Northwest ( NW or N.W. ) is the northwestern quadrant of Washington, D.C. , the capital of the United States , and is located north of the National Mall and west of North Capitol Street . It is the largest of the four quadrants of the city (NW, NE , SW and SE ), and it includes the central business district , the Federal Triangle , and the museums along the northern side of the National Mall, as well as such neighborhoods as West End , Petworth , Dupont Circle , LeDroit Park , Georgetown , Adams Morgan , Embassy Row , Glover Park , Tenleytown , Foggy Bottom , Cleveland Park , Columbia Heights , Mount Pleasant , the Palisades , Shepherd Park , Crestwood , Bloomingdale , Takoma , Chevy Chase , and Friendship Heights .
Northwest contains many college campuses, including American University , George Washington University , Georgetown University , Howard University , and the University of the District of Columbia . The Verizon Center , home of the Washington Wizards , the Washington Capitals , and the Georgetown Hoyas as well as the venue for many concerts and other events, is located in Northwest, as are the National Cathedral , the White House , and Rock Creek Park .
Politically, Northwest is made up of parts of Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, with Wards 1 and 3 being the only wards located entirely within the quadrant.