Cherry blossom season at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

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Washington, DC

The USA's capital teems with iconic monuments, vast museums and the corridors of power. But look closer and you'll have a sharp view of one of America's most diverse art and culture scenes.


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Things to Know

With so many museums and landmarks to see, a trip to Washington, DC, requires a bit of pre-planning. Here are our tips.

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Best Neighborhoods

After you’ve checked all the monuments off your list, spend some time in DC’s neighborhoods to find out what makes the city tick.

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Day Trips

From charming towns to staggeringly beautiful parks, there are incredible day-trip options from Washington, DC. Here are six of our favorites.

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Money and Costs

Washington, DC, has a reputation for being expensive. Here are our tips for visiting on a budget.

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Find your way around Washington, DC, with this guide to transit options in the US capital.

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Free Things to Do

Washington, DC is an expensive city but there are plenty of free things to do if you know where to look. Here are 19 of our favorites.

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Traveling with Kids

All the insider tips on how to make the most of a family trip to Washington, DC, whether you're traveling with toddlers or teens.

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