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January 2013 is an exciting time in Washington, D.C.  Being on the cusp of the 57 th Presidential Inauguration and with the Centennial celebration of my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. only a few short days away, I would like to provide those who will be making a visit to The District with a brief list of my DC Musts.  I encourage you to explore some of my DC favs in between the galas, celebrations and awesome sisterly reunions: Must See- If it’s your first time visiting DC, I suggest you venture over to West Potomac Park to see the larger than life Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial .  The area provides great photo opportunities and is easily accessible via DC Metro . Also within close proximity are the White House , National Monument and Lincoln Memorial .  What’s DC without a little history lesson? Must Do- After visiting the memorials, monuments and other surrounding points of interest, take a stroll down Constitution Avenue and to explore, in my opinion the Nation’s best museum system, the Smithsonian. I personally recommend the American History Museum; I’m in love with the First Ladies exhibit, which features the well-known styles of the most fashionable women in DC history.  Check out the Smithsonian website and decide which of the many museums sparks your interest. In the AM One of the best weekend brunch spots you will find is Logan Tavern , which is located in the Logan Circle area. The restaurant boasts great food, atmosphere and a friendly staff. My menu fav are the Buttermilk Pancakes & Braised BBQ Brisket with Jalapeño Crema. This entrée is best paired with a Frozen Sunrise. Lunchin’ Head over to Asian 9 Bar for the best array of Sushi in China Town. Not a fan of Sushi? It’s okay there are plenty of great entrées to choose from, including the Lemongrass Curry Chicken.  Take a peek at the menu . Dinner It’s the best kept secret…well it’s not even a secret because the locals love it.   Marvin , situated along the U Street Corridor, is a perfect supper club. The establishment which bears the namesake of the late  great Marvin Gaye, is a perfect balance of food and fun. Enjoy a filling dinner downstairs and head upstairs to enjoy music and drinks on the heated deck. I strongly recommend that you try the Country Fried Chicken and Waffles.   Snackin’ If you love reality TV and sweets, don’t curb your enthusiasm, head to the corner of Wisconsin and 33 rd to Georgetown Cupcakes . I have witnessed those who have traveled both near and far to stand in the blazing sun or the pouring rain, all for the opportunity to have a Georgetown Cupcake. How far will your tastebuds take you? Late Night Snackin’ If you are hanging out along the U Street Corridor it is an absolute must that you stand in line for a Black and Orange Burger . It is the best after-hours pick-me-up, I personally suggest the No Burger, No Cry with blue cheese, bacon, pickles and chipotle mayo.  You may have to do laps around the block after dinning but it is well work the wait in line. Best Ways to Get Around DC Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority- www.wmata.com DC Circulator- www.dccirculator.com DC Yellow Cab- www.dcyellowcab.com Capital Bikeshare- www.capitalbikeshare.com Erika Morant is a Washington, DC area based Event Planner. Tell us about you, Click Here .  

Erika Morant: Planning to Attend the Inauguration? Here are some Things You MUST Do in DC

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January 2013 is an exciting time in Washington, D.C.  Being on the cusp of the 57th Presidential Inauguration and with the Centennial celebration of my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. only a few short days away, I would like to provide those who will be making a visit to The District with a brief list of my DC Musts.  I encourage you to explore some of my DC favs in between the galas, celebrations and awesome sisterly reunions:

Must See-

If it’s your first time visiting DC, I suggest you venture over to West Potomac Park to see the larger than life Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.  The area provides great photo opportunities and is easily accessible via DC Metro. Also within close proximity are the White House, National Monument and Lincoln Memorial.  What’s DC without a little history lesson?

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