Chinatown and Penn Quarter Walking Tour (Self Guided), Washington D.C.

At only a few blocks in length, Washington DC's Chinatown may be a lot smaller than other Chinatown's in US cities, but it is no less dynamic, fascinating and exciting. Asian restaurants abound as do beautiful architectural and design details such as pagoda-style roofs and Chinese calligraphy.

When you visit be sure to stand by and photograph the Friendship Arch. Marvel at the workmanship that went into the making of this traditional Chinese gate, which consists of thousands of colorful tiles and more than 200 painted dragons. It is the largest free standing arch in the United States and marks the city’s close friendship and ties with Beijing. Close to Chinatown is Penn Quarter, referred to by some as old downtown. This is a revitalized and reenergized hub of arts and entertainment, bursting with theaters, galleries, nightclubs, restaurants, hotels and fashionable boutiques.

Within the neighborhood's limits are several landmark buildings, including the J. Edgar Hoover Building (headquarters of the FBI), the National Portrait Gallery, the US Navy Memorial and the Verizon Center. This is a vast sports and entertainment arena where you can watch basketball, hockey and concerts by some of the biggest musical acts in the world.
How it works: A discovery walk features a route using which you can explore a popular city neighborhood on your own. This walk, along with other self-guided walks in over 1,000 cities, can be found on the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app's built-in GPS navigation functions allow following this walk route with ease. The app works both online and offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Chinatown and Penn Quarter Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Chinatown and Penn Quarter Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Washington D.C.
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: vickyc
7th and H Streets Northwest, Chinese Friendship Arch

1) 7th and H Streets Northwest, Chinese Friendship Arch

8th Street Northwest, Calvary Baptist Church

3) 8th Street Northwest, Calvary Baptist Church

9th Street Northwest, Potomac Electric Power Company

4) 9th Street Northwest, Potomac Electric Power Company

F Street Northwest, Warder Building

5) F Street Northwest, Warder Building

8th and F Streets Northwest, National Portrait Gallery

6) 8th and F Streets Northwest, National Portrait Gallery

Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, US Navy Memorial Plaza

7) Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, US Navy Memorial Plaza

Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, FBI Building

8) Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, FBI Building

12th Street Northwest, Thurman Arnold Building

11) 12th Street Northwest, Thurman Arnold Building

F Street corner with NW Northwest, Madame Tussauds

13) F Street corner with NW Northwest, Madame Tussauds

10th and F Streets Northwest, Atlantic Building Complex

14) 10th and F Streets Northwest, Atlantic Building Complex

10th Street Northwest, Saint Patrick's Catholic Church

15) 10th Street Northwest, Saint Patrick's Catholic Church

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