The Ultimate DC Guidebook

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The Ultimate DC Guidebook

Food scene
Woodfired pizza? Yes, please! An absolute local favorite with delicious eats - I highly recommend walking over there and dining in - the ambience is great!
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Timber Pizza Company
809 Upshur St NW
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Woodfired pizza? Yes, please! An absolute local favorite with delicious eats - I highly recommend walking over there and dining in - the ambience is great!
Incredible Mexican food and drinks and great ambience and people are the nicest!
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Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana
3714 14th St NW
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Incredible Mexican food and drinks and great ambience and people are the nicest!
The cutest local Jew-Ish Deli - Bon Appétit's list of America's 50 best new restaurants for 2019. The locals and visitors love it here - please be sure to give it a try!
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Call Your Mother
3301 Georgia Ave NW
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The cutest local Jew-Ish Deli - Bon Appétit's list of America's 50 best new restaurants for 2019. The locals and visitors love it here - please be sure to give it a try!
Homestead serves delicious family-style portions of classic favorites and chef-inspired dishes, seasonal cocktails and a large draft selection of craft beer and cider.
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Homestead
3911 Georgia Ave NW
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Homestead serves delicious family-style portions of classic favorites and chef-inspired dishes, seasonal cocktails and a large draft selection of craft beer and cider.
A no-frills local fish market which serves up seafood delights. They specialize in flash fried fillet to perfection – just make sure you get the spicy mango sauce and BRING CASH to pay for your order
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Fish In the Hood
3601 Georgia Avenue Northwest
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A no-frills local fish market which serves up seafood delights. They specialize in flash fried fillet to perfection – just make sure you get the spicy mango sauce and BRING CASH to pay for your order
Burgers, Beer, and Rock n' Roll
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Slash Run
201 Upshur Street Northwest
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Burgers, Beer, and Rock n' Roll
Incredible restaurants with great views at DC's Navy Yard - make time to get there a bit before your meal to walk around, dine, and have an after-dinner stroll
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The Salt Line
79 Potomac Ave SE
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Incredible restaurants with great views at DC's Navy Yard - make time to get there a bit before your meal to walk around, dine, and have an after-dinner stroll
Tapas and small plates are great at this local favorite
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Rose's Luxury
717 8th Street Southeast
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Tapas and small plates are great at this local favorite
One of the best authentic Italian restaurants in the DC area - nestled in the heart of the Georgetown neighborhood, I highly recommend it!
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Filomena Ristorante
1063 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
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One of the best authentic Italian restaurants in the DC area - nestled in the heart of the Georgetown neighborhood, I highly recommend it!
Ethiopian cuisine and highly rated by locals and visitors alike. Ask for their recommendations and get ready to eat with your hands!
Zenebech Restaurant
2420 18th St NW
Ethiopian cuisine and highly rated by locals and visitors alike. Ask for their recommendations and get ready to eat with your hands!
A Laotian cuisine delight! Truly authentic, truly spicy, and 100% delicious! Just a metro stop away to the Columbia Heights neighborhood (green/yellow metro line), foodies, locals, and visitors flock to this local restaurant with incredible food. Ask your server for recommendations, and enjoy the purple sticky rice in the little baskets. YUM!
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Thip Khao
3462 14th St NW
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A Laotian cuisine delight! Truly authentic, truly spicy, and 100% delicious! Just a metro stop away to the Columbia Heights neighborhood (green/yellow metro line), foodies, locals, and visitors flock to this local restaurant with incredible food. Ask your server for recommendations, and enjoy the purple sticky rice in the little baskets. YUM!
A local coffee favorite right down Georgia Avenue, which is a block from the house - make this stop before you head off to explore for the day
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Qualia Coffee
3917 Georgia Avenue Northwest
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A local coffee favorite right down Georgia Avenue, which is a block from the house - make this stop before you head off to explore for the day
Farm to table local eats place in Logan Circle
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Commissary
1443 P Street Northwest
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Farm to table local eats place in Logan Circle
Highly recommend coming here for happy hour after an early afternoon of exploring the neighborhood. Get here around 4pm and get the happy hour specials (food and drinks alike) for a great price. You won't need to eat dinner after this!
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Logan Tavern
1423 P Street Northwest
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Highly recommend coming here for happy hour after an early afternoon of exploring the neighborhood. Get here around 4pm and get the happy hour specials (food and drinks alike) for a great price. You won't need to eat dinner after this!
