Destination Inspiration: Washington, DC

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Once upon a time Washington, DC was considered a touristic afterthought, filled with politicians and student groups. People rarely ventured beyond the National Mall. Recently the city has taken another reputation and has been listed in publications such as Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, and Travel and Leisure as a must-see destination. With its Cherry Blossoms, free museums, evolving foodie scene, and architecture there’s plenty to discover in the city. Some of my favorite things:

1. Cherry Blossoms: Love this gorgeous shot of the Cherry Blossoms which peaked the second weekend of April. @rosalovesdc

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2. The Monuments: The National Mall is composed of miles of monuments highlighting key moments in American History. It is easy to spend a whole weekend exploring the park. @ma_ka_fo

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3. The Food: DC has become a foodie paradise. The diverse population makes for a great selection of restaurants. @thetufftruffle

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4. U Street: U Street is where new and old DC come together. The neighborhood may change, but Ben’s Chilli Bowl will always be there. @adelinehey7

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5. History: Being the capital of the United States, there is history on every corner. Recently, the city observed the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. @tmccarten

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6. Georgetown: Filled with designer shops, beautiful colonial architecture, busy harbor bustling with yachts, and tons of cupcakes, this is a popular tourist spot in the city, especially in the summer.  @officialgeorgetowndc

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7. Bloomingdale: This neighborhood is one of the most popular ones with the locals. With its pointy row houses, award winning restaurants like Red Hen and Big Bear Café, it’s a must experience for those who want to see where locals hang out. @frenchieyankee

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8. Culture: One of the highlights of DC is that many of the attractions are free. From the Dutch Masters to a guided tour of the Capitol, there is plenty of culture to take in for free. @golightly

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9. Did I mention food? DC’s culinary offerings are becoming more diverse. From fine dining to museum restaurants, there’s something for every taste. The Museum of The American Indian has an in-house chef who travels all over the Americas to design the menu. @diningtraveler

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