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Shopping In Washington DC On Vacation

old town trolley vehicles passing shops in washington dc


A lot of people like to describe certain cities as being unlike any other, but Washington DC seems to hold that distinction more than most. It is clear from the way it’s laid out and from the innumerable monuments and landmarks of marble and granite that this place is the center of power for the most prosperous nation in the world. 200 years of history have been painstakingly chronicled here from its war memorials to its myriad museums and galleries, but, if it’s shopping you have in mind, there are plenty of options in that department as well.

If you’re looking for a little bit of everything, then it’s Georgetown for you. Fashionista-approved brands like rag & bone and Hu’s Wear will help you round out your look and a place like Ela Rue is great to score on some consignment stuff. Downtown DC is no slouch in the shopping department with a lot of big brands represented as well as the unconventional in nearby Chinatown.

Before heading out, make sure to visit the Old Town Trolley Tours Welcome Center where there are friendly, informed locals waiting to point you in the right direction. The Welcome Center is also a great place to snag some great souvenirs and keepsakes. Ready to begin your DC shopping adventure?

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view of shops in georgetown washington dcGEORGETOWN

For sheer variety, the Georgetown neighborhood of northwestern Washington DC is pretty tough to beat. This commercial and entertainment district has been the most sought after area for nightlife, galleries and, of course, shopping for many years and its popularity hasn’t waned a bit. Many of the acclaimed brands and shops can be found around M St., between Potomac and Wisconsin Ave. In Georgetown Park, almost 500 different vendors, from small, boutique brands, independent shops to big-box national brands all co-exist. Here are some of our favorites!

aerial view of dupont circle in washington dc on vacationDUPONT CIRCLE HISTORIC DISTRICT

Traffic circle, park, and neighborhood all in one, DuPont Circle is considered part of DC’s ‘Old City. Named after 19th-century Rear Admiral Samuel DuPont and only developed after the Civil War to account for the area’s growing population, is today, one of the city’s major cultural and social hubs. This is where you’ll find most of the specialty shops in town that cater to virtually every taste from great bookstores (yes, they still exist!) to the many retailers on bustling Connecticut Ave. We suggest you get your plastic out for some of these reputable shops!

aerial view of shops in downtown washington dcDOWNTOWN

Just south of DuPont Circle is downtown. This is where lobbyists and power brokers canoodle and the area the average person would most associate with Washington DC In a 50-acre expanse that includes museums and galleries. When it comes to shopping in this neighborhood, it means, more often than not, you’re paying a visit to CityCenterDC. CCDC is a massive, mixed-use development that features some of the best of everything the Beltway has to offer and that includes some of the most respected retail brands in the world. We got your shopping-spree all planned out for you!

entrance to chinatown in washington dc lit up at nightCHINATOWN

Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown is located east of Downtown near Penn Quarter, a revitalized arts and entertainment district with new restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, museums, theaters, and trendy stores, and is marked off by the Friendship Arch, a traditional Chinese gate prominently on display at H and 7th Streets. In 2004, Chinatown went through a $200 million renovation which transformed the area into a lively neighborhood for nightlife, shopping, and entertainment. Here are some of our recommended spots for a day of unadulterated shopping happiness!



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