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In recent years, Washington DC has transformed dramatically, becoming a more vibrant city with youthful energy. Most have always known DC for its impressive monuments and outstanding museums; but beyond that, there is a brand-new DC to discover. Neighborhoods have recently reemerged as cultural centers for the local community, innovative restaurants have positioned DC as a top culinary destination, and offbeat theater companies have created a new local theater scene that pushes beyond the norms.
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701 E Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242, USA
Every spring, usually from late March to early April, Washington is blanketed in a sea of pink and white blossoms that herald the arrival of springtime and the start of prime sightseeing season. The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates...
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355 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
Named for the mythical dragon-like beast said to terrorize the region at the turn of the century, Snallygaster is DC's largest beer festival. It features a beastly display of over 250 unique craft beers, sourced from the best local, domestic, and...
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6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565, USA
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With two buildings and a sculpture garden, the National Gallery of Art is a treasure-filled trifecta where each person’s gems will only be uncovered through an immersive day (or more) of cultural exploration. The West Building is a...
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1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
Throughout their season, the Washington Nationals baseball team in conjunction with the Washington Post offer a sweet deal called the "5 Series" whereby one can purchase $5 tickets for nosebleed section seats through the team's official website or...
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3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121, USA
For over 45 years, Mount Vernon was the home of American Revolutionary War General and first U.S. President George Washington. By looking and walking around his once 8,000 acre plantation, one can learn about Washington's personal life, character,...
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515 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
For decades, this rooftop terrace bar situated at the W Hotel (formerly the Hotel Washington, circa 1918) has provided some of the most stellar views of the White House, monuments, memorials, and beyond. Unlike many other local rooftops, P.O.V. is...
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Arlington, VA 22211, USA
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Each year, more than 4.5 million visitors flock over to the Eternal Flame at Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place of 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy, making it the most visited gravesite in the United States. This November 2013...
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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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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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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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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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1308 G St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
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Astro is the brainchild of two childhood friends, Eliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern, who grew up playing hockey together (one currently plays in the NHL) and would enjoy doughnuts as a post-game treat. An union of two iconic comfort foods, relish in...
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4798 Western Avenue Northwest, Bethesda, MD 20816, USA
As a licensed guide for Washington, D.C., I've often been asked what the oldest monument in the city is. Well, may I present to you one of 40 sandstone monuments, and also the oldest in the U.S. Dubbed the Boundary Stones, they were placed in 1791...
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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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2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566, USA
Overlooking the Potomac River, the Kennedy Center stands as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy and an iconic landmark for arts in America. Its marble facade, sky-high ceilings, and crystal chandeliers exude grandeur, not to mention the...
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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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400 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
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From the hilltop of the U.S. Capitol to the riverfront behind the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall is “America’s Front Yard.” Lined with museums and accented by monuments and memorials, the 1.9-mile stretch of green space is...
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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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3600 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Run up and down 10 times, and you'll feel the burn! This is a favorite among Georgetown University athletes and the student body, especially on Halloween. Made famous by the 1973 horror classic written by Georgetown alum William Peter Blatty...
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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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1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
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At the booths of Union Market, a massive shopping hall, vendors sell made-from-scratch biscuits, Chesapeake Bay oysters, and reclaimed-wood furniture like that of your favorite boutique hotel. Save time for a rare art film at the new Angelika...
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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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1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
What I love about the Tabard Inn is that most D.C. visitors and transplants have never heard of it, yet this place requires a brunch reservation 2 weeks in advance. The Tabard Inn is historic and creaky. The corridors are lined with quirky rooms...
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Washington, DC, USA
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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701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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Zaytinya is a trendy restaurant in the heart of Penn Quarter, Washington D.C.'s trendiest neighborhood. Zaytinya serves up a variety of Mediterranean tapas inspired by traditional dishes from Greece, Lebanon, and Turkey. It also has a selection of...
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Washington, DC, USA
Though admittedly lacking in the quaint appeal of an Indian Rickshaw or the quiet lull of an inter-island ferry, the Washington, D.C., Metro is nothing if not efficient. Simple to navigate, relatively inexpensive to ride, and convenient to the...
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Washington D.C. is full of taxis, but there will be times when either you don’t feel like standing on the curb and hailing one down (like in a thundering rainstorm) or it’s the wee early hours of the morning and there’s not a cab in sight. In...
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700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
If what you’re looking for in a hotel in D.C. is a central location—with easy access to all the major sights and public transportation and in a part of town where there are lots of shops and restaurants, then the place you will want to stay is the...
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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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1632 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
D.C. offers a lot of choices for getting about the city. If you are cyclist, consider renting a bicycle to supplement travel by public transportation. Not only is it cheaper than Metro (either subway or bus) and cab fare, but also you’ll avoid the...
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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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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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4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
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Marjorie Merriweather Post was a wealthy American socialite and heiress to the Postum Cereal fortune. Her Washington home is now a museum, and the home’s original furnishings have been maintained alongside all the now-priceless collectibles that...
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2020 O St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
The Mansion on O Street is an original, pleasantly eccentric D.C. destination. Five row houses are interconnected by a labyrinth of passageways, staircases, and 70 secret doors. Get lost in its 100 rooms, which are filled with an ever-evolving...