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Make sure you bring cash to Washington, D.C. Not that it’s expensive (actually, many museums are free) or that no one accepts plastic (they do)—it’s just an awful lot of fun to hold up a $5 bill next to the actual Lincoln Memorial, or a $20 in front of the White House. In between touring monuments and historical sights, check out the quirky International Spy Museum, watch pandas at the National Zoo, or catch a military band playing an outdoor concert on Capitol Hill.

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Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
Attraction type: Monuments & Statues
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National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
One of the world's greatest art museums is comprised of two buildings: one holds paintings from the 13th through the 18th centuries and the other exhibits modern art.
Attraction type: Art Museums
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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.
Attraction type: Speciality Museums
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Owner description: A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human... more Owner description: A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Tickets are only needed from March 1 to August 31 to visit the Museum's Permanent Exhibition, which tells the history of the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945. Exhibitions Include: Permanent Exhibition: The Holocaust Spanning three floors, the self-guided Permanent Exhibition presents a narrative history of the Holocaust and features historical artifacts, photographs, and film footage. Personal objects and the concluding eyewitness testimonies highlight the stories of individuals. Recommended for ages 11 or older. The Portal: A Real-Time Conversation with People Forced to Flee Persecution The Shared Studios Portal allows you to have a face-to-face conversation with someone in another part of the world-as if you are standing in the same room. Through this installation, visitors will be able to converse in real time with displaced persons or refugees in Iraq, Jordan, and Germany Remember the Children: Daniel's Story Representing the experiences of many Jewish children during the Nazi era, "Daniel" narrates through his diary the history of the Holocaust in ways that children can understand. Recreated environments present life in a middle-class German home, in a Jewish ghetto in occupied Poland, and finally at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The exhibition is explicit without being graphic. Recommended for ages 8 or older. Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust addresses one of the central questions about the Holocaust: How was it possible? The central role of Hitler and other Nazi Party leaders is indisputable. Less well understood is these perpetrators' dependence on countless others for the execution of Nazi racial policies. Within Nazi Germany and across German-dominated Europe, circles of collaboration and complicity rippled throughout governments and societies wherever victims of persecution and mass murder lived. less
Attraction type: History Museums; Speciality Museums
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Library of Congress
Library of Congress
Owner description: Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published, it sure has most of them, with 532 miles of shelves and 115 million items, with 7,000 added each working day. more Owner description: Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published, it sure has most of them, with 532 miles of shelves and 115 million items, with 7,000 added each working day. less
Attraction type: Libraries; Government Buildings
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Ambar Capitol Hill
Ambar Capitol Hill
Ranked #1 of 3,189 Restaurants in Washington DC
Cuisines: Eastern European
Good for: Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Commissary
Commissary
Ranked #2 of 3,189 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price: USD 20 - USD 25
Cuisines: American, Bar
Good for: Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille
Ranked #3 of 3,189 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price: USD 25 - USD 100
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Rasika
Rasika
Ranked #4 of 3,189 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price: USD 31 - USD 50
Cuisines: Indian
Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Fiola
Fiola
Ranked #5 of 3,189 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price: USD 31 - USD 50
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Hotel Hive
3.5 of 5
Hotel Hive
USD 132 - USD 318
Ranked #49 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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Omni Shoreham Hotel
4.0 of 5
Omni Shoreham Hotel
USD 143 - USD 471
Ranked #62 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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HI Washington DC Hostel
2.0 of 5
HI Washington DC Hostel
USD 39 - USD 135
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

The Avery Georgetown
4.0 of 5
The Avery Georgetown
USD 263 - USD 800
Ranked #3 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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Hyatt Place Washington DC/Georgetown/West End
3.0 of 5
Hyatt Place Washington DC/Georgetown/West End
USD 177 - USD 546
Ranked #5 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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Phoenix Park Hotel
3.5 of 5
Phoenix Park Hotel
USD 170 - USD 427
Ranked #6 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC
5.0 of 5
Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC
USD 520 - USD 1,130
Ranked #1 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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The Hay-Adams
5.0 of 5
The Hay-Adams
USD 368 - USD 817
Ranked #2 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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The Jefferson, Washington DC
5.0 of 5
The Jefferson, Washington DC
USD 372 - USD 990
Ranked #4 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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