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>> Visit the Franciscan Monastery at North Michigan Park, a century-old architectural masterpiece, where you can see a replica of the Roman catacombs and much more, through the 45-minute guided tours.


>> See the International Spy Museum, located downtown, and find interesting information about the innovative world of espionage through the exhibits that include artifacts and world-wide spy stories.


>> Admire the extensive collection of American and European art works at the National Gallery of Art, situated on Constitution Avenue, including 13th and 20th century paintings, devoted to Impressionism.


>> Take the tours of the beautiful White House, also known as the `Executive Mansion`, former home of John Adams, the second president of USA, the first president who lived here (1801).


>> Visit the United States National Arboretum, on New York Avenue, a 444-acre garden-park, where you will be able to see fountains, beautiful open spaces and the National Bonsai Collection, which was a gift to the city, from Japan, offering fascinating displays of small trees.



Sports & outdoor events


The annual sport-related events that are taking place in Washington D.C. include the National Marathon, The NHL Ice Hockey: Washington Capitals and the NBA Washington Wizards, bringing excitement to the city every time these events happen.


The Annual National Marathon, happening in March and taking place at the RFK Stadium is a popular event, featuring a 5-hour marathon and a half-marathon of 2 hours and 30 minutes, dedicated for those who are not able to finish the full 26.2-mile race. A number of about 5000 runners participate at the race every year, and due to the fact that it is a free event, thousands of spectators are attracted by the Marathon, as well.


The regular season of the Washington Capitals is between October and April. The team has their Annual NHL Ice Hockey competition, considered to be another popular event held every year in Washington, housed at the Verizon Center, attracting a large number of hockey fans who come here to assist at their games.


The NBA Washington Wizards represents another favorite local team that brings excitement and joy to basketball fans every time they play in their NBA basketball games, also kept at the Verizon Center, their regular season running from October to April, just like the Washington Capitals ice hockey team.





There are a large number of fun festivals and celebrations taking place in various venues across Washington, D.C., every year, including The Chinese New Year Parade, St. Patrick's Day Parade, the Smithsonian Kite Festival, and many other fabulous, fun, family events, filled with entertaining activities and interesting highlights.


Every February, the people in Washington D.C. celebrate The Chinese New Year Parade, a spectacular family event, featuring musicians, drummers, dragon dancers and lions, numerous entertaining activities and hundreds of firecrackers, celebrating the Chinese community in the city, being organized by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA).


St. Patrick's Day Parade, held in March, is one of Washington's most popular free annual events, consisting of a parade that runs along the Constitution Avenue, featuring folk groups, tons of fun and traditional costumes.


Visitors can enjoy fun kite-making activities at the Smithsonian Kite Festival, also happening in March, near the Washington Monument. The festival includes displays of Chinese kite-making art, demonstration booths, as well as a beautiful opening ceremony.




Over the past few years, Washington DC has developed an interesting nightlife scene, offering numerous options, including bars, restaurants, lounges, nightclubs, dance clubs, as well as theatres and cinemas.


Some of the places that are serving customers until late in the night include Cafe Citron (1343 Connecticut Avenue), Blue Gin (1206 Wisconsin Avenue), Mayorga Lounge (3301 14th Street) and Thyme Out (6821 Reed Street, Bethesda, MD Washington, DC), most of them offering great entertainment, live music, many drink options and serving delicious food.


Visitors will also find in the city brewery bars, such as District Chophouse and Brewery, located on 7th Street and John Harvard's Brew House, situated on Pennsylvania Avenue, comedy clubs including the DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Avenue) and Library Bar & Grill (3514 12th Street, NE Washington), as well as a wide array of great restaurants, Karaoke bars, pubs, nightclubs, country bars and sports bars.



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