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The best things to do in Washington, DC run the gamut—and go way beyond the political. If it's furry friends that you're after, indulge in a visit to the National Zoological Park, a free zoo that's open year around. Nature lovers will find acres of greenery, settings ideal for endless walks, hikes, bike rides and even bird watching. Needless to say, history and art buffs will truly revel in the myriad of local offerings—National Air and Space Museum! National Gallery of Art! Art Enables!—which live side by side to stellar restaurants, cocktail bars and rooftop destinations.
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