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Save $5 Visit The Presidents Gallery by Madame Tussauds - an interactive journey through American history. 1001 F Street NW, Washington, D.C 20004 1-866-823-9565 Metro: Red Line – Exit Metro Center – 11th and G Streets NW Present this at the time of purchase and receive $5 Off an Adult Admission Ticket. Discount is not valid for advance ticket purchases and cannot be combined with any other offers. Valid up to 8 guests. The images shown depict wax figures created and owned by Madame Tussauds. Madame Tussauds reserves the right to remove and/or change figures in the attraction. On occasion, Madame Tussauds may close for special events. Please call ahead for updates.

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Welcome to Washington, DC, one of the most popular destinations in the world!

isitors and residents love this city for its abundance of first-class museums, beautiful monuments, and awe-inspiring institutions. And while it’s never hard to pack your days with fun things to do in the DC area, summertime makes it even easier, because right now a wealth of free and budget-friendly events and activities abound. Despite the heat during the dog days of summer, there’s still plenty of fun to be had, with unique ways to stay cool – inside, outside, day or night – in our nations’ capital.

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We’re sure you’ll find that there’s something for everyone – even your dog! Discover gourmetworthy dining experiences, whether enjoyed al fresco at one of the area’s many outdoor restaurant locations or as part of DC’s and Alexandria’s annual Restaurant Weeks; hang loose at an outdoor movie or concert; relax with that favorite summer pastime, baseball, at National’s Park; even join in the celebration of inspirational American lives at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Memorial or at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial.

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Wednesdays Through Saturdays “Big Five” Monument Tour

No list of things to see in DC is complete without its memorials and monuments that honor the nation’s greatest leaders. Visit the memorials and hear the stories of the most remarkable Americans - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., and Abraham Lincoln - while enjoying a leisurely ramble along what’s known as the “Line of Leadership” across the national mall. FREE! (Tips appreciated and reservations recommended) 2:30-4:30pm. Tour meets in the center of the field to the south side of the Jefferson Memorial at 2pm; guide will be wearing a DC Walkabout shirt and safari hat.

Wednesdays in August Twilight Tattoo

Blending the precision and discipline of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) with the orchestral sounds of The U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, the popular outdoor ceremonial Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long sunset military pageant that pays tribute to the sacrifices of those who served. Pre-ceremony pageantry begins at 6:45pm, Tattoo at 7pm. FREE! Bleacher seating available on a firstcome, first-seated basis. Whipple Field at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, 204 Lee Avenue, Fort Myer, Arlington, VA. (202) 685-2888

Fridays in August

Jazz in the Garden Now in its 12th year, The National Gallery of Art’s concert series features an array of jazz artists performing a range of styles – from swing to 6

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Maryland Renaissance Festival

progressive to Latin – every Friday evening in the Sculpture Garden throughout the summer. FREE! 5-8:30pm. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 7th and Constitution NW, Washington, DC.

Fridays in August

Summer Nights at the Air Force Memorial Bring a friend and spend a musical summer evening at the Air Force Memorial as part of the Air Force Band Summer Concert Series. The spectacular view of the Capitol Skyline from across the Potomac River will be underscored by the many musical styles presented by the Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants. FREE! 8pm. Air Force Memorial, 1 Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA

National Harbor, MD. For show times and titles:

July 28 - August 5

Citi Open Tennis Tournament Formerly known as the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, the Citi Open makes a prestigious stop in the nations’ capital as one of only eleven ATP World Tour 500 tournaments worldwide. Recognized as one of the top 20 events on the World Tour and a member of the Olympus US Open Series, the tournament offers more than $1.2 million in total prizes. Don’t miss one of DC’s premier summer sporting events! $20 and up. William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Stadium, 16th and Kennedy Streets NW, Washington, DC. Ticket and schedule information:

Fridays & Sundays Through September

August 7 and 14

Settle in for some summertime fun at National Harbor’s weekly outdoor movie series. Head to the marina at sunset for movies on the big screen. Friday is “date night”, and on Sundays, family movies will be screened. Lawn chairs or blankets are recommended. (No coolers with food or alcoholic beverages will be permitted.) FREE! National Harbor,
137 National Plaza,

A one-hour performance, the Sunset Parade features the music of “The Commandant’s Own”, the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and precision drill by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. Spacious lawns provide ample room for guests to bring lawn chairs and blankets for informal viewing. FREE! 6:30-7:30pm. Iwo Jima /U.S. Marine Corp War Memorial,

Movies on the Potomac

Marine Corp Sunset Review Parade

Mount Vernon 18th Century Craft Festival

Marshall Drive, between Route 50 and Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, VA Pages/sunsetparade

August 9 and September 13

Second Thursday Art Night Browse open studios, interact with artists and enjoy refreshments during special theme nights that feature unique art works, activities and programs at the historic complex that is the highlight of Alexandria’s Potomac waterfront. FREE! 6:00-9:00pm. August: “Sultry Summer Nights”; September: “Fall for the Arts”. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA

August 15-September 16

Cirque du Soleil TOTEM Cirque du Soleil returns to the D.C. metropolitan region with another highly acclaimed production. It’s been two years since Cirque du Soleil has entertained audiences in this area, but the big top tent returns with the fascinating journey of the human species, inspired by its founding myths and offered via Cirque’s magical visual and acrobatic staging. The Plateau at National Harbor, 137 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD. For schedule and tickets:

August 25

Dragon Boat Regatta The inaugural National Harbor Dragon Boat Regatta is a family-oriented event that celebrates Asian cultures, diversity, ethnicity, roots and history. Dragon boat racing is an exciting team competition that has stared to take hold in the DC area and this new regatta hopes to bring more interest to the sport - and perhaps become an international racing destination! FREE! The Waterfront, National Harbor, 137 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD. For times and race schedules:

Weekends, August 25 Through October 21

Maryland Renaissance Festival Hankering for turkey legs served by saucy wenches? This annual fun family event features all the merriment of the Renaissance era including food, music, games, jousting, shopping and lots more! Children (7-15): $10; Seniors (62+): $19; Adults: $22; (children 6&under: free; reduced prices through Sept. 16.) Weekends from 10am-7pm. Revel Grove, 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD. Ticket and schedule information:

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In & Around September 1

September 9

This free annual music festival features live blues by outstanding local and national acts, plus workshops and more - including children’s activities. FREE! 1-7pm. Carter Barron Amphitheater, 4850 Colorado Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, near the intersection 16th Street and Colorado Avenue, Washington, DC.

Spend the day celebrating at Washington’s longest-running street festival in one of the most culturally diverse and vibrant neighborhoods of the city. Enjoy live entertainment, international dance performances, arts and crafts and a plethora of food from around the globe. FREE! Noon-7pm. 18th St. NW, between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road, Washington, DC.

24rd Annual DC Blues Festival

September 1-2

Virginia Scottish Games Alexandria Art Festival

August 30-September 3

September 1

Now in its third year, this Fab Four festival will give Beatles fans a reason to “come together” at the stunning Gaylord National Resort, which will host indoor and outdoor stages on the banks of the Potomac River. Dozens of bands from around the world and scores of fans will share five days of peace, love, and rock-n-roll at the world’s largest Beatles-inspired music festival that also plays host to a variety of Beatles-related events and activities. A highlight of this year’s festival will be a concert by special guests, Jefferson Starship. $15 and up. Gaylord Hotel, 201 Waterfront Street, and at the waterfront, National Harbor,
137 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD. For complete event information, performance schedule and tickets:

The Nation’s Football Classic™ celebrates the passion and tradition of the college football experience of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, while highlighting the unity of African American culture and honoring the heritage and excellence of these proud institutions. This year, local favorite Howard University’s Bison will be pitted against Morehouse College’s Maroon Tigers for what is sure to be an exciting afternoon of football. 3:30pm. See website for tickets and full schedule of related weekend activities. RFK Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC.

Abbey Road on the River

Nation’s Football Classic

The Scottish Games is a unique annual festival that celebrates Alexandria VA’s Scottish heritage, with the cornerstone of the event being the highland athletic competitions. Visitors will also enjoy piping & drumming, highland dancing, and fiddling competitions along with sheep-herding demonstrations, an antique car show, a variety of vendors & crafters, clan and society exhibits, a living history encampment, children’s activities, live entertainment and plenty of Scottish food and drink. Children (5-12): $5; Adults: $20; (children 4&under: free). 9am-6pm. The Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA.

September 2

Labor Day Capitol Concert Take a break from your labors and end the summer on a musical note with the National Symphony Orchestra at this annual concert on the US Capitol grounds. FREE! 8pm; gates open at 5pm. West Lawn of the US Capitol Washington, DC. (In case of inclement weather, concert will be moved to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall; call the Concert Hotline after 2:30pm for details: (202) 416-8113)

September 8-9

Alexandria Festival of the Arts Six blocks of downtown Old Town are transformed into an outdoor gallery featuring 200 of the nation’s top award-winning artists that showcases paintings, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry and more. The “Alexandria Art Experience” features hands-on activities, an artist demonstration, and an Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser. FREE! Saturday 10am to 7pm; Sunday 10am to 5pm. King Street, from Washington Street east to Union Street, Alexandria, VA. Abbey Road on the River 8

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34th Adams Morgan Day Festival

September 19-20

18th Century Craft Fair at Mount Vernon With over 40 of America’s finest artisans at work, visitors to Mount Vernon will be able to observe demonstrations of 18th-century craftwork and purchase traditional wares. This annual fair also features music, fire-eating, sword-swallowing, puppet and magic shows. During fair days, Potomac River sightseeing cruises are free-of-charge. 9am to 5pm. Included in regular Estate admission: Adult: $15; Senior (62yrs+): $14; Youth (6-11): $7 (5yrs and under, free). Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, VA.

September 22-23

National Book Festival This national celebration of the joy of reading promises to be bigger and better than ever, offering two days of writers, poets and pavilions, including two Sunday-only pavilions: Science Fiction, Fantasy & Graphic Novels and Special Presentations. Meet and hear firsthand from favorite poets and authors, get books signed, have photos taken with storybook characters and much, much more! More than 100 authors will headline, including renowned authors Philip Roth, Mario Vargas Llosa, T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Patricia Cornwell, Jeffrey Eugenides, and poet Nikky Finney. FREE! Saturday: 10am-5:30; Sunday: 12-5:30pm. The National Mall, between 9th and 14th Streets, Washington, DC.

THEATER ARENA STAGE 1101 Sixth Street, SW Washington, DC (202) 488-3300

Kathleen Turner - Red Hot Patriot


Fly - Ford’s Theatre

4908 Auburn Avenue Bethesda, Maryland 301-280-1660

Through August 12

The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe For the first time, Imagination Stage is teaming up with The Washington Ballet to create a world premiere told through a dazzling fusion of dance, acting and puppetry. In this groundbreaking collaboration, based on the “Narnia” novel by C.S. Lewis, four siblings discover a magical wardrobe that leads them into a fantastical world. There, they become embroiled in an epic battle between the evil forces of the White Witch and her arch nemesis, the great lion Aslan. It’s an epic adventure with terrible betrayals, great battles, heroic deeds and noble kings and queens! Recommended for Ages 5+

KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 467-4600

August 3-4 in the Concert Hall Jerry Seinfeld

August 23-October 28 in the Kogod Cradle Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins

Academy Award and Tony Award nominee, Kathleen Turner, brings her sizzling blend of sensuality and intelligence to the bravado of newspaper columnist Molly Ivins. A dyed-in-the-wool liberal from deep in the heart of Texas, Ivins’ rapier wit made her one of America’s highest-regarded columnists, satirists and beloved rabble-rousers.


511 Tenth Street NW Washington, DC (202) 347-4833

September 21-October 21 Fly 

Based on the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen, this is the powerful story of four African-American military pioneers who proved themselves as officers and pilots during World War II. The play follows these courageous heroes as they train to fly combat aircraft and who in spite of overt racism, form a lasting brotherhood and fly with distinction, paving the way for the desegregation of the American military and the later Civil Rights Movement. The production inventively combines live action, video footage and the inspirational “Tap Griot,” a dancing storyteller who expresses the anger, fear and triumph that the officers cannot.

America’s premier comedian will be performing his signature stand-up routine for three shows. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

September 20 – October 13

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni With more than two thousand seductions behind him and no end in sight, Don Giovanni becomes increasingly reckless as he descends into excess and immorality. But when his antics turn fatal and unrepentant, the women he has discarded seek revenge and it is ultimately served up by a hellish supernatural force. In Don Giovanni, widely regarded as one of the greatest operas ever composed, Mozart weaves the tale of the legendary rake Don Juan into a comically light-hearted (yet deadly serious) musical masterpiece.

THE LITTLE THEATRE OF ALEXANDRIA 600 Wolfe Street Alexandria, VA (703) 683-0496

September 8-29 Funny Money

Meet Henry Perkins, a regular hard-working guy. On his way home from work one day he accidentally ends up with a briefcase that isn’t his own. Upon examination, he finds the briefcase full of cash! This

British farce follows Henry as he tries to escape his humdrum life and spice it up with this new “funny money.” You’ll love this comedy of errors by the master of farce, Ray Cooney.


Located inside the Sheraton Hotel Crystal City 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, VA. For reservations: 888-471-4802 or Solve the murder mystery while enjoying a delicious four-course dinner. Public shows are every Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 6:30pm. Tickets: $46.95 plus tax for dinner and show. Group and senior/children’s discounts available.

Through November 24 Die, Claudius!

A murderous thing happened on the way to the forum. They’re throwing lawyers to the lions and the crowds love it! Unfortunately, Caesar isn’t as popular, and it’s up to the audience to figure out who bumped him off. Ancient Rome is never going to look the same once you see this titillating toga mystery. August – September, 2012 Dc Metro


In & Around OLNEY THEATRE CENTER 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road Olney MD 301-924-3400

Carri Manolaks stars in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”

August 1-26 on The Mainstage Little Shop of Horrors

Boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy meets plant from outer space. 
Seymour needs all the help he can get, so when a mysterious plant shows up at his doorstep and helps him catch the eye of his secret crush, Audrey, he’ll give it anything to keep it alive.

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY The Lansburgh Theatre: 450 7th Street NW

Sidney Harman Hall: 610 F Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 547-1122

August 23-September 5 in the Sidney Harman Hall

Free For All: All’s Well That Ends Well The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Free For All is a much-loved Washington tradition, offering free performances of a Shakespearean

classic to the general public. STC will kick off its 26th Anniversary Season with this annual rite of summer’s end when the company re-mounts a favorite Shakespeare classic that examines how

far one woman will go to obtain the object of her heart’s desire. Tickets available on the day of the show by visiting Sidney Harman Hall as well as through an online lottery system.

September 13-October 28 in the Lansburgh Theatre

The Government Inspector Gogol’s witty and hilarious satire of provincial Russian bureaucracy tells the story of Khlestakov, a civil servant whose imagination runs rampant upon his arrival from Saint Petersburg to a small town where he proceeds to live it up on the government’s dime. When bumbling town officials mistake him for an incognito inspector investigating them for corruption, a comedy of errors begins and chaos ensues. Directed by Artistic Director, Michael Kahn, who has been at the helm of the STC for the past 25 years and instrumental in its recent receipt of the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award.


Shirlington Village at 4200 Campbell Avenue Arlington, VA (703) 820-9771

August 14 – October 7

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Signature Theatre will thrill audiences once again when it brings Miss Mona’s Chicken Ranch brothel tunefully to life in this rollicking new production of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy. When crusading television watchdog Melvin P. Thorpe ogles the whorehouse as his next moral target, Miss Mona, her bevy of working girls and Sherriff Ed Earl Dodd must buck the muckraker to keep the ranch open. A gritty satire about moral hypocrisy and media sensationalism, this musical is the perfect election-year event! 10

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In & Around


ABBA - The Concert

Wolf Trap


The Howard Theatre

Jiffy Lube Live

620 T Street NW Washington, DC (202) 803-2899

7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow, VA Tickets:

Sundays in August

Linkin Park Mutemath

Sunday Gospel Brunch featuring The Harlem Gospel Choir 1:30pm

August 2

Tracy Morgan

7:30pm & 10:00pm

August 5

Aaron Neville 8:00pm

August 7

Johnny Gill 8:00pm

August 9

The Zombies The Left Bank 8:00pm

August 11 8:00pm

August 12

Aerosmith & Cheap Trick 7:30pm

August 19

Big Time Rush 7:00pm

August 23

Kelly Clarkson & The Fray 7:00pm

August 25

Brad Paisley & The Band Perry 4:30pm

September 1

Shelia E.

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band



September 6 &7

September 9



August 30

Boyz II Men


September 22 Leon Russell 8:00 12

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Merriweather Post Pavilion 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD Tickets: 877-4FLYTIX or

August 18

Warner Theatre 513 13th Street, NW Washington, D.C 202-783-4000

August 4

My Morning Jacket

Yes Procol Harum

September 19

August 9

Doors open at 5:30pm

Florence and the Machine Doors open at 5:30

September 30 Gotye

Doors open at 5:30pm Verizon Center 601 F Street NW Washington, DC (202) 628-3200 Tickets:

August 8

American Idol Live Tour 7:00pm

September 23&24 Madonna 8pm


Il Volo 7:30pm

August 27-29 Lewis Black 8:00pm

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts Filene Center 1551 Trap Road Vienna, VA 877-WOLFTRAP

August 1

George Thorogood & The Destroyers 7:30pm

August 2

The Temptations The Four Tops 8:00pm

The Temptations

EXHIBITS Lyle Lovett


Alan Jackson

Eighth and F Streets NW Washington, DC FREE

Through September 3

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond This exhibition presents a selection of works by 43 black artists who lived through the tremendous changes of the 20th Century. In paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs, these artists embraced themes both universal and specific to the African American experience, including the exploration of identity, the struggle for equality, the power of music and the beauties and hardships of life in rural and urban America. The 100 works on view are drawn entirely from the Smithsonian’s rich collection of African American Art, the largest and finest in the U.S., with more than half of the works exhibited for the first time.

