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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides: Washington, D.C. by Susan Burke, Ron Burke

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Penn Quarter

Like other urban downtown areas, Washington’s city center is filled with shops, hotels, restaurants, and theaters for every taste. Yet downtown Washington borders Pennsylvania Avenue – often called “America’s main street.” This is the direct route between the White House and the Capitol, and is therefore rich in historic associations. Presidential inauguration parades sweep down the avenue every four years; citizens protest here; President Lincoln was shot and died nearby. Washington’s importance to world culture is reflected in the ease with which local restaurants and stores cater to an international clientele. Recently revitalized, the area draws visitors to the attractions of Chinatown, the Verizon Center, and the feeling of ...

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