Walk north across Taft Bridge, which gracefully spans gorgeous Rock Creek Park way below, and you travel from urban-bohemian Dupont Circle into urban-residential Woodley Park. You’re not far from downtown, but it feels very different.
Connecticut Avenue is the main, always traffic-congested artery, along which lie several small neighborhood restaurants and shops and, the star attraction, the National Zoo. Woodley Park is also home to two of DC’s biggest hotels, the Washington Marriott Wardman Park and the nearby Omni-Shoreham. This is prime territory for wandering conference-goers.
To the west of Connecticut Avenue are tree-shaded streets lined with brick townhouses, apartment buildings, and a number of stately mansions. Boundaries are Rock Creek Park, the grounds of the National Zoo, and the neighborhood of Adams Morgan to the east; 34th St., to the west; the neighborhood of Cleveland Park to the north; and, as noted, Dupont Circle, as well as Rock Creek Park, to the south.
Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo-Adams Morgan on the Red Line. Also the DC Circulator.