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Washington, DC Introduction


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Washington, D.C., is a beautiful city of broad avenues, impressive government buildings, inspiring monuments, thought-provoking museums and spacious parks. The names you've heard all your life are there: Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Capitol, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington National Cathedral, Washington Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. No traveler could mistake this city for any other.  Click here to see the full Washington, DC travel guide on Travel42 »

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Washington, DC Geography


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When Frenchman Pierre L'Enfant was contracted to design the city, he added diagonal avenues (named for the individual states) to the plan—in addition to a logical grid pattern of streets—forming squares and circles when they met with the grid streets. One theory is that L'Enfant designed the city this way so that encroaching armies would get confused by the pattern and have trouble attacking the capital city. Unfortunately, that idea didn't work, as the British had no problem burning the White House in 1814. The only result of the design was that he caused visitors and locals alike to get lost. Nevertheless, if one is patient and doesn't mind backtracking a bit, the city is not too difficult to traverse. L'Enfant's plan also called for plenty of open spaces and parks, which has greatly added to the beauty of the city.   Click here to see the full Washington, DC travel guide on Travel42 »

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Washington, DC History


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A town built on the swamps of the Potomac River, Washington has evolved not only into a center for international politics, but also into a charming, world-class city dedicated to history and culture. Almost all of its wide avenues and gleaming white buildings have a story to tell.   Click here to see the full Washington, DC travel guide on Travel42 »

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Washington, DC Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Washington is, of course, packed with impressive government buildings such as the Capitol and the Supreme Court; inspiring monuments to such leaders as Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln; and world-class museums, several under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution. Many attractions charge no admission fee, and a good number are open daily.  Click here to see the full Washington, DC travel guide on Travel42 »

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Washington, DC Nightlife


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Something is always going on in this city. College students flock to bars in Georgetown and Adams Morgan, which also offer artsy coffeehouses and multicultural restaurants. Dupont Circle attracts a more sophisticated and international crowd. U Street and the 14th Street corridor are popular nightlife areas, and quieter Capitol Hill pubs fill up when the halls of Congress empty for the day.   Click here to see the full Washington, DC travel guide on Travel42 »

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Washington, DC Restaurants & Dining


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There is an abundance of quality restaurants in Washington. Many of them are sites of "power lunches" convened by lobbyists and other movers and shakers in business suits. D.C. has always been known as a culinary city, and the arrival of famed chefs such as David Chang, Michel Richard and Jose Andres has only added icing to the cake, so to speak.  Click here to see the full Washington, DC travel guide on Travel42 »

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