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Washington DC, the Capital City of the US, is a diverse city of monuments, historic sites, and government buildings, along with good nightlife, nice restaurants, and a variety of outdoor activities.

During my visits, I always loved to see the major memorials, such as the Vietnam War Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and the new World War II Memorial. I also enjoy the diverse neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, Adams Morgan, DuPont Circle, and across the river, Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia. Since living in the city all of November and December 2008, I have been trying to find all of the good hole-in-the-wall restaurants and off-the-beaten-path attractions throughout the city that are overlooked by visitors who are here for just a short time.

Best touristy things to do in Washington DC: visit the numerous monuments and memorials on the mall, see the dozens of museums of the Smithsonian Institution, maybe shop in Georgetown, see the famous government buildings like the White House and Capitol, and maybe check out a few other historic sites like Ford's Theater. Many visitors will also want to see some of the nearby areas like Arlington National Cemetery, Old Town Alexandria, and Mount Vernon.

My favorite not-so-touristy things to do in Washington DC: shop at Eastern Market and the Maine Avenue Fish Market, wander the historic streets and parks of Capitol Hill, eat in Chinatown or Barracks Row, go out for the nightlife at Adams Morgan, enjoy an afternoon at Rock Creek Park, hike or bike the C&O Canal, check out the view from the Old Post Office Tower, visit the Shakespeare Theater, and see some of the non-touristy monuments like the National Law Enforcement Monument and the Navy Memorial.

In November of 2008 I brought an Afghan friend to the Mall for a quick afternoon visit that was cut short buy the cold wind and blowing snow flurries. He was amazed at the size of the Washington Monument and impressed by the White House and Capitol Building. I was a little surprised that he had never heard of Lincoln, but then again they have been dealing with other problems in Afghanistan since well before he was born. I was glad to hear him say, upon his first glimpse of the National Mall, "Wow, for the first time I really feel like I am in America." Makes you proud to be an American.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:History; European flavor; public transportation
  • Cons:Poverty; American commercialism; traffic
  • In a nutshell:A must visit for anyone... but use the metro!
  • Last visit to Washington D.C.: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    There is so much more to see and you have captured it so well. I enjoyed the tour and will return to see more! A++

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    ~ Hi, JR! Thanks for your detailed page! Lots to learn and to see there! I have also paid a visit to some of those great places.....

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Joe, Happy New Year! Hope you have a great 2010. Steve

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Lots of good information!

  • Jul 10, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Robert E. Lee's father-in-law was the adopted son of G. Washington. Arlington House was a GW memorial. GW the Mason believed in reincarnation. Lee born 7 y after GW's death & 7 m from GW's Birthplace. Lee - Pres. of Washington-Lee Univ.

  • MATIM's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    very usefull information, thank you!

  • DennyP's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Great page with excellent informative tips and photos..on a town I love..well done ..so much to see and do in DC..great job mate.. and a Happy Xmas to you from downunder..

  • bdougherty's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    thanks for the unusual tip

  • loisl's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2008 at 4:29 AM

    We want to visit DC next summer, our son wants to see the Air&Space museum! Greetings for you and Laura.

  • Lhenne1's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Woohoo! You got Einstein to work!


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