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Guide To Washington
There's bad news, good news, and great news about traveling in D.C. The bad news is that the city can appear to be a maze of crisscrossing streets organized by some unknown Byzantine system designed to confuse tourists.

The good news is that you can understand the basics of traveling in D.C. in a few minutes. We provided the basics at the end of this article.

The great news is that D.C has an excellent public transportation system, the Metro, can take you within walking distance of most of D.C.'s attractions. Almost all hotels in D.C. are near a Metro station.

Many visitors put the National Mall first on their itinerary, and with good reason. The National Mall has nothing to do with shopping--it's a grassy area about a mile end to end where you can find the Smithsonian museums, the U.S. Capitol building, the Washington Monument , and many more of D.C.'s must-see attractions.

There are 14 museums run by the Smithsonian Institution. All of the Smithsonian museums are free, as are many of the other museums in D.C. How's that for a change from most cities? If you are able to visit the museums during the week, do so as they can get packed over the weekend.

The Air and Space Museum features the history of America 's space program, interactive displays, and an IMAX theater. Art lovers should visit the National Gallery of Art and the Hirshhorn museum, which also features a sculpture garden that attracts residents looking for a peaceful stroll.

If you are looking for dinosaurs, check out the Museum of Natural History . The Holocaust Museum , at Independence Ave., SW , and 14th Street , offers a powerful experience that leaves an imprint on everyone who visits it.

The National Mall is located at the Smithsonian Metro stop (blue and orange lines). A map outside the Smithsonian Metro station provides an easy way to find the museum of your choice. Hotels within walking distance of the Nation Mall include the Loews L'Enfant Plaza Hotel and the Holiday Inn Capitol. Some of the other hotels in the area are the JW Marriott, Hotel Harrington, and the Monaco .

Also located on the National Mall is the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol, home to the Senate and House of Representatives. You can get tickets for these two sites at stands nearby their respective areas. Tickets are first-come, first serve, so we suggest arriving early in the morning and making plans for the next few hours in case the earlier times are unavailable.

It is surprising to some visitors that the D.C. area offers much in the way of nature. The U.S. Botanical Gardens are located on the National Mall across from the U.S. Capitol along First Street, S.W. , between Maryland Avenue and C Street . It features dozens of varieties of flowers and a cactus garden that will make you think twice before sitting down. A few hotels near the U.S. Capitol are Capitol Hill Suites, The Hotel George, And Phoenix Park Hotel.

On the outskirts of the city is the National Arboretum ( 3501 New York Ave., NE ) , a 446-acre estate where one can find one of the widest selection of flowers and trees in the area. The Arboretum also hosts one of Washington 's most unusual landmarks, a series of majestic Corinthian columns that look much older than they really are. If you're not in the mood to walk, the Arboretum offers 40-minute tours on its tram for a small fee. You can stay nearby the Arboretum at Ramada Limited, which is also nearby National Airport .

A few miles away is Mount Vernon , home of George Washington. The multi-acre plantation and tour of his house offer much explore. And if you are feeling adventurous, rent a car and take a two-hour drive west to the Shenandoah mountains or the Appalachian trial. The views provide a look of opportunities for pictures, there are hiking paths for all skill levels, and you might even catch a waterfall.

Although one could spend days in just a small section of D.C., the city has much more to offer. One of D.C.s hippest museums is the International Spy Museum ( 800 F Street, NW ; Gallery/Chinatown Metro stop). The museum has a comprehensive history of spying, including the story of how it played a critical role in World War II. The Red Roof Inn ( Chinatown ) is a few blocks away.

Outside the city, you can take the Metro to the King Street stop (blue, yellow lines) and spend a day exploring Old Town Alexandria , VA. Stroll the quaint cobblestone streets, visit an antique shop, and pick up some homemade ice cream to eat at the waterfront.

Finally, if you have the time, we recommend taking a car and visiting the Inner Harbor Area in Baltimore , MD. Baltimore , a 45-minute drive from Washington D.C. Baltimore is home to the area's best seafood and many attractions, such as the excellent National Aquarium, the Inner Harbor shopping plaza, and the Baltimore Orioles.

Washington D.C. has as many attractions as politicians. You won't have a problem finding interesting things to do. Choosing which of the city's attractions to see, however, is a different matter.

Getting Around in D.C.

The District of Columbia is divided into 4 quadrants: Northwest, Southwest, Northeast and Southeast. In the center where the four quadrants meet is the U.S Capitol.

Numbered streets run north-south. The numbers get lower as you drive towards the center and higher away from it. Lettered streets run east-west (there are no J, X, Y, or Z streets) and follow the same pattern. After Z, the streets are two syllable names, then three-syllable names as you travel out farther from the center. Avenues named for U.S. States run diagonally, often meeting at traffic circles and squares.

The diagonal avenues can be confusing. If you don't have good directions, stick to navigating by the letters and numbers. It will take a little longer, but its less confusing.

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