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Best of Washington DC

Planning a trip to Washington, DC is definitely exciting. The District has a plethora of must-see history-filled museums, magnificent monuments, and patriotic political festivities. To make your planning a little easier, I've compiled lists of the best that DC has to offer. So whether you're in our nation's capital for business or pleasure, you are sure to enjoy yourself.

10 Money-Saving Tips for a DC Trip
Travel is so expensive. But Washington has some of the cheapest and most interesting attractions to see. All of the Smithsonian’s museums are free; several venues offer free concerts and movies; and the Metro system allows for fairly affordable travel throughout the nation’s capital and nearby suburbs. So here are several ways to save while visiting Washington.

Running Races in Washington
Washington is known for its politics and history. But many people outside of the region don’t know that the nation’s capital hosts some of the most popular running races in the world. (OK, maybe not the world, but definitely in the US.) Here are some of the most popular and how you can get in on the foot action.

White House Tour
One of the most iconic buildings in the United States is the White House. So it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most sought-after tours in Washington. While chances are slim you’ll get to see the president, you may be surprised by what you might experience.

A Stroll Around The Tidal Basin
No area of Washington is more iconic than the 2.1-mile stroll around the Tidal Basin. Not only is it the home of the springtime Cherry Blossoms but it’s also home to the Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Make sure your cameras are ready.

Best Views and Picture-Taking Spots in Washington
One of the most fun aspects of seeing a new city is getting great photos. This guide will show you the best picture-taking spots in Washington.

Cherry Blossom Festival 2012
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a special time in Washington. And 2012 is even more eventful because it’s the 100-year anniversary of Japan’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, D.C.

White House Tours
The White House is one of the most famous houses in the world. And you can tour it with some proper planning.

Washington Attractions Off The Beaten Path
Looking to go off the beaten path in Washington? This is you guide for unique sites in the nation's capital.

Government Shutdown Doesn't Mean Tourism Shutdown
If members of Congress can't resolve their differences over the federal budget, the government will shut down starting the morning of April 9, 2011, causing lots of federally-funded DC attractions to also hang up their "closed" signs. While it’s a major disappointment that the Smithsonian museums and other Washington attractions will shut down...

Washington, DC Sports
Washington has some great sports teams and arenas to catch games. This guide will tell you exactly what teams play here, where you can see them play, and the best way to get tickets.

10 Reasons To Come To Washington in 2011
Looking for a fun family trip in 2011? Here are 10 reasons why you should make Washington, D.C. your big trip this year.

Best New Year’s Eve events for Washington visitors
Nearly every entertainment venue in Washington will be hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration to ring in 2011. Here’s a rundown of what might be some of the best events for visitors celebrating New Year Eve in D.C.

Wine in Washington
Virginia and Maryland hold their own when it comes to making wine. Washington's southern and northern neighbors have some great day trips for trying wines and seeing the beautiful countryside.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is one of the ten largest churches in the world. It is also the largest Roman Catholic Church in the US.

US Botanic Garden in Washington, DC
The US Botanic Garden is the nation’s garden. Located on the west side of the US Capitol the US Botanic Garden is often thought of as paradise in the middle of the city. Part of the National Mall, the garden is under the care of the Architect of the Capitol.

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