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Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C.

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Welcome to Washington, D.C.

Washington is a city of vistas—a marriage of geometry and art. Unlike other large cities, it isn't dominated by skyscrapers. The result: The world's first planned capital is also one of its most beautiful. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved. Explore

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Samantha's Pick Forks Are So Overrated

Head to U Street for delicious Ethiopian food, which is eaten with your hands by scooping up savory stews with a piece of bread. You’ll love it!

Forks Are So Overrated

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Samantha's Pick Save a Few Pennies

To save money on a room and avoid a high city tax, stay in Chevy Chase, Md., or Arlington, Va. They’re both on the Metro for a quick trip into D.C.

Save a Few Pennies

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See It All at the National Mall

The country’s most famous museums, memorials, and monuments are all on show at the National Mall. It goes without saying, but start your sightseeing here.

See It All at the National Mall

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Visit the National Museum of American History

When it comes to American history, there is a lot to cover, but this museum doesn’t cut corners. See some of the 3 million artifacts in their collection.

Visit the National Museum of American History

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Take Some Snaps at the National Arboretum

The 446 acres of this arboretum are enough to keep any budding photographer occupied. Visit in spring to see over 70 varieties of Cherry Trees in bloom.

Take Some Snaps at the National Arboretum

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Catch a Show and a History Lesson at Ford’s Theatre

As you may know, this theater was where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. The still-working theater now serves as a fascinating monument.

Catch a Show and a History Lesson at Ford’s Theatre

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Washington, D.C. Travel Guide

Washington D.C. vacation guide and tour information including highlights such as the White House, the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument

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Top 5 Washington, D.C., Monuments

by Andrew Rosenberg

Celebrate our nation's heritage at these historical landmarks and memorials.

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10 Budget-Friendly Trips for 2013

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Phoenix, New Orleans and Washington, D.C., are just a few of our favorite cities that won’t break the bank.

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The 5 Healthiest Cities in America

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