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Anxo Cidery & Tasting Room
711 Kennedy St NW
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Just a short walk from your stay, Capitol Cider House is a convenient place to grab some food and drink before heading off to the metro to explore
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Capitol Cider House
3930 Georgia Ave NW
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Just a short walk from your stay, Capitol Cider House is a convenient place to grab some food and drink before heading off to the metro to explore
In good weather, this outdoor space is very enjoyable to sit for the afternoon, have a beer or two, and hang out
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The Midlands Beer Garden
3333 Georgia Ave NW
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In good weather, this outdoor space is very enjoyable to sit for the afternoon, have a beer or two, and hang out
Tons of food, restaurant stands, live entertainment, drinks, shopping, local gifts, art, graffiti, and products.
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Union Market
1309 5th Street Northeast
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Tons of food, restaurant stands, live entertainment, drinks, shopping, local gifts, art, graffiti, and products.
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Rasika West End
1190 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest
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This is one of the popular local spots for affordable takeout, coffee, and snacks. A unique vibe with an Ethiopian-Japanese menu, you may find yourself there a couple of times during your stay!
Mita Ethio-Japanese Cafe
703 Kennedy Street Northwest
This is one of the popular local spots for affordable takeout, coffee, and snacks. A unique vibe with an Ethiopian-Japanese menu, you may find yourself there a couple of times during your stay!
Sightseeing
My favorite time of day for this spot is early morning and early evening with the peace and calm of this reflection pool. As locals, we visit often
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Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
2 Lincoln Memorial Circle Northwest
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My favorite time of day for this spot is early morning and early evening with the peace and calm of this reflection pool. As locals, we visit often
Book your tickets to visit President Lincoln's Cottage just nearby! https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/4283/president-lincolns-cottage-at-the-soldiershome
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President Lincoln and Soldiers’ Home National Monument
140 Rock Creek Church Road Northwest
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Book your tickets to visit President Lincoln's Cottage just nearby! https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/4283/president-lincolns-cottage-at-the-soldiershome
The Washington Monument is an obelisk within the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington - you can't miss it! Take the metro to the Smithsonian metro stop (blue & orange line)
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Monumento a Washington
2 15th Street Northwest
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The Washington Monument is an obelisk within the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington - you can't miss it! Take the metro to the Smithsonian metro stop (blue & orange line)
The Jefferson Memorial is located at the Tidal Basin, an incredible view any time of year. Take the metro to L'Enfant Plaza (green & yellow line) for a shorter walk, or if you're already going to be on the National Mall, simply walk from there.
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Jefferson Memorial
701 East Basin Drive Southwest
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The Jefferson Memorial is located at the Tidal Basin, an incredible view any time of year. Take the metro to L'Enfant Plaza (green & yellow line) for a shorter walk, or if you're already going to be on the National Mall, simply walk from there.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a short walk or also has frequent free shuttles from the Foggy Bottom metro stop (Blue & Orange line). From Broadway productions like The Lion King, to Alvin Ailey's American Dance Theater, The Bolshoi Opera, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and Italy's La Scala...so many have graced the stage here at the Kennedy Center! Hope you'll find a show to see while you're in town and enjoy this elegant opera house.
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Kennedy Center
2700 F Street Northwest
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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a short walk or also has frequent free shuttles from the Foggy Bottom metro stop (Blue & Orange line). From Broadway productions like The Lion King, to Alvin Ailey's American Dance Theater, The Bolshoi Opera, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and Italy's La Scala...so many have graced the stage here at the Kennedy Center! Hope you'll find a show to see while you're in town and enjoy this elegant opera house.
The Capitol Building is where the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government meet. It is located on Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Take the metro to Smithsonian (Blue & Orange line) - you won't miss it!
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United States Capitol
First First Street Southeast
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The Capitol Building is where the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government meet. It is located on Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Take the metro to Smithsonian (Blue & Orange line) - you won't miss it!
The Lincoln Memorial was built to honor the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is situated on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from the Washington Monument, and is in the form of a neoclassical temple.
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Lincoln Memorial
2 Lincoln Memorial Circle Northwest
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The Lincoln Memorial was built to honor the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is situated on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from the Washington Monument, and is in the form of a neoclassical temple.
Spot the Star Spangled Banner here at the National Museum of American History - there are so many special pieces that showcase United States history in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific, and military.
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National Museum of American History
1300 Constitution Avenue Northwest
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Spot the Star Spangled Banner here at the National Museum of American History - there are so many special pieces that showcase United States history in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific, and military.
Whether an afternoon visit or split over 2 days, you'll see art throughout the centuries displayed here. Be sure to have on some comfy walking shoes!
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
F Street Northwest
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Whether an afternoon visit or split over 2 days, you'll see art throughout the centuries displayed here. Be sure to have on some comfy walking shoes!
One of my absolute favorites, particularly the marine/ocean section! Get ready to be wow-ed!
