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Staycation: Embassy Row

March 9, 2012

Now that the weather is warming up, who wants to stay inside?! (Not me.) One great way to see the city, sneak in some exercise and pretend you’re traveling somewhere exotic is to walk along DC’s Embassy Row, a section of Massachusetts Avenue that stretches from Dupont Circle to Cathedral Heights.

You can just wander aimlessly like I did, peeking between fences and wandering into gardens, or you can follow a more detailed map, like National Geographic offers.

Either way, the best way to see this part of the city is by foot. You miss too much speeding by in a car.

Like these great statues that I’d never noticed before:

Embassy Row is fascinating because all of the buildings are so unique. From the sleek and glass-walled Finnish embassy to Mexico’s baked-in-the-sun look, many of the buildings incorporate design features from their resident nations.

I stayed outside today but the embassies offer tons of (often free!) events throughout the year — films and performances and dinners and sporting events and anything else you can think of. This site has a pretty comprehensive contact list for all of the embassies and it’s worth signing up for the mailing list for some of your favorites to see what’s coming up.

If nothing else, where better to meet cute British guys than at the British embassy?

Besides embassies from around the world — I’m especially intrigued by embassies that host war-torn nations, like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya (do they still throw the lavish festivals that the others do??) — Embassy Row is also home to a lot of gorgeous churches and cathedrals, especially as you get closer to Wisconsin Avenue.

The most famous one of all: Washington National Cathedral. Still recovering from earthquake damage — they need $18 million more for repairs — the Cathedral is still gorgeous and open year-round. One of my favorite spring events is May’s Flower Mart. If you’re not scared of heights, climb 333 steps to the Cathedral’s bell tower for an incredible view of Washington, DC.

Walking back to Dupont Circle along Massachusetts Avenue, it was fun to imagine what life is like day-to-day inside the embassies. Thankfully, Passport DC is coming up to give us all an inside look!

What are your favorite outdoor activities in DC? 

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Johnny calls me barbie... permalink
    March 9, 2012 8:45 am

    Cute british guys?
    Who needs them when you’ve got Guy & Giles!?!

  2. March 9, 2012 5:17 pm

    Fingers crossed, mine will be the Cherry Blossom Festival this year — trying to find a way to finally get down there and see it in person! 🙂

  3. Mimsie permalink
    March 10, 2012 9:45 pm

    Erin, everytime I read your blog, I tell myself that Washington DC will be my next travel destination. You have the ability to make everything seem so lovely and interesting. Also I love that you included the Jeju statues, which I’m guessing were at the Korean embassy? Anyway hope you are doing well!!

  4. Amy permalink
    May 24, 2012 10:17 pm

    Do you know what is the embassy , man with a black embralla

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