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Saidu Yusuf

Navigator Saidu Yusuf has an insatiable appetite for the delights of Washington, DC.

Navigator Biography

Navigator Saidu Yusuf has fully engrossed himself in the exhilarating cultural scene of Washington, DC since moving to the American capital from Sierra Leone. Starting out as a tour guide, Saidu quickly found himself answering questions from visitors concerned with what to do and where to go in the city. Now, after 14 years in DC, he holds all the answers. He enlists the support of a variety of sources to stay ahead of the curve — from credible blogs and websites to the recommendations of his own team. But Saidu knows that a true Navigator of a city as culturally rich and diverse as Washington, DC — where the low-slung charms of Chinatown sit just a stone’s throw away from the pomp and prestige of the White House — must make their own judgments. And so day after day he endeavors to see DC through new eyes. He begins with a two-mile run, keeping his eyes peeled for new openings and events along the way, and may end it with a drink in an underground cocktail joint or at his favorite oyster bar. In between he helps guests at his Penn Quarter hotel to experience the city like never before. Away from work, Saidu likes to keep it simple. He lists his hobbies as “cooking, working out, traveling and volunteering.” And then comes the curveball … “I'm coming to realize that I might sing and play drums at the same time. I just need to polish my vocal chords more!”

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Betsy Fisher

One-of-a-kind items are delivered here daily for your perusal, and the friendly staff is very willing to help you look your best.
Although you have to ring a doorbell to gain entry, you should not be intimidated by Betsy Fisher. This light-filled boutique features creative clothing and accessories for day and evening. Beautiful dresses, ranging from the funky to the elegant, are the store's bread and butter and rightfully hang on the front racks near the door. Betsy Fisher sells one-of-a-kind items as well as name-brand labels such as Nicole Miller, Max and Co. and Easel. Buyers can be assured no one else will be wearing the same thing.
Address: 1224 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, 20036, United States
Phone: +1 202 785 1975
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 07:00 PM,Thursday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM,Saturday from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM,Sunday from 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM
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Library of Congress

Over 100 million items are contained in this library, including original copies of the Gettysburg Address and a Gutenberg Bible.
Originally intended as a small reference library, the Library of Congress now contains the largest collection of books in the world, with 100 million items, including a Gutenberg Bible, first drafts of the Declaration of Independence and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The splendor of the magnificent Main Reading Room is worth the visit, but you should also browse the many excellent collections and exhibits in the library's three buildings. Its collections are available for research to adults 18 and older.
Address: 101 Independence Avenue Southeast, Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, 20540, United States
Phone: +1 202 707 5000
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
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Appalachian Spring

This shop offers gifts from artists in the Appalachian region of America. Products include fine jewelry, pottery and art glass.
Established in 1968, Appalachian Spring opens its doors to the world of handcrafted gifts and collectibles made by American artisans. The products sold here include art glasses, vases, jewelry, kitchen accessories, scarves, handbags and kaleidoscopes. These products are sourced from artists based in Appalachian states of United States and the fine quality reflects the amount of work put in to create each piece. Appalachian Spring on Massachusetts Avenue is a perfect place to pick up quality handcrafted collectibles.
Address: 50 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast, Washington, 20002, United States
Phone: +1 202 682 0505
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Busboys and Poets

This place has more than just coffee. This place is a haven for foodies and fans of live entertainment.
With it's 5 different locations around the DMV area, Busboys and Poets is becoming the place to be if you're in DC and looking for a casual hangout with good food and books. Open mics featuring talented local artists are hosted here on a regular basis. The friendly staff welcomes numerous patrons every day with a smiling face.
Address: 450 K Street Northwest, City Vista, Washington, 20001, United States of America
Phone: +202 789 2227
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 08:00 AM to 12:00 AM,Friday from 08:00 AM to 02:00 AM,Saturday from 08:00 AM to 02:00 AM,Sunday from 09:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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Ben's Chili Bowl

