Although many visitors to Washington, D.C., spend their time at the National Mall and other nonresidential areas, the nation’s capital has dozens of interesting neighborhoods that showcase its history and diverse culture. Learn about these must-visit neighborhoods while you’re planning your trip to Washington, D.C.

Morning: Visit the Up-and-Coming Mt. Pleasant

Bordering downtown Washington, D.C., to the north and known by locals as Mount P, the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood is a traditionally all-residential area that’s gained commercial momentum, mostly in the form of eateries and late-night options. A hub for Salvadoran immigrants, Mt. Pleasant has several pupuserias — Salvadoran restaurants serving traditional food. Start your day with a pupusa de frijoles y queso at Ercilia’s Restaurant.

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Eastern Market in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood in Washington DC.

Noon: Go Sightseeing on Capitol Hill

Historic landmarks and political buildings and people are on display on Capitol Hill, one of Washington D.C.’s most popular neighborhoods. The most iconic buildings in this area are the Library of Congress, U.S. Capitol Building, and the U.S. Supreme Court Building. Others include the National Postal Museum.

Although dominated by government buildings, Capitol Hill still has local flair. Head to the Eastern Market, which features food and crafts and has been operating continuously since 1873. Grab lunch at one of its vendors, such as Puddin’, which specializes in comfort food and is famed for its brown butter bourbon bread puddin’.

Afternoon: Stroll Through Georgetown

Nestled on the banks of the Potomac River on the city’s northwest side, Georgetown is a shining example of old meets new in Washington, D.C. With buildings dating back to 1751 and 18th- and 19th-century rowhouses lining cobblestone streets, Georgetown can feel like a time warp. Walk along the waterfront park for a beautiful, romantic backdrop.

While Georgetown is known for high-end shopping and restaurants, don’t miss out on some of the local favorites. Booeymonger’s Deli has been serving up sandwiches, such as the Patty Hearst turkey breast baguette, to college students and politicos for more than 30 years. If you’re a history buff, have a drink at Martin’s Tavern, where JFK proposed to Jackie O.

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Adams Morgan Neighborhood in Washington DC.

Evening: Party in Adams Morgan

Located north of downtown, Adams Morgan is an ethnically diverse neighborhood that transforms into party central at night. Twenty and 30-year-olds hop from bar to bar around 18th Street NW and Columbia Road, especially on weekends. If you need a late-night bite, grab a jumbo slice of pizza at Duccini’s or Bestolli, which many locals consider a D.C. delicacy.

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