• Pennsylvania Avenue

    Pennsylvania Avenue

    National Historic Site District of Columbia

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Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site is part of National Mall and Memorial Parks. The avenue is among the world's more famous streets and is known the world over as the heart of the Nation's Capital, extending through the corridors of Federal power and influence. "America's Main Street" visually connects, yet separates, the White House from the U.S. Capitol and the U.S. Supreme Court buildings.

Getting There

Plane
Three major airports link Washington, D.C. with the rest of the country and the world. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport all have limousine, taxi cab, or Metro services available that will connect with the National Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue NHS.

Car
Interstate 395 provides access to the Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue NHS from the South. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the North. Interstate 66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29 provide access from the West. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the East.

Bicycle
Several major bicycle trails make their ways to and through Washington, D.C. The Nation's Capital area is extremely bicycle friendly and readily accessible to riders of nearly every skill level. For detailed information about bicycle riding in the area, consult the Bicycling Information link.

Public Transportation
There are several Metro train and bus routes from the suburban areas surrounding the city. In addition to Washington, D.C. public transportation, adjacent state and commonwealth transportation authorities offer train service to the Nation's Capital. Consult the Public Transportation link for additional details.

Parking
Numerous public parking garages can be found along streets adjacent to Pennsylvania Avenue NHS and at Union Station, north of the avenue. General visitor parking is available nearby along the Mall on Madison and Jefferson Drives and on the National Mall along Ohio Drive, SW between the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials. Consult signage regarding hourly parking limitations. Parking Lots A, B & C along Ohio Drive, SW offer free, all day parking.

Bus parking is available primarily along Ohio Drive, SW near the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials and along Ohio Drive, SW in East Potomac Park. See the Maps section for a detailed understanding of these areas.

There is limited handicapped parking at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt and World War II Memorials and near the Washington Monument and the Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln, Korean War Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans Memorials; otherwise, parking is extremely scarce in Washington, D.C.

Did You Know?

Pennsylvania Avenue

The tradition of the riderless horse with boots reversed in the stirrups, observed during the funeral of President John F. Kennedy, began with the funeral of William Henry Harrison in 1841.