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Welcome to Washington, DC.
One of the most popular destinations in the world!
ith 16 million people flocking to DC annually, both visitors and locals alike know that this is a city steeped in history—and history in the making. This is the place to explore the best of our country’s historic landmarks, inspiring monuments and the many museums housing the artifacts that tell the story of a nation. But there’s even more to enjoy when you’re in DC.
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In June and July the city explodes not only with Independence Day fireworks, but also with enough celebrations and festivals to satisfy all tastes and interests. Tens of thousands of visitors will come together for the National Fourth of July Celebration, with patriotic parade, Capitol lawn concert and a spectacular pyrotechnic display to cap off the day. But there’s also the Smithsonian Folklife Festival that annually explores living cultural heritage outdoors on the National Mall, not to mention the many film, music, food and beverage festivals to be enjoyed throughout the metro area. And if you’re looking for even more fun, be among the first to experience the new Capital Wheel at National Harbor, which will have riders soaring 180 feet above the Potomac River waterfront and is sure to become the area’s newest world-class icon. While you’re here don’t forget to “get your culture on”, with “can’t miss” art exhibits like Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In at the National Gallery of Art, as well as sampling the abundant music and stage offerings to be found at the area’s many outstanding concert venues and theaters. But when you’re ready to take a breather from the bustling city scene, Orange County, Virginia is just a short drive away, where you’ll discover a rural paradise of rolling landscapes and spectacular views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s also home to award-winning vineyards, extraordinary inns and Montpelier, the historic home of our 4th Dolley, who inspired the title “First Lady”. So as you’re sure to discover, DC and the surrounding region is much, much more than just marble monuments and memorable museums. And DC Metro Magazine is pleased to be your guide to our dynamic city and its surrounding areas that offer nearly limitless opportunities to experience the best in history, culture, dining, shopping and unique scenic adventures.
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In & Around
The Capital Wheel – National Harbor
Reopened to the Public: The Washington Monument After an enforced closure of more than two years to repair damage caused by the 2011 earthquake, the Washington Monument is once again open to visitors! Get an unparalleled view of the nation’s capital from the world’s tallest freestanding stone structure, towering more than 555 feet. Entrance to this popular DC attraction requires tickets for all visitors ages 2 and up. FREE! for same-day tickets (limited supply), with reserved tickets available with fee. Summer hours: 9am-10pm (last tour begins by 9:45pm). Closed July 4. Washington Monument, 2 15th St. NW Washington, DC. www.nps.gov/wamo
Now Open and Operating Daily: The Capital Wheel at National Harbor The newest addition to DC’s iconic skyline will have visitors feeling like they’re sitting on top of
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the world! Marvel at incomparable views of the White House and Capitol, Arlington Cemetery, the historic City of Alexandria and beyond as you soar 180 feet above the Potomac River from the comfort of closed, climate-controlled gondolas. There’s no better way to take in the Nations’ Capital and the beauty of its changing seasons than from the bird’s eye view offered by this exciting observation Ferris wheel. Be among the first to experience this eagerly awaited addition to National Harbor – a sophisticated yet family-friendly adventure for all ages. $15 (VIP seating available at additional charge). Daily, 10am-10pm. National Harbor, 165 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745. www.nationalharbor.com
Through June 15
Arlington at 150: Honor the Tradition, Remember the Sacrifice, Explore the History Arlington commemorates the 150th anniversary of its establishment as a national military cemetery with a series of special events and tours to commemorate this important milestone in American history. Created out of necessity during the American Civil
War, it’s become a national shrine for hundreds of thousands of military members and veterans, from the Revolutionary War to the conflicts of the 21st century, and continuing for generations to come. FREE! Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 22211. www.arlingtoncemetery.mil
Through Labor Day
The Carousel at National Harbor All kids — whatever their age — love a carousel and National Harbor’s waterfront attraction is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. This 36-foot Americana-themed carousel features a herd of whimsical creatures, with the beauty of the sparkling Potomac as its backdrop. The carousel complex features a playground, toddler play area and picnic tables so families can relax and soak up some sun. $3 for single ride/$5 for all-day pass; moms and dads ride free with child admission. 12-8pm Sun-Thurs; 12-10pm Fri-Sat (closed in inclement weather). Located on National Plaza at the north end of National Harbor. National Harbor, 137 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD 20745 www.nationalharbor.com
Marine Corp Sunset Review Parade 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! 7-8pm. Iwo Jima /U.S. Marine Corp War Memorial, Marshall Drive, between Route 50 and Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, VA 22209 www.marines.mil
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! Grass seating is available – blankets or lawn chairs suggested. Performances located at Summerall Field (June) and Whipple Field (July) at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery), 204 Lee Avenue, Fort Myer, Arlington, VA 22209 www.twilight.mdw.army.mil
Jazz in the Garden Now in its 14th year, The National Gallery of Art’s concert series features an array of jazz artists performing a range of styles – including salsa, blusion, xylophone, and Afrofunk– 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 20565 www.nga.gov/programs/jazz
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 capital skyline from across the Potomac River will be underscored by the new and classic big band repertoire presented by the Air Force Band and its ensembles. FREE! 8pm. Air Force Memorial, One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA 22204
