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Nhu's Guidebook to DC Area

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Nhu's Guidebook to DC Area

Sightseeing
Visitors and nature lovers from all over come to visit this rare type of park. Peaceful walk and rejuvenating place where you can get amazing views of the water along the boardwalk, see turtles, deer, rare birds, heron, ducklings, etc. Beautiful lotuses and lillies when in bloom. This place is the hidden gem of the neighborhood and of DC. Definitely the best place to go for a quick run/jog closeby.
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Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
1550 Anacostia Avenue Northeast
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Visitors and nature lovers from all over come to visit this rare type of park. Peaceful walk and rejuvenating place where you can get amazing views of the water along the boardwalk, see turtles, deer, rare birds, heron, ducklings, etc. Beautiful lotuses and lillies when in bloom. This place is the hidden gem of the neighborhood and of DC. Definitely the best place to go for a quick run/jog closeby.
All Smithsonian museums are free, but on Tuesdays you can visit the exquisite butterfly exhibit for free too. My kids loved it and have asked to go back several times.
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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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All Smithsonian museums are free, but on Tuesdays you can visit the exquisite butterfly exhibit for free too. My kids loved it and have asked to go back several times.
Beautiful Memorial along mall, just across from the Washington Memorial. Best thing is to walk from Lincoln Memorial to WW2 Memorial to Washington Memorial. Parking can be found along Constitution Ave, or you can also try along area by Martin Luther King Jr Memorial.
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World War II Memorial
1750 Independence Avenue Southwest
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Beautiful Memorial along mall, just across from the Washington Memorial. Best thing is to walk from Lincoln Memorial to WW2 Memorial to Washington Memorial. Parking can be found along Constitution Ave, or you can also try along area by Martin Luther King Jr Memorial.
One of my favorite memorials in DC. Filled with inspiring quotes of Dr. King.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
1964 Independence Avenue Southwest
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One of my favorite memorials in DC. Filled with inspiring quotes of Dr. King.
Best place to check out DC's newest development, tons of food options, a great place to go for a walk or go on a date. The fish market at the end has great prices for seafood as well. And if you want to grab local crabcake, the restaurants at the end of the wharf offer great options. This is located pretty close to our home as well. Direct drive on the I-295 and you're there in about 15 minutes. Parking is available in parking lot (more expensive), or street parking, which is usually what I do. Plan to spend at least 1-2 hours here.
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District Wharf
1100 Maine Ave SW
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Best place to check out DC's newest development, tons of food options, a great place to go for a walk or go on a date. The fish market at the end has great prices for seafood as well. And if you want to grab local crabcake, the restaurants at the end of the wharf offer great options. This is located pretty close to our home as well. Direct drive on the I-295 and you're there in about 15 minutes. Parking is available in parking lot (more expensive), or street parking, which is usually what I do. Plan to spend at least 1-2 hours here.
Awesome place to visit with kids / family. The zoo is free. And while it isn't too large, there are plenty of wonderful animals to observe. Notably the pandas are probably the most popular attractions.
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National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
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Awesome place to visit with kids / family. The zoo is free. And while it isn't too large, there are plenty of wonderful animals to observe. Notably the pandas are probably the most popular attractions.
About 20 minutes away, Old Town is sort of like Georgetown, but with easier parking. It's larger also, closeby to water, has a great vibe for going out, going for a walk, and is very charming.
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Old Town
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About 20 minutes away, Old Town is sort of like Georgetown, but with easier parking. It's larger also, closeby to water, has a great vibe for going out, going for a walk, and is very charming.
The National Harbor is a great place to visit. There are great restaurants, an outlet shopping area, and a casino. It's about 20 minutes drive south from us. There is also a ferris wheel, water views.
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National Harbor
165 Waterfront St
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The National Harbor is a great place to visit. There are great restaurants, an outlet shopping area, and a casino. It's about 20 minutes drive south from us. There is also a ferris wheel, water views.
Beautiful and monumental cemetery. You can witness the changing of the guard every hour. Check times in advance. If you come too late for the cherry blossoms, this is the next best spot since the cherry blossoms here bloom later than the ones along the tidal basin
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Arlington National Cemetery
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Beautiful and monumental cemetery. You can witness the changing of the guard every hour. Check times in advance. If you come too late for the cherry blossoms, this is the next best spot since the cherry blossoms here bloom later than the ones along the tidal basin
My Favorite Restaurants / Dining Options
Great food court, reasonable prices, parking not a pain. closeby to our home.
