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Things to do in Penn Quarter

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Penn Quarter. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Penn Quarter attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Penn Quarter to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Penn Quarter.

  • International Spy Museum

    A must-visit for both wannabe spy kids and their John le Carré-reading parents, this terrific interactive museum gives you the chance to try your h... More
  • National Portrait Gallery

    The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery traces the history of America through visual and performing arts that pay tribute to great American ico... More
  • Newseum

    Dedicated to the history of news and the media, the Newseum is a 250,000-square-foot museum that strives to foster understanding between the media ... More

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