Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA)
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
It's the proud capital of the United States of America, a fact that’s abundantly clear every time you visit it's glorious monuments. Drive along the Potomac River, take in the majestic Lincoln Memorial, marvel at the stunning simplicity of the National Monument — not to mention the iconic Capitol building — and you will be awed. But this is a living city, too — a travel destination with premier universities like Georgetown and George Washington. And world-class shopping with a modern design center downtown as well as shopping streets dedicated to furniture and accessories, antiques and fashion.
And then there are the museums — for fine arts, decorative arts, beaux arts, fashion, culture, textile, history and international art. It’s a melting pot in microcosm, making it a very big small town. Visit a restaurant or attend an art show, and you may feel a little like a resident because they are not blasé. They appreciate that they reside in an area rich in cultural and entertainment opportunities.
Follow Your Taste Buds
For upscale dining, hit downtown's West End and East End, Georgetown or Dupont Circle; these neighborhoods offer everything from steakhouse power meals to Mini Bar, in Penn Quarter, a one-of-a-kind, six-seat eatery that serves a 30-course meal. D.C. is also the place for international cuisine. You'll find excellent Ethiopian, Chinese, Salvadoran, Italian and Columbian food to satisfy your taste buds. Then treat yourself to the spoils of the capital's cupcake wars. Georgetown Cupcakes around-the-block line is proof their confections are a serious business; Baked and Wired or Sprinkles will make you smile, too.
Arrive in Washington, D.C.
The Mall is the place to be. This two-mile stretch of greenbelt — dotted with the city's most important monuments and the legendary Smithsonian museums — is a great place to power up and power down.