Outdoor Concerts at Yards Park Everyone will be “rockin’ on the riverfront” this summer! This popular riverfront destination, located near the Washington Navy Yard and Nationals Park, is a great place to unwind and listen to a variety of music, ranging from reggae to 80s to R&B. Bring a picnic or purchase food and beverage at the Park. FREE! 6:30-8:30pm. The Yards Park, 355 Water Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 www.capitolriverfront.org
Saturdays, June 7-July 12
Military Summer Concert Series With the riverfront’s late summer sun as their breathtaking backdrop, the acclaimed musical
bands and ensembles of the U.S Military—including US Army Blues, US Navy “Commodores”, US Air Force “Max Impact” Band and others—take the stage this summer as National Harbor sways to an exciting mix of musical styles, patriotic favorites and orchestral classics. A “must” for the whole family. FREE! 6-7:30pm. National Plaza along the waterfront. National Harbor, 137 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD 20745 www.nationalharbor.com
on Saturday. $25 and up (advance discounts available). Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 12-6pm. Waterfront and Piers at National Harbor, 137 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD 20745 www.www.beerandbourbon.com
Sundays in June
In what is arguably one of the best—or at least the wildest—parades you may ever see, this celebration of spirit and strength in the GLBT communities brings its elaborate floats, dancing on the streets, and lots of glitter and beads, back to DC on Saturday June 7th, with a fabulous Street Festival to follow on Sunday, June 8th. FREE! Saturday Parade starts at 4:30pm at 23rd and P streets NW, Washington, DC 20037 (see website for route); Sunday Festival: 12-7pm, entertainment until 9pm. Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20001 www.capitalpride.org
Mountain Rail Adventures Family Days Gather up the family for a Sunday outing in wild and wonderful West Virginia and ride one of the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s trains at a discount! Throughout June, enjoy a 10% discount on every Sunday ticket on either the Durbin Rocket that departs Durbin for Hevener Station or the New Tygart Flyer departing Elkins for the High Falls of Cheat. Each of these beautifully refurbished and historic locomotives has its own unique journey, traveling through some of the best scenery this side of the Rockies! Note: Discount available by phone reservation only: 304-636-9477. Durbin&Greenbrier Valley RR, 315 Railroad Avenue, Elkins, WV 26241 www.mountainrailwv.com
Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival This is the “can’t miss” festival if you’re looking for a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’ and barbeque eatin’. Admission buys a tasting glass that allows guest to enjoy an all-you-care-to-taste samplings of over 60 beers and 40 bourbons. Experience some of the country’s best barbeque while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and live music all day. Early entry VIP Bacon Session available
The 39th Annual Capital Pride Parade and Festival
French Festival at Hillwood Timed to Bastille Day, this annual event celebrates heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post’s first collecting passion: 18th-century French decorative arts. Activities include dance performances, live music, games, art projects, and access to Hillwood’s magnificent French collection and garden. Adults and kids alike will enjoy this ultimate summer get-away set in a magnificent outdoor garden right in the heart of DC. $5-$18. Festival activities 10am-5pm, with Hillwood open until 7pm. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008 www.hillwoodmuseum.org
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Second Thursday in Old Town
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Expanded for the summer! Old Town Alexandria’s the place to be on the second Thursday of the month for unique interactive art and boutique events. The waterfront area of lower King Street finds the arts bubbling up at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, with live performances, DIY activities, contests, art receptions and more. And with more than 30 boutiques open until 8pm every Thursday in June and July and dining available at Old Town’s acclaimed restaurants, Thursday becomes the new Saturday! FREE! 6-9pm. Torpedo Factory
Art Center, 105 N. Union Street and boutiques throughout Alexandria, VA 22314 www.visitalexandriava.com/secondthursday
Father’s Day Weekend at Mount Vernon Celebrate Father’s Day with America’s “First” Father! General Washington will greet visitors and pose for photographs on Father’s Day weekend and discuss his varied roles as husband, stepfather, and “Father of Our Country”. On the Bowling Green in front of the Mansion at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. This event is included in regular Estate admission: adults, $17.00; children ages 6-11, $8.00/children under 5 admitted free. Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22309 www.MountVernon.org
Alexandria’s Food & Wine Festival Taste the goodness at this annual community event that showcases diverse local restaurants and Virginia wineries, transforming Alexandria’s Carlyle District into a lively festival, complete with entertainment, children’s corner, and food and wine tastings. Local restaurants will compete for best appetizer, main course and desert. FREE to attend, however tickets needed to sample food and beverages. Food Tasting: $15 (8 taste tickets); Wine Tasting: $15. 12-5pm. John Carlyle Square. 300 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria VA 22314. www.alexandriafoodandwine.com
The 22nd Annual National Capital Barbecue Battle
In the shadow of the nation’s capital, tens of thousands will witness barbecue teams and restaurants from around the country compete for over $40,000 in cash and prizes and the title of National Barbecue Champion. If you love BBQ you’ll love the food samples, interactive exhibits and cooking demonstrations at this sizzling summer festival, plus non-stop musical and family entertainment! Adults: $15 ($12 in advance); Children 12&under: FREE. Saturday: 11am-10pm; Sunday: 11am-7:30pm. Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between 9th & 14th Sts., Washington, DC 20530 www.bbqdc.com
DC Jazz Festival The fastest growing jazz festival in the US celebrates its 10th anniversary honoring America’s unique musical art form with more than 125 top artists performing in some of the city’s most exceptional venues, including a threeday “blowout” at Yards Park overlooking the Anacostia River (June 27-29). For full schedule and tickets: www.dcjazzfest.org
