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Washington, D.C.

Fall & winter savings.

The fiery colors accenting the Tidal Basin will soon give way to bare branches and the start of a festive holiday season in the city. As the leaves fall in the nation’s capital, so do the hotel rates. Save up to 65% with deals into the winter months.

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Light up the night.

Youngsters visiting the capital will find themselves with a list of to-dos, many of them free or easy on Mom and Dad’s wallet. The National Christmas Tree twinkles at the White House Ellipse starting with the lighting ceremony on Dec. 4, while thousands of LED bulbs will light up the National Zoo.

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Ballet, theater and more.

The soundtrack to the season echoes from the great halls of the National Cathedral with choir and orchestra concerts of Handel’s "Messiah" in December. Swirling snowflakes, cherry blossoms and even George Washington don the stage for a twist on "The Nutcracker" ballet at the Warner Theatre.

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Unique boutiques.

Check everyone off your holiday gift list while exploring D.C.’s neighborhoods. Boutiques along the cobblestone streets of Georgetown boast apparel and shoes from high end to local designers, while the U Street area is filled with vintage treasures including glam gowns and Mad Men-esque pieces. Outdoor markets round out the shopping.

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Sample and savor.

The city’s restaurant scene is a kaleidoscope of global flavors. Check out the newest menus along 14th Street, which brims with coffee shops, brasseries and galleries. Lines gather outside Rose’s Luxury, where dishes like strawberry and tomato sauce spaghetti earned it the top spot on Bon Appetit’s 2014 Best New Restaurant list.

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