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Washington, D.C. Travel Guide

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D.C.'s Party Animals: Interns

General Description Migratory species, aged 16 to 25, present in the region in great abundance in summer. Identifying Marks Eager expression...

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Washington, D.C. Today

Classically majestic and stunningly beautiful, the Capitol, the White House, and the Supreme Court stand at the heart of Washington, D.C., symbols...

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How Laws are Made

Amid the grand halls of the Capitol building, members of Congress and their aides are busy crafting the laws of our land. It's not a pretty...

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D.C.'s Party Animals: Staffers

General Description Prolific species endemic to the Washington area; similar species are present in state capitals throughout the country,...

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D.C.'s Party Animals: Lobbyists

General Description Though currently plentiful, the lobbyist is a threatened species in Washington. Ironically, recent legislation and public...

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Five Great Arts Experiences in D.C.

Arena Stage: Housed in the audience-friendly Mead Center for American Theatre, Arena Stage offers innovative new American plays as well as...

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Free Events in Washington, D.C.

The abundance of freebies in Washington extends to the arts. Highlights among the no-charge events include: The Fort Dupont Summer Theater...

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D.C.'s Party Animals: Legislators

General Description The legislator's life cycle is one of migration, from its home state to Washington and back, during weekends, congressional...

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A History of Georgetown

The area that would come to be known as George (after George II), then George Towne, and finally Georgetown, was part of Maryland when it was...

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Great Nightlife Experiences in D.C.

9:30 Club: The best live music venue in D.C., the club showcases new and legendary performers from across the nation. The Birchmere: Known...

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D.C. Like a Local

To get a sense for D.C. as the locals know it, try these experiences. Catch a Flick Summers in D.C. add a refreshing twist to the typical...

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How D.C. Came to Be

The city that invented American politicking, back scratching, and delicate diplomatic maneuvering is itself the result of a compromise. Tired...

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Top Washington, D.C. Attractions

Capitol Home of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the marble Capitol is an architectural marvel filled with frescoes and statues...

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Free Things to Do in D.C.

Free in D.C. For the thrifty, D.C. is a dream come true. All Smithsonian museums and national memorials are free, as are many other top attractions...

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D.C. with Kids

D.C. is filled with kid-friendly attractions. These sights are sure winners: Bureau of Engraving and Printing Any youngster who gets an allowance...

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I Heart Lincoln Walk

President Abraham Lincoln spent the final four years of his life in the nation’s capital. During his time here, he left a lasting imprint on...

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Washington, D.C. Black History Walk

A walk along U Street and the eastern rim of Adams Morgan gives a taste of D.C. that most tourists never get. This tour through "Black Broadway...

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Sightseeing Tours

If ever there was a "do it yourself" city, it's D.C. The Metro system is safe and easy to navigate and most major sights and museums are concentrated...

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D.C. Food Trucks

The nation's capital loves celebrity chefs and pricey bistros, but its latest romance is both affordable and accessible: food trucks. The mobile...

Hotels

History of The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel

President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." in Room 776. J. Edgar Hoover ate lunch at the Mayflower...

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History of The Fairfax at Embassy Row

The Fairfax at Embassy Row has a long connection to D.C. politics. Here are a few fun facts about the historic property. Al Gore lived here...

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Best Hotel Bars and Lounges in D.C.

Some of the most iconic examples of power bars, where inside-the-Beltway decision makers talk shop and rub elbows, are housed in many of this...

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Washington, D.C. Lodging Alternatives

Apartment Rentals D.C. is a notoriously transient town, with people hopping on and off the campaign trail at a moment's notice, often listing...

Shopping

Five Great Shopping Experiences in D.C.

Eastern Market, Capitol Hill Area: Artists, musicians, farmers, and more make this beautifully restored market a feast for the senses. Most...

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D.C.'s Museum Shops

Would someone in your life love a replica of the Hope diamond? It's waiting for you at the gift shop in the National Museum of Natural History...

Sports & Activities

Five Great Outdoor Experiences in DC

Bird-watch on Theodore Roosevelt Island: Take in the spectacular scenery at this tucked-away wildlife sanctuary. Get a new perspective on...

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