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National Independence Day Parade Parade Start: 11:45am Parade Route: Constitution Avenue, between 7th to 17th Streets, NW Constitution Avenue and DC’s monuments form a majestic setting for the National Parade that features marching bands, military units and floats. The parade draws a crowd numbering in the hundreds of thousands, so claim your viewing spot early! www.july4thparade.com
A Capitol Fourth Concert Concert: 8-9:30pm (Gates open at 3pm) Location: West Lawn of the U. S. Capitol Celebrate with the National Symphony Orchestra, Host Tom Bergeron and well-known guest performers, at this live, nationally televised outdoor concert of patriotic music, sponsored by PBS. www.pbs.org/capitolfourth
4th of July Fireworks on the National Mall Fireworks start at dark, usually around 9:10 p.m. (Rain Date: July 5th) Location: Launched from the Lincoln Memorial
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The 48th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Initiated in 1967, this festival has become the benchmark, both nationally and internationally, in celebrating contemporary living traditions throughout our world. The 2014 Festival includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of cultural issues. The themes of this year’s program are: China: Tradition and the Art of Living and Kenya: Mambo POA. FREE! Daily 11am-5:30pm, with special events most evenings. The National Mall, between 7th and 14th Streets, Washington, DC. For complete schedule: www.festival.si.edu
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A Capitol Fourth – America’s Independence Day Celebration
What better way to commemorate our country’s birthday than to join hundreds of thousands of Americans in our nation’s capital for a parade, birthday celebrations and the most famous fireworks extravaganza of them all? The pyrotechnics don’t start until after 9pm, but it’s a good idea to stake out a spot on the National Mall early and make an entire day of it. Break out your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets and take part in a tradition that started more than 200 years ago when Thomas Jefferson hosted the first official Fourth of July celebration at the presidential mansion. There’s plenty of ways to let freedom ring on the 4th! All events are FREE! National Mall, Washington, DC. Public access to the Mall begins at 10am, with all visitors required to enter via a security checkpoint and are subject to security screening.
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In & Around Reflecting Pool, the fireworks are visible in the sky over the Washington Monument and along the National Mall. www.nps.gov/foju
An American Celebration at Mount Vernon Mount Vernon salutes our first commander-inchief with a dazzling display of made-for-daytime fireworks during its annual Independence Day event! Visitors will be treated to spectacular smoke
fireworks in patriotic colors fired over the Potomac River. The event also includes an inspirational naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens, military reenactments, a special wreath laying ceremony and a visit from the “first” first couple, General and Mrs. Washington. 8am-5pm. This event is included in regular Estate admission: adults, $17; children ages 6-11, $8; and children under 5 are admitted FREE. Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA. www.MountVernon.org
Capital Fringe Festival Come downtown and see something different this July as hundreds of creative and innovative local, national and international artists push the boundaries of performing arts during the 9th annual celebration. Enjoy creative and uninhibited performances by risk-taking and non-traditional artists, including theater, dance, music, poetry, puppetry and more. Ticket, schedule and venue information available starting June 19th. www.capitalfringe.org
Alexandria Birthday Celebration This Alexandria tradition celebrates the City’s birthday along with a belated salute to the USA! Program includes children’s activities and entertainment, exhibits by community groups and
CONCERTS Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566 202-467-4600 www.kennedy-center.org
Dana Carvey & Dennis Miller 8pm in the Concert Hall
Nationals Park 1500 South Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 Tickets: 888-632-NATS (6287) www.washington.nationals. mlb.com
Jason Aldean Burn it Down Tour 8pm
Billy Joel 8pm
Verizon Center 601 F Street NW Washington, DC 20004 202-628-3200 www.verizoncenter.com
Katy Perry The Prismatic World Tour 7pm
New Edition 8pm
Warner Theatre 513 13th Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 202-783-4000 www.warnertheatredc.com
Tracy Morgan Turn it Funny 8pm
Bob Saget 8pm
An Evening with YES 8pm
B.B. King 8pm
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food sales. Enjoy birthday cake, musical performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and a spectacular fireworks display. So pack the picnic basket and break out the lawn chairs and blankets. FREE! 7-10pm, with Symphony to start at 8:30pm and fireworks scheduled for 9:30pm. Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. www.visitalexandriava.com
Brew at the Zoo Raise your glass to conservation and sample beer from more than 60 craft and microbreweries while enjoying live entertainment and food tastings. Proceeds support animal care, conservation science, education, and sustainability at the Zoo. Admission: 21 years+ and must present valid ID. Individual and VIP tickets available. 6-9pm. Located at Lower Zoo from Lemur Island to the bottom of the Zoo. Smithsonian National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008. www.nationalzoo.si.edu
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Blues on the Balcony – RailYard Restaurant
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Wolf Trap National Park For The Performing Arts Wolf Trap Filene Center 1551 Trap Road Vienna, VA 22182 877-WOLFTRAP www.wolftrap.org
Sara Bareilles 7:30pm
Diana Ross 8pm
Crosby, Stills & Nash 8pm
Counting Crows 7pm
Replay America 2014 The Go-Go’s 8pm
Matthew Morrison with the National Symphony Orchestra 8:15pm
Daryl Hall & John Oates 8pm
Jennifer Nettles 8pm
Il Volo 8pm
Ringo Starr & His AllStar Band 8pm
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The Fray 7pm
Straight No Chaser 8pm
Huey Lewis &The News 8pm
Lionel Richie Special Guest: CeeLo Green 8pm
Sarah McLachlan 8pm
Darius Rucker 7:30pm
July 29 Heart 8pm
Discover the Real George Washington Discover the man and the ideas that founded a nation at Mount Vernon. Featuring beautiful gardens and grounds, interactive museum, specialty tours, distillery and gristmill, and more!
