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City of the Month: Washington, D.C.

The Capitol

Itís never too late for a City of the Month! This month, weíre highlighting D.C., our Nationís Capitol, which offers tons of things to do and sites to see. We decided to give you both historic landmarks and some places that you may have never heard of.

For the cultural and history lover:

  • This museum dates back to 1917 – The Art Museum of the Americas ties into the senses of the individual who wants to adventure into the ďartĒ and minds of various cultures, while diving deeper into social and political issues. This museum is a conversation starter and we encourage taking a look. And if you were wondering about the cost: itís free.
  • Located about 16 miles outside of D.C., George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate is a sight to be seen. Former President George Washington called this estate home for more than 40 years. This is worth the visit with its rich history. Just to say that youíve visited this estate is enough alone to visit it.

For the sporty traveler:

  • D.C. is also home to the NFL team, the Washington Redskins. Attending a Redskins home game should definitely be on the agenda for the sports lover (and if youíre there during football season).
  • Soccer, anyone? We think so! Check out the D.C. Unitedís schedule here: http://www.dcunited.com/schedule.
  • If youíre in D.C. during the summer, we suggest checking out their WNBA team, the Washington Mystics! Tell Michelle Snow that weíre brushing up on our game!
  • And then thereís the baseball team, the Washington Nationals. With the team recently making the playoffs, the city was painted with a lot of “Nat-titude.”

For the children:

  • Who said you canít make learning fun? Because thatís just what the Smithsonian Discovery Theater does! Through theater, puppet shows and more, this draws the attention of both kids and adults. For a list of their current shows, check out http://discoverytheater.org/shows/calendar.shtm.
  • Want to see how money is made? Pennies, dollar bills, nickels, the list goes on. If so, you and the family should stop by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It sounds really secretive, but they offer tours. Donít believe us? Fact check here: http://www.moneyfactory.gov/wdctourtickets.html.
  • Iíll let a friend of mineís quote explain this fantastic attraction:
  • ďThe†International SPY Museumis awesome and filled with cool artifacts from the past. Kids love this place…how do I know? Because all the moms in my office talk about their kidsí field trips there.Ē

This just scratches the surface when it comes to D.C. Are you a resident of the area? Or do you just love visiting? Let us know your favorite spots! Share the wealth.

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