Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC

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    Pennsylvania Avenue Map & Directions

    Pennsylvania Avenue
    ••• Pennsylvania Avenue. Photo © Getty Images

    Pennsylvania Avenue is a historic street in the heart of Washington, DC that has been the location of many important marches, parades, and protests. It is a ceremonial avenue that is among the most famous streets in the world and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Pennsylvania Avenue contains a mix of government buildings, monuments, parks, hotels, theaters, and museums.

    Getting to Pennsylvania Avenue

    Pennsylvania Avenue runs east-west and extends nearly six miles across Washington DC. The historic district and most famous section is the mile long stretch in the northwest corridor that connects the U.S. Capitol Building to the White House. This map shows this location with arrows pointing just north of the National Mall. The area is accessible from  I-395, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway, I-66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29.

    Public transportation is recommended when attending popular events in...MORE Washington DC. Several Metro stations are convenient to the area including Metro Center, Federal Triangle, and Archives/Navy Memorial. Parking is at a premium in this part of the city. Numerous public parking garages can be found along streets adjacent to Pennsylvania Avenue. Free on street parking is generally restricted to two hours. The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center has an underground parking garage with 2,000 spaces and is probably the best place to park in the area. There are two entrances with access off Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Street. Visitors and vehicles are screened upon entry. Read more about parking near the National Mall.

    Important Landmarks Along Pennsylvania Avenue

    • Herbert C. Hoover Building - home to the U.S. Department of Commerce
    • National Archives - headquarters of the National Archives and Records Administration, contains original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights
    • Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center - federal building and conference facility
    • The Newseum - museum of news and journalism
    • Old Post Office Pavilion - soon to reopen as the Trump International Hotel
    • John A. Wilson Building - offices and chambers of the Mayor and Council of Washington, DC
    • J. Edgar Hoover Building - FBI headquarters
    • National Gallery of Art – East Building - modern and contemporary art museum
    • Freedom Plaza - popular location for political protests and other events
    • U.S. Navy Memorial and Heritage Center - monument and museum honoring the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine

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    Closeup Map of Pennsylvania Avenue

    Pennsylvania Avenue Closeup
    ••• Pennsylvania Avenue Closeup. Photo © Getty Images

    This map shows a closer view of the historic district of Pennsylvania Avenue in NW Washington DC.The stretch in the between the U.S. Capitol Building and the White House

    is home to many important marches, parades, and protests. The best way to get to this area is by public transportation. The closest Metro stations are Metro Center, Federal Triangle, and Archives/Navy Memorial.

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