Through September 30

The Art of Video Games

August 4

West Side Story Classic movie on jumbo screen with Emil de Cou conducting the NSO

August 15

August 25



John Prine Emmylou Harris

Sound of Music Sing-ALong


August 16 & 17

August 26

August 5



Golden Dragon Acrobats from China 2:00pm

August 6

The Dukes of September: Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs 8:00pm

August 7 & 8

The Gypsy Kings 8:00pm

August 9 Il Divo


August 10 & 11

Steve Miller Band 8:00pm

August 12

Barry Manilow

August 18

Mary Chapin Carpenter Loudon Wainwright III 8:00pm

August 19

Alan Jackson 8:00pm

August 28

The Fresh Beat Band 3:00pm

August 29

August 31-September 2


8:00pm (2pm matinees Sat&Sun)

August 23

September 4



Dave Koz with BeBe Winans Average White Band

August 24

August 14


August 22


August 13 8:00pm

Dead Can Dance

Clarke/Duke 4 “Bring It” Tour Boney James

ABBA – The Concert

Joe Walsh

August 27

Train Mat Kearney

August 21

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons


Straight No Chaser

Al Green Taj Mahal


Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King And I

Ben Harper Rickie Lee Jones

One of the first major exhibitions to explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking graphics, creative storytelling and player interactivity. The exhibition features some of the most influential artists and designers, from early pioneers to contemporary designers. Video games use player participation to tell stories and engage audiences, and in the same way as film, animation and performance, can be a compelling and influential form of narrative art.

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY 201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC (202) 544-7077 FREE

Through September 30

Open City: London, 1500–1700

Over the course of two centuries, London changed from the capital of England, secure within its medieval walls, to a metropolitan seat of empire. The city was shaped both by rapid population growth and natural disasters, such as the Great Fire of 1666 that destroyed over 400 acres in the heart of the city. These events opened up space for civic repurposing. Drawing on materials as disparate as deeds, diaries, engravings, and maps, Open City illustrates the impact of new ideas, new products, and new people in this rapidly growing capital city.

September 9

Rock of Ages 8:00pm


Lyle Lovett 8:00pm

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1001 F Street NW Washington, DC Adults: $21; Child (3-12yrs): $16 (See discount coupon in this issue)

Permanent Collection

The President’s Gallery Come meet all 44 Presidents at the ultimate three-dimensional tribute to America and its commanders-in-chiefs! The Presidents Gallery, a unique exhibit found only at Madame Tussauds in

Washington, DC, displays all US Presidents in an exciting, educational and interactive environment where visitors can view the wax figures in settings that bring these historical figures to life in a way that visitors can touch, see and hear.

NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM Independence Avenue at 6th Street, SW Washington, DC (202) 633-2214 FREE

Though November 25

AirCraft: The Jet as Art Standing at the end of a runway, Jeffrey Milstein captures images of aircraft moments before landing. Carefully positioned and using a high-resolution digital camera, he photographs them from below as they streak past at speeds up to 175 miles per hour. This collection of 33 photographic archival-pigment prints presents the power and elegance of aircraft in flight and transforms aviation technology into fine art. On view in Gallery 104.


401 F Street NW Washington DC Adults: $8; Youths (3-17yrs), Students w/ID & Seniors (65+): $5

Through September 3

Play Mini-Golf Inside the Museum Don’t let your summer get stuck in the rough— combine your love for the building arts with a putter, ball, and one-of-a-kind mini-golf course designed and built by some of the leading architects, landscape architects, and contractors in the Washington area and inspired by architectural and landscape-oriented themes. Challenge your friends and family to a round of mini-golf in air-conditioned comfort, packed with enough fun to make Augusta National Golf Club green with envy! $5 per round per person; $3 with purchase of full-price Museum exhibition admission ticket or Museum membership. Those who want to see the course without playing can do so with exhibition admission tickets.

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On Long-term Display, Through May 1, 2017 House and Home

Presented through a kaleidoscopic array of photographs, objects, models, and films, this outstanding exhibit takes visitors on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, and challenges ideas about what it means to be at home in America. The remarkable transformations in technology, laws, and consumer culture that have brought about enormous change in American domestic life are explored in seven extraordinary galleries, offering an amazing range of stories about the American home that are sure to surprise, teach, and entertain. Featuring “pleasetouch� walls, intricate scale models of iconic residential architecture and three sets of specially commissioned films, this exhibition is an immersive experience in which the galleries come alive with objects, photographs, and sound.


1145 17th Street NW Washington, DC Adults: $8; Members/Military/Seniors/Students: $6; Child (5-12): $4

Through September 9

Titanic: 100 Year Obsession National Geographic was the first to unveil images of the wreck discovered by explorer Robert Ballard in 1985. Take a new look, from its historic beginnings to the latest research, at the ship that has captured the world’s imagination since it sank on April 15, 1912. Explore an intricately detailed 18-foot model of the ship, a floor interactive and touch table, props from the 1997 film, including a full size lifeboat, historical photographs of the ship and passengers, and the latest imagery by National Geographic explorer James Cameron of the wreck on the ocean floor.

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WASHINGTON NATIONALS Nationals Park 1500 South Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC. Tickets: 888-632-NATS (6287) Home Schedule



Wednesday, August 1 – 7:05 pm vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Saturday, September 1 – 7:05 pm vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Thursday, August 2 – 7:05 pm vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Sunday, September 2 – 1:35 pm vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Friday, August 3 – 4:05 pm vs. Miami Marlins

Monday, September 3 – 1:05pm vs. Chicago Cubs

Friday, August 3 – TBD pm vs. Miami Marlins (makeup of 4/22)

Tuesday, September 4 – 7:05pm vs. Chicago Cubs

Saturday, August 4– 7:05 pm vs. Miami Marlins

Thursday, September 6 – 7:05 pm vs. Chicago Cubs

Wednesday, September 5 – 7:05pm vs. Chicago Cubs

Sunday, August 5 – 1:35 pm vs. Miami Marlins

Friday, September 7 – 7:05 pm vs. Miami Marlins

Friday, August 17 – 7:05 pm vs. New York Mets Saturday, August 18 – 7:05 pm vs. New York Mets Sunday, August 19 – 1:35 pm vs. New York Mets Monday, August 20 – 7:05 pm vs. Atlanta Braves Tuesday, August 21 – 7:05 pm vs. Atlanta Braves Wednesday, August 22 – 7:05 pm vs. Atlanta Braves Thursday, August 30 – 7:05 pm vs. St. Louis Cardinals Friday, August 31 – 7:05 pm vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Saturday, September 8 – 1:05 pm vs. Miami Marlins Sunday, September 9 – 1:35 pm vs. Miami Marlins Tuesday, September 18 –7:05 pm vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, September 19 – 7:05 pm vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, September 20 – 7:05 pm vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, September 21 –7:05 pm vs. Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, September 22 – 1:05 pm vs. Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, September 23 – 1:35 pm vs. Milwaukee Brewers Monday, September 24 – 1:05 pm vs. Milwaukee Brewers

WNBA Basketball


Verizon Center 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC Tickets: Home Schedule

August: Sunday, August 19 – 4:00pm vs. Chicago Sky Friday, August 24 – 7:00pm vs. Atlanta Dream

September: Tuesday, September 4 – 7:00pm vs. Connecticut Sun Friday, September 7 – 7:00pm vs. Los Angeles Sparks Friday, September 14 – 7:00pm vs. Atlanta Dream

MSL Soccer

NFL Football

NHL Hockey

RFK Stadium 2400 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC. Tickets:

FedEx Field Landover, MD

Verizon Center 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC Tickets: 202-397-SEAT or


Home Schedule

August: Saturday, August 4 – 7:30pm vs. Columbus Crew Sunday, August 19 – 5:00pm vs. Philadelphia Union Wednesday, August 22 – 7:30pm vs. Chicago Fire Wednesday, August 29 – 8:00pm vs. New York Red Bulls

September: Saturday, September 15 – 7:30pm vs. New England Revolution Sunday, September 23 – 7:00pm vs. Chivas USA

Sunday, September 16 – 4:00pm vs. New York Liberty Friday, September 21 – 7:00pm vs. Indiana Fever


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WASHINGTON REDSKINS (Individual game tickets may be of limited availability or sold-out, but may possibly be obtained at www., or from other fans at the official NFL Ticket Exchange,

Preseason Home Schedule: Saturday, August 25 – 4:00pm vs. Indianapolis Colts Wednesday, August 29 – 7:30pm vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Regular Season Home Schedule: Sunday, September 23 - 1:00pm vs. Cincinnati Bengals


Preseason Home Schedule: Tuesday, September 25 - 7:00pm vs. Boston Bruins

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY 14th and Constitution Avenue NW Washington DC FREE

Summer 2012

You Must Remember This Coinciding with the grand opening of the museum’s new Warner Bros. Theater, this display case features 20 feet of Hollywood memorabilia, including costumes worn by Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Clint Eastwood, along with Harry Potter’s robe. Also on view are such historical objects from Warner Bros. Studio as Jack Warner’s silver telephone and Bugs Bunny animation drawings.

THE PHILLPS COLLECTION 1600 21st St. NW Washington, DC For admission pricing and tickets:

Through September 9

Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme One of the most celebrated artists of the modern era, Jasper Johns brought new advances to printmaking. Drawing from the artist’s rich vocabulary of images, this exhibition features approximately 100 iconic examples of targets, flags, numbers, and other

subjects he explored from 1960 to today. The first exhibition of his work at The Phillips Collection, this exhibition celebrates the legacy of Johns’ prints, as seen in his visionary response to lithography, intaglio, silkscreen, and lead relief sculpture.

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 10th and Constitution Avenue NW Washington DC FREE

On Permanent Exhibit

Titanaboa: Monster Snake From deep underground in a Colombian coalmine, in a layer dating to 65 million years ago, scientists have uncovered remains of the largest snake in the world, Titanoboa cerrejonensis. Measuring 48 feet long and weighing in at 2,500 pounds, this massive predator could crush and devour a crocodile! Fossil plants and animals found at the site reveal the earliest known rain forest, teeming with life and dating to the Paleocene, the lost world that followed the demise of the dinosaurs. Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous reptile.


Through September 3

In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Warnecke Studio
 Well before color reproductions and color snapshots became commonplace, pioneering photographer Harry Warnecke created brilliant, eye-popping color portraits for the New York Daily News. Employing a special camera of his own design, Warnecke began producing color images that over three decades captured on film hundreds of people in the news, from popular film stars and athletes to military leaders and government officials. The exhibition features celebrity portraits from the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, including Lucille Ball, Jackie Robinson, Gene Autry, Generals Eisenhower and Patton, and many more.

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In & Around


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R ay s o f

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his is a story about a young, exciting team, built from the ground up through great drafts. It is a story about a dominating pitching staff helping lead the way through one of baseball’s toughest divisions. It is a tale of a team that endured injuries to its top outfielder, its franchise third baseman and its closer, yet found a way to keep winning games. It is about a franchise that has never enjoyed a season above .500, but suddenly found itself leading the division heading into the All-Star Break, with a reason to believe it could look forward to exciting September – and possibly October – baseball. This is a story about the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays. If the themes sound familiar, well, they should. The parallels between this year’s Washington Nationals team and that Rays squad that shocked the baseball world by winning 97 games and the American League East crown, eventually going all the way to the World Series, are astounding. To start, there are number one overall picks – David Price and Stephen Strasburg – lighting up radar guns. While Price did not make his debut until late in the season, the staff was led by James Shields, Matt Garza and Scott Kazmir, all 26 or younger. Similarly, the Nationals have their rotation of Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and Edwin Jackson behind Strasburg, with Jackson being the elder statesman at 28. Oh, by the way, where do you suppose Jackson was four years ago, when he was just 24? Sharing the Rays team lead in wins with Shields, as the fourth member of that 2008 rotation. Tampa Bay also turned in by far the best year the franchise had ever seen without a single player, starter or reserve, batting over .300, finishing 13th out of 14 in the American League in hitting. But great pitching can help make up for a lot. Aside from the aforementioned starters, they also had great bullpen pitching, led by Grant Balfour (6-2, 1.54 in 51 appearances), Chad Bradford (1-0, 1.42 in 21 appearances) and J.P. Howell (6-1, 2.22 in 64 appearances). Similarly, the

quartet of Sean Burnett, Tyler Clippard, Ryan Mattheus and Craig Stammen have combined for a 1.86 ERA over their first 145.1 innings pitched this season, holding down the fort until 2011 closer Drew Storen returns. The Rays survived the gauntlet of the AL East with just one 30-home run hitter, first baseman Carlos Pena, who hit 31. The Nationals top power threats so far have been shortstop Ian Desmond and first baseman Adam LaRoche. Desmond, whose previous career high had been 10 homers, blasted his 17th the final day before the All-Star break. Meanwhile, LaRoche – who is quietly having a terrific comeback season after spending most of last year on the Disabled List – launched 15 home runs in the first half of 2012, putting him right on pace for 30 this season. Then there are the scintillating rookies – Evan Longoria and Bryce Harper – that have energized the fan base, and given each franchise a face recognized around the baseball world. Buoyed by that national support, the Rays had three players selected to the All-Star Game that July, the most the franchise had ever sent to the Midsummer Classic. The third and final to go (joining Kazmir and catcher Dioner Navarro) was Longoria, who won the MLB Final Vote campaign. In Bryce Harper

2012, the Nationals actually had four selected (although Desmond had to withdraw due to injury), sending Strasburg and Gonzalez as well as Harper, the youngest position player ever to appear in baseball’s summer showcase. If the Nationals needed any reassurance as they take on the second half of their schedule, they need only look back a few years, at a franchise that has become the model after which many wish they could mold themselves. The Rays have averaged 92 wins each of the last four years, led by that core of young players and a strong pitching staff. If they can do it, why can’t the Nationals? So, is this a story about the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays, or is it a story about the 2012 Washington Nationals?

Yes. An earlier version of this story appeared on the Curly W Live blog at nationals. com/CurlyW. Visit the official blog of the Washington Nationals for exclusive coverage of your favorite team you won’t find anywhere else.

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Destinations Loudon County

Time for a

Road Tr It’s entirely possible to visit Washington, DC in August and not run into a Washingtonian. You know why? That’s right, because they’ve all fled the town. It’s hot, Congress is in recess, and neighborhood streets look like the set from a postapocalyptic movie. So take a page from the local’s book and take one of these road trips. They’re a great way to check out the surrounding region’s amazing history, beautiful scenery, and quaint charm. If that doesn’t sell if for you, let’s throw a few of the area’s s up and coming wineries into the mix.

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To the north, nestled along the Patapsco River in Howard County, Maryland, lies the picturesque town of Ellicott City. It’s hard to believe this charming area is on the outskirts of Baltimore and less than an hour drive from Washington. Tucked into the valley, the 200 year old town has been spared the ravages of the 20th Century. No strip malls and big box stores here. Antique shops and bookstores, coffee shops and restaurants occupy the old stone buildings and warehouses of yesterday and this old mill town retains the charm of yesteryear. Visitors to Washington have been making day trips south to Mt. Vernon, home of

George Washington, since before the Civil War, but that’s not the only Presidential home within driving distance. Thomas Jefferson’s famous home, Monticello, familiar to anyone who’s ever looked at the back of a nickel, is only a couple of hours away in Charlottesville, Virginia. Both are well worth the visit, with tours of the historic house, extensively restored grounds, and recently constructed interpretive centers, making any visit rewarding. However if you’re one of those who wishes to take the road less travelled, consider Montpelier in Orange County, Va, just under two hours from DC. While George and Tom get all the attention, Montpelier has been recently restored to the days when James Madison and his young wife Dolley strolled the grounds. For years, Montpelier had been owned by the wealthy and influential du Pont family of Delaware, who used to breed and race horses. The current owners, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, have gone to great lengths to restore the estate to its Colonial and Federal period legacy but the horse racing tradition continues today, with an annual steeplechase race held every fall. If you want a little more nautical experience in your life, head east to Annapolis, Md. Since its founding in 1649, Annapolis harbour has been a thick forest of ships masts. A walk along City Dock shows that

rip Annapolis is not just boasting with its claim as “The Sailing Capital of the World”. A crab cake lunch is almost required before leaving town, and strolling and shopping along Main Street is a well honoured tradition. Fittingly enough, Annapolis is also home to the U.S. Naval Academy, in case you’re wondering what all those young folk in white uniforms are doing here. Midshipmen from the Academy spend four years here before heading out to the fleet to complete their service. Chances are, you’ve seen the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum iconic Mall location, but if your drive home takes you west, consider popping into the Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles Airport. The museum chronicles the history of aviation from early experimental wood and fabric flying craft to present day fighter jets. Its mammoth hanger makes their Mall location seem cramped by comparison and houses dozens if not hundreds of beautifully preserved planes.

