Judiciary Square

Judiciary Square is exactly what it sounds like: a cluster of federal courthouses and offices. Don’t judge.

When people think of federal Washington, they think of Judiciary Square. Little is left of this neighborhood’s residential history, and a visitor would be hard pressed to find a restaurant or cafe that’s not housed in the basement of a federal courthouse or mammoth office building. On weekends or after 5 during the work week, the area is largely deserted.

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On the Map

Judiciary Square is bordered by Mount Vernon Square, Near Northeast/H Street Corridor, Downtown/Penn Quarter, and Capitol Hill

Reagan National Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic or 22 minutes by public transit
Dulles International Airport: 40 minutes by cab without traffic
The White House: 9 minutes by public transit
Georgetown: 14 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Strictly Business

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Judiciary Square houses a large number of government office buildings and facilities.

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From the Supreme Court to the FBI, Judiciary Square is business first, second, and last.

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USA WashingtonDC JudiciarySquare CKW
USA WashingtonDC JudiciarySquare CKW

Judiciary Square's monuments and classical plazas may entice political junkies and history buffs to explore the neighborhood.

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USA WashingtonDC JudiciarySquare CKW
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Multiple parks provide relief and relaxation for the throngs of office workers who call this neighborhood their 9-to-5 home.

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Unless you've got top-secret clearance, you might tire of this neighborhood's buttoned-up demeanor.

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USA WashingtonDC JudiciarySquare CKW

You're at liberty to judiciously move on.

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All day and all night, you'll see a lot of homeless and bystanders milling around. It's not as bad as San Francisco Civic Center area but it's quite noticeable. We never felt at risk or threatened but that depends on your tolerance."
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Tristan

Visited in 2013

Photography

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

Chris Weisler

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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.