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Explore the best of the capital

The east coast city of Washington D.C is thriving with hip places to eat, cool boutique hang-outs, free galleries and museum hotspots. Soak up the active ways of locals and make your way around a city bursting with stories.

Jump on the metro or make the most of the bike share system here and enjoy the abundance of things to do in Washington. Head downtown for lively book stores and cafes, or pop to Wisconsin Street for quirky boutiques and flavourful eateries. Go on a monument night tour and see famous sights light up at night. Then take a trip to U Street to party until dawn or head to the Howard Theatre to catch a big-name act. Wander through the parks of Columbia Heights, see the federal buildings of Capitol Hill and visit Adams Morgan – for the vintage clothing shops, yoga classes, art centres and tantalising bites. The capital of the US is abundant with diverse things to do and full of surprises that will make you want more.

Museums.

Magnetising museums

Start your adventure at the Smithsonian Castle to discover mesmerising museums. Learn everything out of this world at The National Air and Space Museum, get interactive at the National Museum of National History and go undercover at the International Spy Museum. Be sure to make your way to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, to witness the captivating moments of the past and extraordinary architecture. Look out for plenty of free-entry museum visits on your city break.

Shopping

Spoilt for choice shopping

Soak up the variety of shopping havens in this quirky city. From the colourful farmers markets scattered around the neighbourhoods, to the stylish shops in George Town made for fashion finders – you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for. Stroll through the five-floor mall of Pentagon City for high street treats, or head to Tysons Corner, just across the Potomac River in Virginia, for designer discoveries. Enjoy some retail therapy in Dupont Circle and find fabulous local Indie boutique spots all over the city.

Eating Out.

Cuisine treats of the capital

Indulge in tantalising brunches, tasty lunches and truck food treats. The abundance of exciting eateries and flavourful restaurants will overwhelm your senses. Hit a big city favourite, Ben’s Chili Bowl – a historic family run joint, full of character. Try the half smoke, a hot dog smothered in chili and watch out for celebrity drop-ins. Make your way to Ted’s Bulletin on 14 Street for the ultimate brunch date. Try the best pop tarts in town and slurp on tummy-bursting milkshakes.

Nightlife and Entertainment.

Enthralling nights out

Make the most of the nightlife and entertainment in the city of surprises. From the eclectic mix of intimate jazz clubs, to tiny local bars oozing with cool vibes, you’ll find a nightlife for you. Head out to Decades at Dupont Circle for the rooftop dance club and experience Ibiza meets Miami vibes, as you party into the night. Make a move to 8 Street for quirky bars and music venues, then discover the jazz clubs of U Street. Find chill-out bars in Adams Morgan and sip on craft cocktails at Roofers Union, with great views of this vibrant town.

History and Culture.

A hub of culture and history

For a capital small in size, Washington D.C is bursting with significant moments and monuments. Hop on a bicycle and make your way around The National Mall. Soak up the soul-shaking atmosphere of the numerous war memorials and take time to think at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. Admire the sensational waterfalls and sculptures at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Marvel at the reflective landscape, full of iconic architecture and meaning.

Inspiring Washington D.C. articles

48 hours in Washington D.C.

48 hours in Washington D.C.

All eyes are on Washington D.C. this month with the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. Former editor of Washingtonian magazine, Garrett M Graff, to give us his take on the best places to eat, sleep and visit in the political heart of America.

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