"Avoid the One Way Streets and Traffic Circles"
Many people are intimidated by the street design of Washington DC. There are streets that intersect at odd angles, many one-way streets that end abruptly, and circles that are packed with lanes of bumper-to-bumper traffic. One street that I have found that gets away from all of that and seems more like any street in urban America is Seventh Street. It is a two way street that travels past many of the key intersections for museums and monuments. Seventh Street goes all the way from Interstate 395 to Washington Convention Center where it changes into Georgia Avenue and continues into the suburbs of Washington DC. Seventh Avenue offers an easy way to reach many of the nicer yet affordable hotels. Near the Convention Center is an area known as China Town. Look for the ornate artwork spanning the side streets. There you will find many places to eat. Chinese food is certainly available there, but so is cuisine from other parts of the world. There are nice salad and pizza spots in this area too.