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5 THE BEST SHOPPING

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Shop for up and coming designer names at Cusp.

Shopping Best Bets

Best Interior Design District

★★ Cady’s Alley, 3314 M St. NW, Georgetown (p 110)

Best Antiques (to $10K)

Carling Nichols, 1655 Wisconsin Ave. NW (see “Antique Row,” p 110)

Best Antiques (to $100)

★★ Eastern Market, 7th St. and North Carolina Ave. SE (p 112)

Best “Bling”

★★★ Tiny Jewel Box, 1155 Connecticut Ave., NW (p 111)

Best Shoes for $500

★★ Hu’s Shoes, 3005 M St. NW. (p 112)

Best Shoes for $50

Nine West, 1029 Connecticut Ave. NW (p 108)

Best Apparel for Serious Fashionistas

★★ Cusp, 3030 M St. NW (p 107)

Best Commercial Shopping Drag

M Street and Wisconsin Avenue

Best Hidden Gem

Home Rule, 1807 14th St. NW (p 110)

Best Hood for Contemporary Art

The Galleries on 14th Street, 14th St. NW (p 106)

Best Place for a Power Tie

★★★ Thomas Pink, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW (p 108)

Best for Gourmet Snacks

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9 THE BEST ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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Fireworks over Wolf Trap theater in Virginia.

D.C. Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment Best Bets

Ford’s Theater.

Best Restored Theater

★ The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW (p 158)

Best for History Buffs

★★ Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW (p 157)

Best for High-Brow Performance

★★★ Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW (p 158)

Best for Avant-Garde Acts

★★ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW (p 158)

Best Place to Laugh So Hard You Cry

★★ DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW (p 157)

Best of the Bard

★★ Shakespeare Theatre Company, 610 F St. NW (p 158)

Best for Touring Broadway Shows

★★ National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (p 158)

Best for Edgy Playwrights

★★ Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW (p 158)

Best Outdoor Theater

★ Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1645 Trap Rd., Vienna, Virginia (p 158)

You can picnic on the lawn while enjoying a show at Wolf Trap.

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12 FAVORITE MOMENTS

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The Jefferson Memorial during cherry blossom season.

12 Favorite Moments

President Harry Truman famously once said: “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” While it’s true that the city is known for its passionate politics, presidential scandals, spies, and more, American politics, with its Hollywood-like allure, is not the only attraction drawing a never-ending stream of visitors to the nation’s capital. It’s a city of stunning architecture. World-class museums. Zeitgeist-changing theater. Cherry trees and great green spaces. Historic neighborhoods. Super shopping. An international pool of locals who call this place home. And, of course, the monuments that honor the brave, the fallen, and the founders of this fine country. Washington is inevitably targeted for laughs; but once you arrive in D.C., you’ll be smiling, too.

❶ Stand at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial and gaze across the National Mall. The view—of the Reflecting Pool, the Vietnam and World War II memorials, the Washington Monument, and, in the distance, the Capitol Building—is monumental. See p 9.

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THE SAVVY TRAVELER

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Ronald Reagan International Airport.

Before You Go

Government Tourist Offices

Destination D.C., 901 7th St. NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20001-3719 (☎ 800/422-8644 or 202/789-7000; www.washington.org) provides information on hotels, restaurants, sights, shops, and more.

Also take a look at the D.C. government’s website, www.dc.gov, and Cultural Tourism D.C., www.culturaltourismdc.org, for more information about the city.

For additional information about Washington’s most popular tourist spots, access the National Park Service website, www.nps.gov/nacc and the Smithsonian Institution’s www.si.edu.

The Best Times to Go

The city’s peak seasons generally coincide with the sessions of Congress and springtime. When Congress is “in,” from about the second week in September until Thanksgiving, and again from about mid-January through June, hotels are full with guests on business.

Mid-March through June traditionally is the most frenzied season, when families and school groups descend to see the cherry blossoms. It’s also a popular season for protest marches.

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3 THE BEST MUSEUMS

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Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall at the National Air & Space Museum.

National Air & Space Museum

Maybe you fantasize about soaring high above the clouds, visiting galaxies far, far away, or traveling in spaceships to distant planets. Since it opened in 1976, the National Air and Space Museum has been one of the most visited museums on the National Mall. It’s also one of the largest, holding some 30,000 aviation artifacts and 9,000 space artifacts ranging from the Wright Brothers’ 1903 Flyer to passenger jetliners, rockets, lunar rocks, and spacesuits. It also houses the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater, where you can tour the galaxies from the safety of your seat. The following itinerary features hallmarks of the collection. Plan to spend a couple of hours here; avionics lovers may want to linger an afternoon or a day. START: Metro to L’Enfant Plaza.

❶ Wright Brother’s Flyer (1903). Wilbur and Orville Wright pioneered early flight after building and testing several piloted gliders and kites. Then, on Dec. 17, 1903, this aircraft—the first powered airplane with a propulsion system—took off in Kitty Hawk, N.C., for a 12-second flight, traveling 120 ft. The brothers made three more flights with the plane that day, until a large gust of wind overturned the plane. It was never flown again, but on that day, modern aviation was born. Early Flight, first floor.

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