South West, Washington Places

Part of our Washington travel guide; our list of the best things to see in South West, including Arena Stage, CityZen and Cantina Marina.
  • The best place in South West Washington: Arena Stage

    Arena Stage

    1101 6th St SW
    A highly acclaimed not-for-profit theater devoted to modern and contemporary American theater, with an emphasis on politically engaging, intense, and often edgy drama. One of the city's great theaters, it has just completed a $125 million renovation, and is currently a real hot "destination" among locals.
    Anacostia food nearby
  • CityZen

    CityZen

    Mandarin Oriental1330 Maryland Ave SW
    Three-course: $80, Six-course: $110. Here is the Waterfront's one stand-out restaurant. The dining room is modern and attractive, and the international menu is world-class, one of the very best in the city, prepared by acclaimed chef Eric Ziebold. It's no surprise, really, that the Southwest's one great restaurant is located in the ritzy Mandarin Oriental hotel.
    South West
  • Cantina Marina

    Cantina Marina

    600 Water St SW
    M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Su 11:30AM-midnight. $10-22. This waterfront patio has the odd feel of a spring break party at the beach, if more laid back. The food is above average, albeit a bit overpriced, and the views are lovely. In keeping with the beach party style, the (good) drinks come in plastic cups. In short, decent food in a section of town that lacks good restaurants, plus good drinks, good music, and a great seating area equals a good choice for a relaxing, laid-back dinner. Sip your margarita over some jambalaya while watching the steady stream of planes and helicopters fly over the water and Hains Point. F-Sa in good weather can get crowded, though, and you risk a long wait for a table.
    Anacostia
  • East Potomac Golf Course

    972 Ohio Dr SW
    Nine holes: $10-13, eighteen: $26-31. The point at the western end of the Waterfront District, just south of the Tidal Basin, is mostly covered by the 36 hole East Potomac Golf Course. The courses are a little crowded and boring (completely flat), but the views of the monuments more than make up for these deficiencies. The golf course also houses an old mini-golf course, and is ringed by a jogging path popular with bikers and roller bladers.
    Anacostia food nearby
  • Voice of America

    330 Independence Ave SW
    Tours: M-F 12PM,3PM. Free. The Voice of America is an international multimedia news broadcast facility operating around the clock, famous around the world, especially for broadcasts conducted throughout Nazi-occupied Europe and later the former Soviet Union during the Cold War. The tours here are another one of those undiscovered gems—you get to watch televised broadcasts going out to all corners of the world, and you'll see that one room where all presidential handshakes with foreign heads of state are filmed. The 45 minute tours are conducted in English, but tours can be conducted in Spanish or Mandarin Chinese upon advance request. You can also advance request a special "kid's version" of the tour. Reservations recommended, although you usually can get on a tour without one.
    Anacostia eat nearby
  • Friendship Baptist Church

    900 Delaware Ave SW
    This attractive white Romanesque church has been the center of the southwest's African American community from its construction in 1886 until the urban renewal project.
    Anacostia restaurants nearby
  • Thomas Law House

    1252 6th St SW
    A 1796 mansion commissioned by speculators betting on a neighborhood development that never occurred. The building is named after its first resident, who was married to Elizabeth Custis, granddaughter of one Martha Washington.
    Anacostia food nearby
  • CityZen

    CityZen

    1330 Maryland Ave SW
    Grand elegance within walking distance to the US capital's most important sights and Capitol Hill. At Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC we have created the height of luxury in the nation's capital.
    South West
  • Titanic Memorial

    Titanic Memorial

    SW Waterfront
    The Titanic Memorial is a granite statue in southwest Washington, D.C., that honors the men who gave their lives so that women and children might be saved during the RMS Titanic disaster. The thirteen-foot-tall figure is of a partly clad male figure with arms outstretched. The statue was erected by the Women's Titanic Memorial Association.
    Anacostia restaurants nearby
  • East Potomac Park

    East Potomac Park

    Ohio Dr SW
    East Potomac Park Golf Course is a golf course located in East Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., in the United States. The course includes an 18-hole course, two 9-hole courses, and a miniature golf course. It is the busiest of the city's three golf courses. The original nine-hole course opened in 1921, and the miniature golf course in 1930. Additional holes opened in stages between 1921 and 1925, leaving the course with 36 holes in all.
    South West food nearby
  • East Potomac Park Golf Course & Driving Range

    East Potomac Park Golf Course & Driving Range

    972 Ohio Dr SW
    East Potomac Park Golf Course is a golf course located in East Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., in the United States. The course includes an 18-hole course, two 9-hole courses, and a miniature golf course. It is the busiest of the city's three golf courses. The original nine-hole course opened in 1921, and the miniature golf course in 1930. Additional holes opened in stages between 1921 and 1925, leaving the course with 36 holes in all.
    Anacostia eat nearby
  • 21st Amendment Bar & Grill