Thomas Jefferson’s famous home, Monticello, is only a couple of hours away in Charlottesville, Virginia. But it’s a recent addition that has been garnering the most excitement. The Space Shuttle Discovery stands proudly in a purpose built hangar, fresh off its 39th and final mission. We’ll head out of town towards the west. A little under an hour drive along Interstate 66 and the Dulles Toll Road (267) will get you to the town of Leesburg, Virginia. The county seat of Loudoun County, Leesburg was founded in 1758 and named after the great-granduncle of Robert E. Lee, Thomas Lee. A midmorning snack and coffee (or lunch depending on what time

you got moving) can be grabbed here while you check out the antique stores and other shops in the quaint downtown. History buffs will enjoy Dedona Manor, the home of General George C. Marshall of World War II fame (check for times). Hopping back in your car, a couple of fascinating but under visited attractions are just minutes away from Leesburg. Heading north on Route 15 brings you to Battlefield Parkway, named after the almost forgotten Battle of Ball’s Bluff. Before tens of thousands of hardened troops

pounded away at each other at famous battle like Gettysburg and Petersburg, the Civil War was a confused affair of small clashes of amateur soldiers. Balls Bluff Regional Park chronicles an event that was on the tip of everyone’s tongue in 1862 and unknown to all but a handful of experts today. Speaking of the river, a truly unique experience on the Potomac lies just a ten minute drive up Route 15. Turn off on White’s Ferry Road and travel back to a very different time. Today we whiz across major rivers on modern bridges,

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Destinations Enough sightseeing, it’s time to take a break. And what better place than some of Virginia’s excellent wineries? A ten minute drive from Leesburg is Tarara Winery (13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg, VA). Considered the granddaddy of Loudoun County wineries, Tarara occupies 475 acres along the Potomac River and is known for its Viognier and Meritage (a Bordeaux-style blend). Also close to Leesburg is Lost Creek Winery & Vineyards (43277 Spinks Ferry Rd, Leesburg, VA), whose cosy tasting room and covered outdoor patios are perfect for light fare and an afternoon wine tasting.

Front Royal Luray Caverns, Shenandoah Valley of Virginia

barely aware we’re crossing one. But here at White’s Ferry you’ll do it how it was once done at hundreds of places along the Potomac, by ferry. The Gen. Jubal A. Early makes her solitary trip back and forth, pulled each way by a cable. Eight dollars won’t just take you back and forth across the river, it will take you back in time.

Heading a little further afield out west, we can explore the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It’s straight out I-66 this time to the picturesque town of Front Royal. The gateway to the Shenandoah Valley, Front Royal is a jumping off point for any number of outdoor activities, being a short drive from Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest, and Shenandoah River State Park. Backpackers, kayakers, rafters, and other outdoor enthusiasts can be found enjoying a


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quick taste of civilization before heading out to the wilderness. Whether you’re joining them or just admiring their enthusiasm, you can spend an afternoon with them wandering the jewelry and craft shops, bookstores, antiques and more of Main Street, Front Royal. But allow plenty of time on your drive home to hit many of the wineries in the region. Just minutes off I-66 on the way home lies several excellent choices. Fox Meadow Winery (3310 Freezeland Rd, Lindon, VA) has twelve wines and a deck with a stunning view in which to enjoy them. Naked Mountain Winery and Vineyards (2747 Leeds Manor Road, Markham, VA) has operated its chalet-style mountain-side retreat since 1976. Barrel Oak Winery (3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane, VA) took top prizes in the 2010 Virginia State Fair for their 2008 Petit Verdot. And Three Fox Vineyards (10100 Three Fox Ln, Deleplane, VA) boasts Northern Virginia first planting of the Sangiovese grape of Tuscany.

So don’t worry, the monuments will still be there when you get back to DC. Take a day off and play hookey!

A Tuscan getaway close to home.

Small town charm just a short drive from DC!

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Tuscan Style Winery www. 703.443.9836 43277 Spinks Ferry Rd. Leesburg, VA 20176

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Di n i n g

Dining Guide

Washington, D.C. 701

Penn Quarter | American | $$$ Located just steps away from the White House, 701 is a modern American restaurant with exquisite food framed by an elegant decor. Try Executive Chef Ed Witt’s pre-theater prix-fixe menu before a show or light fare in the lounge for those tight on time. 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (202) 393-0701


Downtown | British | $$ DC’s first British inspired contemporary gastro pub, Againn offers classics like bangers and mash and Scottish Eggs, but using the finest sustainable seafood, organic meats, and sourcing ingredients from select local farms. Sample their extensive singlemalt Scotch, whisky, and beer selections, as well as fine wines, hand-crafted cocktails, such as the Pimm’s Cup 13. Walking distance from Metro Center. 1099 New York Ave., NW (202) 639-9830

Bibiana Osteria Enoteca

Downtown | Italian | $$$ Dubbed one of the “Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire magazine in 2010 and one of the District’s hot spots, Bibiana offers authentic regional Italian cuisine in a chic modern backdrop. Executive Chef Nick Stefanelli offers a variety of well executed small plates, antipasti and regional specialties such as black spaghetti with Maryland Crab. 1100 New York Ave., NW (202) 216-9550

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$$$ = $31 to $50

Cuba Libre

Penn Quarter | Cuban | $$$ Taste the Old Havana with a menu inspired by the cuisines of various Latin regions and their expansive rum menu, with more than 75 premium varieties. Try one of their 15 mojitos, made with fresh sugar cane juice. Inside looks like a movie set with a streetscape of ornate carved wood replicated from vintage photographs. 801 Ninth St., NW (202) 408-1600

District Chophouse & Brewery

Downtown | American | $$$ Located a block from the Verizon Center, the ChopHouse serves steakhouse classics and hand-cut chops, paired with handcrafted Ales brewed on site. Also fresh seafood and an extensive wine list, all in a unique turn of the century bank transformed into one of Washington’s hot spots. 509 7th St.,NW (202) 47-3434

Ella’s Wood-Fired Pizza

Penn Quarter | Pizza | $$ Considered one of the best pizza places in the city, this is a popular restaurant features traditional, Neapolitan-style, thin crust pizza baked in a blistering-hot, wood-fired pizza oven. Enjoy happy hour seven days a week with $5 personal pizzas and $3.50 sangrias. 901 F St., NW (202) 638-3434

$$$$ = $50 and over

D i n i n g Fogo de Chao

Penn Quarter | Brazilian | $$$ Meat lovers rejoice at this Brazilian Steakhouse where savory cuts of meat and old world traditions are celebrated. Enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet and the ‘Passadores’ or meat waiters offering table side service of ‘rodizio’ such as, beef, pork, lamb, or chicken. It truly is a one-a-kind experience! 1101 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (202) 347-4668

Hard Rock Café

Penn Quarter | American | $$ With locations all over the world, the Hard Rock in the nation’s capital is especially patriotic. The restaurant is very family friendly, affordable and has the best rock-n-roll memorabilia from stars such as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and more! Always fun with great music. For the late night set, the restaurant has been hosting more and more live music. 999 E St., NW (202) 737-ROCK


Penn Quarter | Crystal City | Arlington | Spanish | $$$ With three DC area locations to tempt you, Jaleo brings alive the spirit and flavors of Spain with a menu of tapas, or small plates, including savory paellas in a festive, yet casual atmosphere. Enjoy a glass of superb sangria or chose from a fine selection of Spanish wines.

La Tasca

Penn Quarter | Alexandria Arlington | Spanish | $$ Located in Chinatown, walking distance from the Verizon center, expect delicious tapas or small plates that are easy to sample and share, and the sangria is a must. Head out for the happy hour between 4-7 p.m. for discounted sangria and $3 selected dishes. Thursday nights the Sangria Pitchers are half price. Has five locations in the D.C./Baltimore area. 722 7th St., NW (202) 347-9190


Penn Quarter | Pizza | $$ Known for its brick oven pizza and incredible mini-sliders, Matchbox offers American food in a modern setting. This restaurant includes a full bar, complete with a good beer and wine selection. Call ahead for reservations – it’s a popular place. 713 H St., NW (202) 289-4441

Oya Restaurant & Lounge

Penn Quarter | Eurasian | $$ In a uberchic space, Oya offers an innovative menu of creative sushi, small plates and entrees that blends the best of Classic American with an Asian flair. Expect exceptional food for a modest price with its $38 3-course prix fixe dinner every night of the week. Even better, Oya offers a 3-course lunch for just $20 weekdays. 777 9th St., NW (202) 393-1400

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

Penn Quarter | Mexican | $$ Part of internationally acclaimed Chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup, Oyamel is a vibrant fine dining Mexican restaurant offering innovative spins on ceviche, tacos, and moles. Sip a delicious $4 margarita at the bar Sunday through Friday from 4:306:30 p.m. or enjoy half-price wine. 401 7th St., NW (202) 628-1005


Penn Quarter | Indian | $$$ Rasika offers modern Indian cuisine exuberantly conceived and executed with precision and is considered one of the area’s best restaurants. The Palak Chaat is a must try! The dining room is opulent with plush fabrics, shimmering silk panels, stone floors and rich spice colors throughout. 633 D St., NW (202) 637-1222

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Michel Richard – Citronelle Michel Richard 3000 M St. NW Richard enlivens your senses with culinary wonder in an intimate setting in the Latham Hotel.


José Andrés – American Eats Tavern, Minibar 405 8th Street NW Chef Andrés brings the history of America to life on your plate at his new pop-up restaurant in the Café Atlantico space.


Wolfgang Puck – The Source 575 Pennsylvania Ave. The three-level restaurant is the signature dining experience at the Newseum, an interactive museum of news.


Michael Mina – Bourbon Steak Four Seasons Hotel Georgetown 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW This White House favorite has given the classic American steakhouse a modern twist.


Bobby Flay – Bobby’s Burger Palace 2121 K Street, NW Fast-casual chain known for its regional burgers and the option to “crunchify” them by adding potato chips as a topping.


Jean-Georges Vongerichten – J&G Steakhouse, at the W Hotel 515 15th Street NW Innovative menu with a worldly collection of steakhouse classics.


Robert Wiedmaier – Marcel’s, Brasserie Beck, Brabo (also Brasserie Beck and Brabo restaurants)

2401 Pennsylvania Ave. Chef Wiedmaier cooks in the French style but with Flemish accents.


Alain Ducasse – Adour St. Regis Hotel 923 16th St., NW Adour’s menu features an elegant cuisine, rich textures and new flavors complemented by a diverse wine collection.

Adour – St. Regis, DC 923 16th St., NW Elegant cuisine in a lush, warm environment. Also on “Celebrity Chefs” list.


1789 1226 36th St., NW One of Georgetown’s finest with the charm of a historic country inn.


Co Co. Sala 929 F St., NW DC’s premier chocolate lounge & boutique with provocative atmosphere with a tantalizing menu.


Citronelle Michel Richard 3000 M St. NW World renown chef, Michel Richard enlivens your senses with culinary wonder in an intimate setting in the Latham Hotel. Also on “Celebrity Chefs” list.


Tabard Inn 1739 N St., NW A DC landmark, the inn is redolent with tradition and charm.


Palena 3529 Connecticut Ave., NW Chef Frank Ruta offers elevated cuisine in a romantic, classic atmosphere.


Eventide Restaurant 3165 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA Enjoy American cuisine in the intimate lush dining room with dramatic with theater-length blue velvet draperies.


Komi 1509 17th St., NW Chef Monis dazzles diners with delicate presentations of invocative cuisine in an intimate sconce-lighted dining room.


2941 2941 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA Modern French-inspired cuisine, a plush garden setting with lakefront views.


Marcel’s 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. Chef Robert Wiedmaier cooks in the French style but with Flemish accents. Also on “Celebrity Chefs” list.

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Tuesday & Thursday nights La Bergerie is renowned for its charming atmosphere and Old Lobster nightthe house specialties are lobster bisque, World setting. Among every Wednesday fresh foie gras, Dover sole, venison chops and dessert soufflés. Incredible Sunday Brunch Zagat rated. Featured in DiRõNA since 1997. 11am-3pm

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Penn Quarter | American | $ Beerlovers will revel in this brew heaven with hundreds upon hundreds to choose from, some even the most fanatic connoisseur may not have heard of. The menu is familiar bar fare. Did we mention they have beer? 810 7th St. NW (202) 289-2030

Rosa Mexicano

Penn Quarter | Mexican | $$$ Offering high-end Mexican food, enjoy freshly-made guacamole mixed table-side and wash it all down with a refreshing margarita. Sip sangria, premium tequila or chose a glass from their expansive wine list while enjoying the festive, stylish and comfortable ambiance. 575 7th St. NW (202) 783-5522

Cafe Milano

Georgetown | Italian | $$$ Cafe Milano offers upscale Italian cuisine, top-notch service, and a place “to be seen” with any of the Hollywood celebs who frequent the area. Choose from their extensive wine list featuring vino from many Italian regions. 3251 Prospects St., NW (202) 333-6183

Citronelle Michel Richard

Old Glory

Georgetown | Barbeque | $ Old Glory captures the food, flavor and feel of America with good ol’ barbeque. Enjoy mouthwatering pulled pork, chicken, and ribs. Open 2-3 a.m. on weekend, perfect when out on the town. 3139 M St., NW (202) 337-3406

Pizzeria Paradiso

Georgetown | French | $$$$ Internationally acclaimed Chef Michel Richard offers innovative French cuisine specializing in modern artistic techniques. With a Master Sommelier overseeing the wine list, it is as fine as you’d expect. Located at the Latham hotel, Georgetown dining at Citronelle is an unparalleled experience worth every dollar. 3000 M St., NW. (202) 625-2510

Georgetown | Pizza | $$ Celebrating its 21st anniversary, Pizzeria Paradiso offers hot Neapolitan pies made from a wood-burning oven centered in the main dining room. Ask to sit downstairs during colder weather and warm up by the wonderfully cozy cellar complete with fireplace. Their impressive beer list includes more than a dozen on tap and more than 200 bottles. 3282 M St., NW (202) 337-1245

Penn Quarter | Mediterranean | $$$ Offering an innovative menu of mezze or ‘little dishes’, inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines, in a sleek and modern setting. Under the direction of internationally renowned chef José Andrés, Zaytinya is a popular spot for happy hour, with its generous specials, creative cocktails and unique Mediterranean wines reflecting its rich regional diversity. 701 9th St., NW (202)638-0800

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1789 Restaurant

Georgetown | American | $$$$ Situated in an elegant two-story Federal townhouse, 1789 is the perfect spot to dine during the cold winter months with its festive holiday décor. In the main dining room, table #14 has the best view of the elegant historic fireplace. 1226 36th St., NW (202) 965-1789


Georgetown | Indian | $$ For over 10 years, this popular eatery has been serving authentic Indian food in a warm and comforting setting. Curries, tandoori and vegetarian dishes are the focus of the menu, offering endless variations. If you’re a fan of Indian food, this is a must. 3299 M St., NW (202) 625-6825

Bangkok Joe’s

Georgetown | Asian Fusion | $$ Located on the Georgetown Waterfront, Bangkok Joe’s has been rated the best spot for dumplings by Washingtonians. Enjoy authentic, yet modern Thai cuisine. They also offer a discounted Happy Hour menu 7 days a week from 5-7 p.m. 3000 K St., NW (202) 333-4422

Georgetown | American | $$ One of D.C.’s most popular watering holes for the last 25 years, J. Paul’s offers classic American fare such as burgers, steaks, BBQ and seafood, such as fresh oysters. J.Paul’s also hosts brunch Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss out on their complimentary signature soft pretzels! Drinks specials are also plentiful during their generous happy hour. 3218 M St., NW (202) 333-3450 Georgetown | American | $$ Established in 1933, the renowned tavern is one of Washington D.C.’s most historic family-owned enterprises. For 75 years, Martin’s Tavern has been a must-visit corner stone in historic Georgetown for everyone from sitting Presidents and media icons, to city residents and worldly travelers. 1264 Wisconsin Ave., NW (202) 333-7370

Mie N Yu

Georgetown | Asian Fusion | $$$ Experience the “Silk Road,” with an eclectic menu with dishes inspired from Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean. The restaurant itself is decorated in exotic colors and seating areas, and lots of fun drinks on the menu keep with the theme. 3125 M St., NW (202) 333-6122


Georgetown | Mediterranean | $$ The menu by Lebanese born Chef Housh melds all exotic Mediterranean cultures and offers a variety of mezza or small plates of vegetables, salads, grilled meats and fish set off by light, and subtly spiced sauces. Enjoy the intimate but relaxed atmosphere with friendly service. The Belly dancers offer unique entertainment on Saturday evenings. 3206 N St., NW (202) 333-6353

Georgetown | Seafood | $$$ Enjoy a gorgeous sunset at Sequoia situated on the waterfront overlooking the Potomac River. Enjoy fresh seafood while taking in the stunning riverfront view through the large glass paneled walls. 3000 K St., NW (202) 994-4200 sequoia_dc.html

The Tombs

Georgetown | American | $$ Unlike its fancy schmancy sibling, 1789, the Tombs, located in the basement beneath, is an outright college hang out. The menu offers reasonably priced bar and grill fare, such as burgers and fries; however their fried green tomato BLT sandwich is a favorite. It’s a cool place to people watch and meet some local youngins. 1226 36th St., NW (202) 337-6668

Alexandria Asian Bistro

Old Town| Asian | $$ Don’t let the modest exterior fool you. This Pan-Asian bistro offers freshly prepared dishes from Thailand, China, and Malaysia — all for a reasonable price. Sushi lovers will love their “Fire Roll”. 809 King Street (703) 836-1515


Old Town| French | $$$ Dine like an insider at this hidden gem in north Old Town. Transport to a rustic French village at this tucked away Gallic Bistro which offers seasonal authentic French cuisine but without the fine dining cost. Their 3-course $29 Sunday prix-fixe dinner is a steal! Bastille also has a terrific Sunday brunch. 1201 N. Royal Street (703) 519-3776

BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier/Tasting Room

Old Town| Belgian/French | $$$ Located inside the sophisticated Lorien hotel, just a few blocks from the King Street Metro, the award winning chef Robert Wiedmaier offers his mouthwatering Belgian-French fare in an elegant dining atmosphere. Stop in between 5-6:30 p.m. daily for steamed mussels and a glass of wine for just $15.00. 1600 King Street (703) 894-3440