16 miles south of Washington, D.C. on the George Washington Parkway 703.780.2000 | MountVernon.org
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Theater The Lion King – Kennedy Center
ARENA STAGE 1101 Sixth Street, SW Washington, DC 20024 202-488-3300 www.arenastage.org
June 6-29 in the Kogod Cradle
Healing Wars A world premiere dance event! A pioneer in the world of contemporary dance, Liz Lerman’s newest theatrical dance piece explores the experiences of the healers tasked with treating the physical and psychic wounds of battle. Joined by Bill Pullman (Independence Day), an ensemble of dancers represents medics and soldiers from the Civil War to today to examine how we experience and recover from war.
KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566 202-467-4600 www.kennedy-center.org
June 14-July 13 in the Eisenhower Theater
Side Show Step right up for this reimagining of the hit 1997 Broadway musical, inspired by the truelife story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. Chronicling their rise from freak circus
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attractions to famous vaudeville entertainers during the Great Depression, Side Show follows the Hilton sisters’ heartwarming search for fortune and love. Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls).
June 17-August 17 in the Opera House
Disney’s The Lion King Winner of six Tonys including Best Musical, Disney’s The Lion King returns to DC! With direction and costumes by Julie Taymor, Elton John and Tim Rice’s score brings the African pridelands to life with “Circle of Life” and many more great songs.
THE LITTLE THEATRE OF ALEXANDRIA 600 Wolfe Street Alexandria, VA 22314 703-683-0496 www.thelittletheatre.com
June 14-July 5
Plaza Suite In this delicious comedy by Neil Simon, three couples, separated by time and circumstance, all visit room 719 of New York’s famous Plaza Hotel. In just three acts this comedy propels the audience on a whirlwind and thoughtful journey as marriages dissolve, seductions occur, and a reluctant bride is persuaded to begin a marriage.
It’s a wry tale with sparkling wit and silly slapstick, as only Simon can tell, that explores love, marriage, and the bargains we make along the way.
IMAGINATION STAGE 4908 Auburn Avenue Bethesda, Maryland 20814 301-280-1660 www.imaginationstage.org
June 25-August 10
The BFG This play, based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl, integrates puppetry, rich visuals, and imaginative storytelling as Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant go on a magical journey to save the children of England. Best for children ages 5-10.
NATIONAL THEATER 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004 202-628-6161 www.thenationaldc.com
West Side Story This classic American musical about starcrossed lovers Tony and Maria who must struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them remains as powerful, poignant, and timely as ever.
SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY The Lansburgh Theatre: 450 7th Street NW Sidney Harman Hall: 610 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 202-547-1122 www.shakespearetheatre.org
May 29-July 13 in the Lansburgh Theatre
Carmen Wolf Trap Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra bring to the stage the thrilling tale of love, lust, and desire. With its vibrant colors and evocative images, this new production—fully staged and costumed, with custom video projection design created for Wolf Trap’s beautiful outdoor amphitheatre—will surely transport its audience to Spain!
West Side Story – National Theater
Noël Coward’s fast-talking, manners-breaking comedy makes its STC debut to finish a stellar season, delivering a witty and irreverent play about the people we cannot live with or without.
Shirlington Village at 4200 Campbell Avenue Arlington, VA 22206 703-820-9771 www.signature-theatre.org
June 12-July 6
Cloak and Dagger
Photo of Bianca Amato by Teresa Wood.
Cloak and Datter – Signature Theatre
WOLF TRAP NATIONAL PARK for the PERFORMING ARTS 1551 Trap Road Vienna, VA 22182 877-WOLFTRAP www.wolftrap.org
Photo of Biance Amato by Teresa Wood.
This world premiere musical comedy is a delightfully screwball send-up of 1950s film noir. Third-rate detective Nick Cutter is down on his luck when a beautiful blonde bombshell tosses a very intriguing case (and herself) into his lap in a zany, mile-a-minute whodunit. With four actors playing nearly 20 roles, Cloak and Dagger uproariously spoofs the mystery genre with lightning speed and rapier wit.
