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Plan Your Washington, D.C. Vacation

With its neoclassical government buildings and broad avenues, Washington, D.C., looks its part as America's capital. Majestic monuments and memorials pay tribute to notable leaders and great achievements, and merit a visit. But D.C. also lives firmly in the present, and not just politically; new restaurants and bars continually emerge, upping the hipness factor in neighborhoods from Capitol Hill to U Street. Fun museums and tree-shaded parks make it a terrific place for families. You may come for the official sites, but you'll remember D.C.'s local flavor, too.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Cherry Blossoms For a few weeks in spring, D.C. is awash in glorious pink blooms.
  2. The White House 1600 Pennsylvania may be the best-known address in the U.S.
  3. Memorials The lives of soldiers, presidents, and political figures are commemorated.
  4. Museums For every taste—whether you like spies, airplanes, history, or art.
  5. Globe-trotting Cuisine Diverse cultures support restaurants with authentic flavors.
  6. The Mall Ground zero for museums, picnics, festivals, and performances.

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When to Go

D.C. has two delightful seasons: spring and autumn. In spring the city's ornamental fruit trees are blossoming, and its many gardens are in...

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