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National Museum of Natural History
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One of my absolute favorites, particularly the marine/ocean section! Get ready to be wow-ed!
Be sure to hop online and book time blocked tickets to the National Zoo! Not only a tourist favorite, but a local one as well
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National Zoo
3100 Connecticut Ave NW
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Be sure to hop online and book time blocked tickets to the National Zoo! Not only a tourist favorite, but a local one as well
Can you spot the Magna Carta? SO many interesting historical documents live here - be sure to budget spending the day or at least several hours here
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National Archives Museum
701 Constitution Ave NW
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Can you spot the Magna Carta? SO many interesting historical documents live here - be sure to budget spending the day or at least several hours here
Take a moment to admire the grand atrium, the details in DC's Union Station's architecture, and perhaps grab a bite to eat in the food court! Watch the train schedule placards flip through, as new schedules post and trains pull away from the station. This is the hub of it all!
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Union Station
50 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
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Take a moment to admire the grand atrium, the details in DC's Union Station's architecture, and perhaps grab a bite to eat in the food court! Watch the train schedule placards flip through, as new schedules post and trains pull away from the station. This is the hub of it all!
Take the metro to L'Enfant Plaza (Green & Yellow metro), and navigate to the Hirschhorn - various art exhibits rove through this fascinating museum. Be sure to budget 3-4 hours here and wear your comfy walking shoes
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue Southwest
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Take the metro to L'Enfant Plaza (Green & Yellow metro), and navigate to the Hirschhorn - various art exhibits rove through this fascinating museum. Be sure to budget 3-4 hours here and wear your comfy walking shoes
A very sad piece of history, however, this memorial marks a past that history hopes never to repeat again. A worthwhile visit. Budget a half day and wear your most comfortable walking shoes!
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place Southwest
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A very sad piece of history, however, this memorial marks a past that history hopes never to repeat again. A worthwhile visit. Budget a half day and wear your most comfortable walking shoes!
With paid admission, this museum will WOW you with the creativity around the role of espionage. This museum holds the largest collection of international espionage artifacts currently on public display. Take the metro to Gallery Place/Chinatown (red line metro)
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International Spy Museum
800 F Street Northwest
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With paid admission, this museum will WOW you with the creativity around the role of espionage. This museum holds the largest collection of international espionage artifacts currently on public display. Take the metro to Gallery Place/Chinatown (red line metro)
Take a leisurely stroll through this museum to admire art through the ages - you may come back twice! Wear your best walking shoes
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National Gallery of Art
6th
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Take a leisurely stroll through this museum to admire art through the ages - you may come back twice! Wear your best walking shoes
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National Portrait Gallery
8th Street Northwest
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This museum hosts some of the most beautiful ceramic arts across cultures- Take the metro to Smithsonian metro (blue and orange line)
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Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue Southwest
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This museum hosts some of the most beautiful ceramic arts across cultures- Take the metro to Smithsonian metro (blue and orange line)
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Franklin Delanor Roosevelt Memorial
1850 West Basin Drive Southwest
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Monumento ai veterani di guerra coreani
900 Ohio Drive Southwest
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Designed by architect Maya Lin, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War.
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
5 Henry Bacon Drive Northwest
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Designed by architect Maya Lin, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War.
Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter Station (Green & Yellow metro line)
Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter Station
Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter Station (Green & Yellow metro line)
Don't miss this! Make time to visit this historic and presently significant place where US law is at work. Most recently we lost the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in September 2020, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court Justice after Sandra Day O'Connor.
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Palazzo della Corte Suprema degli Stati Uniti
1 First Street Northeast
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Don't miss this! Make time to visit this historic and presently significant place where US law is at work. Most recently we lost the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in September 2020, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court Justice after Sandra Day O'Connor.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters
935 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
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National Archives Museum
701 Constitution Ave NW
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A Jesuit university nestled in the hills of the Georgetown neighborhood, the campus is truly a sight to behold! Reminds me of Harry Potter - walk around campus, enjoy its beautiful architecture, hear the bell toll, and walk through the Georgetown residential neighborhood before grabbing a bite to eat at Filomena's my favorite Italian restaurant in Georgetown.
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Georgetown University
3700 O Street Northwest
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A Jesuit university nestled in the hills of the Georgetown neighborhood, the campus is truly a sight to behold! Reminds me of Harry Potter - walk around campus, enjoy its beautiful architecture, hear the bell toll, and walk through the Georgetown residential neighborhood before grabbing a bite to eat at Filomena's my favorite Italian restaurant in Georgetown.
Take the metro to Dupont Circle (red line metro), take in the all of the hustle & bustle that surround this neighborhood!
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Dupont Circle
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Take the metro to Dupont Circle (red line metro), take in the all of the hustle & bustle that surround this neighborhood!
