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Washington, D.C.

While there’s plenty to see indoors when in D.C., the city has a wilder side that begs to be explored. D.C. is located beside two rivers, the Potomac and the Anacostia, so you can easily go kayaking, paddleboarding or hop on a boat tour. Bike down the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail or go running along the Capital Crescent Trail.

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Many of D.C’s national treasures are free. Choose from 11 monuments and memorials on the National Mall, or the 17 different Smithsonian Museums, as well as the National Zoo. Don’t miss artworks by masters da Vinci, Degas and Monet at the National Gallery of Art, or listen to one of the many free outdoor concerts.

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In 2016, Bon Appetit named Washington, D.C. the restaurant city of the year and D.C. also received its first Michelin Guide. In short, it’s a great time to bring your appetite to the capital, even if you’ve got picky eaters in your brood. There are plenty of rooftop bars as well, like Restaurant Marvin on U Street.

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Hands-on exhibits, giant pandas at the zoo and fireworks are just some of the attractions that delight kids in DC. Parents will be happy that they don’t cost a thing either. Check out the “Hive”, an exhibit of more than 2700 wound paper tubes stretching 6-feet tall, at the National Building Museum (July 4 - Sept. 4).

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Think of nightlife in D.C. and your thoughts might include the legendary 9:30 Club or Dave Grohl’s baby, The Black Cat, for music, but D.C. nightlife is more than bars and underground dance venues. Watch a performance of the Washington Ballet or grab a seat at the Kennedy Center to hear the National Symphony Orchestra.

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