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In & Around MOUNT VERNON ESTATE and GARDENS
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Mount Vernon, VA 22309 Adult (12-61): $17; Senior (62+): $16; Youth (611): $8; 5yrs and under: FREE www.mountvernon.org
Sara Roby Collection – Richard Merkin – American Art Museum
Gardens & Groves: George Washington’s Landscape at Mount Vernon
AMERICAN ART MUSEUM 8th and F Streets, NW Washington, DC 20004 FREE! www.americanart.si.edu
Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection This extraordinary collection presents some of the most treasured artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection, including works by Will Barnet, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Arthur Dove, Nancy Grossman, Edward Hopper, Wolf Kahn, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, Reginald Marsh, Ben Shahn, and Honoré Sharrer, among others. The exhibition includes seventy paintings and sculpture from the 1910s to the 1980s that encompass the range of what can broadly be called modern realism, from socio-political to psychological, from satirical to surrealist. 1st Floor West
AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM 1400 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001 FREE! www.americanhistory.si.edu
Opening June 14
Key’s “Star-Spangled Banner” Manuscript To mark the bicentennial of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner, the Maryland Historical Society loans Francis Scott Key’s original manuscript of the anthems’ lyrics to the museum for a special short-term display, reuniting it with the flag he saw at “dawn’s early light.” 2nd Floor Center (Star-Spangled Banner gallery)
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HILLWOOD ESTATE MUSEUM AND GARDEN 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008 Tuesday-Saturday and select Sundyas Adult: $15; Senior:$12; Student:$10; Child (ages 6 – 18):$5 www.hillwoodmuseum.org
Opening June 7th
Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems One of Cartier’s most important and enduring clients, Marjorie Merriweather Post commissioned some of the most exquisite jewelry sets, fashionable accessories, and finely crafted jeweled frames of any American collector. Following their return from exhibition in France, jewelry and objects from Hillwood’s Cartier collection will offer a notable perspective on the important role that Cartier played in the life and style of this American icon.
1001 F Street NW Washington, DC 20004 Adult (13+): $21.50; Child (4-12yrs): $17 (See discount coupon in this issue or visit the website for advance ticket discounts) www.madametussaudsdc.com
The President’s Gallery As part of the “capital” experience, don’t miss this chance to meet all 44 US 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 the 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.
Come explore Washington’s design for his estate, highlighting the first president’s interests and talents as a landscape designer. On view in The Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center, this new exhibit showcases more than 40 objects, combining rarely-seen items from Mount Vernon’s collection with original Washington books and letter loaned from institutions across the country, and, as its centerpiece, a spectacular model of Mount Vernon’s landscape as Washington last saw it in 1799. In the F.M. Kirby Foundation Gallery
NATIONAL ARCHIVES 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20408 FREE! www.archives.gov
“The Charters of Freedom: Our Nation’s Founding Documents” This Independence Day visit the Archive’s Rotunda to view and take a fresh look at the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. Using historical documents from the holdings of the National Archives, this exhibit seeks to answer two key questions about the Charters: “How did they happen?” and “Why are they important?” The Rotunda exhibit also touches on the roles played by women and slaves in the Revolutionary War. Don’t miss the remarkable story of Elizabeth Burgin’s heroic role in a successful plot to free soldiers from British prison ships. The Rotunda, which includes the Exhibit Hall, is located on Constitution Avenue
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MUSEUM
1145 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20036 Adults: $11; Members/Military/Seniors/Students: $9; Child (5-12): $7 www.nationalgeographic.com
Through September 14
Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed Rich natural resources in ancient Peru gave rise to the earliest Andean civilizations. Building on that wealth, skilled artisans crafted extraordinary and beautiful objects, including gold ceremonial
and funerary masks, beakers, and jewelry, rivaling anything made by the ancient Egyptians. Archaeological finds over the past half-century have begun to put these magnificent objects in context, allowing visitors to learn about the latest techniques for excavating tombs and examine how technology is offering new insights into the complex civilizations that existed in ancient Peru.
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY 8th and F Streets NW Washington, DC 20001 FREE! www.npg.si.edu
American Cool Cool is an original American sensibility and remains a global obsession, becoming a password that connotes a balanced state of mind, a dynamic mode of performance, and a certain signature style. Cool has been embodied in jazz musicians such as Miles Davis and Billie Holiday, in actors such as Robert Mitchum, Faye Dunaway, and Johnny Depp, and in singers such as Elvis Presley, Patti Smith, and Jay-Z. American Cool is a photography and cultural exhibition featuring portraits of these iconic figures, each of whom has contributed an original artistic vision to American culture and who have been captured by a roll call of fine-art photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon, Herman Leonard and Diane Arbus.
