Before I went to DC my knowledge of the city was limited at best. Most of what I heard was from the days of Marion Berry, and not the Washington DC of today. Most of DC's crime and drug problems have seemed to move into the Maryland suburbs where many people tell me are more dangerous than the city itself, with the exception of Southeast DC.
Instead of writing about the DC everyone knows I will offer a some other things to do. If you want to feel a large international presence in the city just go towrds Dupont circle and head down Massachussetts Ave. on this street you will find most of the Foriegn embassies, some of these buildings are quite and sight and if you are into architeture you might be pleseantly surprised. Also places like place like LaFayette Park Across from the White House is a nice area to just sit and look at the city go by. The biggest thing I discovered in DC is the area around Howard University, this area is loaded with little places to look around and have a good bite to eat. It has a stigma but I have been there a few times and it is a very safe area.
Nightlife in DC is amazing. Depending on what you are into there are seperate sections of the city you would want to head to. If you are into posh night clubs with techno and trance you will probably want to head down to the New York Ave. metro area. This is where DC's best night clubs are located. The most infamous and best known for your typical bars would be in Adams Morgan. This area is known for having bars up and down the streets and where most of DC's politicos and who's who hang out.
You will head to DC to see its biggest attractions like the Washington Monument and the museams but there are somethings that people miss in the city that are exqusite.
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