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50 Things to See and Do in Washington, DC...

 

A great neighbourhood for foodies -- Penn Quarter is block to block restaurants. (1) Best burger: Five Guys (2) Dependable old DC food: Clydes, (3) A salad bar takeout called Chopt Creative Salad. (4) Oyamel Cocina Mexicana serves a unique brunch and other good meals of the Spanish variety. The hand mixed hot chocolate or guacamole are not to be missed - both performed at your table. (Kathryn, Washington, DC, USA)

 

Take time to seek out these war memorials designed by women -- In 1982, Maya Lin, a 21 year old Yale University student submitted the top design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- a black granite wall inscribed with the names of 58, 000 Americans who lost their lives in the war. A walk along its 246 ft. length helps one to understand the enormity of the nations loss. Close by is the Vietnam Women's Memorial designed by Santa Fe-based sculptor, Glenna Goodacre. It's poignant, beautiful and deserves a respectful visit.

 

An excellent map -- I purchased an Insight Pocket Map of Washington DC with the pop up of the city. This map was only about $7 and it was the handiest item I took. I highlighted everywhere I wanted to go and was able to find it all with that little map. It fits in your back pocket so you don't look like such a tourist with those large maps. It folds open to read it and pops right back closed so you can stow it away. (Nancy, Citrus Heights, CA, USA)

 

An excellent restaurant -- I'd like to recommend a restaurant I visited at 5th and K St. called Busboys and Poets. While I waited for my breakfast to arrive I entertained myself by reading the quotes from authors and poets which were painted on the restaurant walls. Diners may also find themselves enjoying live entertainment or listening-in on discussions about top issues of the day. You might even rub elbows with a U.S. lawmaker now and then. The 5th and K Street B&P isn't far from the Capitol Building. If the restaurant is busy and you prefer not to eat at the bar, check out the Busboys and Poets' gift shop while you wait for a table. You'll find an interesting selection of unique hand-made and free trade merchandise. Prices are reasonable. My only regret was that I wasn't in town long enough for a return visit to the restaurant. I will remedy that on my next visit to D.C. The 5th and K Street B&P is one of three in the area. Two are in Washington, DC and one is in Arlington, Virginia. (Pat, Detroit, Michigan, USA)

 

Theatre scene -- There's a very lively theatre scene in Washington DC and not just at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Did you know that the The Kennedy Center offers a series of free performances almost every night?). The Arena Stage has recently mounted at least three shows that went on to Broadway-- I saw one, Carrie Fisher's hilarious 'Wishful Drinking,' last fall. The production was good and the prices are better. (Naomi, Brooklyn, NY, USA).

 

Well located hotel -- My tip is for a great place to stay in the NW of Washington DC. I always enjoy the Hampton Inn at 6th and Massachusetts Ave. Within an easy walk, one will find The National Gallery, Congress and the Mall. And practically across the street is a bus stop for the friendly red bus that revolves around all the tourist places. Then, a stone's throw away is the world famous Five Guys Hamburgers and of course, Chinatown and the Galleria where the Metro station is. What more could one person want for a very reasonable, clean and safe room, with a heated pool, too? (Ann, Georgia, USA)

 

A bookstore I enjoy -- Amidst the business suits, monuments, museums & galleries lies a unique little bookstore. While exploring the shops along Dupont Cirlcle, I came across this unique bookstore called: Kramerbooks & Afterwords. From the outside, it looked like a regular bookstore but once inside I noticed it was also a cafe. It's a great way to spend some time among great books and good food. (Tania, Toronto, Canada)

 

Restaurant Tips received via Twitter -- (1) I recommend Lebanese Taverna across from the Woodley Park metro. In nice weather you can sit outside, order lots of appetizers, people watch and share food with your friends. (Michelle, @mickiMaynard, Detroit, USA) (2) I recommend higher end pizza restaurants like 2 Amys a Neapolitan-style pizzeria which is very kid-friendly, Matchbox which bills itself as a pizza bistro serving brunch, etc. and Pizzeria Paradiso, which is my favorite (Amy, @aimster215,Washington, USA) (3) I like the Grill from Ipanema located in Adams Morgan. (Angela @angelaasks, Dalla, Texas, USA) (4) Try Kinkeads, an upscale Foggy Bottom American Brasserie (Rob @RobWakes, Washington, DC, USA).

 

Books, bakeries and buses -- (1) The best independent bookstore in Washington DC, if not the world, is Politics and Prose on Connecticut Avenue. They have an author talk almost every day and the two owners are friends with anyone who is anyone in the literary world so you never know who you might spot there. There is a coffee shop in the basement but Marvelous Market nearly next door is always good for a sandwich, baked goods, soup or a cookie. (2) Even if you are not a Vegan you have to stop at Sticky Fingers Bakery near the Target Store (Colombia Heights metro). Their Oreo-like cookies, cupcakes and sticky rolls will appease any appetite. (3) If you want a day trip to New York City the best deal is Bolt Bus or Megabus. They are very clean and efficient and full of middle class DC-ers headed to an event in NYC. Prices range from $1 to $25 one way depending on when you book. (Kathryn, Washington, DC)

 

Two women-friendly Washington articles to read -- The whole wide world is curious about US President Obama. Read about L.A. Journeywoman Claudia Eastman's Inauguration Experience in Washington and a grandma's journey with her granddaughter as she followed in the footsteps of Obama's winter visit to Ottawa, Canada.

 

Bonus tip -- Insider Secret In Washington D.C.

Most JourneyWomen may know about Washington's famous Cherry Blossons in April. However, few know about the annual Georgetown House and Garden Tour sponsored by St. John's Episcopal Church which takes place every year on the final Saturday of April. The tour includes a booklet chock full of information on all the houses (including a map) and a bounteous Parish Tea (cold drinks, sweets and tea sandwiches) in Blake Hall back at the church Past years' tours have included houses lived in by JFK, famous socialites, Charles Darwin, and other historic figures. Cost for the day's outing is $50 per person if purchased by April 16 ($55 afterward). April in DC is idyllic anyway, and this walking tour makes it even more so. For more information, visit the website: www.georgetownhousetour.com

 

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