Gadsby’s Tavern

Old Town | American | $$ Established in 1770, Gadsby’s Tavern (and museum) is considered the finest Public House in America visited by our founding fathers. Enjoy the authentic American Revolution-era decor while sipping a beer like Thomas Jefferson, sitting where George Washington and John Adams sat. Also offers Sunday brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 138 N. Royal Street (703) 548-1288

La Bergerie

Old Town| French | $$$ For more than twenty years, La Bergerie has offered guests classic French cuisine in a romantic and elegant ambiance. Diners revel in their signature light and fluffy soufflés, steak and frites, and exceptional wine list. For a more modest price point try their prix-fixe dinner menu. 218 N. Lee Street (703) 683-1007

Nina’s Dandy

Old Town | American | $$$$ Enjoy a dinner cruise aboard the Nina’s Dandy with an unparalleled view of DC’s majestic monuments and beautiful Potomac River. With two climate controlled boats in the fleet, visitors can opt for a lunch or dinner cruise, as well as a champagne brunch each Sunday. Departs from the Old Town waterfront dock at Zero Prince Street. (703) 683-6076

Las Tapas

Old Town | Spanish | $$ Offering the largest selection of authentic Spanish Tapas in the area with 76 appetizer varieties of lean grilled meats, fresh seafood and vegetables. Enjoy brunch every Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m and their Flamenco dance performances every Tuesday-Thursday evenings; live Spanish bands Friday and Saturday nights. 710 King Street (703) 836-4000

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Japanese/Sushi | $$ Japanese Seafood and Steakhouse way above the rest. Fare is always fresh and perfectly prepared at your table. Rated the freshest and highest quality Sushi in the region. 4603 Duke St. (703) 823-3168

Mango Mike’s

West End Alexandria | Caribbean | $$ Take a trip to the Caribbean but leave your passport at home. Regardless of the temperature outside this Caribbean inspired restaurant is always bright and sunny! With the lively music and tropical cocktails, you can’t help but have a good time. 4580 Duke Street (703) 370-3800

Nick’s Nightclub

Le Refuge

Old Town| French | $$$ Celebrating almost 30 years, this charming and intimate French country restaurant offers traditional fare and excellent service. The prix-fixe daily specials are a steal. Enjoy house specialties such as Bouillabaisse, Salmon in crust, Rack of Lamb, Beef Wellington and Soft Shell Crabs with an extended French wine list. 127 N. Washington Street (703) 548-4661

St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub

Old Town | American | $ Enjoy an excellent selection of baked goods, from hearty cinnamon buns to sun dried tomato bagels, as well as, Seattle’s Best branch coffee, using local roaster, The Daily Roast. Open daily. 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave. (703) 739-9268

Taverna Cretekou

Old Town | Greek | $$ The inviting décor and authentic Greek menu with excellent wine offerings transports you to the Greek Isles. Enjoy at this welcoming, friendly, quiet neighborhood gem. 818 King Street (703)-548-8688

Warehouse Bar & Grill

Old Town | American/Seafood | $$ Walking distance from the King Street metro, this quaint seafood and steak house offers quality fare at a great value. Their best dishes are Crab Cakes and their Cajun and Creole inspired dishes. Locals rave about their New Orleans style Sunday Brunch. 214 King Street (703) 683-6868 30

The Wharf

Old Town | American/Seafood | $$$ Located just 1 block from the Potomac riverfront, the Wharf has offered fresh traditional style seafood since 1971. Think meat and potatoes, but seafood. Enjoy whole Maine lobster, She Crab soup, local and soft shell crabs. 119 King Street (703) 836-2836

West Alexandria Evening Star Café

Delray | American | $$ Located in the quaint Delray neighborhood, this cozy neighborhood gem offers inventive American. Check out the extensive list of reasonably priced wines (from wine shop ‘Planet Wine’ next door). Also, enjoy live local musicians upstairs in the Majestic lounge. 2000 Mount Vernon Ave. (703) 549-5051

Finn & Porter

West End Alexandria | American | $$$ Located inside the Mark Center Hilton hotel, their menu offers fresh seafood (the FINNs) and dry aged Prime Grade beef (think PORTER house). Check out their 5-foot-long iced crustacean bar with a wide selection of fresh shellfish. Enjoy their vibrant happy hour from 5-7 p.m. weekdays with specials like $5 appetizers, $4 Wine, and $3 Drafts. 5000 Seminary Road (703) 379-2346

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West End Alexandria | American | $$ The area’s only live music venue with two huge dance floors and dance lessons every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Their menu features classic American favorites and homemade Tex-Mex specialties. Halfprice burgers Wednesday and Thursday. 25-cent Buffalo wings weekdays 4-7 p.m. Ample free parking. 642 S. Pickett Street (703) 751-8900

RT ’s

Delray | American | $$ Don’t let the interior fool you. This familyfriendly neighborhood restaurant has served up fresh seafood and Creole and Cajun specialties for more than 25 years. Try their famous Jack Daniels Shrimp, Spicy She-Crab Soup, Cajun Veal Oscar, and their popular Crawfish Etouffèe. 3804 Mount Vernon Ave. (703) 684-6010


West End Alexandria | American | $$ This popular neighborhood restaurant has been in business nearly 30 years. They boast an incredible menu at bargain prices. Voted “Best Ribs in Northern Virginia”, be sure to check their daily specials. 5239 Duke Street (703) 751-9266


West End Alexandria | Italian | $$ Dine at one of Alexandria’s best kept secrets featuring northern Italian and French cuisine specializing in fresh seafood. Are you a dessert lover? Then don’t miss one of the best pastry trays around. 4231 Duke Street (703) 370-7900

National Harbor Bond 45

National Harbor | Italian| $$$$ This Italian-themed steakhouse feels as historic as the Times Square original it was modeled after, but with gorgeous views of the Potomac River. Enjoy the plentiful antipasto bar with dozens of choices and their Prohibition style cocktails served in a tea cups. 149 Waterfront St. (301) 839-1445

Cadillac Ranch

National Harbor | American| $$ Step into this upscale saloon and transport to the wild west. Enjoy all American steaks, BBQ, and burgers. Stay for late night fun with cowboys who dare to ride the mechanical bull. 186 Fleet St. (301) 839-1100

Elevation Burger

National Harbor | American| $$ Not your typical fast-food joint. Elevation is a quick and casual restaurant with a vision for fresh food that is better for you and for the environment by offering 100% organic, grass-fed, free range beef burgers. 108 Waterford St. (301) 749-4014


National Harbor | Italian | $$ This New York pizzeria outpost offers more than 30 Roman style pizzas with house-made cheeses. Enjoy Italian specialty entrees, sexy wines and international beers in a dining room made entirely in Italy while enjoying picturesque views of the Potomac River. 125 National Plaza (301) 839-1811

Grace’s Mandarin

National Harbor | Asian Fusion| $$$ East meets west with Grace’s eclectic menu of Pan Asian flavors that come together to arouse your taste buds. Enjoy an elegant yet casual atmosphere with views of the Potomac River from every table. Enjoy their Sushi bar, stylish cocktails, expansive selection of wines and large selection of sake. 188 Waterfront St. (301) 839-3788


National Harbor | American| $$ The DC outpost of this popular Hollywood restaurant is like a modern, upscale ‘50s diner with a psychedelic twist. Enjoy a classic American menu including, burgers, fish, ribs, sandwiches and salads. With a nod to local flavor, the menu also includes many Chesapeake area staples such as crab cakes and crab and corn chowder. 152 Waterfront St. (301) 749-7091

McCormick and Schmick’s

National Harbor | Seafood| $$$ Located on the scenic banks of the Potomac River, McCormick and Schmick’s features the freshest selection of seafood offered in the DC area. The “Fresh List” changes daily and exhibits catches from around the globe. 145 National Harbor (301) 567-6224

Public House

National Harbor | American| $$ Enjoy upscale American fare at this lively sports pub. With multiple big screen plasma televisions, you can be sure that you will have a view to watch the big game! Whether it is a DJ or Live Entertainment the late night atmosphere lets everyone enjoy their time away from work and the real world! 199 Fleet St. (240) 493-6120

Rosa Mexicano

National Harbor | Mexican| $$$ Enjoy upscale Mexican cuisine in a stylishly festive atmosphere with incredible water front views. Try the Pomegranate Margaritas or Guacamole en Molcajete, made tableside in a traditional lava-rock mortar. 153 Waterfront St. (301) 567-1005

Fairfax County Alto Plaza

Centreville | Latin American | $$ Enjoy flavors from Latin American in this $16 million three-tiered mecca with various levels and comfort. The décor is contemporary, clean and upscale. Dinner on the third floor includes a pianist (Thursday through Saturday) and a jazz trio (following the piano on Saturday). 5800 Old Centreville Rd. (703) 266-8811

Bellissimo Restaurant

Fairfax | Italian | $$$ If you like Italian food then you’ll love the huge menu, vast wine list, pleasant atmosphere and great friendly service complete with authentic Italian accents at this quaint family-owned restaurant. 10403 Main St. (703) 293-2367

Cafe Oggi

McLean | Italian | $$ Celebrating 20 years, enjoy high quality light and contemporary Italian fare at this authentic trattoria at reasonable prices. Opt for one of their numerous daily specials and revel in their excellent friendly service by their Italian-speaking waiters. 6671 Old Dominion Dr. (703) 442-7360

Chef Geoff’s

Tysons Corner-McLean | DC | Contemporary American | $$$ Located on a cobblestone courtyard across from booming Tysons Corner shopping center, enjoy an upscale innovative American menu by Chef Geoff Tracy. Stop by for a terrific Sunday brunch and every Monday for half price wines. Enjoy the popular happy hour daily from 3-7 p.m. 8045 Leesburg Pike (571) 282-6003

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

Tysons Corner | Brazilian | $$$ An experience like no other! Enjoy their unique style of “Rodizio” service where Gauchos bring a rotation of a variety of beef, pork, chicken and fish directly to your table. The expansive salad bar offers over 30 items to accompany your meal. 8010 Towers Crescent Dr. (703) 639-3080 August – September, 2012 Dc Metro


Di n i n g El Paso Mexican Restaurant Springfield | Mexican| $$ Enjoy authentic Mexican fare made with the freshest ingredients in a lively atmosphere with bright colorful decor. The menu offers a variety of traditional dishes and flavors. El Paso operates five restaurants in the area, with their newest location at 9715 Fairfax Blvd in Fairfax, VA. 6804 Commerce St. (703) 912-6166

Mon Ami Gabi

Reston | French | $$ Located in the bustling Reston Town Center, Mon Ami Gabi is a Classic French Bistro offering crepes, quiches, steaks and fresh seafood. French wines are served by the glass or the bottle from our rolling wine cart. 11950 Democracy Dr. (703) 707-0233

Nostos Restaurant

Vienna | Greek/Mediterranean | $$ The newest restaurant by the Pagonis family, who has served traditional Greek fare in the DC area for over twenty years, presents a fresh, modern take on Greek culinary culture. Stimulate your senses with a wide variety of “mezedes”, or small sharing-sized dishes, and fresh fish from the Mediterranean Sea. 8100 Boone Blvd. (703) 760-0690 Tempo Advert 10/27/04


Reston | Seafood | $$$ Located in the bustling Reston Town Center, this family-friendly neighborhood favorite is dedicated to providing the finest quality, sustainable seafood available, all in a casual fine dining experience. 11960 Democracy Dr. (703) 230-3474

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Ristorante Bonaroti

Vienna | Italian | $$$ Dine at Bonaroti’s where owner, Sergio Domestici makes you feel like family at this well-kept secret nestled in the heart of Vienna. Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in an elegant dining room within a warm and intimate setting. 428 East Maple Ave. (703) 281-7550

Lorton | Italian | $$ Enjoy authentic Southern Italian fare at this family-owned in an atmosphere reminiscent of a fine trattoria. Enjoy half price wine on Wednesday nights and a Sunday brunch buffet with many stations of made-to-order (10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.). Also visit the recently opened Wine BarEnoteca next door. 9020 Lorton Station Blvd.


Ruth’s Chris Steak House

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Fairfax | American/Steak | $$$$ This well-known steakhouse serves the finest USDA Prime beef available. Enjoy a hot, juicy and delicious steak in a warm, inviting atmosphere and Ruth’s Chris’ genuine hospitality. 4100 Monument Corner Dr. (703) 266-1004 3503/Fairfax 3:19 PM Page 1

Herndon | Mediterranean | $$ Feast on authentic flavors from Turkey and the Mediterranean at Herndon’s newest restaurant. The friendly staff will make you realize why Turkish people are considered to be one of the most hospitable people in the world. 13029 Worldgate Dr. (571) 323-3330 Herndon | Mexican| $$ Enjoy the finest Mexican and southwestern cuisine this side of the border. Try one of their refreshing margaritas, or mouthwatering enchiladas. Every Tuesday night, join in their folk music tradition at the weekly open-mike night. 648 Elden St. (703) 471-1156

Villa Mozart

Fairfax | Italian | $$$ Italian born Chef-owner Andrea Pace offers seasonal Italian fare in a chic and comfortable setting without being pretentious. Take advantage of their $20 3-Course Prix Fixe Lunch (Monday to Friday) and $39 3-Course Prix Fixe Dinner (Monday to Thursday). 4009 Chain Bridge Rd. (703) 691-4747

Prince William County Bistro L’Hermitage

Woodbridge| French| $$ Located along the Historic Occoquan waterfront, this classic French Bistro offers diners a vision of a romantic French country brasserie. L’Hermitage is a great escape from the hectic DC restaurant scene, promises ‘relaxed good taste’ with the polish and sophistication of fine dining. 12724 Occoquan Rd. (703) 499-9550

Carmello’s and Little Portugal

Manassas | Italian| $$$ Located in the heart of Old Town Manassas, Carmello’s offers upscale fine dining in a romantic ambience. Enjoy innovative Northern Italian and Portuguese

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Dixie Bones Barbecue

Woodbridge| Barbecue | $$ Looking for great tasting authentic Southern barbecue? You’ll find it here. Nelson Head lovingly recreates the pit barbecue cuisine of his Alabama home every day. He’s committed to continuing the tradition by serving the “World’s Best BBQ.” 13440 Occoquan Rd. (703) 492-2205

The Garden Kitchen

Occoquan | American| $$ Located in an 1850’s period colonial house in historic Occoquan, The Garden Kitchen has provided wholesome and satisfying homemade fare for more than thirty years. 404 Mill St. (703) 494-2848

Mackey’s American Pub

Manassas | American| $$ Located in the heart of Historic Old Town Manassas featuring fine hand-cut steaks, seafood, and great American selections in a warm atmosphere at affordable prices. The downstairs is a dedicated “Smoking Club” with 12 HD and Plasma TV’s to catch your favorite game. 9412 Main Street, Manassas (703) 330-1534

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Di n i n g Mandarin House

Manassas | Chinese| $$ Enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine at this family-owned restaurant that owner Youjun grew up on in Xin Jiang. Their expansive menu has more than 70 main dishes and all the favorite Chinese food lovers expect – sweet and sour chicken, sesame beef, roast pork with snow peas, shrimp with lobster sauce and much more. 10167 Hastings Drive, Manassas (703) 257-7788


Madigan’s Waterfront

Occoquan | Seafood| $$ Located on the Occoquan River in the quaint historic town of Occoquan, Madigan’s specializes in fresh seafood. Their gorgeous waterfront location provides the ultimate setting for savoring the incredible variety of fresh seafood dishes, as well as fine steaks, pasta dishes, and poultry. 201 Mill St. (703) 494-6373


Manassas | Cajun| $$ Enjoy the best authentic Cajun fare this side of the bayou. It’s Mardi Gras all the time at this festive small restaurant and bar. All your authentic Cajun favorites are well represented – gumbo, etouffèe, jambalaya, and more! 9110 Center St. (703) 330-2729

First Eater, Chowhound-inChief, Executive Dining Officer, President Barack Obama has earned many o’nickname for his know how: how to dig in. Since moving to Washington, DC from Chicago, the Obamas have helped bolster the local restaurant scene. Todd Gray chef/co-owner of Equinox restaurant said, “They’re creating a huge buzz. They’re out dining, supporting local-run businesses that in the end are the backbone of the American economy.” The eateries the

Obamas have visited have reported an unprecedented increase of business, instantly turning local establishments into international icons. Co-owner of Ben’s Chili Bowl said, “Since President Obama came, the line may have gotten longer but the look and feel of Ben’s will never change.” Keeping with their tradition of Friday night date nights established since before White House days, the Obamas have ventured out to some of DC’s top restaurants. But when left to his own devises, it’s clear that the President prefers a juicy burger, considering the long list of burger joints he’s patronized. If you’re in the nation’s capital and


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you’re looking to learn more about the President and First Lady, what better way to do that than through food? Ben’s Chili Bowl: Before his inauguration, President Obama’s first dining excursion was a surprise visit to the Washington, DC landmark, Ben’s Chili Bowl. The Shaw neighborhood institution has been frequented by many notable historical figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis and Bill Cosby has been a regular. During President Obama’s first visit to Ben’s Chili Bowl he ordered the specialty Chili Half Smoke (a quarter pound half pork and beef smoked sausage on a steamed bun) with mustard, onions, and chili sauce. He also ordered cheese fries. It’s a must-visit for anyone who’s looking for DC’s iconic dish. {1213 U St., NW. Closest metro: U Street. Phone: (202) 667-0909.} Equinox: Located just steps away from the White House, Equinox was one of the first DC area restaurants where the First Couple dined. For more than a decade, Chef/co-owner Todd Gray has remained committed to using locally sourced ingredients and supporting local farmers. While dining with the Grays, Mrs. Obama started with locally sourced Rappahannock pan fired oysters. They both had steak and Chablis poached pears for dessert. Co-owner, Ellen Kassoff Gray said, “Our business has always been happily steady, but after their visit we had a big surge and everyone wanted to try what they had and sit where they sat.” {818 Connecticut Ave., NW. Closest metro: Farragut West. Phone (202) 331-8118.}

