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A Perfect Day in Washington, D.C.

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Start your perfect day in Washington DC by watching sunrise on the East Front of the US Capitol. Then hike your way along the National Mall to take in any of the free Smithsonian museums and admire the monuments and memorials which perfectly capture the spirit of DC as an imperial city. Step off the Mall to enjoy a bistro lunch on Pennsylvania Avenue. End your perfect day in DC watching sunset at the Lincoln Memorial and head up to the 14th and U Street corridors with jazz and soul at Marvin.
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1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500, USA
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The most famous residence in D.C. has been occupied by every U.S. president except George Washington (President John Adams was the first, in 1801). Construction began in 1792, so it's the oldest federally occupied building in the city. Tours are...
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2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA
A history lesson in action! The Lincoln Memorial is best known for the lifelike giant. I found myself lost in the anxiety in his hands, the hasty "drape" of cloth, and piercing eyes that seem to pierce through the decades. Take time to lean...
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1750 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
The memorials and monuments of Washington, D.C., are inspiring during the day, but at night, they are simply mesmerizing. On a chilly November night, I decided to stroll by the monuments. I had especially wanted to see the Jefferson Memorial light...
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5 Henry Bacon Dr NW, Washington, DC 20245, USA
One of the most humbling spots—the seemingly endless names that reflect back into the countenance of the visitor—puts a solemn sense of humanity into the memorial.
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900 Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
What I loved most about my recent walk in Washington, D.C., was the Korean War Veterans Memorial, with larger-than-life stainless steel statues of American soldiers caught as though in the middle of war. Located in West Potomac Park, the memorial...
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600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
Opened to the public as part of the country's bicentennial celebration in 1976, this is the largest of the Smithsonian Institution's 20 museums. It is the most-visited museum in the U.S. (and the second-most-visited museum in the world behind the...
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East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC 20004, USA
The U.S. Capitol Building is the epicenter of all D.C. political action—this is where the country's most important battles are fought. Home to the House of Representatives and the Senate's meeting chambers for more than two centuries, it's...
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101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540, USA
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Established in 1800, the Library of Congress is the oldest federal institution in the United States. The library was destroyed by British troops just 14 years after its conception, and Congress used Thomas Jefferson’s collection of 6,487...
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3303 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Once upon a time, there was a run-down parking lot located under the Whitehurst Freeway leading into Washington, D.C. It wasn’t a place that anyone, even someone who needed to park a car, would think of coming. Thanks to the persistent efforts of...
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50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
Come to D.C. for the weekend! Take the train in, get off at Union Station, and spend most of your time exploring this brilliant structure and its surroundings. There are food options from all over the world, Jamaica and India included. Need to...
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1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
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Cafe du Parc restaurant is an extraordinary spot for French food. The menu is traditional French bistro, served on a great outdoor terrace. J'adore this spot—great moules-frites as well!
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2007 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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Built as an homage to music sensation Marvin Gaye, who grew up in the U Street/Shaw neighborhood and lived in self-imposed exile in Ostend, Belgium, for two years, Marvin's is a fusion of Belgium and the American South from the atmosphere down to...