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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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10 THE BEST HOTELS

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Federal Suite of the Hay Adams

D.C. Hotels

Hotel Best Bets

Where Activist Hollywood A-Listers Hold Court

★★ Mandarin Oriental $$$ 1330 Maryland Ave. SW (p 166)

Where Hollywood A-Listers Get Some Sleep

★★ Gold Floor at The Fairmont Washington $$$ 2401 M St. NW (p 163)

Where Washington’s Young Bucks Mingle

★★ Hotel George $$ 15 E St. NW (p 165)

Most Romantic Bathtub with the Best View

★★ Willard InterContinental $$$ 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (p 168)

For Some Shabby with Your Chic

★★ Tabard Inn $$ 1739 N St. NW (p 165)

Where to Make a Great Splash

★★ Washington Plaza (and its rooftop pool) $$ 10 Thomas Circle NW (p 168)

Best for Fashionistas

★★★ Four Seasons Georgetown $$$$ 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (p 164)

Best for Warehouse Luxe

★★★ Ritz-Carlton Georgetown $$$$ 3100 S St. NW (p 167)

Where to Meet an NBA Player

★★ Hotel Monaco $$ 700 F St. NW (p 165)

Best for the Entitled

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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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2 THE BEST SPECIAL-INTEREST TOURS: Political Washington, D.C. for Architecture Lovers, Washington for Kids, Historic Washington

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View of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Capitol Building.Political Washington

O
h, the intrigue . . . the drama . . . the repressed yawns
among members of Congress as they fight to stay awake during marathon legislative sessions on Capitol Hill. Exciting or not, Washington is pure politics, 24/7. If you live here, there’s no escape from the maneuverings of our elected officials, and the (sometimes biting, sometimes toothless) press corps that hounds them. If you’re visiting, spend a few days catching a glimpse of the capital’s complex, consequential, and at times truly captivating political scene, from past to present, with this tour.
START:
Metro to Capitol South or Union Station.
❶ ★★★ The U.S. Capitol Building. Viewed from the wide avenues that radiate toward and away from it, the Capitol is almost palatial in its grandeur, crowning the highest pont between the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. Connected to the White House by a grand diagonal avenue (Pennsylvania Ave.), the Capitol was part of architect Pierre L’Enfant’s plan to embody the separation of powers in the capital grid and architecture when he laid out the city in 1791. The Capitol complex includes the Capitol, the House and Senate Office buildings, the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Capitol Grounds, the Library of Congress buildings, and the Supreme Court building. Among the Capitol’s most impressive features are the cast-iron dome, the rotunda, the old Senate and Supreme Court chambers, the Brumidi Corridors, and the National Statuary Hall. When you tour the building, you’ll see interior embellishments that include richly patterned and colored floor tiles, the vaulted and ornately decorated corridors on the first floor of the Senate wing, and the fluted white marble pillars lining the Hall of Columns, plus hundreds of paintings, sculptures, and other artworks, including the 4,664-square-foot (433-sq.-m) fresco The Apotheosis of Washington. In late 2008, visiting the Capitol changed monumentally with the opening of the Capitol Visitor Center. This half billion–dollar complex, located beneath the Capitol itself, has an exhibition hall featuring the Statue of Freedom, amendments to the Constitution, and an 11-foot (3.4m) model of the Capitol Dome. Hands-on exhibits include virtual tours of the building and touchable reproductions of famous Capitol artworks. Food, beverages, large bags, and pointed objects are prohibited on these tours.  2 hr. East end of The Mall (entrance on E. Capitol and 1st sts. NW). ☎ 202/226-8000. www.aoc.gov, www.house.gov, www.visitthecapitol.gov, or www.senate.gov. Free admission. Advance reservations required for tours beyond the Visitor Center. Mon–Sat, 1st tour at 8:50am and last at 3:20pm. Closed Jan 1, Thanksgiving, and Dec 25. Metro: Capitol South or Union Station.

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6 THE BEST OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

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The Smithsonian Castle.

Rock Creek Park

How many other major American urban areas have 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares) of natural woodlands smack dab in the middle of the city? Established in 1890 by the Rock Creek Park Historic District and protected by the U.S. Congress, this green resource is to Washingtonians what Central Park is to New Yorkers—except New Yorkers can’t camp, canoe, or lose themselves for miles on trails that wind beneath canopies of lush-leaved trees, so thick in spots that civilization seems a distant memory. Accessible through numerous entrance points throughout northwest Washington, this urban oasis offers shade and cooler temperatures on hot days; historic parks; great golf, horseback riding, and bird watching; a refuge for deer and raccoons; and even a 1-mile (1.6km) stretch of rapids. It also borders the National Zoo. It does have isolated areas, however, so avoid visiting early in the morning or past dusk. Remain alert, and avoid going alone if you can. START: Metro to Friendship Heights or Fort Trotten, then the E2 bus to Glover (also called Oregon) and Military roads; walk 300 feet (30m) south on the trail to the planetarium.

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