Tips for shopping in Washington
As the capital city and center of government of the United States, Washington, D.C. is a national center of politics, history, and science. Everything emanates from the National Mall and the U.S. Capitol: from the iconic monuments to Lincoln, Washington, Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. to the various branches of the Smithsonian Institution. Aside from the political and monumental landmarks of D.C., it is also a center of higher education. Many of the capital's universities rank among the nation's best, including Georgetown University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins, and the nation's largest university for the deaf and hard of hearing, Gallaudet University. Sports also have a renewed spot at the center of Washington culture with the popular Capitals (NHL), the Redskins (NFL) and the most recent team, the Nationals (MLB). Running eastward from the banks of the Potomac River, M Street in Georgetown is D.C.'s most stylish and historic shopping district. Historic red brick buildings line the street, and are occupied by some of the most prominent retailers, from Apple to Armani. You can also always take a break for a cupcake from the wildly popular Georgetown Cupcake. Dupont Circle is another popular shopping neighborhood, but if it's a shopping mall you're after, your best off crossing the river into Northern Virginia and heading to Tyson's Corner, the D.C. area's largest mall.