Citronelle Michel Richard: The most highly esteemed dignitaries travel from all over the world to dine at internationally acclaimed Chef Michel Richard’s restaurant, Citronelle, an innovative French restaurant specializing in modern artistic avant-garde techniques. Located at the Latham hotel in Georgetown, it is well known for various “signature” dishes, including Richard’s 72 hour braised short ribs, which the President ordered during his visit. Mrs. Obama ordered the lobster burger which is not on the regular menu but Richard said, “She asked for it and it was impossible to refuse to the queen of this country.” They shared the soft shell crab tempura with eggplant appetizer and the crème brûlée for dessert. Executive Chef David Deshaies recalls the evening, “I was anxious! It is not every day that you cook for the most powerful man on a planet!” {3000 M St., NW . Closest Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU. Phone: (202) 726-5000} Restaurant Nora: In January 2010, the President held a “surprise” birthday dinner for Mrs. Obama at Restaurant Nora in Dupont Circle, whose owner/chef Nora Pouillon has been a pioneer in the organic and sustainable movement. In 1999, it became the first certified organic restaurant in America. Executive Chef Lambert cooked a special lamb dish for Mrs. Obama and pan-seared Maine lobster and saffron risotto for the President paired with an organic California Sauvignon Blanc. {2132 Florida Ave., NW. Closest Metro: Dupont Circle. Phone: 202-4625142.}

Ray’s Hell Burger: It’s no secret that President Obama loves a juicy burger, especially since he’s been here twice! The President ordered the basic cheddar cheese burger, medium well, and asked for Dijon mustard. He paid cash and stood in line and everyone else. The President’s request for Dijon mustard became a media scandal and lead to a new nickname, “President Poupon.” The presidential trip to Ray’s in May 2009 caused such a boost in business that it led owner, Michael Landrum, to expand his empire. {1713 N Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA. Closest Metro: Courthouse Phone: (703) 841-0001} Good Stuff Eatery: Evidently, President Obama isn’t the only one who craves a good burger. The First Lady has already made two visits to Good Stuff. Owner Spike Mendelsohn has a Prez Obama Burger on the menu, which has been around since campaign season and is made with horseradish mayo, red onion marmalade, crumbled blue cheese and bacon. In addition, Spike has newly introduced the Michelle Melt, a healthy turkey burger that he created in collaboration with White House chef Sam Kass. {303 Pennsylvania Ave., SE. Closest Metro: Capitol South. Phone: (202) 543-8222} Taylor Gourmet: The president recently dropped by the Philadelphia-inspired Italian-style hoagie shop located in Logan Circle in May 2012. Obama ordered a 12-inch Spruce Street turkey hoagie, prepared with prosciutto, roasted red peppers and provolone and then says, “This is a serious-sized hoagie. This is no joke.” Nice choice, Prez. {1908 14th St., NW Closest Metro: U Street Phone: (202) 588-7117}

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Shopping at Its Best Capitol Hill

In addition to a variety of great shops and restaurants at Union Station, popular boutiques, cafes, and bars dot Barracks Row (south of the Eastern Market metro stop) in this friendly neighborhood that was founded in the 19th century. Metro: Union Station, Eastern Market

Logan Circle/14th Street

The reborn neighborhood has sprouted trendy restaurants, bars, and boutiques over the last few years, most of them concentrated on 14th Street between N and S Streets. The buzz-y neighborhood is populated with sophisticated locals.

National Harbor

Arlington’s Clarendon neighborhood has blossomed into a hub of activity over the last few years as restaurants, lounges, shops such as Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, and Apple, boutiques, and luxury condo buildings have popped up in the booming neighborhood. It has become the place for young movers and shakers to live and play. Metro: Clarendon

Just over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge from Virginia, National Harbor is rapidly becoming a shopping and dining destination. Unique boutiques and art galleries line Waterfront St. in the heart of the area. Check out America! giving you the chance to purchase artifacts of American history in the making or Fossil with fashions and accessories for both men and women alike. A little more on the youthful side are the fashions of South Moon Under. There is even a Harley-Davidson store that caters to the passion for the brand. Easy in and easy to park.

Eastern Market

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A beloved city institution that was nearly destroyed by a devastating fire in 2007, the renovated public market is in full swing on weekends, when vendors offer a variety of food, produce, meats, breads and pastries, arts, antiques, crafts, and imported goods for sale. Metro: Eastern Market

Fair Oaks Mall

Located in Fairfax at the intersection of Routes 50 and I-66, the centrally located mall is anchored by Macy’s and Lord & Taylor and features stores from Apple to Michael Kors to Williams-Sonoma. (703) 359-8300


A vibrant, historic neighborhood on the Potomac River teeming with an eclectic mix of restaurants, chain stores, such as JCrew, Urban Outfitters, and Club Monaco, small boutiques, and bars that line M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. This is one of the most popular destinations for young, hip urbanites in DC. Metro: Foggy Bottom

Historic Occoquan

Nestled on the Occoquan River just minutes from I-95 in Prince William County, historic Occoquan is a charming town that was founded in 1758. The pedestrian-friendly streets offer an eclectic mix of art galleries, shops, restaurants, and businesses.

Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets

Enjoy savings of 25% to 65% at 110 designer outlets including Burberry, Coach, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Lacoste, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware, Saks Fifth Avenue’s Off 5th, Williams-Sonoma and more. At the intersection of Route 7 and US 15 Bypass in Leesburg. (703) 737-3071


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A beautiful colonial town on the Potomac River, just south of DC, features more than 200 boutiques, shops, galleries, and award-winning restaurants, many in renovated 17th century buildings along King Street and on many side streets. Metro: King Street, with connections via the King St. Trolley and/or DASH bus service.

Potomac Mills Outlet Mall

220 manufacturer outlets and discount stores offering brand and designer merchandise like Spiegel, Nordstrom, Polo, Nautica, Saks, Calvin Klein just to name a few. Just off 195 south of Woodbridge. 2700 Potomac Mills Circle Woodbridge, VA

Reston Town Center

This busy outdoor mall in Reston combines the charm of an Italian piazza and a French boulevard. More than 50 stores and 30 restaurants, an open-air pavilion that features ice-skating in winter, and a movie theater make this a popular destination. 11900 Market St. Reston, VA (703) 689-4699

Tysons Corner Center

Boasting more than 300 shops, Nordstrom, L.L. Bean, Bloomingdale’s, five fine dining restaurants, and a 16 screen movie theatre, Tysons Corner Center is the area’s largest mall and is adjacent to the Capital Beltway at Chain Bridge Road, McLean (703) 893-9400

Alexandria Shopping Imperfections Antiques & Other Great Stuff

Come to this warm and friendly shop chock full of antiques and “great stuff” all gathered by owner Nancy Deitchman to bring that special touch to your home. Nancy specializes in a wide variety of antique, vintage and collectible furniture with an eye to charm and quality at affordable prices. In addition to all kind of furniture, items include vintage chandeliers, bronzes, lamps, Staffordshire and Hummel figurines, along with rugs and original oil paintings, watercolors and lithographs. Paintings by listed artist Ron Van Sweringen and most recently, by impressionist Zakhar Sasim whose scenes of Washington D.C. and its surrounding landmarks are an exclusive highlight of the art collection. If you don’t find what you are looking for, just ask Nancy – she will be glad to go on the hunt for you – or make it! Monday-Tuesday by appointment; Wednesday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m. 1210 King St. (703) 837-1670

Mount Vernon Antique Center

The best one-stop treasure hunting in the Washington area, and the best selection of antiques and collectibles. Other antiquerelated services are available in-house or by referral. Plenty of free parking and tour buses are welcome. Open 7 days a week Monday – Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m. On U.S. Route 1, just 4 miles south of historic Old Town Alexandria and 2 miles from Mount Vernon Mansion. 8101 Richmond Hwy (703) 619-5100

• military gifts for retirements & promotions • ships wheels • ships clocks • barometers • tide clocks • military flag cases • shadow boxes • military ball caps & tee shirts • decanters • glasses Torpedo Factory Artist Studio

Potomac West Interiors and Antique Gallery

Collectibles, advertiques, furniture, clocks, lamps, quilts, depression and glassware , china, silver, copper, brass, prints, paintings, nutcrackers, books, records, pottery, bottles, dolls, jewelry, furniture in storage. Inventory sales. Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m. 1515 Mount Vernon Ave. (703) 519-3555 (703) 548-3354

Sugarhouse Day Spa Salon

Refine mind, body and spirit in a traditional, modern environment of luxury and comfort. Spa consultants will assist in selecting imaginative gifts. 111 North Alfred St. (703) 549-9940

Why Not?

WHY NOT? has toys for all ages. If you’re shopping for newborns, older youngsters or someone who is just young at heart, you are certain to find the perfect gift. MondayThursday: 10:00 to 5:30; Friday-Saturday: 10:00 to 6:00; Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00. 200 King St., (703) 548-4420

Arts Afire Glass Gallery

Arts Afire Glsss Gallery, featured in American Style Magazine and similar publications, offers contemporary American and alternative crafts. Craft art includes beads, jewelry, glass, pottery, fiber, turned wood, kaleidoscopes and furniture; decorative and functional objects. The Gallery features more than 400 award-winning, artisans. Some artists are local, but most are national and international in origin. Many show their work exclusively. Others provide work rarely found elsewhere. A helpful staff stands ready to assist with your selections. Prices are affordable and gift wrapping is complimentary. The gallery is easily accessible. A parking garage is located nearby, as is the King Street Metro Station. Daily 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m. 1117 King St. (703)838-9785

Imagine Artwear

Featuring a collection of contemporary clothing, jewelry and crafts by American artists. One of a kind, limited edition and custom order artwear. Great gifts. Winner of Top 100 Retailer of American Craft Award. Regular hours, MondaySaturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 1124 King St. (703) 548-1461

Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery

The gallery is located in Studio 18 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria on the waterfront. Washington DC’s first co-operative fiber gallery has 70 members some of whom are published, teach and have won awards in the fiber arts genre. New juried shows are installed monthly which include original works in jewelry, scarves, clothing, woven, knitted or crocheted items, as well as handmade paper, wall hangings, fiber sculptures and a variety of other innovative work. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m-5 p.m.. Alexandria Art Nights are the second Thursday of the month with extended hours until 8 p.m. Free admission. 105 N. Union St., Studio 18 (703) 548-0935

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Torpedo Factory Art Center

One of the largest and most successful Art Centers in the world – 165 artists in 83 studios and 6 galleries! Also home to the Art League School with 2,500 art students and the fascinating Alexandria Archaeology Center. Jewelry, sculpture, clothing, wall pieces and more. Open daily 10am-6pm daily (Thursday 1pm-9pm). Admission is Free. 105 N. Union St. (703) 838-4565

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Guide Alexandria, Virginia America’s Historic Main Streets hen a young George Washington surveyed the land that would later become his home town, he could not have imagined the fascinating future for which he was laying the foundation. Washington, of course, went on to become the beloved Father of our Country. His tiny hometown became Alexandria, Virginia, today a picturesque community with a rich and varied history located along the Potomac River just minutes from our nation’s Capitol – and one of America’s favorite historic destinations. From its early role as an 18th century seaport and home to America’s patriots, to its transition as a railroad center in the 19th century and its manufacturing days in the early 1900s, Alexandria has always been a center of commerce and innovation. Today it is home to high technology firms, national associations, retail and hospitality businesses, and the performing arts.But, it is the City’s historic ambiance and aura of historic significance combined with its urban 38

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sophistication that set Alexandria apart. Its Old Town district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is filled with historic homes and commercial buildings that house trendy shops, galleries and restaurants. Set against this historic backdrop of Old Town, the City’s new Wireless Zone offers one the chance to catch up on emails, while enjoying a latte at an outdoor café. The Eisenhower Valley is home to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, offices, restaurants, entertainment, and a regional park. The West End is home to historic Fort Ward Civil War Museum, Landmark Mall, restaurants, several hotels, as well as Winkler Botanical Reserve. Alexandria is many things. To the dog lover, it is a destination that caters to man’s best friend. For those who love the arts, it is home to the famed Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Alexandria Symphony, and a season of Fall for the Arts events. For the lover of history, Alexandria honors its Scottish origins and multicultural heritage with parades and festivals throughout the year.

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Alexandria Attractions


Ramsay House Visitor’s Center

Follow the signs to Ramsay House, the home of William Ramsay, Scottish merchant and city founder. Here you will find detailed brochures of historic attractions, a walking tour map and guided tour information. Free. Hours: 9-5pm every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day 221 King Street, 703-838-4200


Christ Church

Alexandria’s oldest church, “the Church Nigh Alexandria” was attended by George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Completed in 1773 this Colonial Georgian landmark is an active Episcopal parish today. Historic churchyard gravesites range from Yankee seamen in 1771 to Confederate prisoners-of-war. Charming gift shop. Open to the public. Donations accepted. Hours: 9-4 daily, 2-4:30 Sunday. Cameron and North Washington Streets, 703-549-1450


Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and the adjoining City Hotel (c. 1785 and 1792) provide the visitor with two outstanding examples of Colonial architecture. The Tavern was frequented by George Washington and was the site of the festive Birthnight Celebration. Today, Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant offers authentic fare and the servers wear 18th-century attire. The original Tavern houses a museum of colonial furnishings. Open to the public. Admission. Hours: 10-5pm Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 Sunday & Monday. Last tour at 4:15. 134 North Royal Street, 703-838-4242


Carlyle House

A lovely, imposing mansion built by John Carlyle in 1752. It was here that 5 royal governors were summoned by General Braddock to find a way to induce the colonists to pay for his campaign against the French and Indians. The Stamp Act which followed eventually provoked the American Revolution. Open to the public. Admission. Hours: 10-4 Tuesday through Saturday, noon-4pm Sundays. Last tour at 4 pm. 121 North Fairfax Street, 703-549-2997


Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee

Before the War of 1812, Light Horse Harry Lee brought his wife and their five children to live in this beautifully furnished house, built in 1795. Robert E. Lee spent his growing-up years as a student here, and although currently a private residence, commemorative plaques relate the fascinating history of this historic home and famous residents. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 607 Oronoco Street, 703-548-8454


The Lyceum

Alexandria’s History Museum. Originally built in 1839 as a lecture hall and reading room, the building today offers exhibitions, regular concerts and lectures, and The Lyceum Museum Shop. Open Mon.-Sat., 105pm and Sun., 1-5pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Free. 201 S. Washington Street, 703-838-4994


Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

This apothecary shop was in operation from 1796 to 1933 and has a remarkable collection of herbal botanicals, hand blown glass, and medical equipment. Its manufacturing room is intact from the turn of the 19th century. Archival materials give a glimpse into history, with names of famous customers in documents. Admission. Wed.Sat., 11-4, Sunday, 1-4. 105-107 South Fairfax Street, 703-838-3852


Lloyd House

This gracious Georgian home was constructed in 1796 by John Wise, an early tavern keeper and tanner. In 1832, John Lloyd, a successful merchant bought the house and his family remained here until 1918. Lloyd House served as barracks for WAVES, a rooming house, and a library. The building now house the Office of Historic Alexandria. Open Monday through Friday, Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm. 220 N. Washington Street. 703-838-4554


Lee-Fendall House

Philip Fendall built this 1785 mansion where Light Horse Harry Lee wrote the farewell address from Alexandrians to George Washington when Washington left Mount Vernon to become the first president. There are guided tours daily. Admission. Hours: 10-4pm Tuesday through Saturday, 12-4 Sunday. Last tour 3:45. Closed Monday. (Occasional private parties on weekends) 614 Oronoco Street,. 703-548-1789


Torpedo Factory Art Center

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year 800,000 visitors meander through this 1918 structure built by the U.S. Navy for the manufacture of torpedo parts. Today it houses some 200 artists, their studios and galleries. Free. Hours: 10-5pm, 7 days a week except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter and July 4th. 105 North Union Street, 703-838-4565


Alexandria Black History Museum

Founded in 1983 by the Parker-Gray Alumni Association and the Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage, the Museum documents the history of Alexandria’s African American community. The Center is housed in the Robert H. Robinson Library, which was built in 1940 as a segregated library for the black community. Open 10-4 Tues. through Saturday. Admission is free. 902 Wythe Street, 703-838-4356


Fort War Museum and Historic Site

Fort Ward Museum houses a fine Civil War collection. Also to be enjoyed are a 45.2 acre historic park with restored bastion, picnic tables and an outdoor amphitheater. Free. Hours: 9-5pm Tuesday through Saturday, 12-5pm Sunday. 4301 West Braddock Road. 703-838-4848


George Washington Mason National Memorial

Towering over the King Street Metro Station at Russell Rd., the Memorial provides a dazzling view of Alexandria, the Potomac River and surrounding areas. The top (330 feet high) can be reached by elevator. George Washington memorabilia on display. Daily 9-5pm. 703-683-2007


George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

George Washington’s Mount Vernon is America’s most popular historic estate. Visitors explore history first hand here, tour the Mansion and get to know the “real” George Washington. More than a dozen outbuildings are meticulously restored, including a major greenhouse, stables, slave quarters, and kitchen. The 500-acre estate also features museum exhibitions, active archeological digs, the Slave Memorial and Burial Ground, and new George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site. 703-780-2000,


Freedom House

Built around 1812 as a residence, this three story brick and adjoining buildings served as the offices of Franklin and Armfield Slave Market. From 1828 to 1861 more than 10,000 slaves were sold, over 3,750 of which were sent to work on cotton and sugar plantations throughout the South. Early in the Civil War the house was a military prison for black soldiers. By the end of the war it was a hospital serving black soldiers and contraband slaves who fled the South. Free. Hours: 9-5pm Monday-Friday. 1315 Duke Street, 703-836-2858

Arlington rlington overlooks downtown D.C., with breathtaking views of monuments and memorials available from many locations. Besides having easy access to D.C. and walking distance to Georgetown, in the heart of Arlington lies the Arlington National Cemetery, final resting place of American war heroes and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Beyond the cemetery lies the Pentagon, home and headquarters for all American military operations. Whether here for business or pleasure, you’ll find plenty of places to relax or be entertained. Visitors can

enjoy nearly every type of cuisine and entertainment served up at dozens of restaurants and clubs seven nights a week. If shopping is your thing, this is the right place. Shopping includes major retailers such as Macy’s and Nordstrom’s as well as hundreds of unique and interesting stores of all sizes. With over 1,100 acres of parkland and more than 100 miles of jogging, hiking and biking trails, you’ll find that Arlington is committed to proving just how green an urban county can be.

