Introducing Washington, DC
Like few cities in America, Washington is both a beneficiary and a victim of perception. One version comprises marble, monuments and museums in the shadow of the Capitol dome. Great restaurants, wild clubs. More culture – the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, the Folger – than a city this size deserves, plus a National Mall that’s the front yard and public podium of the American people.
The other version of Washington is where too many wake up to a morning-after hangover of the American dream, transplants and aristocrats float above the fray, and the federal government seems to turn a blind eye to its own home.
Which is the real Washington? All of the above. Yet the two-cities-inone stereotype limits this great town. Like the nation she governs, DC is defined by her compromises, not her extremes. And conversations about where that nation is headed occur here with more frequency and passion than anywhere else in America.
When it comes to politics, DC’s homegrown will argue you under the table. That’s the soul of this city: not divisions or iconography, but a population that’s as intellectually stimulating as any Manhattan dinner party, and as comfortably down-home as mom’s mac ‘n’ cheese (which our soul-food joints cook best).
But don’t take our word for it. Real Washingtonians might be opinionated as hell, but they’re also twice as warm, so come visit, and see a global capital that’s local enough to love.
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Best places to stay in Washington, DC
A perfect day in Washington, DC
No stranger to the world’s gaze, Washington, DC is a proud and complicated city (politics makes it so) of grand boulevards, iconic monuments and idyllic vistas over the Potomac.
Washington, DC destination guides
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The Apocalypse: it’s coming on 21 December, according to some largely discredited interpretations of Mayan prophecies. Even if it means we won't have to pay those overdue parking tickets, we're hoping the prophets of doom are wrong and we'll all live another day, take another trip, hug another puppy, get another parking ticket.
Washington DC Day Trip from New York
Explore beyond the Big Apple with a full-day tour to Washington DC from New York City. You'll capture the spirit of "the home of the brave and land of the free" as you visit the monuments and memorials of Washington DC. Beginning in New York heading south, you will pass through the states of New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland before arriving at Capitol Hill.
Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour in Washington DC
Get intriguing insider details about Lincoln’s mysterious assassination on this walking tour in Washington DC. Led by an expert Civil War historian, you’ll journey back in time through the streets and witness the murderous plot unfold.
Following Lincoln: the USA's best Abraham Lincoln travel sights
For a guy who covered so many miles in his lifetime, Abraham Lincoln wasn't into 'travel' in the current sense. He once went by flatboat from Indiana to New Orleans, but only to deliver goods to make a few bucks for his dad.