Washington Travel Guide

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Washington Highlights

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     There are tons of FREE things to do.... 

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     You have to walk for miles to see them all 

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     Worth the visit but will take days to see it all!! 

Washington Things to Do

  • Washington Monument

    I really like the Washington Monument. It is impressive in its height and history, looks VERY pretty on a sunny day and you can see the whole of Washington DC from each of its small windows at the top.Last time I visited this was when I was a young woman full of enthusiasm for living in a different country....

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  • Vietnam Memorial

    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a black granite wall inscribed with the names of 58,191 soldiers who died in the Vietnam War. As visitors look over the names etched into the monument, the mirror-like surface of the smooth granite reflects the sky, trees and visitors themselves. If one places their ear upon the monument and looks toward the...

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  • Hillwood Museum & Gardens

    Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973), heir to the Post cereal fortune, was the founder of Hillwood Museum and Gardens - her former twenty-five acre estate in Washington, DC "While in Russia, with the opportunity to see and enjoy the Russian love of color in all forms of art, I became interested in enamels. These I would never, perhaps, have...

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  • Basilica's interior

    The interior of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Mother Mary is very consecrated area. For me it is here a holy place. I usually do not make photos inside unless i have the chance to do so. During this visit, there were many churhgoers at the hall near the tabernacle.

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  • The Catholic University of America

    The building is very impressive. It is the center for Catholic higher education in the United States.

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  • Getting around D.C.

    The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Concepcion is a great place to visit. It is probably the largest Catholic Church of America. Its Byzantine and Romanesque architecture, and the elaborate collections of mosaics and arts are very fascinating.

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Washington Hotels

Washington Restaurants

  • Good place for a business lunch

    The restaurant is located inside the mall, but don't be encouraged by that. A nice, cozy atmosphere, a fireplace, very friendly staff - will make your clients feel right at home and at ease when talking business. Located conveniently in Tysons Corner and close to major consulting firms: SAIC, Deloitte, PwC, etc. Steaks, steaks, steaks.

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  • Since you are there why not?

    Every Smithsonian museum has a restaurant. They are a bit expensive but since you are there why not try it? Ours had a cuisine of North and South America. I have to say that the service was one of the slowest and most rude ever seen. If there is a crowd you will have to wait a lot. The food is good and servings are really large.

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    What makes it so special? A silly question when this cafe is concerned. I entered three of them in the US and they are all exactly the same. Of course everyone knows it is much more then just the food. There are many guitars and posters of famous rock stars on the walls. The food is good too.

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Washington Nightlife

  • 9:30 Club

    The club is not located in the best neighborhood . However, this is the place for live music. We caught Gov't mule here in December and we had a good time. casual

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  • The essence of DC's nightlife

    THE SCENEThere are two faces to DC's nightlife. The first face is comprised mainly of a bar scene that is frequented by ex-fraternity/sorority folks who have carved out a niche in DC. They usually hit up the big bar scene, more than they do nightclubs/lounges. Unfortunately, this crowd is not very diverse.The second face to DC's nightlife is...

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  • Club

    Hip, 4 leveled club. I used to work there for a year, so Id know. I would definately suggest getting a table if you have a few people with you, cover and drinks can get pricey. You save alot, have more fun, and can roll up in there like P diddy. Great performances, just check the website www. welcometodream.com, for the upcoming events. Thursday...

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Washington Transportation

  • Washington, DC tours

    There are several tour companies which operate daily. Theses range from monderately priced to expensive. There are several tours that leave from Union Station and tickets can be purchased at the desk at the main entrance. The best way to find the tour that is right for you is to explore them by using a search engine and typing in "Washington, DC...

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  • Metro

    There are day passes available from automated machines at each Metro station the cost of a day pass ia approximately $6 US this is great if you are traveling between sites that are far apart (i.e...National Zoo and Capital Mall) it is not really worth the cost of a day pass if you are only going to one stop. A nice affordable way into and around...

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  • Washington Metro

    Do not attempt to find a parking space in DC. It's nearly impossible. Find a hotel that is a short distace from DC and use park and ride with the Metro System. It's fast, clean and convenient.Use the website that I have listed to find fares, locations, timetables and maps of the Metro system.

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Washington Shopping

  • Learning can be fun

    The shop clearly sells things aimed at educating people and especially kids about the US history and that is something I liked. They can learn about history in a fun and amusing way. And they do not sell just books but all sorts of games as well. Well I bought my copy of the Declaration of Independence. It's very cheap-just 2,5 $ I think:) But the...

