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Bianka’s guidebook

Neighborhoods
Historic area on the Potomac River. Lined with restaurants and boutique shops. Potomac River water taxi available here. See: https://www.potomacriverboatco.com/water-taxi/
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Old Town
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Historic area on the Potomac River. Lined with restaurants and boutique shops. Potomac River water taxi available here. See: https://www.potomacriverboatco.com/water-taxi/
M Street has many restaurants, here you will find the famous Georgetown Cupcakes which is always busy. Many stores, usually a lot more expensive since it is a tourist area. There is a historic canal and restaurant area along the Potomac River at the Georgetown Dock. Potomac River water taxi available here. See: https://www.thewashingtonharbour.com/ Water Taxi: https://www.potomacriverboatco.com/water-taxi/
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Georgetown
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M Street has many restaurants, here you will find the famous Georgetown Cupcakes which is always busy. Many stores, usually a lot more expensive since it is a tourist area. There is a historic canal and restaurant area along the Potomac River at the Georgetown Dock. Potomac River water taxi available here. See: https://www.thewashingtonharbour.com/ Water Taxi: https://www.potomacriverboatco.com/water-taxi/
Area within walking distance of our house. Has restaurants offering a variety of foods, boutiques, grocery store, CVS, and movie theater.
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Shirlington
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Area within walking distance of our house. Has restaurants offering a variety of foods, boutiques, grocery store, CVS, and movie theater.
The Wharf Marina has been recently developed. Has nice boardwalk lined with restaurants, shops, etc. Plenty of seafood! Potomac River boat tours are available here. The Wharf: https://www.wharfdc.com/ Water Taxi: https://www.potomacriverboatco.com/water-taxi/
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Southwest Waterfront
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The Wharf Marina has been recently developed. Has nice boardwalk lined with restaurants, shops, etc. Plenty of seafood! Potomac River boat tours are available here. The Wharf: https://www.wharfdc.com/ Water Taxi: https://www.potomacriverboatco.com/water-taxi/
Tanger Outlet Mall, MGM Casino, Gaylord Convention Center, lots of restaurants, a Ferris wheel ($15), Air Force One Replica ($20). Potomac River water taxi available here. See: https://www.nationalharbor.com/ Water Taxi: https://www.potomacriverboatco.com/water-taxi/
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National Harbor
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Tanger Outlet Mall, MGM Casino, Gaylord Convention Center, lots of restaurants, a Ferris wheel ($15), Air Force One Replica ($20). Potomac River water taxi available here. See: https://www.nationalharbor.com/ Water Taxi: https://www.potomacriverboatco.com/water-taxi/
Shopping
Large mall, newly renovated. Usually packed, depending on season has lots of school tourist groups.
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Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
1100 S Hayes St
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Large mall, newly renovated. Usually packed, depending on season has lots of school tourist groups.
Outdoor outlet mall across the river. Right behind the MGM Casino and National Harbor. Lots of stores at discounted prices.
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Tanger Outlets National Harbor
6800 Oxon Hill Road
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Outdoor outlet mall across the river. Right behind the MGM Casino and National Harbor. Lots of stores at discounted prices.
Another outdoor outlet mall, further away but has a few more higher end outlets.
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Leesburg Premium Outlets
241 Fort Evans Road Northeast
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Another outdoor outlet mall, further away but has a few more higher end outlets.
Factory outlet mall surrounded by many other stores/restaurants. Very busy area.
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Potomac Mills
2700 Potomac Mills Circle
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Factory outlet mall surrounded by many other stores/restaurants. Very busy area.
High end mall. Lots of other stores in the surrounding area.
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Tysons Galleria
2001 International Drive
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High end mall. Lots of other stores in the surrounding area.
Sightseeing
Free, due to high demand best to get tour reservation See: https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit/book-tour-capitol
United States Capitol
First First Street Southeast
Free, due to high demand best to get tour reservation See: https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit/book-tour-capitol
Free
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Jefferson-monumentet
701 East Basin Drive Southwest
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Free
$1 tickets to ascend to top, can reserve up to 90 days in advance. Same day tickets available on first come first serve basis starting 8:30AM. See: https://www.recreation.gov/ticket/facility/234635
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Washington Monument
2 15th Street Northwest
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$1 tickets to ascend to top, can reserve up to 90 days in advance. Same day tickets available on first come first serve basis starting 8:30AM. See: https://www.recreation.gov/ticket/facility/234635
Free
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Lincoln Memorial
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Free
Free
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World War II Memorial
1750 Independence Avenue Southwest
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Free
Site of the historic Arlington Memorial Amphitheater and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Free. Resting place of President Taft and President Kennedy. First Lady Helen Taft and First Lady Jackie Kennedy. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy.
