Washington DC Travel Guide

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Politics have helped to shape Washington, but they don't define it.  It’s the nation’s capital, and arguably one of the most powerful places in the world, yet DC is often overlooked in favor of seemingly more glamorous US cities.  But scratch the ostensibly dry surface and you’ll find a city far more diverse than one might think; not surprising, considering that all of the embassies and consulates are here.  It's impossible to list Washington's must-see sights in a paragraph, but certain places simply cannot be missed.  The Smithsonian Institution, with its myriad museums and galleries, provides something of interest for every visitor, from the arts to aerospace engineering and everything in between.  Beyond the majesty of the National Mall, plenty of lesser-known DC institutions lie a bit off the beaten track.  Washington’s music scene has long been lauded for its originality (everything from go-go funk to hardcore punk has heavy DC roots; Fort Reno’s outdoor concerts are a summer tradition).  Changing administrations make for prevalent transience (it's actually quite difficult to find many people in DC who are born-and-bred natives), yet there are certain venerable city establishments – like Ben’s Chili Bowl, where Presidents have been known to dine – that stand the test of time.  And Washington continues to grow and evolve – visitors can sample exquisite Ethiopian cuisine in the city’s revitalized U Street Corridor neighborhood, wander through small, privately owned art galleries in Dupont Circle, or sip ale at Columbia Height’s new Commonwealth Pub.  One of the many things that DC has in its favor is that it's a very walkable town, so visitors can fill their days with activities in several different neighborhoods without traveling unreasonable distances.  And Washington is imminently family-friendly, with plenty of events and activities that will please kids of all ages.

Where to Go in Washington DC

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Jefferson (The)

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1200 16th St NW

Intimate and full of delights, this downtown hotel is a veritable Washington landmark.

National Building Museum

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401 F Street Northwest
(between 4th & 5th streets)

The majestic architectural museum contains exhibits to please adults and children alike.

Kaz Sushi Bistro

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1915 I Street NW

Sushi is taken to new heights at one of DC's most celebrated restaurants.

Chief Ike's Mambo Room

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1725 Columbia Road Northwest
(between 17th & 18th streets)

An Adams-Morgan original

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UPDATES FROM OUR TRAVEL TEAM

DC's José Andrés Wins 2011 Outstanding Chef Award
The 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards, the most coveted awards for excellence in the food and restaurant industry, were presented on May 6 in New York City with Washington's own José Andrés winning honors for Outstanding Chef because of his work at Minibar. An alcove located on the second floor of... Read more

Passport DC Offers Rare Glimpse Into Washington's Embassies
In addition to being the U.S. capital, Washington, DC, is home to approximately 174 embassies. These international missions are located all over the city, from Georgetown to Woodley Park, and especially along Massachusetts Avenue, which is often referred to as Embassy Row. Unless you're a diplomat or... Read more

Say 'Oui!' to the Georgetown French Market This Weekend
From Michel Richard's Citronelle to the newish Café Bonaparte and all the wine stores, antique shops, and boutiques in between, Georgetown has always had a bit of a French flair. This Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, the neighborhood will celebrate this joie de vivre with the 8th Annual French... Read more


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