Known For: World-famous monuments, renowned museums, eclectic neighbourhoods, a booming food scene and diverse entertainment and nightlife.
Key neighbourhoods: Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Penn Quarter, Chinatown, U Street.
Most Relaxing Activities: Take a leisurely stroll along the National Mall and you’ll discover the major monuments and memorials. Soak in the sun with a paddleboat ride in the Tidal Basin, lounge in one of many parks and gardens, or explore the bustling Georgetown waterfront.
Active Pursuits: Run or bike the trails throughout the city. Rock Creek Park has an 11-mile route and the Capital Crescent Trail follows a former railroad track along the Potomac River. Kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding and ice skating are also popular.
Fun Fact: The Library of Congress has 535 miles of bookshelves.