Capitol Hill is the largest historic district in Washington DC and is much larger than most people realize. The neighborhood is bounded by the Capitol on the west, F Street NE on the north, 13th and 14th Streets on the east, and the Southeast Freeway on the south. The Capitol Hill neighborhood is located in the heart of the nation's capital to the east of the National Mall.
Location, Transportation, and Parking
With its location nearly in the center of Washington DC, Capitol Hill is located in two quadrants of the city, Northeast and Southeast. Parking in Capitol Hill is limited and public transportation is highly recommended.
By Metro: The closest Metro stations are Eastern Market, Capitol South, Potomac Avenue and Union Station. See a Guide to Using the Washington Metrorail.
By Bus: There are two DC Circulator Bus routes that serve Capitol Hill: Union Station-Navy Yard Route and Potomac Avenue Metro – Skyland via Barracks Row. You can also take a Circulator bus to Georgetown from Union Station. Metro Bus Routes also serve the area: A11, C40, 30, 32, 34, 36, 90, 92, 93, 96, 97
By Bike: Capital Bikeshare kiosks are located at 400 East Capitol St. NE, 712 E. Capitol St SE and 17th St NW.
By Car: These are general directions to the area. You should use a GPS to navigate to a specific destination.
From the George Washington Memorial Parkway, take I-395 North to C St NW. Take Exit 9 to 1st St. NW.
From the Baltimore Washington Parkway, take State Hwy 295 to I-695 to C St. NW to Exit 9 to 1st St. NW
Parking: Street parking is hard to come by and usually limited to 2 hours. The largest parking lot in the area is at Union Station (more than 2,000 spaces) but is a long walk to some parts of Capitol Hill)
Public Parking Lots in Capitol Hill
- Colonial Parking – 600 Pennsylvania Ave SE Washington DC
- E St. SE Washington DC
- 649 C St SE Washington DC
- Hine Jr High Parking Lot: 335 8th Street SE Washington DC
- A & R Parking – 412 First St. SE Washington DC
- Old Senate Lot – 501 5th St SE Washington DC
Capitol Hill is best known as home to the Capitol Building, the offices of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The neighborhood is actually almost 2 miles in radius and home to 35,000 residents. In 1976, the historic district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The neighborhood is largely residential with historic rowhouses of different architectural styles dating from the early 19th and 20th centuries. It is a fun area of town to explore and has great restaurants, parks, and other attractions. The main commercial corridor of Capitol Hill is Pennsylvania Avenue. Read more about Capitol Hill.