is a major thoroughfare in Washington, D.C.
, and its Maryland
suburbs. It starts in Georgetown
just north of the Potomac River
, at an intersection with K Street
under the Whitehurst Freeway
. The section of Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown was called High Street before the street names
in Georgetown were changed
in 1895 to conform to those of the L'Enfant
plan for the federal city (although Georgetown predates the planned capital
by half a century).
From the Georgetown riverfront, Wisconsin Avenue climbs steeply north through Northwest D.C.
(see picture above), through often congested, slow-moving traffic squeezed into just two travel lanes, with parked vehicles continuously filling both curb lanes. The Avenue then passes through the neighborhoods of Glover Park
, Cathedral Heights
(next to the Washington National Cathedral
), Cleveland Park
and Friendship Heights
with its several broadcasting towers. While in Friendship Heights, Wisconsin Avenue intersects with Western Avenue (which forms much of the Northwest border of Washington, D.C.) and then crosses into Montgomery County
. In Maryland, it is officially known as Maryland Route 355
. Wisconsin Avenue then passes through Bethesda
, where it is one of the main streets of the downtown area. Southbound traffic on Wisconsin Avenue can bypass downtown Bethesda by taking Woodmont Avenue.
Just north of downtown Bethesda, at the intersection with Glenbrook Parkway, its name changes to... Read More