The smallest of D.C.'s four "quadrants, Southwest is home to the District's famed Waterfront neighborhood. New hotels, new restaurants and the arrival of the Washington National's stadium in the area have made the area a new hotspot.
The absolute must-visit along the Waterfront is the Maine Avenue Seafood Market. Fresh catches from the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean arrive at the market each day. Dockside stands prepare a wide variety of boiled shellfish and fish sandwiches and serve them up right on the spot. On the flip side, head over to CityZen at the neighborhood's luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel and try a multi-course tasting menu of high-end delicacies.
There are sightseeing cruises that let you take in D.C.'s famed monuments from the water and there's even an unusual memorial to the men who died during the sinking of the Titanic ocean liner 100 years ago.