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You're Going to Love Washington D.C.

Politics, culture, history and family attractions combine to form a perfect vacation package in Washington D.C., so why not book a getaway to America's capital for your next trip?

On one hand, Washington is a place to get in touch with history and the roots of democracy. Spend a few days on the Mall visiting Washington's huge array of memorials and shrines to political giants like Abraham Lincoln, inspirational heroes like Martin Luther King Jr and those who sacrificed their lives during the Vietnam War. Plan in advance, and you can even enjoy a magical tour around the White House - a once in a lifetime experience.

On the other hand, Washington D.C. offers plenty for thrill seekers and entertainment lovers. Watch NFL, Major League, NBA or NHL matches. Catch a music performance at the Kennedy Center. Visit the fantastic zoo or hop between gourmet restaurants from every part of the world.

Such a unique blend of history, politics and vacation attractions makes Washington D.C. a superb destination for families, couples and solo travelers, so if you haven't visited, now's the time to do so.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Washington D.C.

What to do in Washington D.C.

When to Visit Washington D.C.

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Seeing the sights in Washington often requires a lot of walking, which can be tough in the extremely hot, humid summers. This makes spring and fall an excellent time to visit. With temperatures in the 60s most days, you will be able to wander the Mall and neighborhoods like Georgetown in complete comfort. Winter is a cheaper alternative, and the Mall can be magical in the snow, but Washington does experience severe freezes and snow storms, so it may not be for everyone.

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How to Get to Washington D.C.

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Where to Stay in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. offers accommodation options for all tastes - but rooms aren't always cheap. At the lowest end of the price scale, hostels like Capital View or D.C. Lofty provide affordable dorm rooms. Good family options include the Hampton Inn (near Washington Convention Center) and Henley Park Hotel, both of which are moderately priced. However, for a real luxury accommodation experience, try upscale hotels like the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown or the Mayflower Hotel, which regularly hosts presidents and visiting dignitaries.

Popular Neighborhoods in Washington D.C.

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Shopping Streets

America's capital isn't usually thought of as one of the best places around to shop at boutiques or craft markets, but some districts have great places to browse for unique clothing and other items. Georgetown has some fantastic women's clothing stores like Violet and Ella-Rue, while Shaw offers apparel boutiques like Lettie Gooch. If you need to access a large-scale conventional mall, head to Potomac Mills in the suburb of Woodbridge, where the 200+ stores include major names like the LEGO store and Aldo.

Groceries and Other

Washington D.C. has its fair share of major supermarkets, including Giant, Aldi, Trader Joe's and Safeway. But if you want to shop for fresh produce and artisan foods, head to the Eastern Market on Capitol Hill, which is on every Saturday and Sunday. Prices are quite high by national standards, and you should expect to pay around $3.70 for 12 eggs or $1.90 for a pound of potatoes.

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Where to Eat in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is packed with superb restaurants from almost all areas of the world. If you want to splash out, head to Georgetown or the East End, where eateries like Kinship and Minibar offer gourmet entrees from elite chefs (and a meal will cost upwards of $60 per head). For more affordable eats, try the tapas selection at Jaleo, Ethiopian restaurants like Dukem in Shaw or El Chalan, the city's best Peruvian restaurant. Whatever your tastes, Washington has chefs who can deliver. Expect midrange meals to cost $15-25.