Fairfax County also offers a shopping experience to visitors that some claim is the best on the East Coast outside New York City. The county’s six regional malls (Tysons Corner, Tysons Galleria, Fair Oaks Mall, Springfield Mall, Dulles Town Center and Landmark Mall) plus its many dedicated shopping areas such as Reston Town Center, Fair Lakes and Fairfax Square, offer an array

of shopping from Nordstrom’s, Bloomingdales and Macy’s to small specialty boutiques stores to large discounters like Old Navy, DSW Shoes, Target, and Walmart. Whether you are staying in Tysons, Springfield, Reston, Centreville, or Herndon you’ll find everything you need from exquisite dining, a superb shopping, entertainment and historical experience.

Fairfax County rom their beloved Fairfax County homes at Mount Vernon and Gunston Hall, George Washington and George Mason led the patriots in the cause of freedom during the 18th century. In the 21st century, Fairfax County draws visitors from around the world – whether they have an interest in the Civil War, national monuments or even such modern pursuits as shopping or outdoor recreation. Fairfax County’s historical sites tell the wonderful story of the development and growth of our nation. George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens is the most visited historic home in America. Gunston Hall, the home of George Mason, paints a vivid picture through tours and exhibits, of how this founding father was instrumental in developing strategies that allowed our young nation to prosper. The history doesn’t stop at our founding father’s doorstep as multiple Civil War sites await your exploration such as Sully Historic site, St. Mary’s Church, Chantilly Battlefield, and multiple Civil War trails in and around Historic Herndon and Centreville. If you want a more futuristic journey while in Fairfax County, the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center is the place for you. Over 120 aircraft, 135 spacecraft, and many other historic artifacts are on display. There is also an IMAX Theater, flight simulators, and informational programs going on throughout the year to give visitors one of the most complete museum experiences found anywhere. With its close proximity to Washington, D.C. many visitors to Fairfax County are surprised to find out that over 30,000 acres of parkland have been set aside so that nature can still be enjoyed today as it has been since Fairfax County’s founding. Great Falls National Park greets visitors with cascading rapids and several 20 foot waterfalls, with a total 76 foot drop in elevation over a distance of less than a mile. Nature lovers can find seclusion amidst Northern Virginia’s urban environment by visiting prime wildlife sanctuaries such as Huntley Meadows Park, Mason Neck State Park and Wildlife Refuge, Burke Lake and Pohick Bay Regional Park. Fairfax County is even home to the only National Park dedicated solely to the performing arts. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts allows concertgoers to experience the great outdoors while enjoying music from some of the most famous musical artists in the world.

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Georgetown ich in history and culture, Georgetown is a charming and vibrant neighborhood, located in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. along the Potomac waterfront. Once a placid 18th century port, it is now a hip, action-packed town where you’re sure to find trendy restaurants, designer shops, ultra-cool bars, picturesque

gardens, historic homes-turned museums, and a healthy dose of political intrigue. Georgetown was founded in 1751, and retained its separate municipality until 1871, when its 10-mile square boundaries were eventually assimilated into the city of Washington, D.C. Georgetown grew into a thriving port, facilitating the trade of tobacco and other goods from colonial Maryland along the Potomac River and C&O canal. As Georgetown was founded

during the reign of King George II of Great Britain, some speculate that the town was named after him. Another theory is that the town was named after its founders, George Gordon and George Beall.

University, founded as a Jesuit private university in 1789. The campus encompasses over 100 acres, accommodating student residences, athletic facilities and the medical school.

Georgetown is home to many historic landmarks including Dumbarton House, Tudor Place, and Old Stone House, the oldest original structure in Washington, D.C. On the west end of the neighborhood is the main campus of Georgetown

Surrounded by parkland and green spaces that serve as buffers from development in adjacent neighborhoods, Georgetown is situated on bluffs that overlook the Potomac. As a result, there are some rather steep grades running north to south, and for that reason, there is no metro station in Georgetown! The primary commercial corridors of Georgetown include M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, offering high fashion stores, outdoor bars, and restaurants with ring-side views of local boat and crew races.

National Harbor he area’s newest destination has popped-up on the Potomac, minutes from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on Interstate 95. This spectacular urban-waterfront community offers incredible views of downtown Washington, DC and Old Town Alexandria. It is an exciting, sprawling community that includes fine restaurants, unparalleled shopping, pedestrian friendly plazas, three piers and harbors and an array of outdoor artwork which features the 70 ft long sculpture “The Awakening,” by J. Steward Johnson.

Town Center includes familiar national retailers and many unique local boutiques. Restaurants range from white tablecloth restaurants to casual cafes, both acclaimed national restaurants as well as local and regional eateries, 2,000 SF of retail, dining, and entertainment space. You can set sail on lunch, dinner or sightseeing cruises and experience the beauty and splendor of the Potomac. During the summer, National Harbor’s Fleet Street comes to life at night with live music, dance and interactive entertainment. Visitors enjoy performances of jazz, blues and Top 40 music by national, regional and local entertainers every Friday evening all summer long. Check out all the unique and various activities during the year such as the Yacht Show, Food and Wine Festival, the Weekly American Marketplace and entertainment such as the “Ice” show. Easily accessible by auto, there is also water taxi service from Old Town Alexandria, Georgetown and Mount Vernon.


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Penn Quarter hether you’re a long time visitor or brand new to the sights of the city, there’s a new vibrant area of the city to explore. You’re in for a real treat and probably a surprise – when you visit the Penn Quarter downtown. Once down-trodden the neighborhood along 7th Street, N.W., extending from Chinatown to Pennsylvania Avenue not only has been revitalized but, in fact, is becoming the heartbeat of the city. The opening of the Verizon Center in 1997, which brought the Washington Wizards and Capitals to town from the suburbs, surged like an electric shock through the area. Suddenly, wherever you turn, there is something to see: a fascinating portal into the world of espionage at the International Spy Museum, the wonders of science revealed through fabulous interactive exhibits at the Mariam Koshland Science Museum, standing next to the life-like Barack Obama figure at Madame Tussunds, the first federal art collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the newly reopened National Portrait Gallery and the Washington Area Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. And this just scratches the surface. Penn Quarter is at the center of a vibrant theater community that includes the Shakespeare Theater, the venerable

Ford’s Theater, Warner Theater, National Theater, as well as the smaller but as exciting Wooly Mammoth Theater and Warehouse. Street transportation is plentiful, but the Chinatown-Gallery Place Metro stop is one of the main hubs in the region’s world class subway system. It has sparked a revived Chinatown, the explosive growth of myriad shops and restaurants in Gallery Place and the luxury condominiums seemingly sprouting up everywhere around Penn Quarter. The city has long been one of the restaurant capitals of the world, from the Spy

Museum’s adjoining café and incredible offshoot, Zola, to fan favorites like the ESPN Zone and Hard Rock Café. In between are restaurants with some of the most sought-after tables in the city, funky kaiten sushi outposts, the terrific classics in Chinatown and the best steaks and seafood you can find. If it weren’t for the national monuments, the Capitol and other attractions down on the Mall, the bustling Penn Quarter would be reason enough to visit Washington. With DC Metro as your guide, we invite you to explore.

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ocated just 30 miles from Washington, DC, Prince William County is perhaps best known for its unforgettable role in shaping American history during the Civil War. In July of 1861, Union and Confederate forces faced off near Manassas Junction for the first major battle of the Civil War. Union forces expected an easy victory at Manassas; instead they lost 900 men in a crushing defeat. In 1862, the blue and gray clashed again and proved to be one of the war’s bloodiest days; 24,000 men lost their lives as the Confederates claimed another victory. Visitors to Prince William County can traverse the hallowed grounds of Manassas Battlefield Park and rediscover the timeless stories of courage, loss and determination. Today, the county plays host to contests of a different, more genial type. Golf courses are the new battlefields in Northern Virginia. With 12 golf courses offering a wide variety of different play settings, travelers can tee up along the Occoquan River, in the foothills of the Bull Run Mountains, on the banks of Lake Manassas or near the historic Potomac River. For those that want to enjoy the natural beauty the destination offers there are two national parks, one state park and four regional parks. You can stroll historic streets in Occoquan and Old Town Manassas and visit the boutiques, antique shops and art galleries that give these towns a warm and hospitable feel. For the shoppers looking for luxury products at discount prices, Potomac Mills Mall provides some of the best value shopping in the region. From entertainment options to family attractions– there’s an endless array of exciting things to see and do in a destination where “history loves company”.

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VIRGINIA AIR FORCE MEMORIAL This memorial honors the millions of patriotic men and women who have served and 54,000 who have died while in the U.S. Air Force. Located off Columbia Pike near VA-244, the memorial overlooks the Pentagon and all of Washington, D.C. Features three stainless steel spires that soar skyward evoking flight and the flying spirit. Metro: Pentagon Metro Station (Blue/Yellow lines) Memorial is within walking distance One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA 22211 (703) 247-5808 Open: Daily. Admission: Free

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY Situated on 612 acres, the cemetery is a resting place of nearly a quarter-million military veterans and dignitaries. An eternal flame flickers at the grave of John F. Kennedy. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and two of the couple’s children are also buried there. Also view the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, attended 24 hours a day by members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry. Entrance at west-side of Memorial Bridge. Self-guided or paid shuttle tour available. Parking lot. Free Visitors Center - closes an hour after the Cemetery. Metro: Arlington Cemetery Station (Blue Line) Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, VA 22211 (877) 907-8585 Open: Daily, 8AM-7PM (5PM OctoberMarch). Admission: Free (Ticketed trolley tour is available; see price and special activities on website


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CARLYLE HOUSE A Georgian Palladian manor house built in 1753 by Scottish merchant and Alexandria city founder John Carlyle. Here, five royal governors and General Braddock met to discuss funding the French and Indian War. Metro: King Street Station (Take Trolley 11:30AM-10:15PM) 121 N. Fairfax St. Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 549-2997 Open: Tues. – Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. Noon-4 p.m. (see website for special events and activities). Admission: Adults $5, Child (5-12) $3

COLVIN RUN MILL 19th century water wheel and operating gristmill. Miller’s house has exhibits about historic Great Falls community life. Metro: NA (Parking lot available) 10017 Colvin Run Road Great Falls, VA 22066 (703) 759-2771 Open: 11AM-4PM (closed on TuesdaysSee website for tours, mill grinding, etc. and winter hours). Admission: Free

DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) MUSEUM AND VISITORS CENTER Since 2001, this interactive museum traces the impact of drugs on American society and the efforts of Federal law enforcement to educate the public and to combat this problem. Metro: Pentagon Station (Blue/Yellow lines) 700 Army-Navy Dr. Arlington, VA 22202 (202) 307-3463 Open: Tuesday – Friday: 10AM-4PM Admission: Free

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Stop by the Visitor Center in the Tysons Corner Center to get current information on where to stay, what to do, and how to get where you’re going in Fairfax County and the region from one of the service counselors. They are even giving out free gifts, maps and coupons for stopping by to say hello! Metro: NA (take Capital Beltway (I-495) near intersection of State Routes 7 and 123, parking available) Tysons Corner Center, Level 2 1961 Chain Bridge Road McLean, VA 22102 (703) 752-9500 Open: Monday – Saturday, 10AM-6PM; Sunday, 11AM-6PM (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas) Admission: Free

Modeled after one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Pharaoh’s Lighthouse in Alexandria, the Masonic Temple is visible from the Potomac and surrounding areas. The memorial displays a magnificent 17-ft. bronze statue of George Washington and an outstanding collection of Washington artifacts. Daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Metro: King Street Station (Blue/Yellow lines) Parking lot at memorial 101 Callahan Drive Alexandria, VA 22301 (703) 683-2007 Open: Daily, Apr. 1 – Sept. 30, Mon – Sat., 9AM-4PM, Sun. 12PM-4PM; Oct. 1 – Mar. 31, Mon. – Sat. 10AM-4PM, Sun. 12PM-4PM. Admission: $5.00 for those 13+ for the First and Second Floor exhibits. For Guided Tours, including tower and observation desk - $8.00. See website for tour times.

GADSBY’S TAVERN MUSEUM The building was named for its 1796-1808 operator, Englishman John Gadsby. The Museum consists of two buildings, the 1785 Georgian tavern and the 1792 City Hotel that have been authentically restored to their 18th century appearance. George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and the Marquis de Lafayette all tipped a few here in Old Town Alexandria. Now it’s a museum with regular guided tours. Metro: King Street Station (Yellow/ Blue lines). Take King Street Trolley 11:30AM-10:15PM or taxi 134 N. Royal St. Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 746-4242 Open: April – Oct., Sun. and Mon. 1-5PM, Tues. – Sat. 10AM-5 PM; Nov. – March, Wed. – Sat. 11AM-4PM, Sun. 1-4PM. Admission: Adults $5, Child (5-12) $3

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S DISTILLERY & GRISTMILL Costumed distillers demonstrate the distillation process in the two-story building, which also features a storage cellar, office, and two bedrooms where the site manager and assistant would have lived. On the second floor can be seen a History Channel video called “George Washington’s Liquid Gold” and a museum exhibit, “Spirits of Independence: George Washington and the Beginnings of the American Whiskey Industry,” which tells the story of whiskey at Mount Vernon and its history in America. George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-11, and free for children 5 and under. When combined with admission to Mount Vernon, tickets are $2 for adults, $1.50 for children ages 6-11, and free for children 5 and under. Metro: Huntington Station (Yellow Line) - Located just three miles south of Mount Vernon.

Open: Daily, March 31 – October 31, 10AM-5PM, open through October. Admission: $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-11, and free for children 5 and under. Special pricing when combined with admission to Mount Vernon.

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MOUNT VERNON ESTATE AND GARDEN The riverside estate of George Washington is an American landmark of the life of America’s first President, George Washington. It includes the Ford Orientation Center and Donald W. Reynolds museum and Education Center, new facilities with 25 galleries and theaters, and more than 700 artifacts, and interactive displays that introduce visitors to the real George Washington. The most famous dentures in the world are on permanent display, along with three life-size models of Washington created from a forensic investigation. An action adventure movie, video presentations produced by the History Channel, and an “immersive” Revolutionary War experience with falling snow, rumble seats, and fog all help tell Washington’s life story. The historic area features the restored Mansion, original outbuildings, the tomb where the Washington’s are buried, beautiful gardens, and heritage breed animals who work at a four acre farm site near the river. See website for Estate admission. Metro: Huntington Station (Yellow Line) Take taxi or bus 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Mount Vernon, VA 22309 Open: Daily, Mar. 31 – Aug. 8AM-5PM; Mar., Sept., Oct. 9AM-5PM and Nov. through Feb. 9AM-4PM. Admission: Ages 0-5: Free; 6-11: $7; 12-61: $15; 62+: $14 (See website for group prices)

Historic Herndon Visitors’ Center Once a major rail stop in the heart of Virginia’s dairy farming country, the downtown has maintained its historic character with a visitor’s center in the old depot with surrounding boutiques and cafes. Metro: N/A (minutes away from Dulles International Airport) 730 Elden St. Herndon, VA 20172 (703) 437-6366 Open: Daily. Admission: Free

HISTORIC BLENHEIM & CIVIL WAR INTERPRETIVE CENTER See Fairfax’s newest Civil War site, recently opened to the public, featuring 12 beautiful acres and the famous Blenheim House with more than 115 Union soldier inscriptions still left intact in the attic; some of the best preserved graffiti from the Civil War. A new 4,000-square-foot Civil War Interpretive Center includes an illustrated timeline of Fairfax’s role in the Civil War. Metro: N/A 3610 Old Lee Highway Fairfax, VA 22030 (703) 591-0560 Open: Open Tuesday-Saturday 12-4PM with daily 1pm site tour. Monthly Civil War lectures. Admission: Free

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS The museum’s angled steel edifice evokes the iconic image of Iwo Jima. Witness and feel the rigidity of boot camp and force of drill instructors. The center opened in 2006 and has welcomed nearly 2 million visitors. It is a history museum seen through the eyes of Marines for 235 years. In June 2010 the first exhibits of the gallery were completed. Metro: N/A (Take I-95 to the Marine Corps Base Quantico) 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy Triangle, VA 22172 (877) 653-1775 Open: Daily, 9AM-5PM. Closed December 25 and for private events -check website. Admission: Free.


LOUDOUN MUSEUM A featured site on the Virginia Civil War Trails, the museum offers exhibits, events, walking and driving tours, and educational programs. Metro: N/A Two hour metered parking on Loudoun Street - parking garage one half block from museum. 16 Loudoun Street SW Leesburg, VA 20175 (703) 777-7427 Open: Fri. – Sat., 10AM-5PM and Sun. 1-5PM. Closed federal holidays. Admission: Adults -$3.00; Students/ Teachers/Students $1.00; Children under four Free.

