America’s capital city is fueled by power and political intrigue. Though “Washington” has become a synonym for government gridlock, the city itself is dynamic. Graced with stately monuments and glittering cultural treasures, it’s also home to a diverse, international population, incredible cuisine and thriving nightlife.
Start at the National Mall, a.k.a. “the nation’s backyard.” Running from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, it’s filled with attractions from the National Air and Space Museum to the Washington Monument and the National Zoo. Visit the United States Capitol or plan ahead for a tour of the White House. The National Gallery of Art has an astounding collection of classic and modern art. Reflect at the Lincoln Memorial – it’s particularly beautiful at sunset.
DC’s dining scene ranges from clubby politico restaurants to exceptional Ethiopian, Vietnamese and Salvadoran eateries. Near the White House, Old Ebbitt Grill opened in 1856 and still serves traditional American dishes. Live music is huge, from jazz (try Bohemian Caverns) to indie (9:30 club) and DC’s homegrown bounce beat.