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ADAMS MOR­GAN Restau­rants, funky shops and bars in this in­ter­na­tional area known for ad­ven­tur­ous nightlife and global cui­sine. Main drags: 18th Street and Columbia Road NW. ALEXAN­DRIA, VA. His­toric Old Town flank­ing the Po­tomac River, with re­stored 18th- and 19th- cen­tury row houses hold­ing mu­se­ums, gal­leries, bou­tiques, bars and restau­rants. AR­LING­TON, VA. West of the Po­tomac, the county en­com­pass­ing Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Cemetery plus bustling neigh­bor­hoods Ross­lyn, Claren­don, Ball­ston, Shirling­ton, Crys­tal City and Pen­tagon City. BETHESDA, MD. A Metro-ac­ces­si­ble zone with of­fices, shops, cafes, stages and movie the­aters. In north Bethesda, the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health and the Mu­sic Cen­ter at Strath­more. CAPI­TOL HILL Marble Con­gres­sional of­fices and 19th- cen­tury res­i­dences. At East­ern Mar­ket, crafts and food. North of the Capi­tol, his­toric Union Sta­tion with a busy Am­trak de­pot, shops and restau­rants. CHEVY CHASE A swanky re­tail dis­trict strad­dling the D.C.- Mary­land bor­der at Wis­con­sin and Western av­enues. Restau­rants, a cin­ema and shops like Bloom­ing­dale’s, Cartier. DUPONT CIR­CLE Gal­leries, restau­rants, shops and nightlife around a cen­tral foun­tain by Daniel Ch­ester French, plus The Phillips Col­lec­tion art gallery and Gilded Age man­sions. FOGGY BOT­TOM East of Ge­orge­town, home to the State Depart­ment, Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity and the John F. Kennedy Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts. GE­ORGE­TOWN Cen­tered at M Street and Wis­con­sin Av­enue NW, D.C.’s old­est neighborhood, where el­e­gant brick row houses co­ex­ist with high- end shops, restau­rants and bars. GOLDEN TRI­AN­GLE Zone stretch­ing north­south from Dupont Cir­cle to Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue NW and east-west from 16th to 21st streets hosts of­fice work­ers by day and restau­rant/club- go­ers by night. H STREET NE Be­tween 3rd and 14th streets NE, an emerg­ing zone of restau­rants, mu­sic clubs and bars, plus the Art Deco-style At­las Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, ac­ces­si­ble via a new street­car. NA­TIONAL HAR­BOR, MD. On the Po­tomac River, a 300acre “new town” with luxe lodg­ing, an MGM casino, eater­ies, shops and fes­ti­vals, plus The Cap­i­tal Wheel with views from 180 feet up. PENN QUAR­TER/CHI­NA­TOWN North of Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue, with restau­rants, re­tail, Shake­speare The­atre Com­pany, Smith­so­nian art mu­se­ums, Ver­i­zon Cen­ter and Chi­na­town’s or­nate arch at 7th and H streets NW. SHAW Along 7th and 9th streets NW be­tween Mount Ver­non Square and Florida Av­enue, a hot spot with top restau­rants and cock­tail bars, trendy bou­tiques and the his­toric Howard The­atre. TYSONS COR­NER, VA. A busi­ness and re­tail hub with two malls—Tysons Cor­ner Cen­ter (the largest in the area) and Tysons Gal­le­ria—plus, across Route 7, Fair­fax Square. Now ac­ces­si­ble by Metro­rail. U ST./LO­GAN CIR­CLE/14TH ST. Bars, shops and cafes along U Street NW be­tween 9th and 17th. The­aters, hip eater­ies and gal­leries on 14th Street NW be­tween N and Florida. WASH­ING­TON HAR­BOUR At the south end of Ge­orge­town, a bustling wa­ter­front zone with a board­walk, restau­rants, D.C.’s largest out­door ice skat­ing rink and views of Key Bridge and the Kennedy Cen­ter. WA­TER­FRONT On South­east Wa­ter­front, the Navy museum, Yards Park and the MLB Na­tion­als Park; on South­west Wa­ter­front, The Wharf with top restau­rants (con­struc­tion o ngo­ing), din­ner cruises and Arena Stage. WOOD­LEY PARK Cafes, restau­rants, shops, the Smith­so­nian’s Na­tional Zoo and the Art Deco- era Up­town The­ater along Con­necti­cut Av­enue from Calvert Street to Cleve­land Park. CRUISES DC DUCKS Ninety-minute nar­rated ex­cur­sions on WWII am­phibi­ous ve­hi­cles. Check sched­ule on­line or by phone. $42, chil­dren 12 and un­der $32 (dis­counts on­line). From Union Sta­tion, 50 Mas­sachusetts Ave.