Since 1958, this local landmark has been serving its deliciously famous chili in bowls and on burgers, hot dogs and fries!
This Washington landmark has been serving up hot dogs with chili, fries, hamburgers and shakes since 1958. Rumor has it that comedian Bill Cosby orders his chili dogs from Ben's when he comes to town. He's one of two people who can eat there for free; the other one is Barack Obama. A wide range of hot dogs is served here, from the traditional dog to half-smokes and turkey dogs smothered in onions, cheese and chili. Fries and onion rings, cream pies and shakes are also offered, and breakfast is served six days a week.
Address: 1213 U Street Northwest, Washington, 20009, United States
Phone: +1 202 667 0909
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 06:00 AM to 02:00 AM,Friday from 06:00 AM to 04:00 AM,Saturday from 07:00 AM to 04:00 AM,Sunday from 11:00 AM to 08:00 PM
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This bar is often filled with downtown workers at the end of the day, who enjoy the wide selection of brews and mixed drinks.
This bar has been a neighborhood watering hole for decades. Downtown professionals often drop by to relax after a long day at the office. This is a basic bar. While that does not include an imaginative decor, regulars keep coming back for the bar's good food and friendly atmosphere. The menu is simple, but reliably hearty. No matter what you order--burgers, steaks, sandwiches or pizza--the portions are not stingy.
Address: 1433 P Street Northwest, Washington, 20005, United States
Phone: +1 202 234 1818
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 11:00 AM to 02:00 AM,Friday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 03:00 AM,Sunday from 11:00 AM to 02:00 AM

United States National Arboretum

This 444-acre park is as large as it is beautiful. The National Bonsai Collection, a gift from Japan, is worth your time
Best known for its vast collection of azaleas, (Washington's favorite porch-flower), this 444-acre (180-hectare) garden park has much else to offer. Fountains, pools and open space separate a series of focused gardens at United States National Arboretum. The National Bonsai Collection, a gift from Japan, is a fascinating exhibit of tiny trees. Another notable section is the aquatic garden.
Address: 3501, New York Avenue Northeast, Washington, 20002, United States
Phone: +1 202 245 2726
Opening hours: Friday to Monday from 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

National Gallery of Art

The art collection here is one of the best in the world, with works from American and European masters going back over 6
The National Gallery houses an extensive collection of European and American art in two spectacular buildings. In the grand, neoclassical West Building, Rembrandt, Rubens and Gainsborough are well-represented. The permanent collection includes works from the 13th to 20th Centuries including a section devoted to Impressionism. An underground concourse with a cafeteria, an excellent gift shop
Address: 700,Constitution Avenue Northwest, Between 3rd and 9th Streets, Washington, 20565, United States
Phone: +1 202 737 4215
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM,Sunday from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM


There is a sense of community here. The atmosphere is casual, but the food is top-notch. If the weather is right eat on
The Heights is a home away from home to some local Columbia Heights residents; yet it has the air of a trendy chill-out spot for other patrons around the city to visit. �Community tables both in and outside are coveted for the generous reduced happy hour specials. And the party�s always on for outdoor diners who like to people-watch the interesting cast of characters in the diverse Columbia Height
Address: 14th Street Northwest, Washington, 20010, United States
Phone: +1 202 797 7227
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 AM,Friday from 12:00 PM to 11:00 AM,Saturday from 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM,Sunday from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Pennsylvania 6

New downtown hot spot with excellent raw bar and hand crafted cocktails
Pennsylvania 6 is the home of some of the freshest raw bar items in the District of Columbia. Stop here and check out some of their amazing hand crafted cocktails that pair excellently with their top rated menu. Pennsylvania 6 also hosts an incredible selection of vintage wines from around the world
Address: 1350 I Street NW, Washington, 20001
Phone: +202 796 1600
Opening hours: 11:30

The Emancipation Memorial

The Emancipation Memorial is in the heart of Lincoln Park in northeast DC, just behind Capitol Hill.
Dedicated in 1876, the Emancipation Memorial depicts President Abraham Lincoln standing while a former slave kneels next to him. In one hand Lincoln holds a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, the document that declared slavery illegal in 1863.
Address: Lincoln Park, East Capitol Street, Washington, 20002, USA

Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism in World War II

The Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism in World War II is a memorial and monument designed by Nina Akamu.
The central cast bronze sculpture consists of two Japanese cranes caught in barbed wire on top of a tall, square pedestal incised with grooves suggestive of drill cores used to extract stone from queries. Standing amongst a landscaped plaza, a semi-circular granite wall curves around the sculpture. The wall features inscriptions of the names of the ten internment camps where over 120,000 Japanese
Address: Louisiana Avenue and D Street nw, Washington, 20003, USA