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Take a Late-Summer Trip to D.C.

Politicians in the nation’s capital might not be able to agree on much lately, but everyone can agree that August and early September are a great time to visit Washington, D.C. With festivities heating up just as summer’s winding down, here’s a recap of things not to be missed when visiting in the near future:

  • Capital sports: It’s not too late to be taken out to the ballgame and catch the Washington Nationals play ball at the new Nationals Park, boasting one of the world’s largest video screens. And if pigskin and tailgating is more your game, head to nearby FedEx Field to catch the Washington Redskins kick off their season on Aug. 12.
  • Foodies delight: August is the perfect month for foodies to visit the area with not one, but two restaurant weeks on the calendar. Aug. 15-21 marks D.C.’s Restaurant Week, with more than 100 of the district’s finest restaurants offering 3-course lunches and dinners starting at $20 per person. Not to be outdone, neighboring historic Alexandria, Va. hosts their restaurant week Aug. 19-28, with more than 60 participating restaurants just five miles south of Washington.
  • High-brow entertainment: It’s a Shakespeare free-for-all at the Shakespeare Theater Company, one of the district’s premiere Shakespearean troops, with free tickets being distributed two hours before each show Aug. 18 – Sept. 4.
  • A new national treasure: On Aug. 28, the district will halt to commemorate the dedication of its newest Martin Luther King Memorial. Set along the banks of the Tidal Basin in the shadow of the Washington Memorial, the dedication of the memorial coincides with the 48th anniversary of King’s famous “Dream” speech. Related events will take place throughout the week, including a concert to be held on the National Mall. Once dedicated, the memorial will open to the public.
  • Patriotic music: Head to the U.S. Capitol on Labor Day, Sept. 4, to kick back and take in the melodies of the National Symphony Orchestra with this free concert.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011
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