Explore D.C. with a Night on the Town!
Though you’ll be housed at the University of Maryland while you’re at NCCWSL, we want you to have the opportunity to explore Washington, D.C., with a night on the town! Buses will depart from the UMD campus and drop NCCWSL attendees off downtown at the Foggy Bottom Metro stop. From this central location you can reach several sightseeing destinations and historic locations. Here are some suggestions for a fun evening in the nation’s capital. Which direction will you take?
South: National Mall
If you walk south on 23rd Street NW for about a mile, you’ll reach the National Mall, one of the most visited spots in Washington, D.C., and home to the Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Explore the grounds near the reflecting pool to find the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and the Washington Monument. These monuments are especially beautiful when lit up in the evening!
Walk a mile west on Pennsylvania Avenue and M Street NW to find the quaint yet lively area of Georgetown. M Street is Georgetown’s main hub, featuring shops and restaurants to suit any taste. You can take a walk along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal or the Potomac River for lovely views of nature or check out Georgetown’s historic sites, which include the oldest building in our nation’s capital. With its blend of modernity and nostalgia, Georgetown has something for everyone.
North: Dupont Circle
A quick walk up New Hampshire Avenue NW will bring you to Dupont Circle, a busy area full of students and young professionals. Here you can find food from dozens of different countries and check out local spots including Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café, known for its fun atmosphere and status as Dupont’s premier location for good food and book browsing. Walk along Massachusetts Avenue to see the embassies of a variety of countries. Dupont Circle is quite the international locale!
Remember: Buses will begin leaving from the University of Maryland residence halls at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, June 2, and will drop students off at the Foggy Bottom Metro stop located at 23rd and I streets NW. The last bus to depart UMD for D.C. will leave at approximately 6:15 p.m. The buses will pick up at the Foggy Bottom Metro to return to the UMD campus. The last bus will leave promptly at midnight, so make sure to be back at the pickup spot on time!
And remember, take photos if possible — great locations for pictures include the Washington or Lincoln Monuments, the Potomac River, and Embassy Row in Dupont. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #NCCWSL17 when posting to social media!