Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, is the capital of the United States. Washington is the 23rd-most populous city in the United States. DC’s downtown area has welcomed a wave of development in recent years, including the arrival of new shopping destinations. Chinatown’s Gallery Place retail area includes popular shops. Browse 7th Street’s galleries for showpieces by emerging artists. If destination shopping is the purpose of your visit, plan to stay, play and shop at the Chevy Chase Pavilion, which includes an Embassy Suites, or Tysons Galleria, next door to the Ritz Carlton. Other classic DC shopping centers include Capitol Hill's Eastern Market, the Old Post Office Pavilion and Georgetown's Cady's Alley, otherwise known as DC's design district.
For more of a shopping mall experience, spend your day at Mazza Gallerie, The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, or the Crystal City Shops.