NE, 866.754.5039 Metro: Union Sta­tion DC WA­TER TAXI Nar­rated sight­see­ing tours on cov­ered boats along the Po­tomac River with views of ma­jor iconic sites. Trav­el­ing be­tween Ge­orge­town’s Wash­ing­ton Har­bour (de­part­ing on the hour) and the Na­tional Mall/ West Po­tomac Park (de­part­ing on the half hour), near Franklin D. Roo­sevelt Me­mo­rial. $20, chil­dren (4-16) $10 pur­chased on­line (plus $2 fee). Wash­ing­ton Har­bour, 3100 K St. NW; Na­tional Mall/West Po­tomac Park, Ohio Drive & West Basin Drive SW PO­TOMAC RIVER­BOAT COM­PANY Wa­ter taxi ser­vice be­tween Alexan­dria, Na­tional Har­bor and Ge­orge­town, plus sea­sonal sight­see­ing and ca­nine cruises. Pri­vate char­ters. See sched­ule and dock lo­ca­tions on­line. 877.511.2628 UR­BAN PI­RATES Aboard the Re­lent­less, a “pi­rate” crew lead­ing 90-minute kid-friendly ad­ven­tures on the Po­tomac River. Pi­rate talk, trea­sure hunts and wa­ter can­nons. Also adult BYOG (grog) cruises. $22-$25. Cap­i­tal Wheel Pier, Na­tional Har­bor, Md., 301.300.0895 TOURS & TRANS­PORT ALEXAN­DRIA COLO­NIAL TOURS Cos­tumed guides lead­ing by lantern light for ghost sto­ries, leg­ends and lore (ages 9 and older). W, Th, Su 7:30 pm; F-Sa 7:30 and 9 pm. $13, chil­dren $7. De­parts from Vis­i­tors Cen­ter. 221 King St., Alexan­dria, Va., 703.519.1749 BIG BUS TOURS See the cap­i­tal from the en­closed first level or open up­per deck of a bus on three routes of this hop- on, hop- off nar­rated tour. Buses run ev­ery 15-30 min­utes. Most tick­ets (24- or 48-hour) in­clude ad­mis­sion to Madame Tus­sauds Wax Museum. From $39, chil­dren from $29 (dis­counts on­line). 877.332.8689 BIKE AND ROLL Guided tours by bike and Seg­way, plus bike rentals. Four lo­ca­tions: Na­tional Mall, Union Sta­tion, Old Town Alexan­dria ( Va.) and Smith­so­nian. See web­site for de­tails. Na­tional Mall, 955 L’En­fant Plaza, North Build­ing SW, 202.842.2453 Metro: L’En­fant Plaza; Union Sta­tion (west side), 50 Mas­sachusetts Ave. NE, 202.842.2453 Metro: Union Sta­tion; Old Town Alexan­dria, One Wales Al­ley, Alexan­dria, Va., 202.842.2453 Metro: King Street (trol­ley to wa­ter­front); Smith­so­nian, 14th St. & Madi­son Drive NW, 202.842.2453 BOAT­ING IN DC Sail­ing, kayak, ca­noe and pad­dle­board rentals and lessons on the Po­tomac and Ana­cos­tia rivers. Also kayak tours of Ge­orge­town and mon­u­ments/memo­ri­als, SUP yoga, sculling classes and Tidal Basin pad­dle boat rentals. See web­site for all lo­ca­tions. Key Bridge Boathouse, 3500 Wa­ter St. NW, 202.337.9642; Ball­park Boathouse, Po­tomac Ave. and First St. SE, 202.337.9642 Metro: Navy Yard; Na­tional Har­bor, Oxon Hill, Md., 202.337.9642 CAP­I­TAL BIKESHARE Wheels for rent at 400-plus sta­tions in D.C., Mary­land and Vir­ginia. Pick up at one sta­tion and re­turn to any other. Sin­gle trip $2. Mem­ber­ships for 24 hours ($8) to three days ($17). First 30 min­utes free, then ride time fees ap­ply. 24/7, 365 days a year. 877.430.2453 CARPE DC FOOD TOURS Walk­ing tours fea­tur­ing the restau­rants in the his­toric and trendy U Street/Shaw neigh­bor­hoods, plus cul­tural and his­toric points of in­ter­est. Also, happy hour and pri­vate tours. $36-$89. Check sched­ule on­line. 540.923.2774 DC BY FOOT Name-your-price walk­ing tours of the Na­tional Mall, Tidal Basin, Capi­tol Hill, Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Cemetery and sev­eral neigh­bor­hoods. Also food tours. Ghosts of Ge­orge­town ex­plor­ing the dark past of D.C.’s old­est zone ($20). Check web­site for times and meet­ing lo­ca­tions. 