This summer, see DC Cool. You'll see the monuments, of course. Can't miss them. But don't miss the unique side of DC. Like fireworks on the 4th from atop the W Hotel, or a brew on top of the British-inspired Brixton.
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Experience midnight music at the famous Hamilton Hotel, known for capturing the creative renaissance in the nation's capital. Bike through Rock Creek Park. Then cool off with a few beers at Church Key Bar – they only have 550 of them. Visit Ben's Chili Bowl. Spend a night or two in the caverns where Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington once played. Here's why summer is one of the best times to experience DC Cool:
5-Star Dining & Nightlife | You'll find that the nation's capital city is quickly becoming a U.S. gastronomic mecca. Eat your way through DC along 14th Street, where you'll find everything from farm-to-table offerings and locally grown meats to fusion restaurants deliciously marrying international specialties. Dine alfresco and explore diverse DC neighborhoods, like U Street, Dupont Circle and Georgetown, where you can sip wine and listen to the sounds of smooth jazz.
Free Activities Everyone Will Love | You don't have to spend a fortune (or anything!) to have a great time in DC. Most visitors make it a point to walk the National Mall, but that's not the only free attraction you'll love in DC. Visit the National Zoo's newest giant panda cub, Bao Bao, then stroll through Rock Creek Park before stopping into the Nature Center to check out the planetarium. After all of that activity, stop by the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market to sample juicy treats.
Can't-Miss Seasonal Events & Festivals | No matter when you decide to vacation in DC this summer, there will be more than enough exhilarating events and festivals to take part in. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, where you'll have a chance to see the flag that inspired the national anthem on display at the National Museum of American History. Plan your trip around some of the exciting events happening this summer, including:
• DC Jazz Festival 10th Anniversary (June 24-29): Listen to renowned and emerging musical artists (including Mos Def and Gregory Porter) at the fast-growing jazz festival in the U.S.
• National Independence Day Parade (July 4): Celebrate America's birthday by watching the parade on Constitution Avenue and then check out A Capitol Fourth concert on the West Lawn of U.S. Capitol and fireworks on the National Mall.
• National Book Festival (Aug. 30): Take part in the 14th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival featuring authors, poets and illustrators. Get your favorite books signed and have your photo taken with storybook characters.
When will you enjoy DC Cool? Summer has arrived. It's time to start planning to stay cool in DC. Learn more about the wide selection of accommodations you'll find, including hotel deals starting at $99 a night.
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