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It shouldn't come as a surprise that the capital city of the world's only superpower is a fascinating place, but Washington, D.C. has long suffered from an image problem.

Sure the city has had its issues, but with some of the finest museums in the world, a thriving art scene and, of course, the iconic symbols of America's power all within walking distance of each other, 'DC' is definitely worth a visit.

Picking highlights is tricky, but the museums of the Smithsonian Institute (funded by donations from an Englishman, ironically), the vast Lincoln Memorial and the White House are all must-sees. The latter two particularly induce a strange sense of déjà vu after so many on-screen representations, but the impact is in no way reduced as a result.

Come evening, head to the Kennedy Centre or National Theatre for the latest and shows and performances, and throughout your stay, spot the various locations featured in the opening credits of the smash hit TV series House of Cards.

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Explore the City at Night

For a different perspective on some of the country's iconic landmarks and buildings, take a walk around the city at night to see them lit up in the dark. Those interested in the arts can enjoy many of the city's street murals and foodies should head on a city food tour to sample various cuisines, Ethiopian being one of the more popular.

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