202.370.1830 DC CIR­CU­LA­TOR Daily bus sys­tem run­ning six routes in­clud­ing east-west be­tween Union Sta­tion and Ge­orge­town and north-south be­tween Wood­ley Park and McPher­son Square, plus a Na­tional Mall loop. Buses ar­rive ev­ery 10 min­utes. $1, chil­dren un­der 5 free EXECUCAR Since 1988, rides in lux­ury sedans and SUVs to and from air­ports, busi­ness meet­ings, group events. Flat rates, fre­quent flier points and miles with se­lect air­lines. Ron­ald Rea­gan Na­tional Air­port, Alexan­dria, Va.; Dulles In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Dulles, Va., 800.410.4444 FORD’S THE­ATRE “HIS­TORY ON FOOT” WALK­ING TOURS A two-hour, 1.6 mile walk with “De­tec­tive McDe­vitt,” as he re­vis­its sites and re­ex­am­ines clues from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Lin­coln’s April 14, 1865, as­sas­si­na­tion. De­parts from the­ater. Re­serve on­line. $17. 511 10th St. NW, 202.347.4833 Metro: Metro Cen­ter KING STREET TROL­LEY In Old Town Alexan­dria, free hy­brid trol­leys run­ning ev­ery 15 min­utes be­tween the Metro and Union Street, stop­ping ev­ery two blocks. Su-W 10:30 am-10:30 pm, Th-Sa till mid­night. Metro: King Street NA­TIONAL PEDICABS City sights on three wheels for 2-3 pas­sen­gers. Mon­u­ments and memo­ri­als, cherry blos­som, Lin­coln as­sas­si­na­tion and other themes. $15-$20 per ride (call for pick up); $75 per hour­long tour. 202.269.9090 OLD TOWN TROL­LEY TOURS Hop- on, hop- off nar­rated tours pass­ing 100 sites on two loops (Na­tional Mall- down­town, Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Cemetery) with 25 stops. $39.95, chil­dren $29.95. Also two- day passes and Mon­u­ments by Moon­light tour. 844.356.2603 PICKLE PEA WALKS Three 70-minute walk­ing tours fo­cused on the White House, in which cos­tumed ac­tors por­tray his­tor­i­cal fig­ures like Quentin Roo­sevelt, youngest son of Theodore (no en­try to White House). Sa-Su 10 am, 11 am, 5 pm. $23, chil­dren $15, un­der 6 free. 1600 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. NW, 301.251.7064 Metro: Far­ragut West or McPher­son Sq SE­NATE TRANS­PORTA­TION SER­VICES With a fleet of ve­hi­cles rang­ing from sedans and limos to vans and buses, shut­tling pas­sen­gers to and from air­ports, busi­ness meet­ings, wed­dings, sports games and other events. Also pri­vate sight­see­ing tours. 888.556.5331 SUPERSHUTTLE Since 1983, af­ford­able, 24/7 trans­port to and from more than 40 air­ports. Door-to- door ser­vice, group rates, char­ters and fre­quent flier points and miles with se­lect air­lines. Ron­ald Rea­gan Na­tional Air­port, Alexan­dria, Va.; Dulles In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Dulles, Va., 800.258.3826 WASH­ING­TON PHOTO SA­FARI Pho­tog­ra­pher E. David Luria and his team lead­ing in­struc­tional tours of pho­to­genic sights, from the mon­u­ments and memo­ri­als to neigh­bor­hoods and na­ture. Half- day and full- day op­tions. From $59. 202.537.0937

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