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Travel Guide To Washington


Washington DC is the capital of the United States but in the past has been a much maligned city eschewed in favour of its brasher rival, New York. In recent years, the previously boring city has re-energised itself, now providing a world class tourist experience. 

Landmarks
You’ll almost certainly begin your stay with a visit to the National Mall, a two mile long area of parkland within which stands most of America’s iconic landmarks and top museums. At one end is the US Capitol Building and at the other, the Lincoln Memorial. The Mall was only completed in the 20th century, the dream of one man to link the most important icons of the American people. Since then, as well as the Washington Monument, various other monuments have sprung up including the Second World War and the Korean War memorials and the poignant Vietnam War memorial. Don’t forget the addition of the country’s finest museums and art galleries which cover history, natural history, science and more.
 
Also just off the Mall is the White House, arguably the seat of the greatest power on earth, but sadly inaccessible to visitors these days for security reasons. You can at least look across the White House lawn to the Oval Office but now, extensive use of a camera is even frowned upon.

History
Washington’s old heart can be found in the neighbourhood of Georgetown where you’ll also find the campus of the city’s oldest college; the Jesuit Georgetown University. There, cobbled streets and 18th century townhouses contrast starkly with the modern concrete of the city as a whole. Founded in 1751, it’s part of Washington but still has a separate feel to it. Leave the hire car behind and walk the streets for a closer look. 

Fine Dining
Some of Washington’s finest restaurants are found in Georgetown and many members of the political scene are often found in the chic eateries at lunchtime or after work. Citronelle, the beautiful French restaurant known across the world, can cost you up to $300 for their top end menu but the food is exquisite. Fahrenheit is also popular as an ultra-chic eatery with the ‘new American’ cuisine populating its menu. For a little fun try Georgetown Cupcakes where, in a city that founded the craze, you can be part of the reality TV show that revolves around the cafĂ©.
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