:
- Washington DC BYOB Tour by Pedicab
- City Sights on City Bikes
- Washington DC: Craft Cocktails and Speakeasies Walking Tour (Small Group)
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