The Downtown Heritage Trail exists in three discrete sections: East, Center, and West Loops. The East Loop begins along Pennsylvania Ave., by the Pennsylvania Ave. National Historic Site, and zigzags (extensively!) up through Judiciary Square and ultimately into Chinatown to the Gallery Place Metro. It is a land of statuary: few businesses, lots of courts, all spare Washington grandeur.
As I got close to the Chinatown neighborhood, I ran into a lot of construction. One building was wearing a shroud:
The Center Loop starts at Pennsylvania Ave. again, this time at the intersection with 7th St. There is a monument to Charity there, right in front of the National Bank of Washington. I'm not sure what that means.
Foolishly, I decided to finish the West Loop of the trail on the same day Washington held its Capitals Stanley Cup victory parade. The parade was over by the time I arrived downtown on the Metro, but thousands of people were still milling around wearing Caps attire, or at least whatever red clothing they could come up with. The Subway restaurant where I stopped for a quick lunch after getting off the train was a surging sea of red.
Instead, I'll leave you with a photo of the Silver Spring Civic Center during early voting. Now here's where the real action is!