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Washington DC

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Monuments · Specialty Museums · Government Buildings

Popular things to do in Washington DC

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Things to do in Washington DC include tours of some of America's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums--including Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The city also boasts ample shopping, dining, and nightlife options. On a guided walking tour, you'll get to know its popular landmarks, such as the White House and Lincoln Memorial. The invaluable collections of National Gallery of Art and National Portrait Gallery draw art lovers. When you get tired of sightseeing, relax by the water at Tidal Basin, or take a side trip to Horseshoe Casino Baltimore and test your luck.

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Where to stay in Washington DC

Most visitors to Washington, D.C., end up in the East End, the old downtown district containing most of the city's major cultural attractions. For a more authentic Washingtonian experience, consider staying at a smaller hotel just a little north or east of this busy area. Neighborhoods outside downtown offer less expensive accommodations and affordable street parking, as well as opportunities to meet more locals and fewer tourists. Alternatively, try a hotel in Georgetown, packed with high-end shops and Colonial architecture.
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