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800 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Aside from fictional spies like James Bond, Jason Bourne, and Austin Powers, few of us know much about the world of espionage and that’s probably very deliberate. After all, you can’t expect any good spy to be giving away their trade secrets. If...
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2 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
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After a long awaited re-opening, the infamous reflecting pool shared by the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial has been opened to the public once again. Over one year of construction on the new water filtration system that now pulls water...
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700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20408, USA
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If you're a history buff, then you'll want to visit the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C. The Archives houses the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. The Archives also have a large online database,...
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1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
South entrance to the Smithsonian Institution Castle on the National Mall. It's a beautiful day!
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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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6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565, USA
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When we were kids, my parents would take (okay, drag) us to visit the Smithsonian Art Museums. I dreaded those trips. What kid wants to spend an afternoon looking at canvases with indecipherable images on them? The one exception was the East Wing...
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4th St SW & Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
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During my three years of living in Washington, D.C., I made it my mission to visit as many museums as I could. The National Museum of the American Indian quickly won me over. Its curves can be seen from countless rooftops and decks in the city....
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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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225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
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The Eastern Market, now a National Historic Landmark, opened in 1873 to serve the Capitol Hill neighborhood (an 1805 version, located down by the Navy Yard, was a casualty of the War of 1812). The brick market hall, packed with butchers, bakers,...
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No trip to D.C. is complete without ordering the district's signature dish, the half-smoke. And while many restaurants serve it, there’s only one worthy of your order: Ben’s Chili Bowl. The popular landmark diner has been feeding the...
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401 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
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It’s only been in the past few years that serious Mexican food has made an appearance in D.C. We now have our share of taquerias serving up tacos as delicious and as reasonably priced as I’ve ever had. Not to brush off the newcomers, but none of...
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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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800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Looking for a spectacular panoramic view of Washington, D.C.? Head to the Top of the Hay rooftop terrace, located in the historic and iconic Hay-Adams Hotel. For over 82 years, the hotel has played host to prominent travelers and Washington's...
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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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1510 U St NW # B, Washington, DC 20009, USA
So I was walking around the Adams Morgan neighborhood when my purse started falling apart. I still had another day in D.C. and only brought one bag, so I pulled out my phone to find a nearby vintage store. I mean, I needed a bag, but I wasn't...
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415 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
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I've been fascinated recently with this sweet-savory combination. Sorry cupcakes, the doughnut is back, and it has gotten quite the makeover! Before this craze hit D.C., chefs Kyle Bailey and Tiffany MacIssac of Birch and Barley/Churchkey have...
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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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8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
An undulating steel and glass canopy wows visitors who enter the Kogod Courtyard. Inside you'll find diners from the museum's café, tourists soaking their weary feet in the shallow fountain running across the space, and students taking advantage...
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1850 West Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242, USA
This was my favorite memorial in DC. FDR's thoughtful, hopeful quotes emerge effortlessly from the warm slabs, across waterfalls, and behind flowering shrubs. The entire memorial glows with tranquil energy, and is not somber or reflective like...
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1964 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
Many people visiting the King National Memorial in Washington, D.C. wonder why it is so small. What they don't know is that this memorial is a result of a fundraising initiative. The U.S. federal government did contribute to the building of the...
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641 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
If you’re looking for a Broadway-style show, you won’t find it at Woolly Mammoth. Instead, if you want bleeding edge, creative, innovative, well acted, and well staged productions, then come here. Be warned, though. Every performance here will...
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16th St NW & W Street NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Once an encampment for Union troops during the Civil War, 12-acre Meridian Hill Park is now a central gathering space for friends and fitness enthusiasts. Running groups, yoga classes, and personal training sessions all meet at this urban hilltop...
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429 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
It's best to follow these lunches on wheels on Twitter, but usually you'll find them lined up near the L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station in southwest D.C., McPherson Square, Franklin Park, and Farragut Square all in northwest D.C. Popular ones include...
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Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
I’m very lucky. I get to spend my days in one of the most beautiful cities in the world! One thing that makes D.C. so special is the amount of green space that we have in the city. Constitution Gardens is just a few blocks from my office, and it’s...
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1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
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One of Washington's most beloved independent bookstores, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café is just as much a D.C. institution as the city's historic monuments. Opened in 1976, Kramerbooks was the first bookstore/café in the United...