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SPORTS MLB Baseball
Nationals Park 1500 South Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 Tickets: 888-632-NATS (6287) www.washington.nationals.mlb.com
Home Schedule June: Sunday, June 1 – 1:35pm vs. Texas Rangers Tuesday, June 3 – 7:05pm vs. Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, June 4 – 7:05pm vs. Philadelphia Phillies Thursday, June 5 – 4:05pm vs. Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, June 17 – 7:05pm vs. Houston Astros Wednesday, June 18 – 7:05pm vs. Houston Astros Thursday, June 19 – 7:05pm vs. Atlanta Braves Friday, June 20 – 7:05pm vs. Atlanta Braves Saturday, June 21 – 7:15pm vs. Atlanta Braves Sunday, June 22 – 1:35pm vs. Atlanta Braves Monday, June 30 – 7:05pm vs. Colorado Rockies
July: Tuesday, July 1 – 7:05pm vs. Colorado Rockies Wednesday, July 2 – 6:05pm vs. Colorado Rockies Friday, July 4 – 11:05pm vs. Chicago Cubs Saturday, July 5 – 4:05pm vs. Chicago Cubs Sunday, July 6 – 1:35pm vs. Chicago Cubs Monday, July 7 – 7:05pm vs. Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, July 8 – 7:05pm vs. Baltimore Orioles Friday, July 18 – 7:05pm vs. Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, July 19 – 7:05pm vs. Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, July 20 – 1:35pm vs. Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, July 31 – 7:05pm vs. Philadelphia Phillies
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Verizon Center 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com
RFK Stadium 2400 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com
WASHINGTON MYSTICS DC UNITED
Sunday, June 1 - 4pm vs. Los Angeles Sparks Friday, June 6 - 7pm vs. Indiana Fever Tuesday, June 10 - 7pm vs. Phoenix Mercury Friday, June 13 - 7pm vs. Chicago Sky Sunday, June 15 – 4pm vs. Atlanta Dream Friday, June 27 - 7pm vs. Connecticut Sun Sunday, June 29 – 4pm vs. San Antonio Stars
Saturday, June 7 – 7pm vs. Columbus Crew Wednesday, June 30 – 7pm vs. Seattle Sounders
July: Wednesday, July 2 - 7pm vs. Indiana Fever Wednesday, July 23– 11:30am vs. Connecticut Sun Friday, July 25 – 7pm vs. Tulsa Shock Sunday, July 27 – 4pm vs. Atlanta Dream
July: Sunday, July 20 – 8pm vs. Chivas USA Sunday, July 30 – 7pm vs. Toronto FC
The Kid’s Page
Presidential Monuments & Memorials A Loca
We’ve had 44 presidents, but only four have been honored with monuments. You are going to visit them here in Washington, DC right on the National Mall.
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The Washington Monument The Washington Monument is 555 feet, 5 inches high! Did you know the giant obelisk is only 18 inches wide at the top? It took nearly 50 years to get the monument built. Check out how the stones get darker the higher they are. That’s because the project took so long to finish that the marble came from another part of the quarry and was a slightly different shade (nps.gov/wamo).
The Lincoln Memorial A lot of people like to visit the Lincoln Memorial at night because it is so beautiful and you might be able to see across the Potomac to Arlington National Cemetery. It took 28 blocks of marble to carve this giant 19-foot portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Look for the words of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address carved in the walls (nps .gov/linc).
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Jefferson was one of the Founding Fathers and the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. But it took 135 years before he was honored with this monument. If you think it looks familiar, Jefferson used the design of a round building with a dome at the University of Virginia and his home in Virginia. The famous Pantheon in Rome has a similar rotunda design. Check out the carved inscriptions of his writings. Can you find the mistakes in the Declaration of Independence (nps.gov/thje)?
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is the newest of the presidential monuments (it was opened in 1997). Check out the sculpture of FDR with his dog Fala (3 feet high!). Stop in at the information center where you might see a replica of the wheelchair FDR designed and used himself he suffered from polio (nps.gov/fdrm).
Excerpt from the book: The Kids Guide to Washington, DC by Eileen Oginitz , which is available at fine bookstores and online.
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Amy Trotter Houston
Andrew Wyeth’s Fascination
Anderson and Charles Brock, associate curator wanted merican artist Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) to take a new look at Wyeth’s work by focusing on had a love affair with windows, but it wasn’t paintings featuring windows rather than figures as the until recently that anyone really took notice. central narrative. She saw it as a way to look at the Wyeth’s first painting to focus on a window; artist’s work from a new perspective and through fresh Wind from the Sea (1947) shows tattered lace curtains being gently lifted by an ocean eyes. Incredibly, it was breeze that blows through the discovered that Wyeth produced over 300 works open window. It is mesmerizing centered on windows to see the delicate birds tatted over the course of his into the curtains take flight while celebrated career. Wyeth the horizon stretches away in the background. Donated in was known to sometimes the National Gallery in 2009, take a final painting and strip out all extraneous this painting was the catalyst layers, including people behind the exhibit Andrew Andrew Wyeth and objects so all that Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In running May 4 through remained was the window. November 30, 2014 at the National Gallery of Art. Despite this paring down of detail, “layers of personal history are embedded in his works,” said Anderson. Nancy Kay Anderson, Curator and Head of the This is the first time an exhibit has focused exclusively Department of American and British Paintings at the on Wyeth’s use of windows as a portal, and will be National Gallery of Art noted that “reassessment of seen only in Washington, DC. The exhibit showcases Wyeth’s work began after his death, five years ago.”
“If you can combine realism and abstraction, you’ve got something terrific.”