THE LYCEUM: ALEXANDRIA’S HISTORY MUSEUM Once used as a Civil War hospital, the Lyceum tells the story of Alexandria, once one of the busiest ports in America. Archaeological finds, old photography, maps, original artworks and a wide variety of historic artifacts provide the visitor with a picture of the City’s past. In 1985 The Lyceum became the History Museum for Alexandria, VA. Metro: King Street Station (Blue/Yellow lines) King Street Trolley from 11:30AM-10:15PM 201 S. Washington St. Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 838-4994 Open: Mon. – Sat. 10AM-5PM and Sun. 1-5PM. Admission: $2.00/person

NATIONAL FIREARMS MUSEUM With world class historical and modern firearms spanning over six centuries, the National Firearms Museum displays the finest firearms collection in the country. Exhibits range from the best sporting guns and masterworks of firearms engraving to Presidential, Olympic, law enforcement, and military arms. Metro: N/A (Parking on site) NRA Headquarters Building 11250 Waples Mill Rd. Fairfax, VA 22030 (703) 267-1600 Open: Daily, 9:30AM-5PM. Closed major holidays. Admission: Free.


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Ongoing exhibits tell the unique story of the innovative, world-renowned, planned community of Reston. The museum also offers archives, walking tours, special events and a one-of-a-kind shop. Metro: N/A 1639 Washington Plaza Reston, VA (in the Lake Anne Historic District) (703) 709-7700 Open: Tues. – Fri., Sun. 12-5PM and Sat. 10AM-5PM Admission: Free

SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM STEVEN F. UDVARHAZY CENTER Combined with the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in DC, this is the largest and most prestigious air and space museum complex in the world. Visitors can view nearly the entire collection of air and spacecraft memorabilia the Smithsonian has to offer. An open space with 10-story arched trusses and with a network of walkways and displays on the floor. Visit the Boeing Aviation Hangar, the James S. McDowell Hanger with the newest addition of the Space Shuttle Discovery, The Donald D. Engen Observatory and the Airbus IMAX Theater. Among them will be such icons as the Space Shuttle Enterprise, a Lockheed SR71 Blackbird reconnaissance airplane, the Enola Gay and much more. Metro: NA (South of the main terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport, Chantilly) 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway Chantilly, VA 20151 (202) 357-2700 (voice) Open: Daily, 10AM-6:30PM through September 3, 2012; then 10AM-5:30PM (Closed December 25 - see website for early event closures). Admission: Free

THEODORE ROOSEVELT ISLAND Accessible by wooden footbridge just off the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Theodore Roosevelt Island is an oasis of calm in the city. It is a 91-acre wilderness preserve that serves as a memorial to the nation’s 26th president, honoring his contributions to conservation of public lands for forests, national parks, wildlife and bird refuges, and monuments. Theodore Roosevelt Island has 2 1/2 miles of foot trails where you can observe a variety of flora and fauna. A 17-foot bronze statue of Roosevelt stands in the center of the island. Metro: Rosslyn Station (Blue/Orange Lines) The Island is located at GW Memorial Parkway, just north of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge. It’s accessible by car only from the northbound parkway.) Southbound traffic: Take Theodore Roosevelt Bridge to Constitution Ave. Take a right on 23rd St and cross the Memorial Bridge. Once on the bridge, return to the George Washington Parkway. Open: Daily, 6AM-10PM. Free (Limited parking) Admission: Free

WAHINGTON, DC BASILICA of the NATIONAL SHRINE OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION The largest U.S. Roman Catholic Church/Shrine containing the largest collection of contemporary Christian art in the U.S. This Byzantine- Romanesque style church is one of the ten largest churches in the world with 70 chapels. Metro: Brookland -CUA (Red line) 400 Michigan Ave. NE Washington, DC 20017 (202) 526-8300 Open: Daily, April 1 – October 31, 7AM-7PM and November 1 – March 31, 7AM - 6PM

BUREAU OF ENGRAVING AND PRINTING August 29, 2012 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. See millions of dollars printed during your tour of the BEP. The 40 minute tours are free but tickets are required during peak season (first Monday in March through the last Friday in August). There is an introductory film and gallery tour of the production process. Metro: Smithsonian Metro Station (Blue/Orange lines) 14th & C Sts, SW, Washington, DC (202) 874-2330 or 1 (866) 874-2330 Open: Tours are: Mon. – Fri. 9AM (every 15 min.)-7PM (April - August). Mon – Friday 9AM (and every 15 min.)-3:30 pm The ticket booth on Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th Street) is open at 8 AM Monday through Friday, with the exception of Federal holidays, from 8:00 a.m. until all tickets are distributed.

CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART The Corcoran Gallery of Art, America’s first dedicated art museum, was founded in 1869 by William Corcoran and stands as a major center of American art known internationally for its distinguished collection of historical and modern art as well as contemporary art, photography, European painting, sculpture, and decorative art. Metro: Farragut West Station or Farragut North Station (Orange/Blue/Red lines). 500 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20050 (between E St. and New York Ave. one block from the White House) (202) 639-1700 or for tickets 1 (800) 745-3000 Open: Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun.,10AM-5 PM, Thurs., 10AM-9 PM. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission: Adults $10; Seniors (62+)/Students w/ valid ID $8; Children under 12 years of age are free; Members enjoy free admission year-round.

CRIME MUSEUM This interactive and simulated situation museum in Penn Quarter dissects both the concept of crime and the dark side of the criminal mind. It explores the techniques used by law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute. Enter a crime scene to solve a case in a real crime scene lab. Drive in a police academy training pursuit. Check out an authentic electric chair, gas chamber and jail cell. The John Walsh “America’s Most Wanted” actual stage set is located in the museum. Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown Station (Yellow/Green/Red lines) Exit Arena- Street parking and garages nearby 575 7th St., NW Washington, DC 20004 202-393-1099 Open: Daily, May 21 – Sept. 4, Sun. 10AM-7PM, Mon. – Fri. 9AM-7PM, Sat. 10AM-8PM.; Sept 5 – May 20, Sun.

– Thurs. 10AM-7PM, Fri. – Sat. 10AM8PM. Last ticket sold an hour prior to close (check website for event closures). Admission: Adults ($19.95); Seniors, Military & Police ($16.95); Children over age 5 ($14.95)

DUMBARTON HOUSE Visit this Federal period historic house museum, ca. 1800. The historic structure and collection of Federal-era decorative arts, paintings and furniture are preserved to educate the public about life in Washington, DC during the early years of the Republic. The life and times of Dumbarton House’s first resident, Joseph Nourse (1804-1813), are the interpretive focus; Nourse served as first Register of the U.S. Treasury through six U.S. presidencies and is known as “America’s First Civil Servant.” Dumbarton House is accredited by the American Association of Museums. The Dumbarton House is the headquarters for The Society of The Colonial Dames of America. Metro: Dupont Circle Station (Red Line - Exit Q St. N; walk six [6] blocks or take D-2/D-6 bus) 2715 Q St., NW Washington, DC 20007 (Georgetown) (202) 337-2288 Open: Tue – Sun 11am-3pm year-round (last museum entry 2:45 pm). Admission: Adults $5

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE THEATRE-LIBRARY This is the home of the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespearean materials and Renaissance books, manuscripts and works of art. The Folger Shakespeare’s Library captures the Bard of Avon, his times, and his legacy through changing exhibitions and the permanent Shakespeare Gallery. The landmark building includes a replica of the Globe Theatre. It was a gift to the nation donated by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clay Folger in 1932. Metro: Capitol South Station (Blue/ Orange lines - 4 blocks) Union Station Station (Red lines - 6 blocks) 201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 (202) 544-4600 or Box Office for tickets (202) 544-7077 Open: Open Mon.-Sat., 10AM - 5PM, Sun. 12- 5 PM. Closed Oct. 1-12 (installation of exhibit) Nov. 22 and Dec. 25. Admission: Free. Group tours arranged by calling (202) 675-0395

FORD’S THEATRE MUSEUM The newly renovated museum transports visitors to 19th-century Washington, tracing Lincoln’s presidency from his arrival to his assassination using environmental re-creations, videos and three-dimensional figures and a remarkable collection of historic artifacts. The theatre is a working historical theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and educational center. Ford’s Theatre celebrates the legacy of our nation’s 16th President and explores the American

experience through theatre and education. It is the best place to explore and celebrate Lincoln’s ideals, leadership principles; courage, integrity, tolerance, equality and creative expression. Metro: Metro Center Station (Red/Blue/Orange lines) – Exit G and 11th Streets (Street parking and garage parking). 511 10th St., NW, Washington, DC 20004 (202)347-4833 Open Daily: Theatre - 9AM-4:30PM; Petersen House and Education Center – 9AM-5:30 PM. Closed Nov. 22 and Dec. 25. Admission: Free; but you must have a ticket that may be reserved online ( or (800) 982-2787 – processing fee $2.50/person) or at the Ford’s Theatre box office.

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL 7.5 acre river-front park with waterfalls and a monumental bronze sculpture of the president seated in his wheelchair with his beloved Scottie, Fala. Site near the Jefferson Memorial and designed especially for wheelchairs. Metro: Smithsonian Metro Station (Orange/Blue lines) Ohio Drive Bordered by the Tidal Basin and the Potomac River S.E., Washington, D.C., (202) 426-6841 Open: Daily except Dec. 25. Admission: Free

FREER AND ARTHUR M SAC KLER GALLERY of ART The galleries house a world-renowned collection of 6,000 Asian art objects. The artists are from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia. Metro: Smithsonian Metro Station (Orange/Blue lines) FREER – 1200 Jefferson Dr., SW Washington, DC 20013 SACKLER – 1050 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC 20013 (202) 633-1000 Open: Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Closed on Dec. 25th) Admission: Free. Limited street parking.

Open: May through Sept. 2, 9AM-7PM; Sept. 3 – Nov. 21, 10AM-6PM. Closed Nov. 22, Dec. 25th (see website for seasonal holiday hours). For Admission: (Adult ages 17-64) $19.95; (Senior ages 65+, Military/Law Enforcement) $14.95; Child ages 7-17) $13.95. Parking: meters and lots.

operation. Metro: Foggy Bottom Station or Smithsonian Station both (Blue/Orange lines) Daniel French Dr., Washington, D.C. South of the Reflecting Pool (202) 426-6841 Open: Daily 8AM-12AM. Admission: Free



The Kreeger Museum is a private, nonprofit art museum located in the former residence of David and Carmen Kreeger. It showcases the Kreeger’s permanent collection of 19th and 20th century paintings and sculptures. Highlights include works by Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir, Cezanne, Chagall, Rodin, Miro, Moore, Kandinsky and various local artists. Metro: Tenleytown – AU Station (Red Line) exit Wisconsin Ave for taxi or 45 minute walk. 2401 Foxhall Road, NW Washington DC 20007 (202) 338-3552 Open: Tues-Fri reservations are required for a guided tour given at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The world’s largest library with Thomas Jefferson’s own collection and currently housing over 20 million books. Visit the three buildings that have scheduled tours and enjoy free exhibits, concerts and films. Explore the Jefferson Building, know for its impressive 19th century architechture. Don’t miss the Gutenberg Bible. Metro: Capitol South Metro (Blue/ Orange lines) 101 First Street, Washington, DC (202) 707-8000 Open: Mon. – Sat. 8AM-5:30 PM Admission: Free

KOREAN WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL Built by the Korean War Veterans Memorial Advisory at a cost of $18 million in donated funds, this memorial, located on a 2.2 acre site adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, features a sculptured column of 19-foot soldiers arrayed for combat with the American flag as their symbolic objective. A 164-foot mural wall is inscribed with the words, “Freedom is Not Free” and is etched with 2500 photographic images of nurses, chaplains, crew chiefs, mechanics, and other support personnel to symbolize the vast effort that sustained the military

MARIAN KOSHLAND SCIENCE MUSEUM The museum uses engaging interactive exhibits to bring to life the numerous reports conducted by the prestigious National Academies every year. Metro: Verizon Center Station (Green/ Red/Yellow lines) Judiciary Square Station (Red line) 6th and E Sts., NW Washington, DC (202) 334-1201 Open: Daily (except Tues.) 10AM6PM (last ticket sold at 5PM) Closed: Tuesdays and Jan. 1, Nov.22 and Dec. 25. Admission: Adults $7; Seniors/Military/ Students/Children $4

Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM Celebrating its tenth anniversary, this is the nation’s first public institution dedicated solely to espionage, shedding light on an all-but-invisible profession. The Museum maintains the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on display. Visitors are invited to test their espionage skills throughout the museum. Take on the role of a former spy experiencing memorizing specific details and see if you can keep your “cover.” Metro: Gallery Place Metro Station (Yellow/Red/Green lines) Exit Galleries 9th and G Streets NW 800 F St., NW, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 393-7798, (866) 779-6873 August – September, 2012 Dc Metro



In case you were asking


ne of the first things visitors notice about the Washington Monument, besides of course it being very tall, is the color break about a third of the way up. Many a visitor has been taken in by stories of a giant flood, and the most gullible have been convinced the Monument is lowered for safe keeping every night! But the truth is just as fascinating! In 1849, as construction was progressing on the Monument, the State of Alabama donated a stone from their home state, and it had become traditional for states, countries, groups of citizens, and other organizations to donate stones to line the walls along the staircase up. Then, in 1854, a group of anti-immigration zealots, aptly named the “Know Nothings”, mustered up some outrage that Pope Pius IX had the temerity to donate a stone to the Monument. The Know Nothings had formed in response to the largely Catholic wave of Irish immigrants following the potato famine.

This newly dedicated memorial honors Dr. King’s legacy of national and international contributions to world peace through non-violent social change. As the first monument on the National Mall to honor a man of color – and only the fourth to honor a non-president - its location on the Tidal Basin creates a visual and historical continuity between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials and is designed to be an engaging visitor experience tied to other landscapes and monuments, not as a single object or memorial dominating the site. The composition of the memorial utilizes natural landscape elements - including water, stone, and trees - to powerfully convey four fundamental and recurring themes throughout Dr. King’s message: justice, democracy, hope and love. A 450-foot inscription wall features more than a dozen King quotes engraved into granite which serve as a lasting testament and reminder of Dr. King’s humanitarian vision. The memorial includes the “Mountain of Despair” and the “Stone of Hope,” and features a 30-foot sculpture of Dr. King. Metro: Smithsonian and Foggy Bottom (Closest stations and then walk) Entrances to the Memorial site are located at Independence Avenue, SW, west of West Basin Drive; Independence Avenue, SW, at Daniel French Drive; Ohio Drive, SW, south of the Ericsson Statue; and Ohio Drive, SW, at West Basin Drive. Parking is extremely limited in the area, with public transportation suggested as the best way to reach the memorial. Open: Daily;

NATIONAL ARCHIVES No trip to DC is complete without viewing our country’s founding documents including the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. Tour the Public Vaults exhibits that take you on a journey through time and the changing technology of records. From George Washington’s handwritten letters to Abraham Lincoln’s wartime telegrams, most of the textual records in the Record of America are originals and will change from year to year. You may want to call this treasure “the nation’s attic”. Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Station (Blue/Yellow Lines) Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20408 (between 7th & 9th St. NW) (202) 357-5000 Open: Mar. 15 - Labor Day – Sept. 2, 10AM-7 PM. Sept. 3 – March 14, 10 AM-5:30 PM

The Know Nothing party saw the gift as the Pope’s transparent ruse to establish a Catholic theocracy in America via a hunk of rock. They stole the stone, broke it up, and threw it in the river. Feeling that they must remain vigilant in preventing a return of Popery, the Know Nothings then took control of the Washington National Monument Society to keep an eye on things. Unfortunately for them, raising funds and overseeing a complex engineering program is more difficult than staging a drunken riot, and construction ground to a halt. It wouldn’t be until 1876 that the Federal Government intervened, taking over the project and completing the Washington Monument in 1884. In the intervening three decades, the quarry outside Baltimore they had been using continued to dig stone out. As a result, the marble comes from a different quarry, and hence the slight, but noticeable, color change. 48

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NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM The winner and still champion! That’s right – DC (not Paris or Rome) is home to “The World’s Most Visited Museum.” You’ll see why when you spend the day watching the history of aviation unfold starting with the Wright Brothers’ 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis through the advances into space and the Apollo 11 lunar command module (just to name a few). Also worthy of note is the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater (admission), Flight Simulators (admission) and the Albert Einstein Planetarium (admission). Metro: L’Enfant Plaza Station (Blue/Green/Orange/ Yellow lines). Very limited 2 hour meter street parking. 6th St. and Independence Ave. SW Washington, DC 20580 (202) 357-2700, (202) 633-2214 Open: Mar. 17 – Sept. 3, 10AM-7:30 PM; Sept. 4 – Mar.16, 10AM-5PM. Closed December 25. See website for early closures. Admission: Free

NATIONAL AQUARIUM Tucked into the lower level of the U.S. Department of Commerce, America’s oldest public aquarium is filled with dozens of tanks that are home to more than 250 salt and fresh water species, including sharks, alligators, moray eels, and piranhas. Daily animal feedings and aquarist talks at 2 p.m. Metro: Federal Triangle Station or Smithsonian Station both (Blue/Orange lines) Limited street parking. 14th St. and Constitution NW Washington, DC (202) 482-0373 Open: Daily 9AM -5PM (last ticket sold at 4:30PM) Closed Nov. 22, Dec. 25. Admission: Admission: Adults $9.95, Seniors/Military: $8.95, Children 4-10: $4.95, 3 and under: Free. Cash or check only.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART The beautifully designed multi-building museum houses the nation’s most complete permanent collection of American and European art as well as captivating special exhibits. Metro: Judiciary Square Station (red line), Archives Station (Yellow/Green lines), and Smithsonian Station (blue/orange lines) 401 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20565 (202) 737-4215 Open: Mon.-Sat. 10 AM-5 PM.; Sun. 11AM.-6 PM. Closed Jan.1 and Dec. 25 Admission: Free - Limited Street Parking

