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Washington DC Travel Guide

Washington DC Local History

Columbia is the district chosen by the 1st president of America, George Washington (1732-99), as the site of the first purpose-built capital city of the western world. The French military engineer, Pierre Charles L'Enfant, laid out the city's distinctive plan, based on formal landscaping, with avenues radiating out from the presidential mansion, (later to become known as the 'White House', following its renovations after the war in 1812).

Washington D C also houses America's military headquarters, the Pentagon. It was this building which was partially destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001. Targeting both the Capital and New York City, the attack on the Pentagon killed about 200 people. The district now enjoys most rights of statehood, but is only part of a larger metropolitan area, with all the associated problems.

The imposing embassies and government officials' homes stand in dramatic contrast to the nearby slum areas, which were the scene of serious race riots in the 1960's. Many of these slum areas have been cleared in urban renewal programs.

Washington DC Attractions

Washington DC Shopping

Georgetown Park Located at 3222 M St. NW, are a 100 stores and galleries including Ann Taylor, Polo Store, FAO Schwartz, and Dean & DeLuca, all selling top quality goods. There is also a food court and three sit down restaurants for the hungry shopper.

The Indian Craft shop - Located at the Department of the Interior, Room 1023, 1849 C St NW, the crafts on sale in this shop include pottery, jewellery quill and beadwork, sculptures, weavings, kachinas, basketry, sand paintings along with numerous other miscellaneous items. Also available is a wide range of American Indian Arts and Crafts books, if you want to have a go your self. Open Monday-Friday 8 - 30 to 4 - 30.

Chanel Boutique Located at the Willard Collection, 1455 Pennsylvania Ave NW, is one of the world's largest Chanel boutiques, containing cosmetics, accessories, handbags and the famous Chanel Suits. Open Monday-Saturday.

Washington DC Activities

For information and schedules on children's activities stop by the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion of the White House Centre. These are just some of the activities available - Easter Egg Roll, White House Fall and Spring Garden Tours, Christmas Pageant of Peace or the 'Twilight Tattoo' Military Pageant.

Film fest DC - This annual city film festival of international cinema, takes place from late April to early May, and films are shown in various venues through out the city. For all information phone (202) 724-5613.

National Geographic Society Located on Constitution Ave, between 3rd and 4th St NW, the society offers free educational films with a scientific geographic or anthropological focus, these are available weekly and enjoyed by all.

Potomac river Canoeing, sailing, and power boating, are all available and popular in Washington DC. There are several places to rent boats along the Potomac River north and south of the city. You can dip oars just about anywhere, even kayaking in the raging rapids at the great falls, only 30 minutes away from the capital.

National Cherry Blossom Parade and Festival - Children of all ages delight in this parade, with carnival marching bands and floats from late March to early April.

Independence Day 4th July This is one celebration not to be missed while visiting Washington DC. It is a time of numerous concerts and activities, when a fantastic atmosphere pervades the air, and the celebrations end with brilliant fireworks displays lighting the night sky over the Washington Monument.

Washington DC Parks & Gardens

Anacostia Park Located in one of Washington DC's largest and most important areas, within Anacostia Park are Kenilworth Park, the Aquatic Gardens and Kenilworth Marsh. Here are hundreds of acres to enjoy picnics, tennis or ball games. The Anacostia Park Pavilion itself has 3300 square feet for roller skating/blading, and where special events are often held. Langston Golf Course has an 18-hole course and a driving range. You will also find in the park three concession-operated marinas, four boat clubs and a public boat ramp accessing the Anacostia River for boating.

Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park - this park of neoclassical design, has been compared to a collection of Italian villas, and when one walks beside the cascading waters and sees the statue of Dante amid the peaceful groves of trees, it does have a feel of Tuscany. The upper half of the park reflects French design, and here Joan of Arc stands guard, just as the stately trees do along the grassy mall.

