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Welcome to Washington, D.C.

Pennsylvania Avenue and United States Capitol, Washington, D.C. USA

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It’s the nation’s capital, built on democratic ideals by the founders of a fledgling United States, with majestic monuments and world-class museums that keep American history front and center regardless of political parties whose fortunes come and go in biennial waves. That’s the Washington, D.C., you know: a consular city with more than 170 foreign embassies; a political city where bureaucrats and lobbyists live, work and do happy hour (the only place where government shutdowns equal drink specials); and a monumental city that pays homage to its greats with blush-white marble in its statues and memorials.

But there’s also the D.C. you may not know: a city of 700,000 residents and a mere 61 square miles with individual neighborhoods that each have a village feel; a Southern city where you’ll have no trouble finding soul food (including the hometown chicken wings with mumbo sauce); a green city with riverside paths and sylvan parks; a growing foodie city that lured in the coveted Michelin Guide; and ultimately a people’s city — where anyone can gather for peaceful protest, for celebration or for learning (the mantra of 17 Smithsonian-affiliated museums, galleries and a zoo).

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