Jun 11, 2012 — One look at the sprawling monuments that fill the city makes it easy to understand why millions of people from around the world come to DC each year. Parks and museums are everywhere, including nineteen Smithsonian institutions, the National Portrait Gallery, a towering Shakespeare library, and even a spy museum.
The National Mall alone is an extraordinary collection of profound symbols of the nation, where massive protests showcase democracy in action, and major festivals seem to pop up every day. There’s nothing like a picnic in the grass beneath the shadow of the Mall’s grand Washington Monument before heading to the gates of the White House or the steps of the Capitol Building. Best of all, most of these daily excursions are free, leaving plenty of money to sample one of the hundreds of ethnic restaurants around Dupont Circle or along the U Street Corridor.
After dinner, the themed bars along the up-and-coming H Street Corridor offer a place to play indoor mini-golf or catch a burlesque show while sampling craft beers – and for anyone looking to truly let loose, partying at the cheap pubs and colorful dance clubs dominating Adams Morgan is a rowdy rite of passage.