Life in the United States

Your New Home: Explore Washington, DC

Georgetown neighbourhood in Washington, DC

Thomas Jefferson envisioned it as “America’s Paris,” while George Washington called it “The Federal City.” However you picture Washington, DC, it fulfills its reputation of being an imperial city with vibrant energy. One of the most diverse, sophisticated, historic cities in the United States, it’s a place where American University students love to live and work.

During your time at AU, make sure you check out some of these must-see places in the city, as recommended by Afar magazine.

Lincoln Memorial at night, Washington D.C.

The Lincoln Memorial at night

DC’s world-renowned monuments and memorials honor influential history makers and fallen U.S. heroes. From anywhere along the National Mall you can see the iconic obelisk-shaped Washington monument. Feel the presence of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln while gazing up at their statues, or be inspired by Martin Luther King.

The historic Georgetown neighborhood

Georgetown is a historic DC neighborhood filled with restaurants and shops.

Visit 14th Street and Georgetown in the northwest section of town for your choice of multicultural dining options. For a taste of true DC, head to Maine Avenue Fish Market for Old Bay-coated crabs, or order the district’s signature dish, a “half-smoke,” at Ben’s Chili Bowl. Remember to check out the great dining options on campus for AU Accelerator students.

Music and Theater
Kennedy Center by the Potomac river in Washington, DC.

Kennedy Center, or, John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts

Check out the Kennedy Center’s schedule of free daily performances that take place on the Millennium Stage. If you’re a fan of rock and alternative music, head to the 9.30 Club, an iconic venue that books today’s best up-and-coming acts.

Townhouses near Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

Colorful townhouses near Dupont Circle.

DC neighborhoods have their own unique characters and vibes, and most of them are best explored on foot. For a cool vibe with international flair, Dupont Circle (with Embassy Row nearby) is the destination to see. If politics excites you, then explore Capitol Hill, which is especially lively on weekends with its outdoor flea market.

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