places to live like the characters from TV shows in Washington D.C.

Some of the most popular TV shows these days are set in Washington. Well, kind of. For security reasons, several productions are filmed in cities like Los Angeles and Baltimore, but their sets are inspired by real places in the US capital. Below, check out a list of these locales. Warning: spoilers ahead!

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Rock Creek Park

House of Cards

It’s in this park that Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) goes jogging.

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Mandarin Oriental

House of Cards

This luxurious hotel is where Claire has an encounter with a photographer in the first season.

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Ben’s Chili Bowl

House of Cards

You know the ribs from Freddy’s BBQ Joint that Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) loves? Ben's Chili Bowl served as an inspiration for the creation of this place. Legend has it that they serve Barack Obama’s favorite hot dogs.

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Georgetown University

Scandal

In this show, the character Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) supposedly studied at this university, located in the nice historic neighborhood of Georgetown.

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Smithsonian

Scandal

Olivia’s father supposedly works as a paleontologist at the main complex of museums in Washington D.C. – which is home to the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Zoo, among others.

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The Pentagon

Homeland

One of the city’s main postcard sights, the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense is frequently featured in the show.