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From Parks to Parties: The Best Things to do in Washington, DC

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	The Thomas Jefferson Memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

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Oct 2, 2012 —  Washington DC is one of the busiest cities in America, but that doesn’t make it all work and no play. With a strict 9-5 federal workweek, Washington politicos enjoy some of the best happy hours in the country. And with all of the historic sights, parks, and impressive monuments, there’s no shortage of things to do any day of the week in the nation’s capital.

Every year around 15 million people come to Washington DC to take in the world-class galleries and landmarks the Federal City has to offer. From the Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall to the boutiques in Georgetown to the parks along the Potomac River, Washington DC delivers a wide range of options. And of course, you can always try your hand at spotting the President in the White House.

After work, the political world comes out to play. This is the town of political celebrity, where Presidents like JFK, Reagan, Clinton, and Obama have dined with movie stars and entertained foreign dignitaries. Then again, this is also the city of partying President Buchanan, who was notorious for bringing home a 10-gallon jug of whiskey every Sunday to start his week off strong. So whether you want to explore by day or let loose at night, DC has something for everyone. And with so many different experiences to choose from, you’ll be able to make the most of your time in America’s capital city with this list of our favorite things to do in Washington DC.

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    The National Mall

    Culture / Landmark / Outdoor Activity / Park

    The National Mall - Culture | Landmark | Outdoor Activity | Park in Washington, DC.
    Capitol Hill

    Between Independence Avenue and
    Constitution Avenue from the Capitol
    to the Lincoln Memorial
    Washington, DC 20560

    Visitor Information: 202–426–6841; Park Headquarters: 202–485–9880

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    Gravelly Point Park

    Outdoor Activity / Park

    Gravelly Point Park - Outdoor Activity | Park in Washington, DC.
    Arlington, VA

    George Washington Parkway
    Arlington, VA 22202

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    M Street

    Nightlife Area / Outdoor Activity / Shopping Area

    M Street - Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in Washington, DC.
    Georgetown

    Between Rock Creek Parkway and the Key Bridge
    Washington, DC 20007

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    Georgetown Waterfront

    Nightlife Area / Outdoor Activity / Park / Plaza

    Georgetown Waterfront - Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity | Park | Plaza in Washington, DC.
    Georgetown

    Waterfront area between Key Bridge and the Washington Harbour Plaza
    Washington, DC 20007

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    East Potomac Park

    Outdoor Activity / Park

    East Potomac Park - Outdoor Activity | Park in Washington, DC.
    Southwest Waterfront

    Ohio Drive SW
    Washington, DC 20024

    Golf course: 202‑554‑7660
    Potomac Grille: 202‑554‑7660
    Swimming Pool: 202‑727‑6523
    Tennis Center: 202‑554‑5962

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    Eastern Market

    Flea Market / Outdoor Activity / Shopping Area

    Eastern Market - Flea Market | Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in Washington, DC.
    Capitol Hill

    225 7th Street SE
    Washington, DC 20003

    202–698–5253

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    U Street Corridor NW

    Nightlife Area / Outdoor Activity / Shopping Area

    U Street Corridor, Washington, DC.
    U Street Corridor

    Between 9th Street and 17th Street,
    and Florida Avenue and S Street NW

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    Madam's Organ Blues Bar

    Bar / Live Music Venue / Restaurant

    Madam's Organ Blues Bar - Bar | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
    Adams Morgan

    2461 18th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20009

    202‑667‑5370

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    9:30 Club

    Bar / Club / Live Music Venue

    9:30 Club - Bar | Club | Live Music Venue in Washington, DC.
    U Street Corridor

    815 V Street NW
    Washington, DC 20001

    202‑265‑0930

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    Eighteenth Street Lounge

    Bar / Live Music Venue / Lounge

    Eighteenth Street Lounge - Bar | Live Music Venue | Lounge in Washington, DC.
    Dupont Circle

    1212 18th Street NW
    Washington DC, 20036

    202‑466‑3922

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