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some 60 tempera paintings, drawings and watercolors that most reflect the theme and include Evening at Kuerners (1970), Groundhog Day (1959), Spring Fed (1967) and North Light (1984). Often considered Wyeth’s masterwork on the theme of windows, Off at Sea (1972) is more geometric in its composition and is one where the original central figure of a boy was painted out leaving visitors to ponder a lone coat hanger...and a window, naturally. A number of the works in the exhibition are on loan from private collections and have never before been seen publically. There are paintings from the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania keeper of the Wyeth legacy where visitors can view numerous works by Andrew Wyeth and his father N.C. Wyeth, as well as the studios of both painters and the Kuerner Farm. Katsushige Susaki, director of Marunuma Art Park in Japan loaned 10 paintings from his vast collection to the exhibit. Since 1985, Marunuma Art Park has been devoted to encouraging young artists. A richly illustrated scholarly study by curators Anderson and Brock has been published to coincide with the exhibit. A Sunday lecture series and a 45-minute slide overview will bring even more life to Andrew Wyeth’s fascination with windows.
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Lectures Andrew Wyeth at the Movies: The Story of an Obsession Sunday, June 15, 2:00 p.m., East Building Auditorium Henry Adams, professor of American art, Case Western Reserve University
Slide Overview Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In June 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 22, 29; September 5, 12, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 31, 2:00 p.m. June 3, 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19, 26; September 2, 9, 16, 23; October 7, 14, 28, 11:30 a.m. West Building Lecture Hall
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Exploring outside of Washington
ashington, D.C. ranks as one of the best day tripping starting points in the country. In addition to being a city packed with its own collection of places to explore, Washington neighbors states with an unbelievable number of parks, historic homes, waterfalls, monuments, farms, beaches, lakes, archaeological excavations, mountains, Civil War battlefields, campgrounds, trails, horse stables, wineries, museums and even an amusement park or two. Along the way there are also world-class inns, restaurants and performance venues as well as plenty of lesser known but equally as appealing greasy spoons, farm stands, coffeehouses, regional theaters and artisan cooperatives The diversity of the sites within driving distance from the city means most everyone can find something that will make them happy. Whether you prefer urban streets, cobblestone sidewalks, sandy beaches, dirt roads or historic pathways, the region surrounding the nationâ€™s capital holds many destinations where youâ€™ll want to leave your footprints over and over again.
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and surround yourself in
Or a nge Cou n t y, Virginia A m y T r o tt e r H o u st o n
A short drive to Orange County, Virginia in the heart of the Old Dominion, and you’ll find a little something fun and interesting for everyone.
here are award-winning vineyards and extraordinary inns. There are renowned bed-and-breakfasts in quaint small town settings complete with old-fashioned fairs and festivals. And for the adventurous you’ll discover why folks come from across the region for skydiving, hiking, horseback-riding, fishing and getting lost in Virginia’s largest corn maze. For those looking to look back, Orange County is home to unique history connected with great people and pivotal moments of change and challenge. Visit James Madison’s Montpelier, the living history home of the father of our nation’s constitution. Walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers who fought at the Wilderness Battlefield, this year commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the bloodiest campaign of the war. Or work your way through time at one of a number of museums and historic sites across the county like the Exchange Hotel, an 1860 railroad hotel
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Destinations Mayhurst Inn – Period Costumes
restored to its glory complete with a museum paying tribute to its time as a Civil War receiving hospital. The Exchange includes year-round ghost tours so you just might meet a few special friends during your stay. Orange County has B&B’s and inns recognized for hospitality and historic significance. Ranging from Main Street to countryside locations, Federal to Victorianstyle historic homes, restored farmhouses to historic plantations and gentleman’s estates, their Inns offer the hospitality and charm that makes you feel like you were always meant to be there.
Fabulous, Fun, Festivals in
No matter where you go in Orange County you’ll find the gastronomical gambit, from the town long recognized as “the center of the chicken-leg universe,” to the Trashy Ribs and Blues Festival, to fine dining featuring French gourmet delicacies and fine Virginia wines right from local vineyards. Just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of our nation’s capital, Orange County offers unique experiences year-round, blending old-fashioned style with new-fashioned sensibilities. Whenever you visit, you’ll find Virginia hospitality, lessons in history and adventurous for all.
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Trashy Ribs & Brews Festival Big Damn Bike Show Orange County Fair 3rd Annual Edible Food Fest in Orange DC METRO June – July, 2014
Let them run loose for a day at Kings Dominion! Take a day and head a short 70 miles south to Kings Dominion in Doswell, VA to have a fun-filled family day and join in all the 40th Anniversary Celebrations.
ings Dominion turns back the clock for its 40th Anniversary Celebration. This season long celebration will include a multitude of surprises, the return of classic park icons and a chance to create new traditions with friends and family. “When guests step through our gates onto International Street this year, they’ll feel a fresh and exciting energy in the air. Just right for reviving old memories and making new ones.” Said Pat Jones, Kings Dominion’s Vice President and General Manager This season guests will be amazed at all the new things to see, do, taste and share: The Singing Mushrooms are back by popular demand. A family favorite and park icon, these four colorful chums and their infamous frog sing their favorite barbershop tunes. The larger-than-life Floral Clock has been completely rebuilt and returns to its original location at the end of Center Street. Candy Apple Grove, one of the park’s original classic midways, returns with a bushel of new surprises. The infamous strolling Clown Band is back. This crazy crew will roam throughout the park interacting with guests. International Street is even more energized with new lighting and fanciful enhancements to its iconic fountain and all of the buildings have been refreshed with a new coat of paint. Also, this season Kings Dominion has a plethora of expanded food offerings and new restaurant concepts offering even more dining options.
