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access to an impressive list of free and fascinating attractions. From the powerful monuments and memorials on the National Mall to inspiring cultural treasures like the Smithsonian Museum where you could touch a moon rock, marvel at the Hope Diamond, view Dorothy’s Ruby Red slippers or explore Native American culture. A diverse and beautiful world capital, DC invites visitors to step beyond the iconic landmarks to explore charming neighbourhoods like historic Georgetown, eclectic Adams Morgan and trendy U Street. DC’s neighbourhoods tempt visitors with chic boutiques and malls, hip new restaurants and bars, world-class theatres, art galleries and peaceful parks and gardens. Celebrity chefs and home-grown talents take the helm at DC’s restaurants. Discover the local flavours, mingle with politicos in power dining hotspots and taste the

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international influences that give DC restaurants their unique character. For accommodation, it’s easy

to find a hotel to suit your taste and budget in Washington, DC. There's a wide choice from award- winning luxury properties and stylish boutique hotels to comfortable family-friendly inns. Getting around couldn’t be easier thanks to DC’s pedestrian-friendly streets and its safe, efficient public transport – including Metrorail and the hip Circulator bus.

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STATE SECRET... Explore the beautiful grounds of the National Cathedral, then take a Gargoyle Tour (April through October), and see how these whimsical creatures reflect history in stone. There's even one fashioned after Darth Vader.

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DON'T MISS... Check out the Library of Congress interactive elements, like the re-creation of Thomas Jefferson's original library. See if you come across one of the free concerts, exhibits and poetry readings.

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STATE SECRET... Where else on earth can you snowboard down a glacier, dine 500 feet above the streets of Seattle, kayak with Orca whales, hike a primeval rainforest and go wine tasting on horseback, all within one state!

f you long for wild places and rugged shores, yet want culture and sophistication close at hand, you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other in Washington State. Washington State’s natural beauty has been the backdrop for many films and TV series including Grassroots that is to be released and is the setting for the blockbuster books and films of the Twilight series. Washington offers great outdoor


activities yet remains unspoilt, whilst having all the facilities you could possibly imagine to make a fantastic

holiday: national parks such as North Cascades and Mount Rainier; quiet beaches; giant forests including a temperate rainforest; remote coves; swift salmon-filled rivers; eagles; seals and whales; great waterfalls; volcanoes; and snow sports in the winter months. With over 700 award-winning

wineries across the state, Washington is the second largest producer in the USA, attracting visiting connoisseurs. Nowhere else in America does

nature and urban sophistication blend so spectacularly as in Seattle. This

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DON'T MISS... Seattle. You must see it. A compact walking city with great restaurants, clubs and bars, famous sights, fun attractions and the cultural arts all within the downtown area and where you can ride the buses for free during the day.

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vibrant city, surrounded by water and mountains, is clean and cosmopolitan with a casual pace. A stroll through the famous Pike Place Market in Seattle reveals the culinary bounty of this state with wild salmon, Dungeness crabs, oysters, fresh fruits, craft beers and ales and internationally-acclaimed Washington wines. Seattle is the gateway of Washington

State, the Pacific Northwest and Alaskan cruises.

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Population: 6,395,798 State Capital: Olympia Largest City: Seattle Local time: 8 hrs behind the UK Weather: Temperate climate with pleasant springs and autumns. Summers are sunny but not too hot and winters tend to be wet and mild. National/State Parks: 5 including the St Helens National Volcanic Monument, International Gateway: Sea-Tac

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DC is a unique ‘federal district’ Local time: EST - 5 hrs behind the UK Weather: Fairly mild with all four seasons. Spring, early summer and fall are the most comfortable seasons, although winters are often mild, with more rain than snow. Summers are often very hot National/State Parks: 2/3rds of the

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