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Weekend Getaway: 3 Things To Do in DC

My favorite three things to do in DC: see pandas at the national zoo, roam through the Hirschhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden and visit Georgetown University.


Smithsonian National Zoo

Unless you’re going to Atlanta, Memphis or San Diego, your only chance to see giant pandas are in DC’s national zoo. It’s the only panda conservation on the east coast.

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Weekend Getaway: Where to Eat in DC

Planning a weekend getaway to our nation’s capital? Here’s where to eat in DC from local budget bars to pricier historic establishments.


Lox & schmear bagel for brunch. #nomnomnom

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There are plenty of dining options in DC, but one thing I noticed as a broke grad student was this: in DC, good food comes with a price tag. So if you’re on a budget, you’re probably wondering where to eat in DC that won’t hurt your wallet too much. DC is not like NYC where delicious food can be found in a hole in the wall for a few bucks. As a grad student, I was careful about when and where I splurged so not all my recommendations are fine dining options.

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Spend A Rainy Day @ The Oculus

What to do on a lazy rainy day? The Oculus is a great place to start. Once you get on your train, you’ll forget all about the wet weather outside.


The Oculus


The Oculus, which took over a decade to build, is the new World Trade Center transportation hub located near the Financial District. The hub is intended to connect commuters to the PATH, the Battery Park Ferry and 11 subway lines, which include the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, E, J, Z and R train.

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