Midmarket: The Geek's Guide to Washington, D.C.
For the geek traveler, Washington, D.C., offers a wealth of attractions on and off the beaten path. Our nation's capital, home to iconic federal buildings, impressive monuments, colorful row houses and Ben's Chili Bowl, is studded with technological attractions that soar into the sky and bring you deep into the bowels of the city's stunning subway system. America's front yard, the long, grassy Mall, is an excellent place to start: Space nerds can check out the Air and Space Museum, communication junkies have the recently completed Newseum across the way, and modern architecture aficionados are spoiled with museum masterpieces from I.M. Pei (the National Gallery East Wing) and Gordon Bundshaft (Hirshhorn Museum). D.C. isn't just about museums, though with 70 of them, you could easily spend a week staring at paintings, artifacts and other impressive exhibits. The city is also a center of study, high-tech industry and impressive infrastructure, boasting the deepest subway station in the Western Hemisphere. Though none is included on this list, Washington's bevy of brewhouses are not to be missedmany of them proudly display their working infrastructure in full view of their customers. After all, geek tourism is thirsty work.