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Baltimore / Washington, D.C.

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Welcome to Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. This is a monumental city, in every meaning of the word. Home to the White House, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, more war memorials than you can count and probably hundreds of film locations you’ve seen throughout your life. It’s a city of great modern and historical importance with a lively atmosphere lost on no visitor.

When you’ve exhausted your Instagram with selfies in front of the city’s iconic monuments; at the foot of the giant Lincoln statue, at the Reflecting Pool between the Lincoln Memorial and the huge obelisk of the Washington Monument, in front of the White House and on the steps of the United States Capitol, enjoy an afternoon (or a week even) in the Smithsonian Museum. Make sure to revisit all the monuments at night to see them lit up in all their glory.

Heading west from the White House you’ll reach the city’s famous Foggy Bottom district. It’s one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., dating from the 18th and 19th century. Walking around this neighborhood is a joy in itself but keep an eye out for such famous (and infamous) locations as the Watergate building, the Kennedy Center and the numerous stately embassies to be found there.

A little further west is Georgetown, another historical neighborhood with its own distinct charm. Lovers of colonial architecture and charming boutiques should love a stroll in Georgetown but history buffs should equally enjoy walking the same streets as John F. Kennedy, Elizabet Taylor and Alexander Graham Bell once did.

Even the city’s most famous plants, the cherry blossom trees, are a relic of history, a gift from the mayor of Tokyo in 1912. Don’t worry if you miss out on their pink blossoms in spring, you still have an abundance of green spaces and ambitious parks to enjoy.

Washington, D.C. is packed with importance, old and new, and while it is full of worthwhile destinations and monuments, it’s the city itself and its welcoming and international atmosphere that ultimately makes the biggest impression.