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Washington D.C. has a good mix of eclectic stores and large shopping centers. We'll cover both types in this section.

Union Station falls in the latter category. Hundreds of visitors arrive and depart at Union Station by train, bus, or Metro (red line), and commerce here has developed to fulfill a wide variety of needs.

Union Station has over 100 places to eat, drink and shop. The food court is standard mall fare, but the variety of fashion, entertainment, and accessory shops makes the Station's offerings well-rounded. Some nearby hotels: Holiday Inn On The Hill, Hotel George, Washington Court Hotel On The Hill, and Hyatt Regency Washington On The Hill. "On The Hill" refers to Capitol Hill; Union Station is close to the U.S. Capitol and approximately a 20 min. walk to Eastern Market (blue line).

Eastern Market is a wonderful place to be on Saturday mornings, Every Saturday, from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. , an open-air market draws a few hundred people who browse the offerings of local merchants and artists. One can find local produce, hand-crafted pottery, jewelry, and many other wares.

Back to a big shopping center. Georgetown 's premiere shopping center is Georgetown Park (3222 M Street, NW), a 4-story Victorian-style building that contains almost 100 stores, such as FAO Schwartz, Ann Taylor, and The Polo Store. There are also many non-chain stores in the area, like Bartleby's Books, the clothing store Fit to a Tee, and the Old Print Gallery.

Georgetown also has an abundant number of art galleries to please art aficionados and window shoppers. If you are looking to stay in Georgetown , The Latham Hotel, The Four Seasons, and Hotel Monticello of Georgetown are a few of the hotels available.

Outside the city, Old Town Alexandria has a long line of quaint and unusual shops, over 200 in total. The area is particularly well-known for its wide section of antique shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Old Town Alexandria is on the Yellow and Blue lines, and parking can be found after driving around for a few minutes. From the Metro, walk south on King Street and you'll reach the shopping district in minutes. Stores run all the way to the waterfront (15 min. walk end to end) and a few blocks wide.

One of the highlights is The Torpedo Gallery, a warehouse by the waterfront that is half art gallery, half store. Along with exhibitions of sculptures and paintings, some artists have claimed rooms where they both sell and work on their creations. The artists in general are happy to chat with customers and recommend pieces. Alexandria may seem like an odd place to rent a hotel, but it is close to the Metro system and National Airport (two Metro stops away) and its rustic feel will give you an experience different from most visitors. Two hotels in the area are the Hilton Alexandria in Old Town and Relais & Chateaux Morrison House.

Dupont Circle (Red Line) has a little of everything. If you like to read, you can spend hours in Kramerbooks ( 1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW ). They have an excellent selection of books and an eatery in the back in case you get hungry. Nearby, you can roam for that used book that you haven't been able to find at Second Story Books and Antiques ( 2000 P Street, NW ).

Connecticut Avenue , the main road that runs through Dupont Circle , is lined with interesting shops. One of the unique women's clothing stores in the area is Betsy Fisher ( 1224 Connecticut Ave. NW ). The store stands out with its unique selection of clothing for women of all ages. And if you want to try a consignment shop, Secondi's ( 1702 Connecticut Ave. NW ) will fit your needs. Secondi's has a well-organized selection of women's designer and casual clothing, accessories, and shoes, and their clothing includes labels such as Donna Karan, Prada, Ann Taylor, and Coach.

North on Connecticut Avenue , a few blocks from the Dupont Metro stop, is the popular men's store Brooks Brothers ( 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW ). Brooks Brothers sells traditional men's clothes, such as wool suits, navy blazers, and a fine line of dress shoes.

Finally, you can find that perfect beaded necklace or the materials to make your own at Beadazzled (1507 Connecticut Ave. NW) Beadazzled sells ready-to-string beads and jewelry as well as books on crafts history and techniques.

Where is there to stay in Dupont Circle ? There are over a dozen hotels you can choose from. To mention a few of them: Hilton Washington Embassy Road , Jurys Washington , Embassy Square , and Washington Terrace.

In short, Washington D.C. has a wealth of one-of-a-kind stores, but you can find the big names (and brands) here as well. It's no fun to carry bags around all day, so if shopping is on your itinerary, renting a hotel in one of these areas will make it easier to drop off your bags.

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