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Union Market
1309 5th Street Northeast
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Great food court, reasonable prices, parking not a pain. closeby to our home.
Best place to take a break and grab food along mall. Located in the Sculpture Garden, prices are reasonable, and there is free jazz on Friday evenings during summer. Very conveniently located, and seating is generally available.
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Pavilion Café
7th Street
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Best place to take a break and grab food along mall. Located in the Sculpture Garden, prices are reasonable, and there is free jazz on Friday evenings during summer. Very conveniently located, and seating is generally available.
Although about 25 minutes away from our home in VA, if you're visiting sights like the Arlington Cemetery, this spot isn't too far away. IT's the best spot for authentic Vietnamese food, with tons of restaurants to choose from. Prices affordable.
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Eden Center
6751 Wilson Boulevard
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Although about 25 minutes away from our home in VA, if you're visiting sights like the Arlington Cemetery, this spot isn't too far away. IT's the best spot for authentic Vietnamese food, with tons of restaurants to choose from. Prices affordable.
Excellent food, and I highly recommend the beignets for dessert. They're mouth watering! Definitely reserve a table in advance if you're not eating an early dinner.
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Founding Farmers DC
1924 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
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Excellent food, and I highly recommend the beignets for dessert. They're mouth watering! Definitely reserve a table in advance if you're not eating an early dinner.
Food scene
Great food, with downtown DC vibe.
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Le Diplomate
1601 14th Street Northwest
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Great food, with downtown DC vibe.
Decent Spanish tapas
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Jaleo
480 7th Street Northwest
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Decent Spanish tapas
Excellent authentic Italian thin crust pizza. Prices reasonable. Highly recommend.
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Menomale
2711 12th Street Northeast
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Excellent authentic Italian thin crust pizza. Prices reasonable. Highly recommend.
Sports Activities
If you love climbing, this is an amazing spot for developing climbing skills. If it's rainy and you're tired of the regular sight seeing thing, this is a great option.
ClimbZone Laurel
13200 Mid Atlantic Blvd
If you love climbing, this is an amazing spot for developing climbing skills. If it's rainy and you're tired of the regular sight seeing thing, this is a great option.
Super closeby Golf course/ driving range if you want to squeeze in some T time.
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Langston Golf Course & Driving Range
2600 Benning Road Northeast
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Super closeby Golf course/ driving range if you want to squeeze in some T time.
Awesome place to visit to see trees and flowers. You can drive your car in as well since it is huge. You can bike / skateboard / rollerblade, etc. It's quiet and peaceful.
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Arboretum
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Awesome place to visit to see trees and flowers. You can drive your car in as well since it is huge. You can bike / skateboard / rollerblade, etc. It's quiet and peaceful.
Shopping Options
Costco is located nearby along with other shops there if you want to get shopping done. Note - you need to be a member of costco. Other shops in the mall include Marshall's, Lowe's, Panda Express, Starbucks, Chick Filet
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Costco Wholesale
2441 Market Street Northeast
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Costco is located nearby along with other shops there if you want to get shopping done. Note - you need to be a member of costco. Other shops in the mall include Marshall's, Lowe's, Panda Express, Starbucks, Chick Filet
Good spot for outlet shopping closeby
Tánger shopping centre
201 Waterfront St
Good spot for outlet shopping closeby
Well-priced supermarket
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ALDI
901 17th Street Northeast
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Well-priced supermarket
Renowned grocer
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Trader Joe's
350 Florida Ave NE
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Renowned grocer
International sort of grocer
Grand Mart International Food
4600 Cooper Lane
International sort of grocer
Closest Walmart
Walmart
6210 Annapolis Road
Closest Walmart

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Parking Advice / Traveling by car
If you have a car, I definitely recommend touring the city with your car. Street parking is generally available as long as you don't have to park in a place for too long. And if there are a couple of you, it makes it worth it since train fares aren't that cheap depending on hour.
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All Smithsonian Museums are Free
You don't have to pay to enter of the Smithsonian museums in DC. But you do have to pay for the food inside.
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Packing advice for Clothing
DC weather is generally hot and humid in summers, nice in autumn and spring, and in winter it could snow / rain / be windy / or be nice. So just be aware of that. It's cold enough that if you're going to be outdoors, pack gloves and scarf and hat, even in Spring since April can still be cold.
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Rain
It rains in DC more than other spots, which is why it's so green, so I'd suggest checking the weather and packing a light waterproof layer/ umbrella.