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Median Home Price: $422,500
Hot Job: Environmental attorney
The Scene: Beltway insiders dodge weekend politicking by playboating the Potomac at nearby Great Falls, Virginia, or driving west for mountain biking in the George Washington State Forest and backpacking in Shenandoah National Park.
OPTIONS: Within D.C. you'll find biking in Georgetown, but around town adventurers find Valhalla rafting class six rapids on sections of the Potomac at Great Falls Park. Step off the boat and then climb the shear rocks overlooking your route.
OUTFITTER: Dive the Billmeyer limestone quarry in nearby Pennsylvania and explore a sunken cement mixer and aircraft at the Bainbridge Scuba Center (+1 717 426 2114).
GOOD EATS: Salsa night at Café Citron mixes the international set with Capitol Hill aides. Throw in $4 mojitos and tangy ceviche and your night is set.
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