With its impressive monuments and museums, imposing government buildings, stately mansions, and world-class parks, Washington, D.C., is easily recognizable as the United States' capital. The numerous attractions and historic appeal bring millions of tourists each year, making it the second most visited city in the United States after New York, and ... Read more
ranking it among the top travel destinations in the world. Stroll around the impressive Smithsonian Museum complex (including the Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian, and Air and Space Museum) and pay a visit to monuments in honor of America's forefathers (like the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Memorial, and Kennedy Memorial.) To witness a somber unpolitical monument to the war dead of a very politicized war, pause for reflection and admire the architecture of the Vietnam Memorial. A long time foodie black hole, DC'c food scene has picked up in recent years. Ethnic fare is the big draw, with outstanding Ethiopian, Salvadorian, Vietnamese, and Korean Korean cuisine, but much of it is situated in the suburbs. The District of Columbia is also an important site for Black history and culture, mostly around the Shaw District.

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It is said that D.C. was built on a swamp, which, although not entirely true, serves as a useful explanation for why stepping outside from June through September feels like walking into a brick wall of ... Read more
humidity. Combine that with swarms of tourists pouring out of buses during the summertime high season, and you’ve got all the makings for a pretty stressful visit. Spring is a much better bet, when temperatures are mild, averaging 50-65F (10-18C), and the cherry blossoms are in bloom. Fall is crisp and the colorful leaves provide a beautiful backdrop for a sightseeing tour. Winter can see temperatures approaching freezing and it often snows, but it has its perks, like ice skating at the National Gallery of Art or seeing the National Christmas Tree on the White House lawn.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

There's nothing quite like the National's Capital, and Washington, D.C. is a city that needs to be on everyone's bucket list. It's a treasure trove of free, wonderful museums that are chock full of our nation's history, as well as gorgeous architecture. So much history to explore, regardless of your politics.

Recommended for:Budget TravelersHistory Buffs

Washington D.C is clean and sophisticated. Everyone dresses to impress and the restaurants for the most part do the same. Cosmopolitan, touristy and historical. What else do you expect from the capital city?

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New York City, New York State, USA

The nation's capital. Most people think you come here to see the tourist attractions like the White House, Monument, and all the historical museums. But there's so much more to do here. It's such a fun town to go out in and getting to try hole in the wall restaurants. Definitely fun if you want to see some of the nation's history with some modern twists

Recommended for:Family TravelersHistory Buffs
Gainesville, Florida, USA

A really fantastic city, with great city life,feels very prestigious, great food places and an amazing cultural experinence!

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Houston, Texas, USA

The nation's capitol is a must-see for tourists or even Americans in general. The museums are fantastic and kept pristine and there are quite a few great places for foodies.

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado, USA

Great place for the family. Lots of history, of course. Only thing bad about this city is the traffic and all the tourist.

Local from Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

DC is also a wildlife city, beyond its wild policy against the rest of the world.

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Clarksville, Tennessee, USA

Just watching a friendly baseball game. Watch out balls one flying at you pretty fast

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San Francisco, California, USA

The culture really took my surprise as I was only expecting a town for site seeing.... boy was I wrong. The restaurants, bars/clubs, and the people were all incredible. Fun & young atmosphere with SO MUCH to do!

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