Passport DC’s World Embassy Tour is the greatest block party of the year in our city, and possibly in the world. Music, dances, traditional food and cocktails abound amid the diplomatic residences and office buildings of Washington’s Embassy Row.
How do I get to the Embassies?
Described by some as DC’s Epcot Center, only bigger, our nation’s diplomatic core extends from DuPont Circle to National Cathedral, with some embassies sprawling deep into Tenleytown. The distributed nature of the party — paired with the massive crowds it draws — can make it hard to attend without some advanced planning. My advice is to avoid an overly ambitious agenda. Even if you pick some of the less popular embassies with no lines, you’re not going to hit more than five embassies in the day. Don’t try to do it all!
Tips for riding Metro to the World Embassy Tour
If want to get within walking distance of the most events, take the red line to Dupont Circle. But be warned, you won’t be the only one with this idea. The lines outside the Embassies nearest Dupont Circle are horrendous. Consider, instead, the Van Ness station (also red line), which is walking distance from Ghana, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Singapore.
Where are the best places to park near the World Embassy Tour?
Again, avoid Dupont Circle altogether. The streets around there become parking lots and you won’t be able to leave your car. We managed to park this year — illegally, I should add — near the Embassy of Afghanistan and somehow avoided a ticket. Next year, we’ll likely drive to some embassy that is further afield (Japan is a good candidate) and bike to the others.