U Street Corridor

DC’s go-to spot for mouthwatering cuisine by day and live music after dark.

It wasn't until the 1990s that the “New U” emerged from the shadow of the 1968 MLK riots. Today, DC has once again embraced the neighborhood's creative spirit. Known as “Black Broadway” in the 1920s, the neighborhood maintains the legacy of Duke Ellington and Billy Taylor with a host of hopping music venues featuring avant garde jazz, mainstream hip hop, and alt-rock. Tucked among the historic row houses are DC’s best Caribbean and soul-food restaurants.

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On the Map

U Street Corridor is bordered by LeDroit Park, Adams Morgan, Pleasant Plains, Logan Circle, Dupont Circle, Shaw, and Columbia Heights

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Possible

Reagan National Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic or 24 minutes by public transit
Dulles International Airport: 38 minutes by public transit
The White House: 22 minutes by public transit
Georgetown: 28 minutes by public transit

Dinner, Drinks, and Dancing on U Street

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Swivel your hips at a salsa bar or swirl your cocktail at a speakeasy on U Street, DC's newest arrival to the late-night scene.

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USA WashingtonDC U.St CKW

Dance clubs and jazz halls cater to cool-looking young professionals ready to loosen their ties.

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The 9:30 Club is a popular live music venue.

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USA WashingtonDC U.St CKW

When you're ready to leave Adams Morgan, join the crowds along U Street.

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There's more to see beyond U Street.

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Turn onto 14th and find countless alternatives to occupy your evening.

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USA WashingtonDC U.St CKW
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Forgot your dinner? U Street's got your meal ticket.

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The neighborhood was great! Lots of restaurants and shops nearby, and very close to transit."

Stephanie

Visited in 2013

Opposites Attract: Quiet Days to Contrast Loud Nights

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By day, U Street Corridor is all business.

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USA WashingtonDC U.St CKW

Professionals walk to work, people run their errands, and students wait for the bus.

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Sometimes, you get to squeeze in a friendly lunch before your flight.

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I felt safe in the neighborhood and people were friendly."

Jenn

Visited in 2013

The Color and the Light

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USA WashingtonDC U.St CKW

U Street Corridor's buildings and alleyways reflect the neighborhood's dynamic interests and urban inclinations.

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USA WashingtonDC U.St CKW
USA WashingtonDC U.St CKW

Brownstones and Victorian Homes

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U Street Corridor's colors couldn't feel more charming.

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May we come in?

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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