Explore Washington DC

  • Explore Washington, D.C.

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    With its iconic attractions, inspiring views, and vibrant arts and culture scene, Washington, D.C. ranks among the world's most popular travel destinations. Here are some facts about the city:

    Size: 68 square miles
    Population: 650,000 people
    Location: Mid-Atlantic region, 90 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean
    Weather: Experiences all four seasons, including comfortable fall and spring climates, hot and sometimes humid summers and moderate winters

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    World-famous monuments, memorials and museums are some of D.C.'s most popular attractions. Visiting the National Mall to see the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is a must-do for any first-timer.

    Another great way to see the entire city is to hop aboard an open-top, sightseeing bus, climb on a bike or put on your walking shoes and discover why D.C. was named America's most walkable city.

    You're invited to explore eclectic neighborhoods like Georgetown, 14th Street, U Street and Capitol Riverfront, each bustling with exciting restaurants, shops and unique D.C. experiences.

    Or see the city from a new vantage point with a Segway tour or riverboat cruise. No matter how you decide to explore, you'll find yourself inspired. Get more suggestions and find discounts by visiting washington.org/syb.

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    Washington, D.C.'s shopping scene gives you enough reasons to bring an extra suitcase, as visitors will find plenty of souvenirs to take home. You'll find D.C. collectables near major landmarks like Ford's Theatre. For something artsy, check out the homegrown vendors at Eastern Market on weekends.

    Forget a suit or dress back at home? Head downtown and browse from national retailers and department stores. Dupont Circle offers one-of-a-kind gift items and unique boutiques. Designer fashions can be scooped up throughout hip and historic Georgetown and the city's newest shopping sensation, CityCenterDC. 

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    D.C. has arrived as a world-class dining destination. Top up-and-coming chefs have opened restaurants in D.C., many of which are within walking distance from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

    A few areas that have generated a great deal of buzz lately include 14th Street NW, H Street NE, and CityCenterDC, all relative newcomers. Meanwhile, the thriving dining scenes in Georgetown, Penn Quarter, and downtown continue to please hungry visitors. The city boasts diverse restaurants sure to fit any palate and price range.

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