The monuments are beautiful at night! Also, during the summer, check out the internationally focused fairs by the National Art Museum/on the National Mall. There was one for Israel and one for the Philippines while I was there and they had concerts and delicious, authentic cuisine! There are jazz nights on the National Archives too -- all free -- and the sangria you can buy there is delicious.
If you are looking for a cheap vacation, this is it! All the museums, monuments, and a great zoo -- totally free. You can find cheap good eats everywhere and for the cost of a day pass on the Metro or a great pair of walking shoes you can get everywhere!
Washington, D.C. is the capital of the US and more than 170 foreign embassies, and a good number of Washington DC hostels. It is a planned garden city designed by French-born architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant and consists of four boroughs. If you are looking for a Washington DC hostel, try to stay in Capitol Hill or Dupont Circle. These are the most convenient bases if you are mainly interested in sights like the White House, the Supreme Court, and the National Museum of Art since they are all clustered around Constitution Avenue. Dupont Circle is a cosmopolitan borough and home to a lot of embassies whereas Capitol Hill boasts with numerous architectural highlights. If you do not mind being a bit farther away from the center, Adams-Morgan is a very lively and multicultural neighborhood with lots of art galleries and international eateries.
Getting around in Washington is easy since there is a comprehensive public transport system in place. The three close-by airports (Ronald Reagan, Dulles International, and Baltimore Washington) can all be accessed by train or bus so it's easy to get to a hostel in Washington DC from any of the airports.
While in Washington, visit the White House and indulge yourself by visiting several of Washington’s top-notch museums, such as the National Gallery of Art, the National Air and Space Museum, or the Smithsonian Institution. Take a walk through the streets of Dupont Circle and admire the foreign embassies and discover stunning architecture at Capitol Hill. If you have time and aren't yet ready to return to your hostel, see a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at night.
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