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Ready for the 2013 Key Club International convention in Washington, D.C.? If you’re too excited to wait until July, we’ve got a sneak peek of what you can experience in America’s capitol city. 

Also known as the District, Washington D.C. is home to massive monuments, awesome museums and the most famous house in the United States—the White House. In addition, the Washington Monument (pictured, right) and the Pentagon—along with the Jefferson, Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials—are must-sees. 

But Washington D.C. isn’t just about memorials and monuments. 

And there’s more nearby! Only one mile from the convention hotel, you can see giant pandas—and many other exotic animals—at the Smithsonian National Zoo (left).

Outdoorsy? Jog, hike or horseback ride along the trails in Rock Creek Park. And don’t forget to check out the park’s planetarium while you’re there—it’s free! 

Be a part of the city’s social scene. Take the Metro to Dupont Circle, where you’ll find several restaurants, more museums and foreign embassies. Grab some new friends and cool off near Dupont Circle’s central fountain. Take pictures in front of Chinatown’s main gate (below right), known as the Friendship Arch, at H and 7th streets. 

Hungry? Head over to U Street to try some chili dogs at Ben’s Chili Bowl, a spot with famous fans such as Bill Cosby and U.S. President Barack Obama. Or find one of the city’s food trucks—serving everything from Vietnamese cuisine at Pho Junkies to smoothies at Maui Wowi—with the Food Truck Fiesta map

Want more? Take a look at Destination DC’s list of 100 free (or almost free) things to do in the District of Columbia. 

Make the District your destination. Join us in Washington, D.C., for the 70th Annual Key Club International Convention, July 3–7, 2013.

*photos courtesy of Destination DC