Statue at Dupont Circle.

Just a short,  drive north from the Capitol Hill Hotel, Dupont Circle beckons countless DC travelers with its great restaurants, dynamite shopping, and unique collection of art galleries. From the journey to this favorite DC neighborhood, to some of its cultural highlights—this is our short guide on how to enjoy Dupont Circle to the fullest.

Getting There

There are several ways you can get from Capitol Hill Hotel to Dupont Circle, which are about three-and-a-half miles apart. You can take a complimentary bike from Capitol Hill Hotel and peddle northwest for about 25 minutes, enjoying National Mall sights along the way. You can take an array of different trains, or buses—most simply, the Metro’s Red Line can get you there in a half-hour. If have a car, or want to order a ride, it’ll just take 20 minutes.

Eat

Once you arrive in Dupont Circle, there are a number of critically-acclaimed restaurants you can choose to eat at. The gorgeous Tredici Enoteca—at St. Gregory, another Independent Collection property here in D.C.—serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes, and an upscale wine list. Nora’s Restaurant is also in Dupont Circle, and offers an excellent chef’s tasting menu. It also happens to be the nation’s first certified organic restaurant.

Shop

Once your tummies are full, you can take to the streets to peruse a wide range of style and culture. Upscale shoppers can begin at Lou Lou, a family-owned boutique that has crafty, refined jewelry. Another one of our favorite spots to shop in Dupont Circle is at Second Story, a shop

Take In The Art

Lastly, and most importantly, a trip to Dupont Circle is never complete without checking out some of the neighborhood’s magnificent art galleries. At the top of the list is The Phillips Collection, which features original works from Renoir, van Gogh, and O’Keeffe. We also recommend checking out former White House staffer Claude Taylor’s photography gallery, and The Anderson House—a preserved eighteenth-century mansion with fine art, and vintage furnishings.