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Ten Unique Things To Do in Washington, DC

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Ten Unique Things To Do in Washington, DCOur Nation’s Capital is well known for iconic federal buildings, historic monuments and impressive museums.

However, there are a number of hidden gems that many visitors might not know about which are certainly worth a look while in the Washington, DC area.

Here are ten unique spots to add to your list should you find yourself “inside the beltway” this summer.

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I Spot the Shuttle…

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#SpottheShuttle from atop our International Square rooftop, 1... on TwitpicAbout 100 or so gathered on the roof of our building to get a glimpse of the Space Shuttle Discovery.

It was slated to fly over the Washington, DC monuments for a swansong journey before officially retiring to a new home at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles, VA.

It was supposed to arrive between 10 AM and 11 AM ET but it was early. Word traveled faster than the shuttle.

How did we know? Why, Twitter, of course. Thanks, @Smithsonian! (HT @shkon)

So, we headed up to the roof and anxiously attempted to figure out just exactly which direction to look in anticipation of its arrival. Hashtags started to trend on Twitter such as #SpottheShuttle and #WelcomeDiscovery.

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Celebrating America’s Independence Day!

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It’s no secret that Americans love to decorate their homes around holidays — St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas and even Super Bowl Sunday!

In fact, I noticed that one neighbor who usually treats visitors to impressive annual displays actually leaves up his Christmas lights all year round to save the hassle.

However, there’s something about the 4th of July that I have always loved. The sense of patriotism, respect, pride, reverence and history is unlike any other on this day. It’s a day where Americans from all corners of the country (and around the world) can put aside differences and come together to celebrate who we are as a nation — as one!

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Google DC’s new digs

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Google DC reception. Credit: CNETLast night hundreds of Washingtonians braved a cold and wet wintry mix to attend a reception hosted by Google as they unveiled their new DC office space.  Although Google has been in Washington for some time, occupying temporary offices on Penn Ave, this move is significant primarily because it further evidences the search giant’s commitment to establishing a stronger, more permanent presence in the nation’s capital.

The New York Ave location is home to approximately 15 Googlers for now – with ample room to expand.  In keeping with Silicon Valley style, the space itself looks more like the Googleplex in Mountain View, rather than a traditional, stodgy law firm which is a welcome departure – and an indication that times, they are a changin’! 

Individual work areas are complete with colorful yoga balls, curved desks and open air studio celings.  Various other meeting spaces including conference rooms, a game room lunch room and kitchen bear names familiar to the DC power set such as the Situation Room, Camp David, and even, yes, a Secret Undisclosed Location - which isn’t too secret considering the bold-lettered sign by the door. 

Google CEO Eric Schmidt attended the event, as well as members of Google DC’s leadership team including Alan Davidson, senior policy counsel, Dr. Vint Cerf, chief Internet evangelist, and Bob Boorstin, corporate communications.  

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