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Washington D.C.

The American Spirit

Washington DC

Washington DC is both the most and the least American of all American cities. It embodies the American spirit and ideology, but yet has the look of a European city. There are no skyscrapers here. Instead, this is a neo-classical city of monuments and memorials and countless national icons.

It attracts millions of visitors every year, who always find superb museums and galleries offering engaging exhibitions. They now also have the option to stay at new stylish hotels, and dine at a growing number of quality restaurants.

Then there's always Georgetown, the district of charming houses and cobblestone streets, and home to the fashionable restaurants and boutiques. It's the place to go to at night after having done the must-do walk down the great boulevard known as The Mall, from the Capitol all the way to the White House.


Top 10 Sights and Attractions

  1. Get up close to the world's most famous residence, The White House.
  2. Admire the Neoclassical architecture of The Capitol and its gigantic dome.
  3. See the fascinating historic air and spacecraft at the Air and Space Museum.
  4. Visit the National Gallery of Art for its collection of European masters.
  5. Be dwarfed by the huge image of President Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial.
  6. Go to the top of the Washington Monument, the city's tallest structure, for city views.
  7. Stroll through Georgetown.
  8. See the best of American art at The Smithsonian American Art Museum.
  9. Pay your tribute to the nation's heroes and John F. Kennedy at the Arlington National Cemetery.
  10. Visit The National Cathedral, the world's sixth largest.

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Where to Stay

Look for the hotel or hostel that best matches your budget, type of trip or personality. Here you can guarantee a room but you do NOT pay anything at the time of booking. Payments are only made at the hotel and there are no booking fees. Most hotels allow cancellations with no penalty if done up to 24 or 48 hours in advance. You'll see that information at the time of booking and again in the confirmation email.

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Eating and Drinking

A city where international politicians and millionaires meet every day of the week, and with a cosmopolitan population living in it, obviously offers all the flavors of the world's cuisines. There are around 2000 restaurants in Washington, and each year (especially the last few) brings new promising choices. Renowned chefs have opened their branches in the American capital, and Georgetown continues to have the largest number of trendy eateries.

Shopping

Georgetown's charming boutiques are Washington's best shopping experiences, with a variety of them lining M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. After that, the best places to find unique pieces are in the city's museums whose gift shops not only sell books relating to the collections, but also other products such as jewelry, artwork reproductions, and clothing inspired by their artists. For the chains you're familiar with, head to Connecticut Avenue, and if you're looking for crafts, visit the Eastern Market. That flea market is a popular weekend destination, with stalls selling antiques, ethnic artifacts, and food at bargain prices.

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