Attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

United States National Arboretum

The greatest green space in Washington unfurls almost 450 acres of meadowland, sylvan theaters and a pastoral setting that feels somewhere between bucolic Americana countryside and a classical Greek ruralscape. High…
Monastery in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Franciscan Monastery

Also known as Mt St Sepulchre, the monastery offers serene grounds with 42 acres of tulips, dogwoods, cherry trees, roses – and some peculiar re-creations of venerated places. The Order of St Francis is charged with…
Church in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The largest Catholic house of worship in North America can host 6000 worshippers. It is an enormous, impressive, but somehow unimposing edifice, more Byzantine than Vatican in its aesthetic. Outlaid with some 75,000…
Museum in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

National Museum of Health and Medicine

Macabre exhibits galore pack this Department of Defense–run museum. The stomach-shaped hairball leaves a lasting impression (a 12-year-old girl ate THAT?), as does the megacolon (use your imagination). The showpiece…
Historic Site in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

President Lincoln's Cottage

History buffs can make the trek to President Lincoln's summer house tucked away on the grounds of the Soldiers' Retirement Home. Abe came here to beat the heat and jot notes for the Emancipation Proclamation in leaf…
Gardens in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

DC was built on a marsh, a beautiful, brackish, low-lying ripple of saw grass and steel-blue water, wind-coaxed and tide touched by the inflow of the Potomac from Chesapeake Bay. You’d never know all that now, of co…
Museum in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

African American Civil War Museum

Set in an old schoolhouse behind the African American Civil War Memorial, the museum makes the point that for some, the Civil War was about secession versus union, but for others, it was a matter of breaking human b…
Monument in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

African American Civil War Memorial

Standing at the center of a granite plaza, this bronze memorial depicting rifle-bearing troops is DC’s first major art piece by black sculptor Ed Hamilton. The statue is surrounded on three sides by the Wall of Hono…
Park in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Meridian Hill Park

This is an incredible bit of urban green space. The grounds are terraced like a hanging garden replete with waterfalls, sandstone terraces and assorted embellishments that feel almost Tuscan. The prettiest bits resi…
Arts Center in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

BloomBars

You never know what you'll find going on at BloomBars, a cool community arts center. By day, children's story times and music classes take place; at night, gallery shows and indie movie screenings take over.