Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle’s magnetic energy attracts DC locals in droves.

Legislation isn’t made in Dupont Circle, but this hub of activity often feels like DC’s true city center. This trendsetting neighborhood boasts more long-term residents than summer interns, lending it a lived-in quality that’s uncommon in a city of new arrivals. Dupont Circle’s around-the-clock energy invites people to come for brunch and stay until last call, while its parks attract residents to relax as they observe their neighbors protesting, painting, or reading the afternoon away.

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On the Map

Dupont Circle is bordered by Adams Morgan, Kalorama, Logan Circle, U Street Corridor, Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, and Downtown/Penn Quarter

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Reagan National Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic or 33 minutes by public transit
Dulles International Airport: 35 minutes by cab without traffic
The White House: 17 minutes by public transit
Georgetown: 17 minutes by public transit

At the Intersection of DC's Grand Boulevards

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Residents gather in Dupont's eponymous park.

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Famous for idle activity and active people-watching, Dupont Circle is most alive when no one is doing anything at all.

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The pace in Dupont Circle feels considerably slower than many of the capital's high-powered neighborhoods.

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It's nice like that.

Pixel
About the neighborhood, all I can say is that is THE spot in Washington. A lot of good restaurants, coffee houses, wine bars"

Daniel

Visited in 2013

Outside the Circle and Into the Bars and Boutiques

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A fashion-savvy neighborhood with an eye on the trends, Dupont Circle's bars and boutiques reflect contemporary sensibilities and culinary fads.

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Dupont Circle's funky boutiques complete the neighborhood's hip image.

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When you come to play in Dupont Circle, don't drive. The good news? The neighborhood has its own Metro stop, and getting to and away from Dupont Circle is simple.

Pixel
Great neighborhood (safe and close to embassies) and relatively quiet."

Philip

Visited in 2013

Stylish By Day, Stylish By Night

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Dupont Circle's repertoire of hip restaurants and spirited bars speak for themselves.

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In Dupont Circle, they must serve style on tap.

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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