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Washington D.C. for the Budget-Conscious Family

It costs absolutely nothing to visit all 14 museums of the Smithsonian Institution. You'll find the best hotel rates on the weekends, when the movers and shakers skip town. Don't be shy about asking for special prices. Most popular month: April, when the Mall's cherry trees blossom.

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Hotels (3)

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    Washington Marriott

    Just a brief walk from Georgetown and Dupont Circle, this West End luxury hotel on a tree-lined stretch of 22nd Street has easy access to the monum

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    Marriott at Metro Center

    A locale on top of a Metro station puts this downtown Marriott just a quick train ride from the District's best attractions, but the hotel is also

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    Holiday Inn on the Hill

Restaurants (5)

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    Ben's Chili Bowl

    Up until very recently, the only VIP deemed worthy of a free meal at the Ali family chili shrine was longtime devotee Bill Cosby, who made the venu

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    Lebanese Taverna

    This Woodley Park Lebanese restaurant was opened by Lebanese immigrants Tanios and Marie Abi-Najm in 1990, after the success of their first restaur

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    The Diner

    A neighborhood 24/7 eatery, the Diner is located in Adams Morgan. The restaurant is relaxed and no-frills; simple tables are accompanied by bar sto

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    Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company

    Founded by John Snedden, Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Co. first opened in Glover Park in 1990. Now a regional chain with locations in Virginia,

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    Pizzeria Paradiso

    Founded in 1991, Pizzeria Paradiso serves what many consider the best pizza in the city. Now one of three regional locations, this lively, no-frill

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Activities (10)

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    C&O Canal National Historical Park

    Now a historical site spanning 184.5 miles, the Chesapeake & Ohio canal was originally used to ferry goods like coal, lumber, and grain down the Po

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    Bureau of Engraving and Printing

    Established in 1862, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), a block-shaped structure of steel made with fireproof concrete, limestone, and gra

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    National Cathedral

    Designated a national house of prayer by Congress, this neogothic Episcopal cathedral is the sixth largest church in the world. Construction began

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    Thomas Sweet Ice Cream & Chocolate

    With its fresh, homemade ice creams and fat-free frozen yogurts, there is typically a line to enter the Georgetown branch of Thomas Sweet. The whit

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    Mount Vernon

    Mount Vernon, built in 1757 on the Potomac River, served as the home of George Washington for more than four decades. A portion of the original est

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    National Gallery of Art

    The two architecturally opposed buildings that make up this museum jointly contain one of the world’s most extraordinary art collections. The domed

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    International Spy Museum

    A must-visit for both wannabe spy kids and their John le Carré-reading parents, this terrific interactive museum gives you the chance to try your h

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    National Zoo

    A 163-acre reserve carved out of Rock Creek Park, the Smithsonian's zoological arm is a long-standing family favorite, where creatures from aardvar

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    National Air and Space Museum

    The world's most-visited museum is heavenly for adults and a must for kids. A seemingly endless assemblage of artifacts from the history of flight—

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    Lincoln Memorial

    When Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps here in 1963 and said, "I have a dream," he spoke with Lincoln's antislavery legacy quite literally

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