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What to do in Washington, DC

See the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

This memorial is artist Maya Lin's ode to the more than 58,000 men and women who lost their lives in Vietnam. It's at the west end of the National Mall, just across the Reflecting Pool from the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

5 Henry Bacon Drive NW Washington, DC
+1 202 426 6841

Hike the Great Falls Park

As the Potomac River makes its way through the narrow Mather Gorge, it produces some beautiful whitewater and waterfalls. There's hiking, rafting, and more more in addition to it being an excellent place to get closer to nature.

9200 Old Dominion Drive
Washington, DC 22102
+1 703 285 2965

Visit the National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery tells the story of America through the medium of portraiture. You'll find portraits of every single American president—the only such collection outside of the White House—along with images of the country's most important pioneers, judges, civil rights advocates, and more.

8th and F Streets NW
Washington, DC 20001
+1 202 633 8300

Check out the Newseum

This should be the first stop for anyone interested in how the news gets made, or how journalism functions. Newseum is part museum, part interactive playground. You'll come out smarter for the effort, but also having had a great time.

555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
+1 202 292 6100

Admire the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Maybe the single best museum in the entire country, the Smithsonian has more than three million artifacts that show how America became the country it is today. Maybe the single best museum in the entire country, the Smithsonian has more than three million artifacts that show how America became the country it is today.

14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
+1 202 633 1000

Visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Notable for being the only major museum in the world that focuses solely on women’s art, this museum has a collection of more than 3,000 works by artists including Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, and Alma Thomas. You’ll find modern works as well as classics dating back as far as the 16th century, creating an impressive history.

1250 New York Avenue NW
NY 20005
+1 202 783 5000

Where to eat in Washington, DC

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Compass Rose (International)

One of the best things about DC is its diversity of cultures, and Compass Rose brings many culinary traditions together under one roof. Its focus on international street food makes the menu as eclectic as the Columbia Heights location.

1346 T Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
+1 202 506 4765

Founding Farmers (Organic)

With a name like that, you know you're in for a good time. The farm-to-table restaurant shakes off the quiet of the surrounding area, playfully entertaining its guests with fun decor and food that's fresh off the farm.

1924 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20006
+1 202 822 8783

Restaurant Nora (Modern American)

This homey spot with rugs on the walls and authentic organic food on the menu is located near Dupont Circle, just 2 km from the National Mall. Founder Nora Pouillon, born in Vienna, is one of the leaders in environmentally conscious cuisine and the food at her shop reflects her exquisite taste.

2132 Florida Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
+1 202 462 5143

The Red Hen (Italian)

This Italian-influenced venue has a wood-fired grill and a large painting of a rooster. Most of the city's best restaurants are clustered to the east and south, but the Red Hen stands alone in historic Bloomingdale for a reason: it's just that good.

1822 1st Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
+1 202 525 3021

The Partisan (American)

Stop here for a quick bite between sightseeing on the National Mall. The Partisan focuses on cured meats, making it an excellent spot to share more than 30 types of charcuterie.

709 D Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
+1 202 524 5322

Iron Gate (European)

Just north of downtown in Dupont Circle sits this spot dreamed up by Anthony Chittum. While its name might suggest a power spot, Iron Gate leans towards romance with its fine Italian and Greek fare.

1734 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
+1 202 524 5202

Places to stay in Washington, DC

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International House of Washington

With so much to see and do in the city, sometimes you’ll just want an easy and affordable place to rest your head and store your bags; step forward International House of Washington in Chinatown. The price is right at this laid-back hostel, which welcomes international students and travelers from all over the world.

1110 6th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
+1 202 650 9173

Hotel Madera

Located in Dupont Circle just a dozen blocks from the National Mall and within easy walking distance of many attractions, Hotel Madera is a boutique establishment that offers comfortable, affordable rooms with modern flair. You can also enjoy in-room spa services after a heavy day of sightseeing.

1310 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
+1 202 296 7600

Hotel Monaco

The Hotel Monaco is a few blocks north of the National Mall on the edge of Chinatown, meaning it provides easy access to some of the city's best attractions. The rooms at the boutique hotel beautifully blend history and luxury, while an eclectic color scheme and decor in the communal areas make it a fun place to hang out.

700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
+1 202 628 7177

Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC

The resplendent rooms in the Four Seasons aren't cheap, but that's not the point. You're going to the Four Seasons for luxury, and luxury is what you will get.

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
+1 202 342 0444

The Hay-Adams

Beautiful and regal, although not as much so as its neighbor the White House, this luxury spot on the northern side of Lafayette Square is elegant with Old World charm. You might see the city’s power players in the dining area on the way to your room.

800 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
+1 202 638 6600

The Jefferson

The Jefferson is less than a mile from the White House, but even the United States president might be jealous of your stay. The 95-room, five-star boutique hotel is well worth the price, both for its extravagant luxury and for its prime location.

1200 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
+1 202 448 2300

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