Why you should go to Washington DC !

DC as a whole is very diverse and gay-friendly, making it a fantastic destination for the LGBT traveler. Some have theorized that gay people tend to be drawn to politics, but whatever the reason, DC is now known as one of the gayest cities in America. Census data shows that DC has the largest percentage of residents who identify as LGBT, as well as a very high number of same-sex marriages. Gay travelers can feel comfortable all over the city, even in the most conservative areas.

Historically Dupont Circle has been the main "gay district" in DC, but with increasing urban development and a rush of young people into the city, the gay scene has flowed out into the city at large. Dupont is certainly still the nexus, but neighboring Logan Circle, the H Street Corridor, and Capitol Hill can also rightly be called gay neighborhoods.

DC is most famous on the international stage for political reasons, and many people are drawn to it as the site of famous marches and equal rights demonstrations. It's also the location of a large number of national and international pride events, drawing a multicultural crowd. International LGBT travelers will certainly feel welcome here.

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The Drug Enforcement Agency

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The glass-roofed courtyard inside the National Portrait Gallery

The glass-roofed courtyard inside the National Portrait Gallery has been called a modern architectural wonder by Conde...

The National Cathedral

The National Cathedral is a little bit out of the way, but it's lovely, even for those who don't like cathedral...

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Great city, Full of historical buildings, unforgetable metro stations.

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Getting around

One of the best things about DC is that it is relatively easy to navigate compared to other world-class urban environments. DC is very walkable but can be hilly; if you like to walk, there are many beautiful urban hikes to take, but in order to see the whole city, you will need to use transportation.
Rental cars (and Zipcar) are also available, but are best for day trips out of the city; prices would depend on how far you are going.
Capital Bikeshare-a very popular bike sharing service that has served DC and Virginia since 2010-offers a variety of short-term passes for tourists (3-day pass will run you about 13USD) and with over 2,500 bikes at convenient locations across the city, it is a very budget- and health-friendly way to see the city.
The metro is clean and generally safe, but can sometimes be a long wait during rush hours and on weekends, when track repair work is being done (check the website, it's very user-friendly, for updates or delays). The prices vary depending on destination and time of day, but most trips will cost between 2 and 4USD. Both airports, Washington Reagan and Dulles International, are metro accessible (Reagan is closer).
The bus system is great, but might be a little daunting for a tourist. The best way to navigate it is to use the wmata.com trip planner tools, where NextBus will tell you, via GPS, exactly when the next bus is coming. Bus fare is 1.75USD and you will receive one free transfer.
Uber has a strong presence in DC, accessible through their app, and while there is a taxi system, they are notoriously expensive and untrustworthy, and traffic can get very bad. But for those times when you just need to take a cab, you can hail one on any major road.