Embassy RowEmbassy Row is the name of a stretch of Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. where many of the over 170 embassies in Washington, D.C. are located. Home to Washington’s wealthy elite in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, Massachusetts Avenue used to have the nickname “Millionaires’ Row” for its many luxurious mansions. However, the Great Depression put an end to the roaring success and wealth of earlier times and left many a former tycoon desperate to sell properties they could no longer maintain. In the years after WWII, foreign countries acquired many of the mansions at cut-rate prices and converted them to serve as grand embassies to the USA. Today Embassy Row gives a rare opportunity to see official representatives from all over the world concentrated in one area, and is a popular sightseeing destination for its historic and fanciful architecture.
- Relax by the fountain in Dupont Circle, a bustling center of young DC life
- Explore Massachusetts Avenue and the surrounding historic districts
- Hunt out embassies from almost every country in the world
- Grab some refreshments at one of the many local coffeehouses