What to Do in Washington DC

Your Local Area Guide to the Capitol

The Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row is situated in the heart of Washington DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, five blocks from the White House (South) and Georgetown (East) and three blocks from the National Geographic Museum and the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.

Please use our area guide to learn about all of the top attractions in Washington DC. From sports to entertainment to history to business, DC has it all, and the Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row puts you at the middle of everything. Stay with us to enjoy the quintessential nation’s capital experience.

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  • The White House Distance:12-minute walk

    Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row

    No visit to the nation’s capital is complete without a visit to the home of every U.S. president since George Washington. Please note that your interior White House tour must be arranged through your member of Congress and will be accepted up to six months in advance. 

    For more information, you can visit the White House website here.

    No visit to the nation’s capital is complete without a visit to the home of every U.S. president since George Washington. Please note that your interior White House tour must be arranged through your member of Congress and will be accepted up to six months in advance. 

    For more information, you can visit the White House website here.

  • Capital One Arena Distance:1.2 miles

    Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row

    Located in the heart of DC’s vibrant Chinatown district, this 20,000-seat sports and entertainment venue is home to the NBA's Washington Wizards, the NHL's Washington Capitals, the WNBA's Washington Mystics and the Georgetown Hoyas men's college basketball team. It also plays host to world-class concerts and family friendly shows throughout the year. 

    For more information, please visit the Capital One Arena website here

    Located in the heart of DC’s vibrant Chinatown district, this 20,000-seat sports and entertainment venue is home to the NBA's Washington Wizards, the NHL's Washington Capitals, the WNBA's Washington Mystics and the Georgetown Hoyas men's college basketball team. It also plays host to world-class concerts and family friendly shows throughout the year. 

    For more information, please visit the Capital One Arena website here

  • Arlington Cemetery Distance:2.8 miles

    Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row

    Pay your respects to the men and women in the U.S. Armed Services who’ve given their lives defending our country. The cemetery is open year-round and free of charge for those who wish to tour the site, visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (honoring the unidentified soldiers who died in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam), witness the solemn Changing of the Guard ritual and visit the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy.

    For more information on Arlington National Cemetery, please visit their website here

    Pay your respects to the men and women in the U.S. Armed Services who’ve given their lives defending our country. The cemetery is open year-round and free of charge for those who wish to tour the site, visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (honoring the unidentified soldiers who died in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam), witness the solemn Changing of the Guard ritual and visit the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy.

    For more information on Arlington National Cemetery, please visit their website here

  • Warner Theatre Distance:1 mile

    Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row

    Built in 1924, this beautifully renovated theater is one of the city’s most spectacular performance venues, hosting a variety of televised events, concerts, film screenings and more. 

    For more information, please visit the Warner Theatre website here

    Built in 1924, this beautifully renovated theater is one of the city’s most spectacular performance venues, hosting a variety of televised events, concerts, film screenings and more. 

    For more information, please visit the Warner Theatre website here

  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Distance:1.5 miles

    Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row

    In addition to stunning architecture and a beautiful appointment on the Potomac River, the country’s premier performing arts center stages music, dance, theatre, comedy shows and children's programs on nine theaters and stages.

    If you would like more information on the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, please visit their website here

    In addition to stunning architecture and a beautiful appointment on the Potomac River, the country’s premier performing arts center stages music, dance, theatre, comedy shows and children's programs on nine theaters and stages.

    If you would like more information on the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, please visit their website here

  • National Zoo Distance:2.3 miles

    Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row

    Walk on DC’s wild side at this zoological park. Elephants, lions, tigers, giraffes and the world-famous giant pandas are just a few of the 2,000 animals that call the 163-acre park home. Best of all, as with all Smithsonian museums, admission to the National Zoo is free. 

    For more information on the National Zoo, please visit their website here

    Walk on DC’s wild side at this zoological park. Elephants, lions, tigers, giraffes and the world-famous giant pandas are just a few of the 2,000 animals that call the 163-acre park home. Best of all, as with all Smithsonian museums, admission to the National Zoo is free. 

    For more information on the National Zoo, please visit their website here

  • Georgetown University Distance:2.2 miles

    Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row

    Tour the scenic campus of one of the world’s leading academic institutions. In addition to grand Gothic architecture, the campus is adjacent to the “Exorcist Steps” of the iconic horror movie The Exorcist.

    For more information on Georgetown University, please visit their website here

    Tour the scenic campus of one of the world’s leading academic institutions. In addition to grand Gothic architecture, the campus is adjacent to the “Exorcist Steps” of the iconic horror movie The Exorcist.

    For more information on Georgetown University, please visit their website here

  • George Washington University Distance:1.1 miles

    Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row

    Located just over a mile from the GW campus, the Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row is the ideal choice of hotels for visiting family, friends, alumni and university guests. 

    For more information on George Washington University, please visit their website here

    Located just over a mile from the GW campus, the Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row is the ideal choice of hotels for visiting family, friends, alumni and university guests. 

    For more information on George Washington University, please visit their website here

  • Fed-Ex Field Distance:11.1 miles

    Located in Landover, MD., FedEx Field is home to the National Football League’s Washington Redskins as well as the site of concerts and special events throughout the year.

