Washington, D.C. may call to mind presidents, monuments, memorials, Republicans, Democrats and the Supreme Court, but you might be surprised to find that the city isn’t the stuffy political town it once was. Trendier than ever, the District is becoming an exciting East Coast vacation destination – and not just for patriots. Although government is still the sun around which this city orbits, D.C. also offers a host of renowned museums and interesting neighborhoods for shopping and just strolling. And last but not least, D.C. has a very respectable dining scene. Plus, it’s easy to get by on a budget because many of the top attractions are free.

You should definitely spend a day visiting the more traditional sites like the Washington Monument or the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. Allot another day for the National Mall‘s free Smithsonian museums, including the Natural History Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among a host of others. In the evenings, unwind as Washingtonians do at one of the city’s many trendy bars before dancing in Adams Morgan or a catching a live performance at the Kennedy Center.

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source: U.S. News Travel