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Northwest (NW or N.W.) is the northwestern quadrant of Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, and is located north of the National Mall and west of North Capitol Street. It is the largest of the four quadrants of the city (NW, NE, SW, and SE), and it includes the central business district, the Federal Triangle, and the museums along the northern side of the National Mall, as well as many of the district’s historic neighborhoods.


Northwest contains many college campuses, including American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, and the University of the District of Columbia. Northwest also contains many primary and secondary schools, many of which are public schools administered by DCPS (District of Columbia Public Schools). There are 44 DCPS institutions in Northwest and many private schools, including St John’s College High School, Sidwell Friends School, Gonzaga College High School, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and Georgetown Day School, among others. The Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Wizards, the Washington Capitals, and the Georgetown Hoyas, and the venue for many concerts and other events, are located in the District’s Chinatown in the Northwest. The National Cathedral, the White House, Rock Creek Park, and Embassy Row are also in this quadrant.


Northwest is bounded by the Potomac River west, Western Avenue and Eastern Avenue to the north, North Capitol Street to the east, and the National Mall to the south. Other principal roads include Connecticut Avenue between Chevy Chase and the White House, Wisconsin Avenue between Friendship Heights and Georgetown, Pennsylvania Avenue between Georgetown and the Capitol, K Street, Massachusetts Avenue (home to Embassy Row), and 16th Street.  Northwest is served by all six lines of the Washington Metro: The Orange, Silver, Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green Lines. Many Metrobus lines run through the quadrant and the DC Circulator.

Things to Do

Horse Riding

Trail rides through DC’s 1,800-acre wooded park occur nearly every day of the year. Saddle up at the Rock Creek Park Horse Center for one-hour guided walks on shady paths by the creek. Rides are open to kids 12 and up.


The former mansion of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post holds one of the world’s most significant collections of Russian Imperial art, which she collected in the USSR shortly after the Communist revolution. Her mansion and several outbuildings display an impressive array of French, Native American, and European antiques. In warmer months, there’s a manicured garden noted for its roses. EZ DC Junk Removal

Check out different neighborhoods like Chinatown