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5804, 1400 I St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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If you go to the Valero gas station at the corner of 14th and U St. NW, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise when you enter the adjacent store. There is food and drink for sale, but not your typical U.S. gas station fare—no chips or Slim Jims or...
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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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2 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
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After three years and $15 million dollars worth of repairs as a result of a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August 2011, DC's most recognized landmark (and the world's tallest freemasonry structure) reopened for business back in May 2014. Once again,...
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3212 O St NW #5, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Hugh & Crye is a men's clothing store based in Georgetown that knows how to make shirts that fit. It offers quality dress shirts that follow a special sizing system to fit specific body types and heights. Styles are versatile enough for K Street...
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555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
The Newseum is an interactive, ever-evolving tribute to our First Amendment freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. Powerful exhibits such as eight sections of the Berlin Wall (the largest display outside Germany) provide...
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1211 Potomac St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
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Luke's in Georgetown has a divine combo perfect for indulging your inner kid. Noah's Ark lets you try a half of each of their famous shrimp, crab, and lobster rolls. Local tip: Get takeout on a sunny day and walk it down to the Georgetown...
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2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA
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When the red-meat craving hits, there’s one place that satisfies the need for a juicy fix: Burger Tap and Shake, otherwise simply known as BTS. BTS offers a great selection of burgers made from locally sourced beef that is freshly ground on...
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3120 R St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
When the weather in Washington, D.C., is delightfully sunny and dry, I can think of no better way to spend an afternoon than at Dunbarton Oaks Gardens. Tucked away in the highest point of this elegant neighborhood, you'll find the onetime "country...
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1234 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
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Drawing on the concept of a Hakata Ramen shop, where he worked in for a year in Taipei, Taiwan, chef-owner Erik Bruner-Yang has made Toki one of the coolest additions to the emerging H Street scene in northeast Washington, D.C. Edgy, hip, scruffy,...
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608 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
DC Metro Food Tours is the area's premier source for food tours and culinary events that bring together history, architecture, and cuisine in a variety of different venues and historic neighborhoods. One Sunday morning, I toured an enthusiastic...
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2311 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
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Most visitors in D.C. are here in the summer when the temperatures and humidity can soar to uncomfortable levels. That’s the time when ice and ice cream are your best sources of relief. If you are anywhere near the National Zoo and need to chill...
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402 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
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Creamy Collards, Sprouted Wild Rice and Peas, Jerk Eggplant, Garlic Kale, Cauliflower Nuggets, Spinach Sea Relish, Coconut Egg Salad, Broccoli Bites, Hummous Olive Spread, Sweet Plantains. All raw and vegan. Need I say more?
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Artomatic is a free, month-long art festival held in unused spaces in the Washington, D.C. area. Nine floors of an Arlington office building slated for demolition were converted into a giant venue for visual art, performances, films, and workshops...
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2461 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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For a night of music, soul food, and raucous fun, head to Madam’s Organ. Never mind the unusual name, this place is a local landmark in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. The craziness starts at the street. It's not hard to find this place. Just look...
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2312 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301, USA
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If you're looking for a place with awesome BBQ, Del Ray's Pork Barrel BBQ is the spot. Just recently, they've teamed up with Holy Cow—a burger joint owned by the same guys—and now offer signature gourmet burgers in addition to the regular menu of...
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2003 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301, USA
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Although chocolate is the specialty at Artfully Chocolate in Alexandria, my favorite treats are the light and delicious macarons supplied by local baker, Michel Patisserie. Michel refined his skills working at the famous patisserie, Ladurée, in ...
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3500 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Feel the need to oar about when you’re in D.C.? Then Key Bridge Boathouse is the ticket. Key Bridge Boathouse offers a variety of single and double kayaks, canoes and as well as stand-up paddbleboards for rent. Whether you are an experienced...
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5200 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015, USA
Rock Creek Park is the main stretch of woodland that runs through the city's northwest corridor. If you want to escape the mob of tourists on the Mall, or you just want to spend time in an urban oasis, head to Rock Creek Park. Any section between...
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555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
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Poste Brasserie is known for many things, from its Poste Roast and its outdoor garden with weekday happy hours, to its Sunday brunch with a full Bloody Mary bar. We were given the choice of regular or bacon-infused vodka. Of course I chose bacon,...