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  • Something original

    The shop is in the Museum and it is here that you can buy some beautiful original items produced by the Native Indians and the best part is that all the money goes the the artists and Indian communities. I bought a Navajo bracelet for my brother (he loves it and wears it all the time and brags about it:) and a dream catcher which catches good...

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  • Georgetown as a shopping mecca

    Georgetown, in addition to the university, has emerged as a shopper's paradise in DC. From Armani Exchange to Urban Outfitters, Georgetown has a variety of leading outlets and if you are looking for something in particular, you are bound to find it here.

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Washington Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch for Pickpockets

    There are numerous pickpockets in the Mall area. To keep your valuables/cash safe here are a few tips:Women: Keep you hand on your handbag at all times. If it has a shoulder strap but this around your neck and arm so that it is harder to be grabbed. If the bag has a flap on it make sure that flap is against your body.Men: Don't carry your wallet in...

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  • Watch for Pickpockets

    There are numerous pickpockets in the Mall area. To keep your valuables/cash safe here are a few tips:Women: Keep you hand on your handbag at all times. If it has a shoulder strap but this around your neck and arm so that it is harder to be grabbed. If the bag has a flap on it make sure that flap is against your body.Men: Don't carry your wallet in...

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  • Homeless

    Beware of the panhandlers! There is alot of homeless in the District and they are not shy. Just say no thanks...and go about your buisness. Unless you are on M and 18 and run into the sax player...hes cool.

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Washington Tourist Traps

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    The restuarants in the musuems are outrageously priced!! Avoid these if you can! There are several Kiosks on the Mall if you want not quiet so expensive meals..but they are still overpriced!!

    Unique Suggestions: The sandwiches served in the museums are large so...split one with your travel companion. These are usually too much for one person anyway!

    Fun Alternatives: Or....Pack your own lunch and have a picnic on the mall. If you are staying close this is an easy alternative to expensive meals.

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Washington What to Pack

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    by tracylacie Written Jun 5, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: If you plan on traveling the Metro from the airport to your hotel pack light. The Metro is not as crowded as Londons' Tube but it can be at times.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES....I cannot stress this enough!! On a map it may not seem far from one monument to another but it is....I walked 15 miles in one day of touring. There are several places to stop and take a rest but you will do a lot of walking! A light waterproof jacket in spring and fall.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Not much need for sunblock unless you come in the middle of Summer. A small first aid kit isn't a bad idea for when out touring especially if you are walking (don't forget pain medication for the leg cramps and sore feet). Bring lots of bottled water.

    Photo Equipment: Most of your shots will be distance shots as the monuments here are large. I suggest an extra flash for fill lighting as some of the interiors of the monuments tend to run a bit dim. A second memory card and battery is a must, also, would suggest a tripod to steady those long shots if you are using a large lens.

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Washington Off The Beaten Path

  • Great Falls Park

    Great Falls Park, a site that is part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, is an 800 acre park located along the Potomac River 14 miles upriver from Washington D.C. The park is known for two things, its scenic beauty at the head of Potomac River fall line and the historic Patowmack Canal.

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  • Manassas National Battlefield park

    Manassas National Battlefield park was established in 1940 to preserve the scene of two major Civil War battles. Located a few miles north of the prized railroad junction of Manassas, Virginia, the peaceful Virginia countryside bore witness to clashes between the armies of the North and South in 1861 and 1862.

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  • A child-friendly coffee shop - At Play...

    Are you in town, have seen all the major sights, your kids are wearing you out and you just want to find a nice place to sit down, read your e-mails and have your kids play with some toys and well, leave you alone for a while? Well come no further, there are a lot of child-friendly places in DC, but my favorite coffee shop with a self-installed...

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Washington Sports & Outdoors

  • Washington Nationals/Baltimore Orioles

    Washington, DC now has their own baseball team...It is in it's second season and has done pretty well. Or...There is the more established team of the Baltimore Orioles..Both teams are worth watching if you like sports. Hat to block the sun and sunscreen if it is a day game.

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  • Soccer in DC?!

    Yes it is commonly known that soccer has not caught on in the states with the same intensity as the rest of the globe. However, DC United has won a series of MLS championships and has recently signed on 14-year-old wonderboy Freddie Adu. While it may not have the following and intensity of European and South American clubs, DC United is as good at...

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