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Washington, D.C.

 Think BIG in Washington – as soon as you arrive in DC, you’ll be knocked over by the scale of the place. America’s capital wants you to know where you are, and the city goes all out to impress in terms of grandeur and size. Drama and scandal bubble under the surface, while the streets are abuzz with hip and happening events, museums, restaurants and clubs around every corner. The principles of Equality, Justice, Life and Liberty are still upheld, but DC is, above all, a trendy and international town.

currency

US Dollar $1 = 100 cents

phone

911

newspaper

Publications:
The Washington Post
The Washington City Paper
On Tap (free)
Georgetown Independent

hours

General opening hours for shops are 10am - 7pm/9pm Monday-Saturday. Noon - 5pm/6pm Sunday. Some shops are closed on Sundays.

population

601,800

info

DC Chamber of Commerce Information Center
Address: 506 9th Street
NW Washington, DC 20004
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm, closed on Saturday and Sunday.

The United States Capitol building in Washington DC

The City

Washington is a city of contrasts. While it might be best recognized in its political role, DC wants the world to know that it has much more to offer than governmental gossip and diplomatic deals. Divided into districts, each neighbourhood represents another distinct feature that adds to the diverse characteristics breathing life into the city.

While isolated Georgetown is bustling with new, trendy boutiques and restaurants, Shaw, once the site of racial tension and riot, is undergoing a revitalization program to make it a hot destination for African-American heritage tours. Downtown might offer theaters, galleries and the best Chinese food in the Chinatown restaurants while the New U district, where Duke Ellington once played, is the in vogue neighborhood for hearing live music. And amid all this, let’s not forget the political and military monuments and memorials along the National Mall. It is in this area that you’ll also find the wonderful Smithsonian complex of museums.

The city is a melting pot of cultures and communities, which have a fantastic influence on restaurants in particular. Whatever your culinary preferences, DC can cater to them, be it French, American or Ethiopian. Spread out across the city, all the choices are on offer. Additionally, one of the key aspects of Washington, DC is that, despite being crammed with different tastes, smells, sights and sounds, it is not claustrophobic. DC’s neighborhoods are spread out over an expanse that is broken up by generous oases of green space, giving the city that sense of liberation and harmony which it strives to promote.

Views of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC Washington Monument USA

Do & See

Washington D.C is the capital of patriotic monuments and symbols of political power. Home to influential institutions including Congress and the White House, the city also boasts some of the best museums and art galleries in the world.

The White House

National Air and Space Museum

National Gallery of Art

The Mall/Monuments

National Museum of American History

United States Capitol

Arlington National Cemetery

Library of Congress

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

United States Botanic Garden

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Washington National Cathedral

Georgetown

Supreme Court

Jefferson Memorial

Washington Monument

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The U.S. National Archives

Rock Creek Park

National Zoological Park

Lincoln Memorial & Reflecting Pool

Chef plating breakfast

Dining

Regarded as one of the culinary capitals of the world, Washington offers a fantastic variety of cuisines and dining experiences. Washington’s eclectic mix of nationalities demands an array of tastes to suit all backgrounds.

Neighborhoods and districts boast their own signature fare. Head to Georgetown for trendy hot spots, Adams-Morgan to sample East African ’wat’ (simmered veg or meat in sauce), or Downtown for great seafood (soft-shell crab is a specialty).

Dinner service stretches from 6pm-11pm and tips of at least 15 percent are expected. It’s advisable to book ahead for popular places, especially on weekends.

Pizzeria Paradiso

Bistrot Lepic

Komi

Blue Duck Tavern

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Minibar by José Andrés

Cafe Lombardy

Lafayette Restaurant

Founding Farmers

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab

Old Europe Restaurant

Zaytinya

Fiola

1789 Restaurant

Jaleo

Ted's Bulletin 14th Street

The Red Hen DC

Rasika

We the Pizza

Group Of People Drinking Coffee Concept

Cafes

For a quick hot dog or something more substantial, Washington’s deluge of cafés will more than cater to the requirements of its visitors. The city’s student population promotes a café culture ensuring there is something for everyone.

Ben’s Chili Bowl

Cascade Café

Café Milano

Market Lunch

Full Kee

Group Of Friends Enjoying Night Out At Rooftop Bar

Bars & Nightlife

Student life and an established city Happy Hour make DC’s bar scene a happening affair. Cocktails flow freely, particularly in the two main drinking areas, Georgetown and Adams-Morgan. Washington lights up after dark. Rave until the early hours or sip exciting cocktails in cozy surroundings.

Eden

HEIST

Blues Alley

Barcode

The Loft at 600 F

U Street Music Hall

Barrel

701

McClellan’s Retreat

Kabin Lounge

Clyde's of Georgetown

Simple Bar & Grill

Union Pub

All Souls Bar

Tombs

9:30 Club

Beautiful girls in sun glasses are holding shopping bags, using a smart phone and smiling while standing outdoors

Shopping

For a serious shopping spree, Georgetown is probably the most famous area for a bit of retail therapy but many DC neighborhoods have enough boutiques, markets and designer stores to make the city a shopper’s paradise. Malls are generally located in more suburban areas, but their popularity ensures they are easily accessible.

Downtown and Chinatown

Friendship Heights

The New U District

Eastern Market

The Fashion Center at Pentagon City

Potomac Mills Mall

Union Station

White House Gifts

Georgetown

Captain White’s Seafood

Mazza Gallerie

Chevy Chase Pavilion

Union Market

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

Tiny Jewel Box

Eastern Market Pottery

Miss Pixie's

Georgetown Flea Market

Capitol Hill Books

Washington, DC at the Tidal Basin with the Arlington skyline.

