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Things to do in Washington

Washington D.C is a fascinating town with a lot of culture, history, and a multitude of things to do. When people think of visiting Washington D.C, they immediately think of museums and political landmarks, but there is so much more that will make the visit to the nation's capital more than worthwhile.

There is a great variety of activities, many places to go, and enough diversity to keep each member of your family equally interested and satisfied. Washington D.C offers great venues for sightseeing, shopping and eating, all while having a great time.

With so many choices, it can be difficult to choose where to go. So if you have limited time in town or a strict budget, follow this list of things to do in Washington D.C and you will not regret your visit.

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Explore the National Mall

The first thing to do if you're visiting Washington D.C is to go explore the National Mall. This isn't a shopping mall, but rather an imposing sprawling lawn of lush gardens and fountains that lie between some of the city's most prominent landmarks.

The National Mall has been the site of many protests throughout history and still is. There's always some kind of concert or festival going on and is always crawling with activity, especially during the warmer months. While you're there, also be sure to visit the tall white structure that is the National Monument.

Walk and visit the Lincoln Memorial

If you're strolling along the National Mall, one landmark which will inadvertently pull you in is the Lincoln Memorial with the reflecting pool in front of it. If you have seen it on TV or in film, know that the actual experience of being inside this monument is very different.

You can't help but be moved by the aura of this place, with the majestic statue of one of America's most adored presidents. The statue is also surrounded by 60-foot murals which portray the Angel of Truth and Fraternity and Charity.

Visit the political powerhouses

Washington D.C is a not just a tourist town, it's also the home to the nation's political powerhouses where all the major decisions are made. One can't help but feel the palpable commanding authority coming out of the U.S Capitol, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress.

Explore these venues on your own or take a tour to get a more comprehensive experience and learn a lot of interesting tidbits of information along the way.

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Walk by the White House

The most important political powerhouse is undoubtedly the White House. Some people prefer to contemplate it from outside, others take the tour. It all depends on your time constraints and your interest.

Depending on the time of the year, there may be long wait to get it, even in the morning, but if you're patient you will not regret visiting the various rooms where America's presidents not only worked and made very important national decisions, but where they also slept and lived during their terms in office.

Enjoy the DC museums, do not miss The National Air and Space Museum

If you've had enough of politics, this is a great time to jump into museums. Washington D.C is well-known for its wide variety of quality museums that are for the most part free. The National Air and Space Museum is one of those museums that both kids and adults will enjoy.

Adults can check out the original Wright Flyer, Apollo 11 command module, and the St. Louis Spirit among other things. Children will enjoy visiting the Planetarium, touching an actual rock from the moon, and playing pilot on a flight simulator.

Contemplate the finest art collections

If you're into art, and want to check out some of the greatest art collections around, there are museums of high caliber in Washington D.C such as the National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Visit The American Museum of Natural History

If you went to these museums, it's safe to assume that that your kids are by now sufficiently bored. The American Museum of Natural History is a great way to revive them, and the impressive elephant at the entrance, the various dinosaur replicas, and the insect zoo are sure to enthrall them.

Another Museum which is sure to pique both your kids' interest and yours is the Newseum, which offers a look at media and news through time. There are several moving attractions such as the 9/11 and Katrina exhibits, and a Pulitzer Prize section, and plenty of interactive news games and theater performances for kids.

Walk Union Station

If you're sick of feeding your mind, why not head over to Union Station? This venue not only delivers a beautiful imposing structure with intricate detailing, it offers tasty cheap eats in a very diverse lower-level food court, and a great shopping experience as well.

Go shopping in Georgetown

If you want another great shopping experience, head over to Georgetown where you will find a charmingly quaint neighborhood with beautiful lined houses and many souvenir shops and regular stores.

Head down the Waterfront area of Georgetown along K Street where you will find a great number of restaurants with outdoor seating. The place is genial, has a great energy, and is always bursting with interesting people.

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Enjoy a free performance John F. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

If you want a great night on the town, be sure to catch a free performance at the John F. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage every night at 6 p.m, or head over to the Shakespeare Theatre's Company for great shows at affordable prices.

If your kids also want to experience theater, take them to the National Theater in downtown Washington D.C which has a free performance series on Saturday mornings.