The Afar Guide to
Washington, D.C.

George Washington dubbed it "The Federal City," Thomas Jefferson envisioned it as "America's Paris," and JFK described it, jokingly, as "a city of southern efficiency and northern charm." However you regard D.C. (or as local residents call it, the "DMV"—for D.C., Maryland, and Virginia), it fulfills its reputation as an imperial city with a vibrant energy. Visitors love the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, National Mall, Smithsonian museums, and the memorials. But the city's exciting food and theater scenes also beckon, along with dozens of privately owned museums showcasing everything from art to espionage, and dynamic neighborhoods like U Street, 14th Street/Logan Circle, Dupont Circle, Adams-Morgan, Mt. Pleasant, and Columbia Heights. Should you seek temporary escape, within two hours to the west lie the Appalachian and Blue Ridge mountains and the Shenandoah Valley, and to the east is the Eastern Shore, Chesapeake Bay, and Atlantic Ocean.

Essential Washington, D.C. Facts to

know before you go

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Julee K.Washington, D.C. Local Expert

After a long and successful career as an IT Project Manager at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Julee Khoo is now spending her days pursuing interests including cooking, gardening, beekeeping, and, of course, traveling to destinations near and far.
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Christian MirasolWashington, D.C. Local Expert

Christian Mirasol is a Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide and also works with business owners as a marketing arm for a number of Fortune 1000 and other online companies. He's a D.C.-area native who loves his hometown and exploring his "backyard" but at the same time has the travel bug in him—always planning his next adventure. Aside from work and travel, he delights in both eating and cooking food, reading, history, hiking, swimming, and football (soccer that is) whether it's playing pick-up or cheering on his favorite club, Chelsea FC.