As you may already realize, along with the opportunity to work, Washington, DC presents the opportunity to play. The metropolitan area offers an enormous variety of activities: social, artistic, cultural, intellectual, and athletic. Often, they all blend together.
World famous for its powerful political institutions; influential institutions of research and scholarship; magnificent museums; iconic historic sites; top notch performances; and unique special events, the capital city is definitely a major tourist magnet.
As a cosmopolitan urban center it offers residents many pleasures, too: livable and textured neighborhoods; excellent restaurants of varied cuisine; nightlife, both relaxed or hopping; expansive recreational areas of natural beauty; and sophisticated shopping.
You, your friends, and your guests can’t do everything, but you can certainly take advantage of a lot. The tourist offices and local media fully report on all the action in the city. Our transportation system makes getting around town a breeze; with a car it’s easy to escape the city for a break or just day trips.
Even as you devote attention to your primary interests, do try to explore and experience Washington as fully as possible. The more you explore, the more personal favorites you are likely to discover.
Ten Washington moments to remember:
Ten Washington Spaces to savor:
Ten Washington things to appreciate:
Spring 2013 Photos
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