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Must-Do Experiences in D.C.

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Even for its diminutive size of 69 square miles, there are plenty of most-do experiences for DC residents and visitors. Grandiose edifices and memorials, world-class museums, charming yet dynamic neighborhoods, and a growing culinary and theater/performing arts scene rank among the most popular experiences in the nation's capital. DC will always be a city associated with politics, power, history, heritage, chili half-smokes, cherry blossoms, and the Metro subway.
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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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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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1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
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If you're in the northwest area of D.C., and looking for good food with fresh ingredients, or for some unhealthy beignets that are simply excellent, then check out Founding Farmers. I started out eating on the healthy side, with an egg white...
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675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
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This iconic Washington restaurant and bar has moved several times since it began as a boarding house/tavern in 1856, but its present location, a block from the White House, speaks to its history. Presidents Grant, Johnson, Cleveland, McKinley,...
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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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1100 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
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Memorial Day signals the official start of summer, and for many Washingtonians that means backyard cookouts and crab feasts! While a little pricier out of season, crabs are available year-round. The Wharf is where the locals go for great prices on...
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1264 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
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In a city often associated with power, ever wonder where the movers and shakers hang out? As the oldest family-owned D.C. restaurant run by four generations of the Martin family (all named William), Martin's has hosted and served every president...
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1057 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
If you visit Georgetown, make time to stroll along the historic C&O Canal with a cup of coffee. Normally there is water in the canal and the boats float along. The cafe on the corner, Baked and Wired, is full of delicious treats, with cupcakes...
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What better way to celebrate the coming of spring than with the sight of 2,000 cherry trees blossoming in a sea of light pink?
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Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC, USA
Passport DC is a month-long event in May with more than 100 international events and activities that educate visitors and residents of the Washington, D.C., area about our global community. Every first Saturday of the month is the signature event...
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3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
From the day after Thanksgiving until New Year's Day, celebrate the Christmas holiday spirit with a night out at the National Zoo with Zoolights. Surrounded by over 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights, walk through a winter wonderland of...
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1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
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Once a dining room belonging to wealthy shipbuilder Frederick Leyland from Liverpool, then a private exhibition space at the mansion of wealthy Detroit industrialist Charles Lang Freer, American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room...
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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,...