    550 C St SW
    Celebrating the greatest constitutional amendment of them all (the repeal of Prohibition), this spot attached to the Holiday Inn serves adequate food and drinks at appropriate prices. The big draw, though is the Th night 6PM-9PM live music—the Marcus Johnson project is playing weekly through at least the end of 2009. Marcus Johnson is a virtuosic performer, and so are the rest of his musicians. Even if you don't like smooth jazz, you may enjoy the show anyway for their great musicianship.
    Anacostia
  • L'Enfant Plaza Hotel

    L'Enfant Plaza Hotel

    480 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
    The L'Enfant Plaza Hotel is a hotel located in downtown Washington, D.C., in the United States. It was designed by architect Vlastimil Koubek, and named after Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the first surveyor and designer of the street layout of the city. It was inaugurated on May 31, 1973. The hotel is listed as a Mobile 4-star and AAA 4-Diamond Luxury Hotel.
    Anacostia
  • Nationals Park

    Nationals Park

    1500 S Capitol St SE
    Nationals Park is the current ballpark for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. It is the first LEED-certified green major professional sports stadium in the United States. The facility hosted the 2008 season's first game, when the Nats took on the Atlanta Braves on March 30, 2008. The first game played there was a collegiate baseball game. The stadium is located along the Anacostia River in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Washington, D.C., and replaced RFK Stadium as the Nationals' home ballpark.
    Anacostia eat nearby
  • Kastles Stadium at The Wharf

    Kastles Stadium at The Wharf

    800 Water St SW
    The Kastles Stadium at The Wharf is a tennis stadium on the Southwest Waterfront in Washington, D.C. Built in 2011, the stadium is the home venue for the Washington Kastles tennis team. The stadium was opened on June 14, 2011, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Billie Jean King, Ilana Kloss, District of Columbia mayor Vincent Gray, and others. The Kastles opened their 2011 season on July 5 at the stadium playing against the Kansas City Explorers.
    Anacostia restaurants nearby
  • Rayburn House Office Building

    Rayburn House Office Building

    50 Independence SW
    The Rayburn House Office Building is a congressional office building for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C., between South Capitol Street and First Street.
    Anacostia food nearby
  • United States Botanic Garden

    United States Botanic Garden

    245 1st St SW
    The United States Botanic Garden is a botanic garden on the grounds of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., near Garfield Circle.
    Anacostia eat nearby
  • Jefferson Memorial

    Jefferson Memorial

    900 Ohio Dr SW
    The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington, D.C. dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father and the third President of the United States. The neoclassical building was designed by the architect John Russell Pope and built by the Philadelphia contractor John McShain. Construction of the building began in 1938 and was completed in 1943. The bronze statue of Jefferson was added in 1947.
    South West restaurants nearby
  • Arena Stage

    Arena Stage

    The Mead Center for American Theater1101 6th St SW
    Arena Stage is a not-for-profit regional theater based in Southwest Washington, D.C.
    Anacostia food nearby
  • L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station

    L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station

    600 Maryland Ave SW
    L'Enfant Plaza is a complex of one governmental and three commercial buildings, as well as the "La Promenade" shopping mall, in the Southwest section of Washington, D.C. The plaza is located south of Independence Avenue SW between 12th and 9th Streets SW. It was built perpendicular to L'Enfant Promenade, a north-south running street and pedestrian esplanade part of which is directly above 10th Street SW. The plaza is named for Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the architect and planner who first designed a street layout for the capital city. It was dedicated in 1968.
    Anacostia
  • Us Holocaust Museum Cafe

    Us Holocaust Museum Cafe

    100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl SW
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is the United States' official memorial to the Holocaust. Adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the USHMM provides for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. It is dedicated to helping leaders and citizens of the world confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy.
    South West
  • Station 4

    Station 4

    1101 4th St. SW
    A New Modern American Cuisine Restaurant. A block away from Arena Stage, 2 steps away from Waterfront Metro Station/Green Line.
    Anacostia
  • Mitsitam Cafe

    Mitsitam Cafe

    4th St SW At Independence Ave SW
  • Starbucks

    550 C St SW
    We are the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world since 1971.
    Anacostia
  • Jenny's Asian Fusion

    Jenny's Asian Fusion

    1000 Water St SW
  • Sou'Wester

    Sou'Wester

    1330 Maryland Ave SW
    Grand elegance within walking distance to the US capital's most important sights and Capitol Hill. At Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC we have created the height of luxury in the nation's capital.
    South West
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