Washington D.C.’s unforgettable skyline is marked by some of the world’s most celebrated monuments. The fantastic structures, statues and temples that grace the National Mall tell fascinating stories through their history and design. From the Washington Monument to the World War II Memorial to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, D.C. traces the history of the United States of America. But take the time to venture beyond the Mall as well. Myriad museums, sophisticated dining and diverse shopping are just around the corner.
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D.C. is home to more Ethiopian restaurants than any city outside Africa, and many of them—including popular spots Etete and Dukem—are clustered around U Street. Servers ladle stews, vegetables, meats and legumes around a 16-inch circular piece of bread, called injera. You’ll eat with your hands, using another piece of injera as a scoop.
Ten world-renowned Smithsonian Institution museums are located on or near the Mall—and they’re all free! Kids love the National Air & Space Museum for its high-flying exhibits, the National Museum of American History for its film artefacts (including the original Muppet) and the National Museum of Natural History for its dinosaur bones.
Your child will always remember...
The enjoyable, hands-on International Spy Museum.
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Chinatown’s Gallery Place includes popular shops like Urban Outfitters, Aveda and City Sports. Take a walk down F Street to sample gourmet cheeses at Cowgirl Creamery, pick up handmade jewellery at Mia Gemma or try on hand-knit fashions at Peruvian Connections. Browse 7th Street’s galleries for showpieces by emerging artists.
Only have one day here?
Start your visit with a walk down the National Mall, home to the district’s most famous memorials, including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
One awe-inspiring building
In a city full of immediately recognisable structures, none is more familiar than the White House. Guided tours inside must be reserved well in advance; contact your embassy for details.
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The National Building Museum.
Dupont Circle has a cosmopolitan air, owing partly to its many restaurants, shops and specialty bookstores, as well as its sumptuous Victorian architecture. The neighbourhood is especially popular in the warmer months, when 17th Street becomes a spectacle—diners enjoy the strip's countless outdoor eating and drinking establishments—and the swathe of green in the middle of Dupont teems with sunbathers, chess masters and musicians.