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MUSEUM Located at National Geographic’s DC headquarters, past and current expeditions, adventures and scientific research come to life. Enjoy a wide variety of changing and permanent displays reflecting the richness and diversity of the world. Some exhibits are ticketed. Metro: Farragut North (Red Line) and Farragut West (Blue and Orange Lines) 1145 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20036 (202) 857-7588 Open: Daily 10AM -6PM (Closed December 25)

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART See how people from Africa transform religious beliefs and cultural ideals into various art forms. Daily 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. Free. Limited street parking. Metro: Smithsonian (Orange/Blue lines) 950 Independence Ave., SW (202) 357-1300

Metro: Smithsonian Station (Blue and Orange lines) 10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20560 (202) 633-1000 Open: 10AM-5:30PM (Open some holidays until 7:30PM - Check website. Closed Dec. 25) Free

Open: Daily 11:30AM-7PM (Closed Dec. 25) Free


Located poignantly between the Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument this memorial is dedicated to the 16 million who served in World War II. Two 43-ft. arches NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY to the north and south represent the Atlantic and Pacific The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the Theaters. The 56 pillars represent the U.S. States, terhistory of America through individuals who have shaped ritories, and D.C. at the time of the war. Freedom Walk has its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and a field of 4,000 sculptured gold starts, each representnew media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presiing the death of 100 Americans in the war (400,000). dents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose Dedicated on May 29, 2004. lives tell the American story. Metro: Smithsonian Metro (Blue/Orange lines) Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown - Exit Galleries (Red, 17th St. between Constitution Ave. and Independence Yellow and Green lines) Ave. NW, Washington, DC Eighth and F Streets, NW (800) 639-4992 Washington, DC 20001 Open: Daily - Free. (202) 633-8300 FNA_WhatsBehindWords_MetroMag7x4:Layout 1 1/12/12 5:29 PM Page 1

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN This architectural masterpiece took seven years to build and cost over $219 million. The museum opened to the public in 2004 and has attracted millions of people interested in learning about the languages, culture, history and art of Native Americans. It is the first national museum in the country dedicated exclusively to Native Americans. The five-story, 250,000-square-foot curvilinear building is clad in a golden-colored Kasota limestone designed to evoke natural rock formations shaped by wind and water over thousands of years. Metro: L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Orange/Green/Yellow lines) Exit Maryland Ave/Smithsonian Museum 4th & Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20560 (between the National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building. (202) 633-1000 Open: Daily 10AM–5:30PM; closed December 25. Free

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY Explore major themes in American history and culture, from the War of Independence to the present day. This is the museum that houses Archie Bunker’s chair, Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, Seinfeld’s “puffy shirt”, Abraham Lincoln’s top hat, Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet and the First Ladies’ dress collection. Recent renovations added a new visitor’s center and a state-of-the-art display gallery for the original Star-Spangled Banner. Don’t miss “The Price of Freedom” exhibit. Metro: Federal Triangle (Blue and Orange Lines) or Smithsonian 14th Street at Constitution Avenue Washington, DC (202) 357-2700 Open: Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Closed Dec. 25) Free.

What’s behind these words? See the original Charters of Freedom and some of the billions of other priceless National Archives records on display.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Everyone in the family is sure to find something amazing while exploring the largest, most comprehensive natural history collection in the world. Kids’ favorites include the Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton in the dinosaur exhibit, the live interaction with over 65 species of arthropods at the Insect Zoo and the new live butterfly house. Moms won’t want to miss the National Gem Collection which houses the world-famous Hope Diamond. The museum also has an IMAX theater and a great cafeteria.

The National Archives Building is located between 7th and 9th on Constitution Ave. For more information visit:

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THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, opened in 1921 in the home of Duncan Phillips (1866-1966). The museum, internationally recognized for the incredible collection, includes nearly 3,000 works by American and European artists—among them, Degas, Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Klee, Homer, Whistler, Hopper, Stieglitz, O’Keeffe, Calder, Rothko, and many others. Discover for yourself this international treasure and one of Washington, DC’s best-loved museums. Some special exhibits offer audio tours. Limited street parking. Metro: DuPont Circle (Red line) 1600 21st St., NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202) 387-2151 Open: Tues.-Sat. 10 AM -5 PM.; Thurs. open to 8:30 p.m.; Sun. 11 AM - to 6PM; Closed Federal Holidays. Price Info: 18 and under free admission.


The World’s Largest Shakespeare Collection

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The Newseum is a dazzling, high-tech roller coaster ride through 500 years of headline history, featuring dozens of galleries, theaters and interactive exhibits that bring you face to face with the greatest events of our time. Stand in the shadow of the Unabomber’s cabin, touch the Berlin Wall and hear never-told stories from the journalists and photographers who have stood on the front lines of history. Main galleries explore electronic news, photojournalism, new history and world news. Unique artifacts, powerful photography and moving images invite you to remember, relive and share moments that changed our lives. The Newseum, in partnership with Hewlett-Packard, just opened a 2,500-square-foot HP New Media Gallery which will give visitors a chance to step into a threedimensional social network. The gallery features five groundbreaking interactive experiences and two video presentations that illustrate the evolution and progression of global media. Metro: Archives/Navy of Memorial-Penn Quarter, (Yellow and Green Lines) - Smithsonian (Blue and Orange Lines) or Gallery Place-Chinatown 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001 (888) 639-7386 Open: Daily 9 AM – 5 PM (Closed on Thanksgiving, December 25, January 1) Admission: Adults - $21.95 (all plus tax); Seniors - $17.95; Children - $12.95; 6 and under: free

Steps away from the White House, this museum will celebrate its 40th anniversary in November. The permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery, a branch of the American Art Museum, features contemporary American crafts in glass, ceramics, metal, wood, and fiber. Metro: Farragut North Station (Red line) & Farragut West Station (Blue/Orange lines) 1661 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006 (Corner of 17th and Pennsylvania NW) (202) 633-7970 (recorded message) 202-633-1000 Open: Daily - 10AM – 5:30PM. Closed December 25 Admission: Free

THE PRESIDENTS GALLERY BY MADAME TUSSAUDS WASHINGTON, D.C. Take a remarkable interactive, chronological journey through U.S. history. Featuring life-sized wax figures of all the U.S. Presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama, guests will explore the 44 presidencies. Some new interactive experiences include: crossing the Delaware River with George Washington, sitting with Franklin D. Roosevelt for a fireside chat, walking on the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, braving the Underground Railway with Harriet Tubman and meeting the founder of the Girl Scouts – Juliette Gordon Low – as well as sports, pop and musical icons. Metro: Red Line – exit Metro Center – 11th and G Streets NW

Yellow Line- exit Galleries at 9th and G Streets NW - walk 2 blocks 1001 F Street NW Washington, DC 20004 202-942-7300 Open: Sunday - Friday, 10AM - 6PM (last ticket sold) Saturday, 10AM - 8 PM (last ticket sold) Apr. 15- Sept. 9, 2012 Admission: Adults: $22.26 Children 4-12 - S16.96 -3 and under free.

SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM The Smithsonian American Art Museum captures the aspirations, character and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries. It is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. American Art has the largest collection of New Deal art and the finest collections of contemporary craft, American impressionist paintings, and masterpieces from the Gilded Age. Metro: Gallery Place – Chinatown Station (Green/Red/Yellow lines) Exit Galleries 8th and F Streets NW Washington, DC 20004 (202)633-7970/202-633-1000 Open: Daily 11:30AM - 7PM. Closed December 25 (check website for private event closings) Admission: Free



Walk the halls of our highest court and attend lectures every hour on the half hour. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. when court is not in session. The National Zoo is home to more than 2,000 Metro: Capitol South (Blue/Orange lines) Udvar-Hazy Center animals of nearly 400 different species, including 1st and Maryland Ave. giant pandas, Asian elephants, tigers, lions, birds, NE Washington, DC 20001 reptiles and much more. The best known residents (202) 479-3211 NATIONAL AIR are the giant pandas, Tian Tian and MeiAND Xiang. SPACE MUSEUM Open: Mon. – Fri. 9AM-4:30PM STEVEN F.2 UDVAR-HAZY CENTER The Zoo welcomes more than million visitors Part ofSome the largest and space museum complex in the world, visitors a year, free of charge. popularair highlights include seven can lion cubs, lastthe fall;entire the Asia THOMAS JEFFERSON view born nearly collection of air and spacecraft memorabilia Trail exhibit, which includes red pandas, MEMORIAL the Smithsonian has toclouded offer. An open space of 10-story arched trusses, leopards, fishing cats and otters; the invertebrate Beneath the rotunda, the 19-foot statue of with a network of walkways and displayed on marble the floor. Among them will house, with an 11:00 a.m. daily octopus feeding; the third U.S. president is surrounded by passages be such icons as the Space Shuttle Enterprise, a Lockheed SR71 Blackbird and Amazonia, the 15,000 square-foot rain from the Declaration of Independence and other reconnaissance the Enolafamous Gay and much writings. more. South of the main forest habitat with Amazon river airplane, fish and dozens Jefferson of mammals, birds, reptiles amphibians. A Metro: Smithsonian (Orange/Blue lines) terminal at and Washington Dulles International Airport, Metro Chantilly. Call (202) 163-acre urban3572700 oasis, the(voice) Zoo is located 1500 Maine Ave. SW, Washington, DC or visitin Rock Creek Park. There are 30 animal demonstrations (202) 426-6841 that take place every day. For the first time at the Open: Daily 8 AM-12AM NATIONAL Reptile Discovery Center (opensFIREARMS at 10AM daily) MUSEUM UNITED STATES CAPITOL The National Rifle Association’s headquarters houses more than 2,000 impressed tortoises will be exhibited. Thefirearm United States Capitol the most historic firearms, many of America’s treasures inis13among permanent Metro: Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan architecturally impressive and symbolically Station (Red line) 3 block walk or take L2/L3 galleries. Open daily 9:30-5 11250important Waples buildings Mill Rd.,inFairfax . the world. It houses the bus. Or, Cleveland Stationor(Red Line) 703 Park 267-1600 online at3 meeting chambers of the Senate and the House block walk or take L1/L2 bus. of Representatives. Since its opening in 1793, the If driving parking maximum $22 per day. Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended and 3001 Connecticut Ave. restored. Today, it stands as a monument not only NATIONAL MARINE CORPS NW, Washington, DC 20008 MUSEUM OF THE to its builders but also to the American people and (202) 633-4888 The museum’s angled steel edificetheir evokes the iconic image oftour IwoThe Jima. government. If you wish to Capitol, Open: Daily. Grounds: you’ll needand to plan ahead. Reservations are required. WitnessApr. and– Oct. feel 6AM-8PM.; the rigidity of boot camp force of drill instructors. Free. Nov. – Mar. 6AM-6PM. Exhibit Buildings: 10AM. PassesTriangle, may be booked advance online at www.visLocated at 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy. VA. in Call 877-653-1775 or Closed December 25. Admission: Free, through the offices of your Senators visit or Representatives, or through the Office of Visitor Services by calling (202) 226-8000. Metro: Union Station Metro Station (Red line) or Capitol South Station (Blue/Orange lines). THEODORE ROOSEVELT ISLAND Capitol St. at First St. A local’s spot accessible only by a East footbridge in its parking lot found on the Washington, DC 20515 (grounds) north-bound lane of the G.W. Memorial Parkway. A great place to hike, bike, Closest parking garage Union Station or just hang out by the 12-foot statue of 225-6827 the man himself. Metro to Rosslyn (202) (blue/orange lines). At North bound lane of –G.W. PkwyAM-4:30PM between Key Open: Mon. Sat. 8:30 (firstand tour at 8:50AM last tour at 3:20PM). Closed Jan.1, Roosevelt bridges. Inauguration Day, Nov. 22, Dec.25. Admission: Free or

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The Visitor Center, the new main entrance to the U.S. Capitol, is located beneath the East Front plaza of the Capitol, at First and East Capitol Streets. Guided tours of the U.S. Capitol begin at the Orientation Theaters on the lower level. In this 580,000 square foot addition to the historic building you’ll learn about the history, architecture and art of the U.S. Capitol as well as our unique legislative process. Metro: Capitol South (Blue/Orange lines) East Capitol St. at First St., Room SVC-101 Washington, DC 20002 (East Plaza of the Capitol, between Constitution and Independence Avenues NE) (202) 226-8000 Open: Mon.-Sat. 8:30 AM-4:30PM (first tour at 8:50AM last tour at 3:20PM). Closed Jan.1, Inauguration Day, Nov. 22, Dec.25. Admission: Free

If you want to tour the home of every U.S. president except George Washington, you must make a tour request (up to 6 months in advance) through your member of Congress (Senator or Representative). If planning in advance isn’t you, then at least visit the White House Visitors Center. Located at the South East corner of 15th and E Streets NW. The center includes exhibits on White House architecture and furnishings, first families and social and diplomacy events and a thirty-minute video. Advance reservation made through your member of Congress required. Metro: Farragut West, Federal Triangle or McPherson Square (all Blue/orange lines); Metro Center (Blue/ Orange/Red lines) 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 15th and 17th Sts. Washington, DC - WHITE HOUSE 1450 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004 (VISITOR CENTER) (202) 456-7041 – recorded White House Line (202) 208-1631 (White House Visitor Center) Open: WHITE HOUSE - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY through member of CONGRESS Tues. – Thurs. 7:30 AM-11AM; Fri. 7:30 AM-12PM; Sat. 7:30 AM-1PM. Closed: Jan. 1, Nov.22 and Dec. 25. Admission: Free White House VISITOR CENTER - Daily 7:30AM-4:30 PM Closed: Jan. 1, Nov.22 and Dec. 25. Admission: Free

UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN The United States Botanic Garden, run by the Congress of the United States, is located on the U.S. Capitol Grounds campus near Garfield Circle. The building itself, which includes a large Lord & Burnham greenhouse, is divided into separate rooms, each one simulating a different habitat. The United States Botanic Garden traces its beginning to 1816, when the Columbian Institute for the Promotion of Arts and Sciences proposed the creation of a botanic garden to collect, grow, and distribute plants of this and other countries that might contribute to the welfare of the American people. Metro: Federal Center SW Station (Blue/ Orange lines) Metro-buses: # 30, 32, 34, 35, and #36 stop at Independence & First Streets NE Main Entrance: 245 First Street SW and another at Independence Ave. SW & 3rd Streets SW Washington, DC 20024 (202) 225-8333, (202) 225-1116 (tours) Open: Daily Bartholdi Park - Dawn to Dusk; Conservatory - 10AM-5PM; National Gardens 10AM-7PM May 28 Sept. 3, then 10AM-5PM Admission: Free – Cell phone tours available

VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL The famous black granite wall, inscribed with the names of 58,209 American servicemen and women lost in Vietnam, serves as a venue for reconciliation between those opposed to this war and those that sacrificed their lives for it. The memorial consists of three distinct sections. “The Wall,” the three servicemen statue and flag pole, and the women in service to the Vietnam War statue. Metro: Foggy Bottom Station (Blue/Orange lines) or Smithsonian Station (Blue/Orange lines) 21st St. NW at Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC (Constitution Ave & Henry Bacon Dr NW) (202) 426-6841, (202) 634-1568 Open: Daily - Park ranger available - 8AM-12AM Admission: Free

WASHINGTON MONUMENT Towering higher than any building in DC, the Washington Monument exemplifies the simplistic elegance and enduring presence of our first president. The Monument is the most prominent structure in DC and built to honor President George Washington. Although a long restoration was recently completed, an August, 2011 earthquake created significant structural damage that has necessitated its temporary closing. Metro: Smithsonian Station (Blue/Orange lines) 1 Harry S. Truman Dr. Washington, DC (15th and Constitution Aves NW) (202) 426-6841, (800) 967-2283 TEMPORARILY CLOSED August – September, 2012 Dc Metro


Using Metro

Getting Around t’s the best, most convenient and stressfree way to get around the metropolitan area. You can explore the city and its Virginia and Maryland suburbs without the hassles of traffic and parking or the expense of gas.

Farecards and Passes Each person needs his/her own farecard or pass to ride Metrorail. A pass or farecard cannot be shared with another person. Farecards hold between $1.50 and $45 and are available at fare vending machines in Metrorail stations. You can buy farecards worth $10, $15 or $20 online. If you have a group, call Group Sales at 202-962-1488 for assistance. Customers can also purchase a SmarTrip® card, which is a permanent, rechargeable farecard. It’s like a credit card, and is embedded with a computer chip that keeps track of the value of the card. SmarTrip® cards are usable on either bus or rail and must be used to pay for parking at Metrorail stations. Purchase at Metro sales offices or outlets for $5. SmarTrip® cards are also sold for $10 (with $5 value loaded) through vending machines at all stations where parking is available. Use Metro’s Trip Planner online if you wish to determine your exact fare and route.

$14.00 One Day Pass This Pass is valid for one day of unlimited Metrorail travel; no time restrictions. Pass expires at the end of the operating day: 3 am on weekends, midnight on weeknights. Buy online or at any Metro station from a Passes/ Farecards machine. At Metro Sales Offices – Metro sales offices are located at the Metro Center station, the Pentagon station, and Metro Headquarters at 600 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Metro sales offices carry all visitor’s passes and senior/disabled farecards. Parking at Metro: Metro operates parking facilities at 42 Metrorail stations. All 42 stations offer daily or hourly parking. 54

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