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Washington D.C Attractions

The city has no shortage of sights to see, especially for history buffs. The National Mall has more attractions packed into 145 acres than just about anywhere else on Earth. Between the museums, monuments and federal government buildings, it would take anyone weeks to visit everything on display. Notably, the Mall is home to eleven Smithsonian Institutions, including the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Museum of American History. Other favorites just off the Mall are the Newseum, the Library of Congress and the International Spy Museum, home to the largest collection of international espionage artifacts currently on public display. Of course there's more than just museums -- the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Reflecting Pool are the most iconic landmarks in the Mall, and you can't miss the Capitol Building, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and of course, the White House.

Washington D.C. Restaurants and Nightlife

Until recently, the culinary scene of the D.C. area was largely unknown to tourists, but more are discovering the cosmopolitan city as a gateway to the rest of world. Washington's diverse dining options come from its diverse population. The city boasts ethnic food from Ethiopia to El Salvador, and it will soon become the fourth city in the United States to have a restaurant awarded a prestigious Michelin star.

With a large population of young professionals working hard in government and international business, the District also hosts a vibrant and energetic nightlife to help people unwind. D.C. has everything from swanky nightclubs and rooftop bars to neighborhood haunts and taverns. Some places may cater to the city's political elite with the finest drinks and decor, while others offer young staffers and visitors a more casual experience. Capitol Hill has enjoyed a nightlife boom in recent years, with a number of successful pubs and music venues finding success on H Street, and college students will likely find a good time in Georgetown.

Washington D.C. Culture

While the capital's famous landmarks tend to overshadow the rest of what the city has to offer, locals know that there's much more to D.C. Besides the major museums mentioned above, there are hundreds of smaller, equally important museums celebrating African-American history, LGBT rights, and women's suffrage. Besides political history, Washington D.C. has a celebrated art scene, with over twenty galleries across the city, including Smithsonian's National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, and the more modern Phillips Collection. If you're a fan of theatre, the city has plenty of that too, with a lively community of playmakers putting on dramas, comedies, and musicals every month. Sports fans will appreciate D.C. as well — it is also one of only twelve American cities with sports teams across all four major leagues and is home to D.C. United, one of the most historically successful clubs in Major League Soccer.

Washington D.C. Transportation

While traffic in D.C. can be frustrating, there are many different options when trying to get around. The large amount of visitors on any given day means public transportation is a must. Metrorail and Metrobus make commuting a breeze for those without a car, and the D.C. Circulator is a favorite amongst tourists with direct lines to hot destinations like Capitol Hill and the National Mall. Parking is scarce and often pricey, so many locals choose to forgo their own set of wheels.

There are three major airports that service Washington D.C. -- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. All three offer destinations across the country and world, if you're looking to do a little globetrotting. Amtrak and Megabus also run trips daily for anyone who wants to stay grounded.

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