Capitol Hill

No one’s a stranger in Capitol Hill, a quaint neighborhood under the shadow of the nation’s congressional buildings.

Capitol Hill owes its name to the iconic congressional building that overlooks the neighborhood. Although its senators and representatives attend to serious business, Capitol Hill makes room for frivolity. Trading stuffiness for enthusiasm, the neighborhood sponsors street fairs and supports secondhand shops and eclectic restaurants. It’s easy to navigate to and away from Capitol Hill, but who wants to leave a community where you can buy fresh lemonade from a neighbor’s enterprising preschooler?

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On the Map

Capitol Hill is bordered by Judiciary Square, Carver Langston, Mount Vernon Square, Trinidad, Kingman Park, Barney Circle, Navy Yard, and Near Northeast/H Street Corridor

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Reagan National Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic or 30 minutes by public transit
Dulles International Airport: 40 minutes by cab without traffic
The White House: 10 minutes by public transit
Georgetown: 16 minutes by public transit

Life on The Hill

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Beneath its majestic dome, the Capitol Building holds centuries of American history.

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Carefully manicured gardens and sprawling lawns offer serenity in the midst of DC's lively metropolitan landscape.

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The neighborhood was great -- full of families and dogs but also within walking distance to both H Street and Eastern Market/Barracks Row."

Linda

Visited in 2013

The Community Behind the Capitol

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Capitol Hill's front stoops, open benches, and cafe tables await your arrival.

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Whether through conversation or holiday decoration, Capitol Hill's residents get involved.

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A Vibrant Village: Capitol Hill's Colorful Nature

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From Capitol Hill's idyllic residential roads to its bustling local markets, vivid hues saturate the neighborhood.

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The Yards Park is a great place to play and picnic and is not well known among tourists. It hosts weekly outdoor movies (on Thursdays) in the summer and weekly (on Fridays) live music events from May - August. Eastern Market is a famous institution. It is open 6 days a week as a historic market that hosts a baker, a fishmonger, a butcher, a florist, a grocer...on the weekends, it hosts an outdoor farmers market, a huge flea market, and an artist's market - an amazing place to explore, people watch, and venue to discover great finds, great foods, and great non-traditional souvenirs and gifts."

A Day In Capitol Hill

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In a neighborhood that embraces community activity, shared spaces are sacred.

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Weekend flea markets and street fairs bring residents and tourists together.

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In Capitol Hill, it's good to be together.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

As a freelance photographer based out of DC, I’ve had a lifelong desire to be submerged in different cultures, meet people of all walks of life, and eat bizarre foods. While my personal favorite escape is surfing remote warm-water breaks in Central America, I loved working on this project and discovering the many hidden subcultures that make up the diverse and often-mislabeled city of Washington, D.C.

Chris Weisler

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