Rock Creek Park - one of the capitals gems, Rock Creek Park allows visitors to relax and breathe in the beauty of nature, following in the footsteps of the Piscataway Indians. Under the majestic trees wild animals roam, the air is fresh, and life is a simple pleasure. If this is all just too bucolic for the more energetic crowd, then they can enjoy a more active day out playing soccer, rollerblading, a quick game of tennis, horseback riding, or fishing.

President's Park South - Located at the south end if the White House grounds, between 15th and 17th street on E Street and Constitution Avenue, the two parks adjacent to the White House are first Division Park and Sherman Park. Facilities include the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, open from 8am to 3pm, restrooms, telephones, water fountain, first aid concession and Information.

Washington DC Restaurants and Bars

The local cuisine of Washington Dc is a true mix, from the traditional thanksgiving dinner with turkey, corn and cranberry sauce to any other food style you could think off..

Burgers, fries, and apple pies, play a big part in expanding America's girth, but French, Italian, Mexican, and typical Southern fare are all ingredients of the rich and varied cuisine of the area.

Washington DC Restaurants

Mayur's Kabab House Located at 1108 k St NW, Metro Centre, Downtown Washington D C, this restaurant has a great German ambience, and is great place for charcoal grilled chickenÂ… and 'all you can eat' lunches.

New Orleans Located at 2412 18th St, Adams-Morgan, Washington DC, and situated in the trendy Adams-Morgan district, this popular Cajun restaurant offers exceptionally good value, with meals that start from $7, and do not leave you wanting.

Afterwords Cafe Located at 1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Dupont Circle, this cafe is situated at the rear or Kramerbooks, and is a popular spot among locals and practically an institution in the American capital. Opening at 7am, and serving until early hours in the morning, the food and atmosphere are fantastic and make it perfect for that 'late night/early morning' snack attack.

Pharmacy Bar Located at 18th St NW, Adams-Morgan, this cafe got its name from the previous tenants, as it was once a drug store. The interior is decorated with medicine and pill jars to remind you of its early days, before it became such a good place to relax with a drink and enjoy a good meal from the menu.

Washington DC Bars & Clubs

Felix Located at 2406 18th St NW, this is where you will find the city's beautiful people dancing to the latest music. If the music is too loud, spend the evening in the more laid-back and sophisticated OO7 James Bond Room.

The Common Share Located at 2003 18th St NW, this is a bar for the young and the regulars. It has a good atmosphere, and is great place to start a night out if you intend to go clubbing later. It is also a good place to hang out due to the cheap beer, which we thought we would just mention in passing.

Reed River Grill Located at 201 Massachusetts Ave NE, This is where you will find a good old fashioned bar with a lovely crowd and atmosphere, where everybody enjoys the cheap booze in good company

Brickskeller Located at 1523 22nd St NW, This is the place to go for something a little more exotic than a Bud Lite. The bar offers over 800 brands of bear; and the servers have to be trained in beer school before being employed in this establishment.

Washington DC children's activities

For information and schedules on children's activities stop by the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion of the White House Centre. These are just some of the activities available - Easter Egg Roll, White House Fall and Spring Garden Tours, Christmas Pageant of Peace or the 'Twilight Tattoo' Military Pageant.

Film fest DC - This annual city film festival of international cinema, takes place from late April to early May, and films are shown in various venues through out the city. For all information phone (202) 724-5613.

National Geographic Society Located on Constitution Ave, between 3rd and 4th St NW, the society offers free educational films with a scientific geographic or anthropological focus, these are available weekly and enjoyed by all.

Potomac river Canoeing, sailing, and power boating, are all available and popular in Washington DC. There are several places to rent boats along the Potomac River north and south of the city. You can dip oars just about anywhere, even kayaking in the raging rapids at the great falls, only 30 minutes away from the capital.

National Cherry Blossom Parade and Festival - Children of all ages delight in this parade, with carnival marching bands and floats from late March to early April.

Independence Day 4th July This is one celebration not to be missed while visiting Washington DC. It is a time of numerous concerts and activities, when a fantastic atmosphere pervades the air, and the celebrations end with brilliant fireworks displays lighting the night sky over the Washington Monument.

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