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10 Reasons To Fall In Love With D.C. Museums (Again!)

While many things in the nation's capital feel magical — great restos, top-notch shopping, inspiring architecture — the one we always come back to is our museum culture. On any given day, whether you're feeling bored, curious, melancholy, ambitious, or what have you, a visit to one of the
  • Megan Brohawn

    National Harbor, 163 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill; DC. Aside from a plethora of dining options, the area boasts The Awakening, a statue involving five gargantuan pieces of aluminum emerging from the shoreline to create the effect of a giant unearthing himself from the ground.

  • Rashanda Shanko

    As said in Kiddie Funn this is a fam fav!

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Charming Charlie Forgive us for what we're about to do — but if you haven't yet been to Charming Charlie, you're about to become a full-fledged addict. This packed-to-the-brim accessories shop is part of a national chain, but the National Harbor outpost is the closest one to the District. Focusing primarily on jewelry, scarves, bags, and shoes, this color-coded paradise is worth the trip in itself. Oh, and prices are ultra-affordable — as in, must-have earrings for $5 a pop.

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Gaylord National Even if you're not planning to stay the night, consider making a quick stop at the Gaylord National hotel to tour the impressive atrium (which is home to actual buildings, shops, and mini parks). The mammoth hotel and convention center also offers an impressive rooftop lounge, Pose, with a wraparound terrace that boasts insane views of the cityscape.