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Washington, D.C. is the pride and joy of the United States of America.  Being the capital of arguably the most powerful nation in the world comes with an influential, mysterious aura that is naturally a haven for countless numbers of tourists.

Washington D.C. is filled with tradition, national monuments, shopping strips, parks with bike and hiking trails, and restaurants that will be sure to leave you satisfied and feeling very American.

First things first – visit as many national monuments and memorials as you can.  The feelings will take your breath away.  The memorials remind Americans just how lucky we are thanks to the millions who have lost their lives for freedoms people share and enjoy.  Upon walking up to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, you will immediately be overwhelmed by a feeling of remorse, respect, and being a part of a country that is truly special and unique.  The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is the most recent addition to D.C.; as you walk along the wall reading inspiring quotes from a genuine, determined man you cannot help but put yourself into his shoes and realize just how monumental his work has been.

The grandeur of the Lincoln Memorial, the view from the Washington Monument, the history and exciting Mount Vernon mansion, and the extremely eye-opening art, pictures, sculptures, and video from within the Holocaust Memorial Museum are other spots that are required for every visitor.  There is simply too much to learn from the museums, monuments, and memorials in Washington, D.C. to not visit them.

Not all of Washington, D.C. is on such an emotionally explicit platform.  The parks, restaurants, and nightlife are prevalent too.

Take your family to the National Zoo to view over 400 species of animals.  You cannot help but smile thinking about the days when you were a child, gazing at creatures you have never seen up close up before.  This zoo is a part of The Smithsonian Institute, and shows why this is a must visit for any D.C. tourist.

If you're hungry and enjoy shopping, stop by one of Washington, D.C.'s malls such as Georgetown Park.  If you're a sucker for Benihana, get some hibachi style grilled food from the restaurant on the first floor, then waltz around the mall, smelling of delicious shrimp, steak, and soy sauce.  There are many clothing stores that will leave your closet very happy – your pocketbook, not so much.

D.C. has its share of vibrant night life as well.  Check out what shows are playing at the 9:30 Club.  It is a perfect smaller venue with reasonably priced drinks and food.  Tickets can be purchased to see a vast array of musical talent from artists such as The Roots, Bright Eyes, Matt Nathanson, Willie Nelson, and City and Colour.

There is so much history and tradition in the U.S. capital, Washington, D.C., with a splash of modern art, music, parks, and shopping centers.  It is the perfect place to travel to alone, or with your entire family.  Like any other place, be smart and coy about who you talk to, but Washington is full of security and people that you will surely have a safe, wonderful time.

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