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First time going to Washington? We want you to make the most from your car hire Washington experience. That is why, we've enlisted the help of a local travel expert to help get you on your way. Follow these useful travel tips and enjoy the best that Washington can give.
See: Monuments and museums -- they’re popular for a reason! Set aside a day to check out some of the greatest monuments anywhere in the country. Take the metro to the “Smithsonian” Metro stop, which will drop you off right on the National Mall. As you emerge, you’ll see the Washington Monument ahead of you. Go walk towards it, dodging tourists on Segways around you, and experience this monument up close.
From there, walk to the Tidal Basin where you can see the Jefferson Monument, the newly built Martin Luther King Junior Memorial, and the World War II Memorial. From the WWII Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial is just a short, beautiful walk away.
When you tire of the monuments, there are a ton of great, free museums to check out. Popular Smithsonian museums include the Air and Space and American History Museums -- all conveniently located near the monuments. It’s a bit of a walk -- or Metro ride -- away, but go check out the National Portrait Gallery (Metro: Gallery Place / China Town) to see some amazing work and enjoy the stunning atrium.
Shop: While of course you can indulge yourself in the stereotypical “I Heart DC” t-shirts at stands around the City, do yourself better by spending an afternoon exploring Georgetown. Neighboring the Classic University, the area on M street and Wisconsin Avenue is some of the finest shopping in the world. Of course the big, popular stores like J Crew and Banana Republic are there, but so are some high end designers like Michael Kors.
For more eclectic shopping, check out Connecticut Avenue in the Dupont Circle neighborhood with lots of great local stores.
Eat: DC’s got great steakhouses, like Old Ebbitt Grill, and has a growing food truck scene with options ranging from Lobster Rolls to macaroni and cheese trucks. A growing trend is the gourmet burger scene, and DC has lots of options from, with BGR and Shake Shack just to name a couple. For late night eats, you can’t beat Julia’s Empanadas in Dupont Circle. Take advantage, too, of great farmers markets, especially Eastern Market’s outdoor market every Saturday and Sunday.
Drink: Want to feel like a real politico? Head to “Hawk and Dove” on Capitol Hill. Want to bar hop? Look no further than Dupont Circle, where bars range from the laid back James Hobans, to the upscale Midtown -- and a great karaoke dive bar, Recessions, close by. To see and be seen, head to Georgetown for overpriced, but trendy, bars.
Stay: Whatever you do, be sure to stay somewhere near a Metro stop. Most travelers to DC will enjoy staying in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, DC, with the most popular areas being Dupont Circle, Metro Center and Foggy Bottom/Georgetown. Classic -- though pricey -- hotels include the Mayflower Hotel (where Elliot Spitzer got caught with his mistress), near Farragut North and the W hotel with incredible views of the White House and Mall from their rooftop bar. The Willard Hotel, also near the White House, is perhaps the most classic DC hotel; even if you don’t stay there, go grab a drink in their bar and enjoy your brush with fame and power.
Walk: Washington, DC is an incredible walking city, so bring some comfortable shoes! Georgetown is a great neighborhood for a stroll -- including the great shopping on M Street and wandering through a maze of gorgeous row homes in Georgetown. Also head to Eastern Market, just to the east of the Capitol Building, to experience a charming neighborhood with classic homes, eclectic shops and beautiful parks.
Get Out: If you have a car rental, by all means head to Great Falls. Just 20 minutes away from DC, it feels worlds away as you get out in the middle of nature for a great hike with some stunning views of the Potomac River. For a day trip, consider Annapolis, Baltimore, or, more off the beaten path, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia -- all of which are less than 2 hours away by car.
Listen: The 9:30 Club is where DC’s music lovers go for a wide range of artists. For jazz fans, look no further than HR57 (named for the resolution that declared Jazz a national treasure), where you’ll find brilliant, no-frills jazz -- and best of all it’s BYOB so you can kick back and enjoy.
Avoid: Looking like a tourist! Remember to stand on the right side of escalators, and walk on the left. Be sure to know whether your destination is in the NW, NE, SE, or SW quadrant when you ask for directions. Oh, and please put away the American Flag t-shirt.