If you think Washington is all about tedious political meetings, then 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. Get under the skin of the city by joining Washington locals at a Redskins football game – what better way to round off your weekend break in one of America's most famous cities?