    Located in Landover, MD., FedEx Field is home to the National Football League’s Washington Redskins as well as the site of concerts and special events throughout the year. 

    If you would like more information on FedEx Field, please visit their website here

    Located in Landover, MD., FedEx Field is home to the National Football League’s Washington Redskins as well as the site of concerts and special events throughout the year. 

    If you would like more information on FedEx Field, please visit their website here

  • Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle Distance:3-minute walk

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    Built in 1840, this Roman Catholic cathedral is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. President John F. Kennedy's funeral mass was celebrated here on Nov. 25, 1963 and Pope John Paul II said mass here on Oct. 6, 1979.

    For more information on Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, please visit their website here

    Built in 1840, this Roman Catholic cathedral is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. President John F. Kennedy's funeral mass was celebrated here on Nov. 25, 1963 and Pope John Paul II said mass here on Oct. 6, 1979.

    For more information on Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, please visit their website here

  • Washington National Cathedral Distance:3 miles

    Interior at The Courtyard DC Embassy Row

    This magnificent Neo-Gothic cathedral and its elaborate gargoyles are truly a sight to behold. The second-tallest cathedral in the country and the sixth largest in the world, the cathedral hosts weekly religious services, concerts and more. Daily tours are also offered.

    For more information on the National Cathedral, please visit their website here

    This magnificent Neo-Gothic cathedral and its elaborate gargoyles are truly a sight to behold. The second-tallest cathedral in the country and the sixth largest in the world, the cathedral hosts weekly religious services, concerts and more. Daily tours are also offered.

    For more information on the National Cathedral, please visit their website here

The White House

Distance: 12-minute walk
Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row

No visit to the nation’s capital is complete without a visit to the home of every U.S. president since George Washington. Please note that your interior White House tour must be arranged through your member of Congress and will be accepted up to six months in advance. 

For more information, you can visit the White House website here.

Capital One Arena

Distance: 1.2 miles
Capital One Arena Stage

Located in the heart of DC’s vibrant Chinatown district, this 20,000-seat sports and entertainment venue is home to the NBA's Washington Wizards, the NHL's Washington Capitals, the WNBA's Washington Mystics and the Georgetown Hoyas men's college basketball team. It also plays host to world-class concerts and family friendly shows throughout the year. 

For more information, please visit the Capital One Arena website here

Warner Theatre

Distance: 1 mile
Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row

Built in 1924, this beautifully renovated theater is one of the city’s most spectacular performance venues, hosting a variety of televised events, concerts, film screenings and more. 

For more information, please visit the Warner Theatre website here

National Zoo

Distance: 2.3 miles
Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row

Walk on DC’s wild side at this zoological park. Elephants, lions, tigers, giraffes and the world-famous giant pandas are just a few of the 2,000 animals that call the 163-acre park home. Best of all, as with all Smithsonian museums, admission to the National Zoo is free. 

For more information on the National Zoo, please visit their website here

Georgetown University

Distance: 2.2 miles
Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row

Tour the scenic campus of one of the world’s leading academic institutions. In addition to grand Gothic architecture, the campus is adjacent to the “Exorcist Steps” of the iconic horror movie The Exorcist.

For more information on Georgetown University, please visit their website here

George Washington University

Distance: 1.1 miles
Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row

Located just over a mile from the GW campus, the Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row is the ideal choice of hotels for visiting family, friends, alumni and university guests. 

For more information on George Washington University, please visit their website here

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Distance: 1.5 miles
Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row

In addition to stunning architecture and a beautiful appointment on the Potomac River, the country’s premier performing arts center stages music, dance, theatre, comedy shows and children's programs on nine theaters and stages.

If you would like more information on the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, please visit their website here

Fed-Ex Field

Distance: 11.1 miles
Located in Landover, MD., FedEx Field is home to the National Football League’s Washington Redskins as well as the site of concerts and special events throughout the year.

Located in Landover, MD., FedEx Field is home to the National Football League’s Washington Redskins as well as the site of concerts and special events throughout the year. 

If you would like more information on FedEx Field, please visit their website here

Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle

Distance: 3-minute walk
Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row

Built in 1840, this Roman Catholic cathedral is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. President John F. Kennedy's funeral mass was celebrated here on Nov. 25, 1963 and Pope John Paul II said mass here on Oct. 6, 1979.

For more information on Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, please visit their website here

Washington National Cathedral

Distance: 3 miles
Interior at The Courtyard DC Embassy Row

This magnificent Neo-Gothic cathedral and its elaborate gargoyles are truly a sight to behold. The second-tallest cathedral in the country and the sixth largest in the world, the cathedral hosts weekly religious services, concerts and more. Daily tours are also offered.

For more information on the National Cathedral, please visit their website here

Arlington Cemetery

Distance: 2.8 miles
Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row

Pay your respects to the men and women in the U.S. Armed Services who’ve given their lives defending our country. The cemetery is open year-round and free of charge for those who wish to tour the site, visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (honoring the unidentified soldiers who died in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam), witness the solemn Changing of the Guard ritual and visit the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy.

For more information on Arlington National Cemetery, please visit their website here

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