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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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“A Tangible Symbol of Recognition From the American People”

The Vietnam War had dominated headlines, caused turmoil at home and abroad, took the lives of soldiers on all sides as well as civilians in southeast Asia. Twenty years after the first U.S. soldiers were killed in the conflict, the healing process finally had a voice. Continue Reading →

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

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Oh Say Can You See?

During the War of 1812, after British forces burned much of Washington, DC, the war moved to nearby Baltimore. Attorney and amateur poet Francis Scott Key was aboard the HMS Tonnant as part of prisoner exchange envoy between American and British forces, when he witnessed the Battle of Baltimore on the night of September 13-14, 1814.… Continue Reading →

Zaytinya Restaurant

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Small Plates Are Big On Flavor In This DC Restaurant

Who says good things don’t come in small packages? At Zaytinya Restaurant in downtown DC, all of the food comes in small portions that are perfect for sharing. Instead of getting a lot of one item, you get the chance to order a variety of innovative and delicious “mezze” (small plates, not unlike Spanish tapas).… Continue Reading →

Matchbox Restaurant

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Gourmet Pizza in DC’s Chinatown

Matchbox in Washington, DC’s Chinatown is the place to go for a hot, wood-fired pizza and a cold beer. We had heard that this was a good place for pizza, so we decided to check it out for ourselves. As we were walking towards the restaurant, Kindra said, “Ooh, I hope we are eating there!” and pointed to the flames. … Continue Reading →

National Museum of Natural History

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See the Hope Diamond and a Tyrannosaurus Rex and so Much More!

The Smithsonian Institution was founded in honor of a man who never came to America or lived to see it built. In fact, it is because of his death, and the subsequent death of  his nephew, that the museum was funded in the first place.… Continue Reading →

Lincoln Memorial

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“In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.”

When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, the public immediately called for a memorial to honor the man that preserved the Union. First, there was a statue put up in 1868 in front of city hall, but that was just not enough.… Continue Reading →

ChuchKey Bar

Big Beer Selection in Washington, DC

The ChurchKey Bar in Washington, DC is the place to go if you want a relaxing atmosphere and beer list as thick as the Patriot Act. (Rumor has it that the only person to have read both in their entirety is former senator from Wisconsin Russ Feingold; he liked the beer list much better.) Located upstairs from the Birch & Barley restaurant on 14th St near Logan Circle, the ChurchKey is spacious with tables, barstools and room to stand.… Continue Reading →

We, The Pizza

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Delicious Pizza in DC

After walking the entire length of the National Mall, from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the US Capitol, you are probably hungry. In order to prevent a perilous crash in blood sugar (which could cause you to argue with your travel companion like Congress debating just how much in taxes people who make 10 to 100 times as much as you do ought to pay), you should probably grab a bite to eat.… Continue Reading →

Morrison Clark Inn

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Historic Hotel in Downtown DC

Everyone should visit our nation’s capital to see the monuments dedicated to those who fought to create, preserve and protect our country as well as the museums dedicated to the things that we hold dear. In the same city, you can read Lincoln’s words saying that ALL men are created equal etched into marble, see the Star-Spangled banner and gaze upon the face Da Vinci’s Ginevra. … Continue Reading →

Brasserie Beck

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Belgian Restaurant in the Heart of DC

Belgian restaurants are all the rage these days and rightfully so. The Belgians monks weren’t subject to Germany’s Reinheitsgebot beer purity law, so they could add all sorts of extracts and flavors to make mighty tasty (and potent) Trappist beer. And it was the Belgians, not the French, who brought us fried slices of potato.… Continue Reading →