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Washington, DC

Washington, DC is an international crossroads packed with historic monuments, captivating museums, eclectic restaurants and diverse neighborhoods.

Diverse and beautiful Washington, DC
U.S. Capitol dome
Cherry blossoms near the Jefferson Memorial
National Air and Space Museum
International Spy Museum
Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial Bridge
Duke Ellington mural
Shopping on U Street
Brasserie Beck
Washington, DC skyline at night
White House
White House in winter

Washington, DC is home to iconic monuments, fascinating museums and so much more. From the dramatic Greek architecture of the rock-solid buildings to the mix of international cultures, you never forget you're in the powerhouse of the USA. But there's lighter fun to be had – lively neighborhoods, sprawling parks, award-winning dining and fabulous shopping await.

Capital Pride

The Festival is DC’s largest annual one-day event with over 200,000 visitors, almost 300 sponsor & vendor exhibits, three stages, two beverage gardens, a family area, and numerous food vendors offering a huge selection of various cuisines.  2014 celebrates the 39th Annual Capital Pride. The US Capitol serves as the iconic backdrop to the Capitol Stage for hundreds of performances from local and national entertainers, politicians, and activists. This year’s festival will end with the US Capitol Sunset Dance Party.

 

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Elizabethan Garden Tour

Free garden tours are offered at 10am and 11am on the first and third Saturday of each month, April through October.

Explore Folger Shakespeare Library's Elizabethan Garden, inspired by herbal references in Shakespeare's plays and also incorporating plants popular in his time, including lavender, creeping thyme, and English ivy; a knot garden; and Shakespearean statues by American sculptor Greg Wyatt. Folger docents offer insights into plantings, Elizabethan customs, and more.

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American Cool

What do we mean when we say someone is cool? Cool is a supreme compliment that evokes public figures who carry a social charge of rebellious self-expression, charisma, edge and mystery. Cool is an original American sensibility and remains a global obsession. See "American Cool" for yourself at the National Portrait Gallery.

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USA Science & Engineering Festival

The Festival is the country's only national science event with well over 350,000 attendees expected.  It was developed to increase public awareness about the importance of science and to encourage youth to pursue careers in science and engineering by celebrating science in much the same way as we celebrate Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes and pop stars.

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DC Jazz Festival

With more than 125 performances in dozens of venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival is the largest music festival in Washington, DC and one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation.

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