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Arlington National Cemetery
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Site of the historic Arlington Memorial Amphitheater and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Free. Resting place of President Taft and President Kennedy. First Lady Helen Taft and First Lady Jackie Kennedy. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy.
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Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
2 Lincoln Memorial Circle Northwest
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Korean War Veterans Memorial
900 Ohio Drive Southwest
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
1964 Independence Avenue Southwest
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
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National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial
1 North Rotary Road
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Admission is $18. Open every day. Great view of the area from the top!
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George Washington Masonic National Memorial
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Admission is $18. Open every day. Great view of the area from the top!
Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom bloom all around the Tidal Basin. Usually late March to mid April. Also corresponds with many other local events such as the annual Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall (March 28th). See: https://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/all-events/
The National Cherry Blossom Festival
1275 K St NW
Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom bloom all around the Tidal Basin. Usually late March to mid April. Also corresponds with many other local events such as the annual Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall (March 28th). See: https://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/all-events/
Great views especially during the spring. Paddle boats available for $20/hr-$36/hr.
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Tidal Basin
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Great views especially during the spring. Paddle boats available for $20/hr-$36/hr.
Free self-tour. Mornings only. Must be reserved at least 21 days ahead of schedule with one's Member of Congress. Non-US citizens can schedule tour with their embassy. See: https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/tours-events/
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Det Hvide Hus
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
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Free self-tour. Mornings only. Must be reserved at least 21 days ahead of schedule with one's Member of Congress. Non-US citizens can schedule tour with their embassy. See: https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/tours-events/
Nature
Island located in the middle of the Potomac River. Parking available on-site. No biking. Free.
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Theodore Roosevelt Island
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Island located in the middle of the Potomac River. Parking available on-site. No biking. Free.
Free. See: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/
National Zoo
3100 Connecticut Ave NW
Free. See: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/
University
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Georgetown University
3700 O Street Northwest
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The George Washington University
2121 I Street Northwest
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American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Marymount University
2807 North Glebe Road
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Howard University
2400 Sixth St NW
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Happy Hour Deals
1/2 price sushi everyday from 3:00PM-6:00PM and 11:00PM to closing. Very fresh. Great American food as well.
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The Hamilton
600 14th Street Northwest
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1/2 price sushi everyday from 3:00PM-6:00PM and 11:00PM to closing. Very fresh. Great American food as well.
1/2 price cocktails and oysters, less than $6 bar bites and sandwiches. Every day from 2:30PM-6:30PM. Can see some politicians here!
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
750 15th Street Northwest
1/2 price cocktails and oysters, less than $6 bar bites and sandwiches. Every day from 2:30PM-6:30PM. Can see some politicians here!
$5 plates - Balkan food
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Ambar Clarendon
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$5 plates - Balkan food
Near the house. Select $4 sushi rolls, $6 cocktails, $8 special rolls.
Ichiban Sushi & Ramen - Arlington
4251 Campbell Ave
Near the house. Select $4 sushi rolls, $6 cocktails, $8 special rolls.
Sun-Fri 4:30PM-7:00PM, $4 beer, $9 cocktails and full sized appetizers. Great views of the DC area!
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Ruth's Chris Steak House
2231 Crystal Dr
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Sun-Fri 4:30PM-7:00PM, $4 beer, $9 cocktails and full sized appetizers. Great views of the DC area!
Authentic Japanese BBQ chain. 1/2 price alcohol, $1 off appetizers, happy hour special $50 for 2. Very high quality meats and veggies given that you grill. Also get salads, miso soup, edamame, and rice.
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
1119 North Hudson Street
Authentic Japanese BBQ chain. 1/2 price alcohol, $1 off appetizers, happy hour special $50 for 2. Very high quality meats and veggies given that you grill. Also get salads, miso soup, edamame, and rice.
Food scene
Near the house. Great lunch special. Good food, especially the curry, and nice outdoor seating during the Spring/Summer.
T.H.A.I. In Shirlington
4029 Campbell Avenue
Near the house. Great lunch special. Good food, especially the curry, and nice outdoor seating during the Spring/Summer.
Near the house. Complementary salsa and chips. Make sure to ask for the salsa verde if you like spicy! Freshly made tortillas and guacamole. Very fast service and good food. Great outdoor seating in the Spring/Summer, can get very busy! Has a $3 Taco Tuesday special.
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Guapo's Restaurant
4028 Campbell Avenue
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Near the house. Complementary salsa and chips. Make sure to ask for the salsa verde if you like spicy! Freshly made tortillas and guacamole. Very fast service and good food. Great outdoor seating in the Spring/Summer, can get very busy! Has a $3 Taco Tuesday special.