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We all like watching hair-raising horror movies. But who would miss a chance to experience the place where the climax scene of the famed movie 'The Exorcist' was shot? Tourists flock here in Georgetown to see the Exorcist Stairs. Many other movies and television series have also been filmed here. The steep steps and the somewhat ancient and dark ruined structure adds to the effect.
This historic neighborhood is lined with trendy boutiques and fine restaurants. The abundant nightlife in Georgetown draws both locals and visitors. Just wander down busy M Street and Wisconsin Avenue and explore the eclectic shops, or step in for a pint at one of the numerous pubs overflowing with college kids. You can also stroll off the main strip onto the tree-shaded streets filled with Georgian and Victorian townhouses that are home to many politicians and celebrities.
This post office warrants special attention due to the rather monumental building in which it is housed. Originally built as a customs house, it is made of sturdy granite and has two sets of shallow steps, also granite, leading up to its over sized doors. The inside is majestic and still functions as a regular post office. A visit here kills two birds with one stone; you can view a historic site, and buy stamps for those postcards you have been meaning to send!
The Rosslyn Metro Station is home to one of the longest escalators in the world. Measuring up to 207 feet (63 meters), a journey on this mechanized stairway takes more than three minutes. It is hard to imagine what happens if the escalator stops midway; but according to lamenting travelers, that's quite a possibility. The well maintain metro station is frequented by commuters as well as tourists who come to see the escalator.
DC Cruises at Washington Harbour allows its customers to cruise the waters of the Potomac River and see the beautiful sights Washington has to offer. Visitors can choose to take the tour in the morning or take a tour under the moonlight and see the beautiful historical monuments. They also organize many special events and parties on their cruises.
Washington Harbour's scenic setting combines the social pleasures and style of Georgetown with the natural beauty of the Potomac riverfront. The wide promenade is enjoyed by office workers, shoppers, strollers and diners at several restaurants offering outdoor seating. This is a perfect place to stroll at midday, before a sunset dinner, or after dark when the terraces are lit up.
This Potomac River island is an apt memorial to the conservation-minded Teddy Roosevelt, the nation's 26th president. The 88-acre wildlife refuge can be explored along winding footpaths. In a clearing at the island's center stands a 22-foot bronze statue of Roosevelt, accompanied by inscriptions of his eloquent thoughts on nature and conservation. Access the island from Virginia via George Washington Memorial Parkway. A pedestrian bridge connects the island to a parking lot on the Virginia shoreline.
The former home of George and Martha Washington's granddaughter, Tudor Place Historic House & Garden offer formal gardens and a house full of artifacts from the Washington family. The mansion was designed by Dr. William Thornton who also engineered the U.S. Capitol. For those with an interest in early American history, but without the time to travel to the more-famous Mount Vernon, this museum within the city is ideal. Docents lead the frequent tours for a nominal price while the tours to the gardens are free of cost.