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If you run out of things to do in Downtown Washington DC, well, you’re not doing it right! This area south of Dupont Circle and Logan Circle is jam-packed with attractions from the outstanding Smithsonian Museums such as the National Museum of the American Indian and National Museum of American Art to The White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue - book ahead for the visitor center. There’s incredible photography at the National Geographic Museum and visitors to the interactive International Spy Museum can assume a secret identity as they explore. Don’t miss the Lincoln Memorial where you’ll find the Reflecting Pool and on its other side, the Washington Monument. Given this is Washington DC, it’s relatively skyscraper-free, making it immensely likable, and walkable. Hop around its almost bewildering number of restaurants, bars, and cafes, and if you’re a shopper, CityCenterDC’s designer and high-street brands are for you. Round off the day at W Hotel; the rooftop lounge here probably has the best view of the White House. Alternatively, join locals in Chinatown or the revived Penn Quarter in DC’s ‘old downtown’ area, now bustling with art venues, bars, and restaurants.

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