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Washington DC OVERVIEW
Our Founding Fathers created D.C. with a single goal in mind—to showcase the greatness of our nation. They succeeded. With Washington D.C. travel there is never a dull moment. Jam-packed into this 61-square-mile city you'll find staggering achievements in everything from architecture and art, literature, history, political prowess—even flora and fauna, not to mention multiple cultural climates from the glitzy restaurants of Penn Quarter to the low-key hipster vibe of the U Street Corridor. For such a small city, the cultural offerings are overwhelming so you’ll need to pace yourself and plan your days carefully (let this guide help you filter out the worthwhile experiences from the worthless). Have fun and enlighten your family with a Washington D.C. vacation. Want to explore the evolution of American history? The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is a great starting point, while the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (opening in 2012) and the Smithsonian's African-American ...See More History Museum (opening in 2015), will soon add to the city’s African-American cultural touchstones. Looking for art? You’ve come to the right place. Visit the National Gallery of Art’s East Building, trek to Dupont Circle’s Phillips Collection then pop into a few of the city’s 50 plus independent galleries. Washington D.C. travel can focus on history and education but between museums and monuments there’s also brand-name shopping and dining in Georgetown, not to mention the U Street boutiques, which are jammed with local designers and offbeat finds. If you've heard that Adams Morgan has great nightlife, plan a second night out in H Street's up-and-coming Atlas District, where you can catch a local band, a burlesque show or play a quirky version of indoor mini-golf. Keep reading for more highlights. See Less
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