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Welcome to America's capital, where iconic monuments and vast museums meet buzzing nightlife, street festivals, innovative art exhibits, and more. This is a city steeped in history. The National Mall is home to iconic monuments including the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Look for the engraving on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that marks the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. To the east of the Mall, you can take a tour of the Capitol Building, which houses the activities of the U.S. Congress, or marvel at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's unique exhibitions.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture also flanks the Mall, and to the north, you cannot miss the White House. Tours must be arranged through your member of Congress or embassy, but there are fantastic photos opportunities outside the building. Once you have your fill of culture, pop by Meridian Hill Park, where you can picnic or join a yoga class. For a creative twist, head to Dupont Circle. This is a lively area with pastel-colored houses, farmers' markets, and Dupont Underground art gallery. Dining in D.C. can take you to almost any corner of the world. Indoor food market Union Market is popular if you want to sample local foods.
In nearby Virginia, Arlington National Cemetery is a poignant piece of American history, where you can visit the burial sites of American military. This popular site features memorials and tributes to soldiers who fought in both World Wars, plus Korea and Vietnam. Whatever you decide, D.C. is sure to entertain and excite.
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