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Washington DC Guide

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Best of Washington DC

3 days in Washington DC
3 days in Washington DC

Three days is enough time to get a taste of Washington DC culture and American history.

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Family-friendly Washington DC

Washington DC for young kids
Washington DC for young kids

Here are some activities that young kids will enjoy while visiting DC.

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Washington DC on a budget

Washington DC on a budget
Washington DC on a budget

DC is a great city to visit for those who are budget-minded.Here is a list of free things to do.

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Insiders' Washington DC

Exotic Cuisines in DC
Exotic Cuisines in DC

Washington D.C. may be America's capital, but it's also an international metropolis home to diplomats and embassies from all over the world. Discover the exotic cuisines and far-flung flavours at the restaurants that make D.C. an adventurous eater's paradise.

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Washington DC off the beaten path
Washington DC off the beaten path

Here are some attractions that are hidden gems.

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Getaways from Washington DC

Daytrips from Washington DC
Daytrips from Washington DC

Suggested day trips from DC

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Washington, D.C. Tour: U Street
Washington, D.C. Tour: U Street

During the first half of the 20th century, the U Street corridor was a vital hub of African American culture, commerce and camaraderie—a template for Harlem. During the 1920’s and ‘30’s, performers of...

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Washington, D.C. Tour: Dupont
Washington, D.C. Tour: Dupont

More than a century ago, Dupont was the “It” address of Washington’s socialites, scions and politicians, including a newspaper heiress, a German brewer and a president named Calvin Coolidge. The...

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C & O Canal Towpath trail, section #1
C & O Canal Towpath trail, section #1

This portion of the C & O Canal Towpath trail runs from Georgetown, near Washington D.C., to Point of Rocks, Maryland. Whether you are riding/hiking out and back or plan to go the distance on the C &...

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Washington, D.C. Tour: Mount Pleasant/Columbia Heights
Washington, D.C. Tour: Mount Pleasant/Columbia Heights

Mount Pleasant, an elbow thrust off the long arm of 16th Street, sprung to life as a streetcar suburb circa 1900. The extension of the line transformed the previously isolated village into a teeming...

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D.C. for Spy-Obsessed Kids
D.C. for Spy-Obsessed Kids

Visiting Washington, D.C., can feel like the school trip from hell: No matter who you are, no matter what you're interested in, you're stuck with the same obligatory sights. We say, table that...

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Washington, D.C. Tour: Penn Quarter
Washington, D.C. Tour: Penn Quarter

Penn Quarter thrums with activity, the happy result of decades-long revitalization efforts. The high-energy, mixed-use neighborhood keeps its lights on much later and longer than other downtown areas....

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D.C. For Art Lovers
D.C. For Art Lovers

Visiting Washington, D.C., can feel like the school trip from hell: No matter who you are, no matter what you're interested in, you're stuck with the same obligatory sights. We say, table that...

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Washington, D.C. Tour: Georgetown
Washington, D.C. Tour: Georgetown

Georgetown has every right to name-drop. Some of the city’s most venerated figures, such as Thomas Jefferson, Henry Kissinger, and most famously John and Jackie Kennedy, lived and socialized here....

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A Walk through Penn Quarter and Chinatown
A Walk through Penn Quarter and Chinatown

North of the National Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue is Penn Quarter, a neighborhood with several of Washington D.C.'s favorite museums that partially overlaps with Chinatown. The neighborhood is...

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Washington, D.C. Tour: The National Mall
Washington, D.C. Tour: The National Mall

The National Mall packs more culture and history into a two-mile strip than most cities do in their entire urban sprawls. If you visited every site along the entire expanse, from the Lincoln Memorial...

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Georgetown History, Shopping and Culture
Georgetown History, Shopping and Culture

From a history lesson to plenty of shopping, this walking tour of Georgetown has a little something for everyone. Start at Washington Harbour, where you can take in waterfront views of the Potomac and...

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Fort Foote Civil War Ruins
Fort Foote Civil War Ruins

Cannons, bunkers, buildings Oh My!

The perfect Civil war park without the crowds.

Plenty of huge cannons to defend Washington on the Potomac river entry. Lots of cannon emplacements, interpretive...

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D.C. Walk: H Street
D.C. Walk: H Street

There’s a new energy brewing on H Street, a onetime cultural hub just a stone’s throw from Union Station.

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Washington, D.C. Tour: Southwest Waterfront/Navy Yard
Washington, D.C. Tour: Southwest Waterfront/Navy Yard

A few blocks south of the National Mall, Washington swaps its suit and wingtips for Bermuda shorts and Sperry topsiders. In the warmer months, festive tour boats ply the languid waters of the Potomac...

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H Street: Washington, D.C. Walk
H Street: Washington, D.C. Walk

Washington, D.C. may have been the world’s first planned capital, but it’s a city that continues to grow, with neighborhoods, and even single streets, becoming showcases for the capital’s...

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Washington, D.C. Tour: Foggy Bottom
Washington, D.C. Tour: Foggy Bottom

Foggy Bottom has come a long way since its early years as a working-class neighborhood thick with factories and tenement housing. Today, the area’s character is shaped by George Washington University,...

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Spots Kids Love Along the National Mall (Day 1)
Spots Kids Love Along the National Mall (Day 1)

Put on your walking shoes and get ready to explore the National Mall. This is a quick, one-day itinerary for families who have just a little time in Washington, D.C., and want to get the most out of...

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Walking Tour of Monuments and Memorials
Walking Tour of Monuments and Memorials

This is a great way to see all of the Monuments and Memorials of Washington DC, each unique and important in its own way. The walk starts at the White House and continues through the National Mall,...

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D.C.'s Best Political Haunts
D.C.'s Best Political Haunts

Visiting Washington, D.C., can feel like the school trip from hell: No matter who you are, no matter what you're interested in, you're stuck with the same obligatory sights. We say, table that...

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D.C. Walk Through U.S. History
D.C. Walk Through U.S. History

Visiting Washington, D.C., can feel like the school trip from hell: No matter who you are, no matter what you're interested in, you're stuck with the same obligatory sights. We say, table that...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Spots Kids Love Along the National Mall (Day 2)
Spots Kids Love Along the National Mall (Day 2)

Put on your walking shoes and get ready to explore the National Mall. This is a quick one-day itinerary for families who have just a little time in Washington, D.C., and want to get the most out of...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Washington, D.C. Tour: Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C. Tour: Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is true to its name: The neighborhood contains the U.S. Capitol Building and sits on a raised piece of land originally called Jenkins Hill. But to really experience the area, you need to...

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Perfect Day

DC is Fun, I Swear! (kousagi18, 26 Mar 2008)
4.0 of 5 stars 8 Votes
Big capital, small people... (mopsydog, 1 May 2006)
4.0 of 5 stars 14 Votes
Seeing Washington on $20 (TA_MikeW, 29 Mar 2006)
3.5 of 5 stars 17 Votes

Perfect Weekend

DC on a Budget With The Family (MrsMaryland, 29 May 2009)
4.5 of 5 stars 15 Votes
A Capital Experience (PandaPal, 23 May 2006)
4.5 of 5 stars 28 Votes
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Best Of

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Around the world (Mitasvil, 25 Aug 2012)
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Baseball Park Reviews (baltoteach, 6 May 2008)
4.0 of 5 stars 6 Votes

Recent Trip

Five Days of History (jdmseattle, 14 Feb 2013)
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Washington, D.C. (Giovanna325, 11 Jun 2009)
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