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Washington DC Shopping

Washington DC Shopping - Penn Quarter – This shopping district is constantly expanding, and includes some major attractions such as the Gallery Place complex in the heart of Chinatown which offers condos, offices, a bowling alley, theater, and a multitude of stores. This same neighborhood includes stores such as Ann Taylor, Filene’s Basement, Banana Republic, and much more.

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Connecticut Avenue/Dupont Circle – This main thoroughfare is filled with stores that offer traditional clothing such as Brooks Brothers, Ann Taylor, Gap, Filene’s Basement, and many others. This area also offers shoppers a number of coffee bars, restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, and many others.

Georgetown – This is the central shopping area where stores line the streets and side streets. There are unique boutiques as well as well-known chain stores. This crowded shopping area is usually extremely crowded, especially on weekends when there’s a great deal of drinking going on. This location is a great place to have dinner, go shopping and stroll.

Old Town Alexandria – The Old Town neighborhood is a beautiful and scenic spot along the Potomac River lined with antique homes as well as lots of wonderful shops and fantastic dining opportunities. This area, however, is also often crowded and it can be difficult to park. This shopping area runs from the Potomac all the way to King Street Metro station. Just as at Georgetown, weekdays are much more enjoyable to visit these shopping areas.

Other places to shop

Upper Wisconsin Avenue

U Street Corrider/14th Street

Adams-Morgan at 18th Street

Union Station

Eastern Market at 225 7th St SE

Pavilion at the Old Post Office at 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

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  • The name “Columbia” is a reference to Christopher Columbus, an early explorer of the Americas.
  • In the 19th century, Washington DC was called the Federal City.
  • The population in 2007 was estimated at over 580,000
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  • D.C. was founded on July 16th, 1790.
  • The site of the Federal District on the Potomac River was chosen by President Washington.
  • The Washington Monument opened in 1888.
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