If you think Washington is all about tedious political meetings, think again. Sitting on the banks of the Potomac River in the District of Columbia, Washington is so much more than a place of decisionmaking. With national monuments such as the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Smithsonian, all must-sees on a weekend trip, Washington has its quirky side, too. Escape the crowds at the National Arboretum, home to the tree emblem of every US state, or test the strength of your stomach with the weird and gruesome exhibits at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. Washington's a world city, and this is reflected in its restaurant scene, which includes Thai, Greek, American, and fusion cuisine. Drop by the neighborhood of Georgetown to escape the typical city hustle. The charming area will take you right back in time with its Federal-style architecture, cobblestone streets, cute fashion stores, live music lounges, and college bars. Last but not least, get under the skin of the city by catching a sports game. The NHL's Capitals have just won the Stanley Cup – what better way to round off your weekend in one of America's most famous cities?