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Adams Morgan Heritage Trail

On this walk through DC's Adams Morgan neighborhood, you will see embassies, learn the history of Meridian Hill Park, pass the residences of two former presidents, and visit the site of a presidential assassination attempt. The hike ends on 18th St., a hub for city nightlife and home to numerous local businesses.
Distance: 
3.1mi
Difficulty: 
Easy
Scenery: 
Very Good
Photo Op: 
Just after you begin the trail, you will cross W St. Deviate from the trail and enter the park on your right. The large fountain and running water present an interesting photo opportunity.
Trail Map: 
Location: 
Trailhead
2120 16th St NW
20009 Washington, DC
Metro Accessible: 
Yes
Distance to Metro Station: 
0.50mi
Additional Directions: 
The trail begins in front of the Washington House, across the street from Meridian Hill Park.
What to Bring: 
Map
Food Options: 
There are numerous places on the trail to pick up a bottle of water and a snack. The trail finishes on 18th St, the home to many local businesses and many places to eat. We recommend Amsterdam Falaffel or Mellow Mushroom Pizza, both between Belmont and Columbia on 18th.
Additional Information: 

This is one of the DC's Heritage Trails. Signs are posted along the trail to point out places of historical interest. The trails provide great opportunities to learn local and national history, as well as visit DC's distinct neighborhoods. Adams Morgan is one of the centers for nightlife in the city. You will pass plenty of restaurants and bars along 18th St, which is also home to a number of unique, independently owned businesses. If you like shopping in used clothing, record, and book stores, you should find plenty to your liking. As with all of the Heritage Trails, you will be treated to a diverse array of sites.

In Adams Morgan you will see a neighborhood once famous for housing leftist radicals in the 1960's, luxurious embassies, and one of the nicer neighborhoods in the city (Kalorama). There is also presidential history, as you will pass an apartment building once inhabited by Dwight Eisenhower and the site of the assassination attempt on President Reagan. Take a few minutes in before beginning the trail and walk around Meridian Hill Park. The fountains provide great photo opportunities.

For more reading about the trail, check out our feature article.  Editor's Note: The linked trail map was developed by Cultural Tourism DC and is provided here for convenience.

Disclaimer: 
Environmental conditions in cities, parks, etc. can change rapidly and without our knowledge. We do not make any claims as to the accuracy of information presented on this page. Further, hiking can be a dangerous activity that may result in bodily harm and possibly death. We hope the information that we provide will help you prepare for your hike, but do not imply that the information provided is complete. It is your responsibility to prepare yourself for whatever challenges you may face. If you decide to use any of the information on this page, you do so at your own risk.
Images: 
Adams Morgan Heritage Trail, Washington DC
Adams Morgan Heritage Trail, Washington DC
Adams Morgan Heritage Trail, Washington DC
Adams Morgan Heritage Trail, Washington DC
Adams Morgan Heritage Trail, Washington DC
Adams Morgan Heritage Trail, Washington DC

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