Moon Washington DC by Patricia Nevins Kime

By Patricia Nevins Kime

Journalist Patricia Nevins Kime welcomes tourists to iconic, history-rich Washington DC with this thorough advisor, masking every thing from the city's brilliant downtown scene to its stately Foggy backside district. Kime deals attention-grabbing journey rules for each form of adventure, together with best 10 Off-the-Mall Delights, enjoyable and loose in DC, and Washington's profitable Theaters. From experiencing the joys of the nationwide Mall to catching a ballgame at Nationals Park, Moon Washington DC supplies tourists the instruments they should create a extra own and noteworthy event.

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Explore Washington DC THE FIVE-DAY BEST OF WASHINGTON DC Day 1 Grab breakfast downtown or on Capitol Hill at the homespun Lincoln’s Waffle Shop across from Ford’s Theatre or Teaism Penn Quarter for healthier fare like Irish oatmeal and muesli. Hit the National Archives at opening for a look at the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, as well as a 1297 copy of the Magna Carta. These precious documents are faded, but their legacy endures. S. Capitol to tour the historic building or, if you haven’t secured a timed ticket, to see the platform that held Lincoln’s casket and other interesting artifacts on display in the Capitol Visitors Center.

The Sight Most Likely to Leave You Speechless: Technically not in the city proper, the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, across Memorial Bridge, are a solemn reminder of the price of freedom ( ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY). Best Hill: The nearly mile-long walk from the National Zoo’s D Lot to Connecticut Avenue is steep, but along the way you’ll see gorillas, prairie dogs, elephants, tigers, and orangutans. And when you’re tired, it’s a downhill trek to your car ( NATIONAL ZOO). Best Gargoyles: The Washington National Cathedral, the second largest in the United States, is loaded with classical Gothic detail - flying buttresses, rose windows, pointed arches, and hundreds of gargoyles and grotesques, including a likeness of Darth Vader ( WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL).

Brightly painted buildings hint at this neighborhood’s eclectic roots, forged as the result of school desegregation and later serving as a gateway for Latino immigrants in the 1960s; African, Asian, and Caribbean newcomers in the 1970s; and with widespread gentrification in the 1980s, a magnet for music lovers, dancers, and barflies. East of Adams Morgan lies U Street, a dining and nightlife hotspot with a decidedly chill vibe. A historic hub for African American entertainment and jazz music, this neighborhood crumbled in the wake of riots following the death of Martin Luther King Jr.

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