Recommend metro to King Street (blue/yellow metro line), and take the trolley into Old Town Alexandria. An incredible day trip to walk the historic cobblestone streets, enjoy the waterfront, nearby parks, local eats, shopping, etc.
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Old Town Alexandria Waterfront
1 Prince St
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Recommend metro to King Street (blue/yellow metro line), and take the trolley into Old Town Alexandria. An incredible day trip to walk the historic cobblestone streets, enjoy the waterfront, nearby parks, local eats, shopping, etc.
Awesome artsy stroll through Blagden Alley, iced coffee in hand from La Colombe? Check! Be sure to spend an hour or so of your afternoon to check this out. SO cute!
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Blagden Alley Northwest
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Awesome artsy stroll through Blagden Alley, iced coffee in hand from La Colombe? Check! Be sure to spend an hour or so of your afternoon to check this out. SO cute!
In the summer months, Tuesday nights are the Marine Corps Sunset Parade usually at 7pm, and I recommend arriving an hour or so early, to stake out a spot to settle and wait for the start. Don't miss it!
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Marine Corps War Memorial
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In the summer months, Tuesday nights are the Marine Corps Sunset Parade usually at 7pm, and I recommend arriving an hour or so early, to stake out a spot to settle and wait for the start. Don't miss it!
Restaurants, market, high end shopping
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CityCenterDC
825 10th Street Northwest
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Restaurants, market, high end shopping
Neighborhoods
Sherman Circle is an urban park and traffic circle in the Northwest Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Petworth at the intersection of Illinois Avenue, Kansas Avenue, 7th Street, and Crittenden Street NW. The circle is named in honor of Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman. Administered by the National Park Service's Rock Creek Park unit, Sherman Circle (U.S. Reservation 369) together with four surrounding triangular parks and is considered by the National Park Service a "cultural landscape."
Sherman Circle Northwest
Sherman Circle is an urban park and traffic circle in the Northwest Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Petworth at the intersection of Illinois Avenue, Kansas Avenue, 7th Street, and Crittenden Street NW. The circle is named in honor of Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman. Administered by the National Park Service's Rock Creek Park unit, Sherman Circle (U.S. Reservation 369) together with four surrounding triangular parks and is considered by the National Park Service a "cultural landscape."
Logan Circle is a residential neighborhood centered around a traffic circle, and is the hub for two historic districts, properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and sites designated D.C. Historic Landmarks
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Logan Circle Northwest
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Logan Circle is a residential neighborhood centered around a traffic circle, and is the hub for two historic districts, properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and sites designated D.C. Historic Landmarks
Not to aptly named, but still a local favorite to go out and watch a local hockey game at the Verizon Center, grab a bite to eat, and walk around town.
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Chinatown
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Not to aptly named, but still a local favorite to go out and watch a local hockey game at the Verizon Center, grab a bite to eat, and walk around town.
Home to George Washington University and GW Hospital, this is a college neighborhood and also the closest metro to the Kennedy Center. Great for a couple hours stroll, and a nice walk from here to Georgetown via M Street NW.
Foggy Bottom
Home to George Washington University and GW Hospital, this is a college neighborhood and also the closest metro to the Kennedy Center. Great for a couple hours stroll, and a nice walk from here to Georgetown via M Street NW.
Take the metro line to U Street/Cardozo (Green/Yellow metro) to experience the fervor of U Street - Check out the various wall murals, enjoy Ben's Chili Bowl (if you're into that), and head out.
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U Street Northwest
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Take the metro line to U Street/Cardozo (Green/Yellow metro) to experience the fervor of U Street - Check out the various wall murals, enjoy Ben's Chili Bowl (if you're into that), and head out.
18th Street NW, better known as the bar scene in DC, is nestled in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. A great place for brunch at Tryst or any of the local cafes, take in the sights and sounds of the neighborhood
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Adams Morgan
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18th Street NW, better known as the bar scene in DC, is nestled in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. A great place for brunch at Tryst or any of the local cafes, take in the sights and sounds of the neighborhood
Special Events
The CitiOpen Tennis Tournament brings visitors near and far each year in August. We are conveniently located for an easy commute to the courts. Ticketed entry is required, and we have had guests stay for the duration of the tournament.
Citi open lot B
1698 Kennedy Street Northwest
Fitness & Health
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Lighthouse Yoga Center
4020 9th Street Northwest
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Petworth Fitness
1240 Upshur St NW
SWEAT DC
3232 Georgia Ave NW
Bodymass Gym
2833 Georgia Avenue Northwest
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Yoga Heights
3506 Georgia Avenue Northwest
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District Pilates
4011 Georgia Avenue Northwest