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Federal Triangle Heritage Trail

Federal Triangle Heritage Trail

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 12:17pm
Federal Triangle, located between the White House and Capitol Building, houses numerous government agencies and departments. This triangle shaped parcel of land has a fascinating history that is often missed by people visiting nearby attractions such as the Smithsonian. Hike this two mile Heritage Trail to get unique history lessons pertinent to the federal government. Additional rewards come with some of the best views of the city at the top of the old the Old Post Office.
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Photo Op: 
The Old Post Office for sure. Also, keep an eye out for building details that make for interesting shots.
National Archives Metro Station
Indiana Ave and 7th St. NW
20004 Washington, DC
Metro Accessible: 
Closest Metro Station: 
Distance to Metro Station: 
Additional Directions: 
Parking downtown is usually terrible and expensive, take the metro if you can. If you must drive, there are a number of lots in the immediate area on 7th, 8th, E and D streets.
What to Bring: 
Water, especially in the hot summer.
Food Options: 
This hike is located downtown in close proximity to restaurants and stores. You can grab a bite to eat or something to drink at The Old Post Office, which has a food court. There is a CVS pharmacy at 13th and Pennsylvania. For a larger variety of options, you can finish the hike and make your way up 7th street into Chinatown where this plenty to eat and drink.
Additional Information: 

This is one of the DC's Heritage Trails. Signs are posted along the trail (on the sidewalk) 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.

This trail will appeal most to people who enjoy US government history. Architecture and city planning enthusiasts will probably find it interesting, as these elements are prominently discussed along the trail. To read more about what you will see on the trail, read our Federal Triangle Heritage Trail feature article.

Make sure you go into the Old Post Office and take the elevator up to the top for some of the best views of Washington DC. While many of the buildings you will see are not the most aesthetically spectacular, the details can be very interesting. Check out some of the pics below.

We highly recommend you download and print the trail booklet for the Federal Triangle Heritage Trail provided by Cultural Tourism DC. It contains all the text from the trail signs so you can do a little learning before you head downtown.

Note that you are close to, or pass several attractions along this trail. They include, but are not limited to, the National Aquarium, National Gallery of Art, National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, the National Archives, and the Newseum. You can easily take an excursion from the trail to check out any of these museums. This is highly recommended during the summer, when it is really hot.

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.
View of the US Capitol Building from Pennsylvania Ave
National Archives Washington DC
Department of Justice
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building
The Old Post Office
Ben Franklin Statue in front of the Old Post Office
Environmental Protection Agency Building
Weinman Statue - Liberty of Worship
Ronald Reagan Building
Environmental Protection Agency Building detail


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