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Whilst Washington D.C is never going to hit the headlines for its beach credentials, there are two states close by which have things covered on that front. Virginia is home to a raft of sandy spots along its east coast. Plus, Maryland shares its border with the Atlantic Ocean as well as Chesapeake Bay, so you’ve got beaches by the bucketload here, too.
Sandy Point State Park lays along the north-west shore of Chesapeake Bay – it’s a 45-minute drive from Washington D.C. The beach here is a mile long and offers up top-tier views of nearby Bay Bridge. It’s a great spot to go fishing and crabbing. Plus, you can hire rowing boats and motorboats to get up close and personal with the birds, turtles and other marine life that make their home here.
Assateague Island saddles itself between both Virginia and Maryland, a three-hour drive from Washington D.C. The beach at this place is considered as one of the best on the east coast. It stretches for 37 miles so you won’t be hard pressed to find a quiet spot. Pack your camera before you head out, too – it’s home to two herds of wild horses and ponies, one on either side of the state’s borders.
You’re bound to bag a bargain at Eastern Market – it’s Washington D.C’s biggest market and is located at the heart of the historic Capitol Hill neighbourhood. This indoor market only takes one day off a week – it’s open from Tuesday to Sunday. Head down at the weekend when it’s joined by an outdoor market with street performers and live music, too.
Potomac Mills takes the crown for Virginia’s largest mall – it’s got 200 stores including outlets from Nike and Michael Kors. Plus, on the eating front, it’s joined by a bunch of big-name American diners, too.
Tysons Galleria is just a short hop across the border in Virginia – the line-up of stores at this place is at the top end of the scale. Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton all take their place on the map here. Plus, it’s restaurants boast fine flavours from around the globe – Greek, Italian and a Lebanese spots all take their place here.
Head down to the Adams Morgan in the city’s north-west district – it’s got a heap of cocktail bars with laidback vibes. Plus, it’s home to relaxed restaurants where live jazz performers create the soundtrack to your meal.
You’ll find underground nightclubs, and lively bars in D.C.’s U Street corridor – it’s the place to go for big nights out. This place is like an open-air art museum – the walls set the street alive with colourful murals.
Washington D.C.’s local delicacy could be mistaken for the American favourite – the hot dog. But, the locals here do things with a twist – the sausage is a blend of pork and beef. It’s served up in a classic bun and topped off with onions and chilli sauce.
Cupcake stores come aplenty in Washington D.C. – you can find one on almost every corner. And because this is America, you can expect gourmet toppings such as Earl Grey-infused buttercream and peanut butter fudge.
Salvadoran cuisine is the flavour of the month in many neighbourhoods, and particularly in Columbian Heights. Top of the menu here you’ll find pupusas – thick corn tortillas stuffed with cheese, fried pork, refried beans, cabbage and an Italian-style red sauce.
Although Washington D.C. might not be a state, this place still gets an official drink. The Rickey is a cocktail that uses gin or whiskey, paired with lime juice and sparkling water. You can find it on the top of the menu at bars across the capital.
Another big hit amongst the community here is Ethiopian food. Spicy stews are favoured and it comes served up on injera – a spongy flatbread. You eat this dish with your fingers so grab another portion of bread to help scoop it up.
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