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Will be in Washington in August and have 2-3 days there. What are the things I should do and see?

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    You really should check out the monuments. It is fun, however if you are limited on time and can't make a day of it then I would recommend seeing Jefferson Monument.

    Now if you want to drive out of the city a bit, and are not afraid of a little spelunking then I have heard that the caves at Shenandoah Valley are quite amazing.

    http://www.shenandoahconnection.com/shenandoahcaves.htm about 7 years ago

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    If you've not seen them before, the monuments in the mall area are really nice. Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and War Memorials are all worth seeing without a doubt. This area is an easy walk for a day and also beautiful when lit at night.

    I would also recommend a visit to one or more of the Smithsonian Museums. American History Museum and the Air & Space Museum are my favorites. about 7 years ago

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    The FDR memorial is one of the newer ones, very different and very nice. It is fairly close to the Jefferson Memorial.

    Also a must-do in your lifetime is the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Tickets are free but there may be lines. about 5 years ago

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    I agree also on the general idea to go to The Mall, and wander the monuments and Smithsonian museums. None have an entrance fee and all are well worth going to. A picnic on the mall (several blocks of green space) is always nice. about 5 years ago

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    Talk to your representative or senator about getting a Capitol tour! Also, the crime and punishment museum is worth every penny to visit. over 4 years ago

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    I would def. Go to mount Vernon that's president washington's estate. It's amazing. over 4 years ago

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    Go to the Library of Congress. Breathtaking! over 4 years ago

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    Pick a day and spend it on the National Mall just wandering around. Take a picture of the White House (because, I mean, you're here), walk across the street to the Washington Monument (you can go up, but I never have), make a right and see the WWII memorial, and then walk along the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial. The Korean and Vietnam War Memorials will be off to the sides as you walk to/from the Lincoln. Definitely take a picture from the top of the Lincoln Memorial. The Jefferson Memorial and Roosevelt are also really nice, but are across the Tidal Basin. It's a decent walk, and a beautiful view at night (all of them are, and it's safe so don't shy away).

    Wander around some of the neighborhoods, like Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle, or U Street. While in Capitol Hill, drop into a Senate or House office building and look for your state's representative. If you're lucky, you'll run into someone and score a private tour (happened to my friend from NC, they also got passes to watch a vote). Old Town Alexandria is in Virginia, but is a nice historic area to check out.

    Try Ethiopian food. There's tons of places on U Street
    Have a Joyful Yatra! over 4 years ago

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    Suggest you take a segway tour. Takes about two hours and takes you around all of the key points of interest like the Whitehouse, the Mall, the museums - easy to ride, great fun with helpful commentary. Highly recommend. Plan to do same thing in Paris next trip. over 4 years ago

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    The National Gallery of Art is on the Mall. over 4 years ago

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