Essential Information

Ronald Reagan National Airport

National Airport is accessible by Metro (Yellow/Blue Line). The Washington, DC Metrorail system has an important Metrorail station connected to Terminals B and C at Reagan National Airport. The Metrorail system offers easy and affordable access to different locations throughout Washington, Virginia and Maryland. You can buy your ticket from the machines located at all entrances to the Airport Metrorail station.

SuperShuttle offers door-to-door service and based on demand. For information or to schedule service, call 1-800-BLUEVAN or go to supershuttle.com.
To get in touch with shared ride services, go to the outside curb or contact a SuperShuttle representative. After hours, call 1-800-258-3826 and press 1 for dispatch or 2 for reservations.

Another way is to rent a car. Rental car counters are located on the first floor in Terminal Garage A.

You will find the taxi stands outside the terminals. A taxi to National Airport from the National Mall takes approximately 15 minutes.

Address: Ronald Reagan National Airport

Website: www.metwashairports.com

Washington Dulles International Airport

Washington Dulles International Airport is an international airport in Loudoun and Fairfax counties in Virginia, 26 miles (42 km) west of downtown Washington, D.C.

Travelling to Dulles is easy with Silver Line Express bus service, connecting Dulles International to downtown Washington, D.C. and beyond. You can buy your tickets for the Dulles International Airport Silver Line Express at the ticket counter located inside the vestibule of Door 4 on the Arrivals Level of the Main Terminal.
www.washfly.com

Metrobus Route 5A to and from Washington, D.C. and Rosslyn, VA
Bus operates to and from L'Enfant Plaza, Rosslyn, Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride and Dulles Airport Ground Transportation Curb location 2E.
www.wmata.com

Washington Flyer Shared-Ride Service
You can also choose shared van service to and from points all around the metropolitan region. No reservations required. Go to the Dulles Airport Ground Transportation Centers down the ramps from Arrivals Door no 2 or no 7 or call 1-800-258-3826 (SuperShuttle) / 1-800-590-0000 (Supreme Airport Shuttle).

Washington Flyer Taxi
There is also Taxi service from the airport. No reservations required. Visit the Washington Flyer Taxi counter at the Dulles Airport Ground Transportation Centers down the ramps from Arrivals Door no. 2 or no 7 or call 703-572-TAXI.

Address: Washington Dulles International Airport

Website: www.metwashairports.com

Baltimore-Washington International Airport

Baltimore/Washington International is a major airport serving the Baltimore–Washington Metropolitan Area in the United States. Situated next to the CDP Linthicum in northern unincorporated Anne Arundel County, Maryland, the airport is about 32 miles (51 km) northeast of Washington, D.C.

Here are some options how to travel to and from the airport:

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Metro now offers BWI Express Metro bus service between BWI and the Greenbelt metro station. The service offers a direct connection between BWI and the Greenbelt Metro Station. The BWI Express/B30 service runs every 40 minutes, 7 days a week to the Greenbelt Metro Station, which is situated on the Green Line of the Washington Metro System.
For more information call 202-637-7000 or go to www.wmata.com.

Amtrak
From Washington, DC:
You can also take Amtrak Train to BWI from Washington's Union Station. You can contact Amtrak Passenger Services at Union Station by calling 202-906-3260 or go to their website www.amtrak.com.

MARC Train
From Washington, DC:
Take MARC Trains at Washington's Union Station situated at 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE. Here you will find hours and information. The BWI Marshall Rail Station is on MARC's Penn Line.
To contact the Union Station ticket office, please call 202-906-3104. MARC Train service operates seven days a week.

Taxis
The taxi stand is placed just outside of the baggage claim area of the Lower Level of the BWI Marshall terminal. BWI Marshall taxicabs are forbidden from charging flat rates. For more information, call 410-859-1100 or visit www.bwiairporttaxi.com.

Address: Baltimore-Washington International Airport

Website: www.bwiairport.com

Public Transport

Public transport in Washington consists of the super-efficient Metrorail and bus services. Computerized fare cards are available from self-service machines at the stations. One-day passes and weekly ones are available.

The bus service in DC provides services throughout the city and to outlying suburbs. Stops are marked by red, white and blue signposts. Kids travel free. Be sure to have exact change ready for the automatic fare machines.

Website: www.wmata.com

Taxi

Taxis are everywhere in the city, just hail one down. DC is based around eight geographical zones, and a cab fare is determined by how many of these you cross during your ride, as well as the time of day you travel and the number of passengers. Three major taxi companies are:

Diamond
+1 202 387 6200

Yellow
+1 202 544 1212

Capitol
+1 202 636 1600

Phone: +1 202 387 6200

Post

Blue postal drop boxes are located across DC. Stamps can be bought at many hotels, museums, grocery stores and post offices. You can find your nearest branch on the Postal Service website.

Phone: +1 800 275 8777

Website: www.usps.com

Pharmacy

DC’s major pharmacy chain is CVS. The CVS Dupont Circle is open 24 hours.

Address: 6-7 Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C.

Phone: +1 202 785 1466

Telephone

Country code: +1

Area code: 202

Electricity

US current is 110-115V, 60Hz AC. Outlets accept flat 2-prong or 3-prong grounded plugs.

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