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Things To Do

Too often people go away and stumble around trying to determine what there is to do and where to do it. What a waste of precious time! We tell you what there is to do and with whom to do it. Whether it is the best golf course, where to charter a boat, what museums not to miss, you’ll know what you want to do and where to do it before you ever get there.
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The tow path of the C&O Canal in Georgetown, Rock Creek Park and the Mall are all ideal for walking, running and biking. You can rent bikes at Thompson Boat Center, $8/hr. or $25 for the day. Another great place for biking is the National Arboretum where there are 9 1/2 miles of roadways through the beautiful gardens.

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden pool becomes an ice skating rink in winter. You can rent skates, there's a little café for hot chocolate and you can enjoy the sculptures as you skate.

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Most places are private clubs, but the Rock Creek Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park is open to visitors.

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Horseback Riding

Rock Creek Park Horse Center. Trail rides are available through the Park every day except Monday.

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Boat Rental

Thompson Boat Rental rents canoes, kayaks, sunfish and rowing shells for use in the Canal or the Potomac. Pedal  boats are also available for the Tidal Basis.

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Boat Ride

Take a historic trip on a barge on the C&O Canal, Foundry Mall in Georgetown or see the sites from the Potomac on a DC Cruise.

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Spectator Sports

Baseball is back in the Nation's Capital with the Nationals and the locals are thrilled. The Redskins are trying to reclaim their glory years with Coach Joe Gibb. The Wizards rule the hard court and the Capitols the ice.

Schedules and tickets available at Ticketmaster.

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Old Town Trolley Tours lets you see the sights and get on and off when you want. $24. DC Ducks Tour may be the most fun with a city tour on land and in the Potomac. $25. Bike the Sites is a great way to see Washington and get some exercise. $40. Private, customized tours by licensed guides are available from Guide Services of Washington for $155 plus transportation. The newest tour innovation is to see the City on a Segway with City Segway Tours. See Mt. Vernon by taking the Potomac Riverboat's Miss Christin from Old Town Alexandria for the 50 minute trip to the first president's home.

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Sights/Things To See

There is so much to see in Washington and it is impossible to get to everything and certainly not in a 3 day weekend. Here are a dozen things you should see before anything else, in no particular order;
1. The monuments and memorials-Lincoln, Jefferson, Arlington Cemetery, Iwo Jima and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. These are included in virtually every kind of tour.
2. Mount Vernon-George Washington's estate.
3. National Air & Space Museum-Chronicles man's feats in the air and space.
4. U.S. Capitol-The heart of our democracy.
5. National Gallery of Art. One of the greatest art museums in the world.
6. National Museum of American History.-Wonderful exhibits of America's past.
7. National Zoo-As good a zoo as you will find anywhere. Remember the pandas from China?
8. Washington National Cathedral- one of the largest cathedrals in the world. 9. Dumbarton Oaks and Gardens- mansion, museum and gardens.
10. The White House. Visits have been restricted since 9/11, but driving by is still awe inspiring.
11. Library of Congress. Many consider this the most fascinating visit in Washington.
12. International Spy Museum. This has become a top attraction. The story of spies and intelligence operations that changed histry.

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Lincoln Theatre features jazz and pop music, the Verizon Center and RFK Stadium are home to the big rock concerts, Wolf Trap Farm Park in Vienna Va. has the best line-up during the warmer months and is a beautiful country venue and the Carter-Barron Amphitheatre in Rock Creek Park hosts gospel, soul, jazz and R&B on summer weekends.

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The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW books Broadway touring productions and new plays on their way to Broadway. The Shakespeare Theatre puts on 4 plays a year, three by Shakespeare, and the Arena Stage is Washington's fine regional theatre. Finally the Warner Theatre, 13th & E St. NW hosts Broadway shows, comedians and concerts.

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The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia and New Hampshire NW, has 5 different stages ranging in size from the 2,500 seat Concert Hall to the smaller Terrace Theatre and Theatre Lab venues. The Center presents everything from ballet to symphonies to drama to comedy to opera.

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Art Galleries

Galerie Lareuse, 2820 Pennsylvania NW has works of Picasso, Matisse, Calder and more. P&C Art, 3108 M Street, NW in Georgetown, large selection of original paintings and limited edition prints. Some great stuff on Georgetown and Washington. Georgetown Gallery of Art, 3235 P Street NW has been open since 1957 and specializes in 20th century masterworks. Fine Arts & Artists, 2920 M St. in Georgetown. Quite a collection of well-known artists. Old Print Gallery, 1220 31st St. NW, original antique prints of American towns and cities.

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Good Wood, U Street. Affordable and pretty good antiques. Antiques of Georgetown, 3210 O Street. La Belle Epoque, 1673 Wisconsin, NW. Living Rooms, 3231 P Street in Georgetown. Also the Georgetown Flea Market on Sundays. Some amazing finds here.

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The Fashion Center at Pentagon City, about 10 minutes from downtown by Metro is the typical Mall with 170 stores and all the usual suspects. The Shops at National Place, 529 14th Street, is interesting for both its design and the 40 some boutiques and shops. The Shops at Georgetown Park, right on the Canal, 3222 M Street and Georgetown in general are the best places for shopping in Washington in the stores you would find in most malls around the country.

Some other favorites; Periwinkle Gifts, 3815 Livingston St. NW. Gourmet items, soaps, lots of unusual items; Sherman Pickey, 1647 Wisconsin Ave. Georgetown. If you are into prep, this is the place. If not, you'll find it funny; Gold-n-Time, 1742 Connecticut Ave. NW vintage watches and timepieces; Betsy Fisher, 1224 Connecticut Ave. NW. Great stuff for the office or weekend; My Place in Tuscany, in Alexandria. Beautiful artwork. Worth the trip to Alexandria.

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March-National Cherry Blossom Festival
April-White House Spring Garden Tour
June- Wolf Trap Jazz and Blues Festival
July- 4th of July Celebration- Smithsonian Folklife Festival
October-Taste of DC Festival
December-National Christmas Tree Lighting, Old Town Christmas Candlelight Tours, Washington National Cathedral Christmas Services.

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