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Get to Know the Foreign Embassies Along Massachusetts Avenue NW
Embassy Row in Washington DC refers to a part of the city where many of the foreign embassies are located, along Massachusetts Avenue extending from Dupont Circle toward the National Cathedral. Washington, DC has more than 175 foreign embassies, residences, chanceries, and diplomatic missions. Less than half of the embassies of Washington DC are actually located along Embassy Row. About a dozen embassies are located along a four block stretch of New Hampshire Avenue off Dupont Circle. Another dozen embassies are located in a cluster closer to Connecticut Avenue.
Embassies Along Embassy Row
The embassies are marked on the map with a purple circle. The ones that are located along Massachusetts Avenue include: Philippines, Peru. Trinidad and Tobago, Chile, Uzbekistan, Portugal, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Togo, Sudan, Bahamas, Ireland, Romania, Cyprus, Guatemala, Armenia, Latvia, Bukina Faso, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Paraquay, Malawi, Ivory Coast, Korea, Japan, Brazil, Bolivian, and the United Kingdom. For an alphabetical guide of all of the embassies, see Washington, DC Embassy Guide.
Getting to Embassy Row
Embassy Row is located in Northwest Washington DC within walking distance to the Dupont Circle and the Woodley Park Zoo Metro Stations. See a guide to Using the Washington DC Metrorail. The area is just south of the United States Naval Observatory and north of Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Park. Most of the embassies are clustered between Connecticut Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue east of Rock Creek and the Potomac Parkway NW.
The Embassy Row area is very busy and parking is limited. Public transportation is highly recommended. There is some street parking available though spaces are hard to find.
Capital Bikeshare allows you to take a bike from one of over 180 stations in DC and Arlington, and return it to a nearby docking station. The closest docking stations are located at 34th St & Wisconsin Ave NW and 36th & Calvert St NW.
From the North:Take I-495 West to Silver Spring, Take Exit 33 Connecticut Avenue South, Route 185, Continue on Connecticut Avenue for 8 miles. Embassy Row is to the right just before Dupont Circle.
From the East: Take Route 50 East (New York Avenue), after it becomes Massachusetts Avenue, proceed to Thomas Circle, stay in the middle lane and continue to Dupont Circle. Follow the circle around and head northwest on Massachusetts Avenue.
From the South: Take 1-395 North to US 1 to the 14th Street Bridge. Continue to Thomas Circle, stay in the middle lane and continue to Dupont Circle. Follow the circle around and head northwest on Massachusetts Avenue.
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Larger View of Embassy Row Map
This map shows a larger view of Washington DC and the location of Embassy Row. Many of the foreign embassies, residences, chanceries, and diplomatic missions are located in this Northwest neighborhood. It is fun to take a walking tour of the area as the architecture of these buildings are varied and fascinating to learn about. Embassy Row is home to a variety of small museums that are interesting to visit and provide exhibits on a range of topics from modern art to political memorabilia. For details, see a guide to Museums Near Dupont Circle.