Beside all the nostalgia, some of the best thrills the world has to offer are at Kings Dominion. Speed junkies can get their fix on Intimidator 305 - one of the tallest, fastest and most thrilling roller coasters on the East Coast. There’s also Dominator, Grizzly, Anaconda, Volcano, Drop Tower, Rebel Yell. The thrills never seem to end at Kings Dominion! And for the little ones or the more timid, the world’s most popular beagle and his friends welcome kids of all ages to Planet Snoopy. Featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and Sally, Planet Snoopy is sure to thrill little riders as they fly, whirl, dive and swoop their day through the park! For those really hot days check out “Waterworks”, which is one of the premier waterparks in the region and features water activities for guests of all ages, including water slides, rushing rivers, surfable waves and a 650,000-gallon wave pool. Waterworks is included FREE with park admission to Kings Dominion. To plan your trip or find latest information visit www.kingsdominion.com.
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useums & M Attractions
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 www.airforcememorial.org
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 coupleâ€™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 October- March). Admission: Free (Ticketed trolley tour is available; see price and special activities on website www.Arlingtoncemetery.mil June â€“ July, 2014 Dc Metro
Museums & Attractions Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
FAIRFAX COUNTY VISITOR CENTER
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, 10AM6PM; Sunday, 11AM-6PM (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas) Admission: Free www.fxva.com
GADSBY’S TAVERN MUSEUM
Air Force Memorial
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 www.carlylehouse.org
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 Tuesdays - See website for tours, mill grinding, etc. and winter hours). Admission: Free www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/crp
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 City (Blue/Yellow lines) 700 Army-Navy Dr., Arlington, VA 22202 (202) 307-3463 Open: Tuesday – Friday: 10AM-4PM Admission: Free www.deamuseum.org
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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 www.gadsbystavern.org
GEORGE WASHINGTON MASONIC MEMORIAL
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. www.gwmemorial.org
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.
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. www.loudonmuseum.org
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 www.alexandriahistory.org
Theodore Roosevelt Island
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) www.mountvernon.org
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 www.herndondulleschamber.org
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 www.visitfairfax.com
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Museums & Attractions National Museum of the Marine Corps
The World’s Largest Shakespeare Collection
tours exhibits plays
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. www.NRAmuseum.com
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS
One block from the US Capitol 201 East Capitol Street, SE 202.544.7077 or www.folger.edu
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Experience American history through the eyes of Marines. Interactive and immersive experiences allow guests to witness and feel the rigidity of boot camp and the force of drill instructors. To edge through a stand of trees at Belleau Wood and come up behind a German machine gunners’ position. Travel along the frozen TokTong pass in Korea amidst enemy troops, and disembark a helicopter into the landing zone atop Hill 881 South in Vietnam. Welcoming over 3 million visitors since its opening in 2006, the National Museum and Marine Corps Heritage Center includes Semper Fidelis Memorial Park and Chapel that sits amid natural woodlands and has landscaped pathways with impressive views of the Museum. Metro: N/A (Take I-95 to the Marine Corps Base Quantico exit #150) 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, VA 22172
877-653-1775 Open: Daily, 9AM-5PM. Closed December 25. Admission & Parking: Free. www.usmcmuseum.com
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 www.restonmuseum.org
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM STEVEN F. UDVAR-HAZY 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.
Friday, with the exception of Federal holidays, from 8:00 a.m. until all tickets are distributed. www.moneyfactory.gov
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. www.corcoran.org
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 www.airandspace.si.edu/museum/udvarhazy
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 www.nps.gov/this
Washington D.C. 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 ByzantineRomanesque 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 www.nationalshrine.com
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
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. 10AM-8PM. 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) www.crimemuseum.org
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 (18041813), 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 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 www.DumbartonHouse.org
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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; www.folger.edu
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 threedimensional 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
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you must have a ticket that may be reserved online (www. ticketmaster.com or (800) 982-2787 – processing fee $2.50/person) or at the Ford’s Theatre box office. www.fords.org
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 www.npr.gov/fdrm
FREER GALLERY OF ART ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY
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. www.asia.si.edu
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 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. www.spymuseum.org
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 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 www.nps.gov/kwvm
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
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
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The Kreeger Museum is a private, non-profit 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. www.kreegermuseum.org
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Museums & Attractions 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 www.nps.gov/mlkm; www.mlkmemorial.org
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).
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.) 10AM-6PM (last ticket sold at 5PM) Closed: Tuesdays and Jan. 1, Nov.22 and Dec. 25. Admission: Adults $7; Seniors/Military/Students/Children $4 www.koshland-dc.org
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. NATIONAL MEMORIAL
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 nonpresident - 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”
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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, www:nasm.si.edu
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 www.nga.gov
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
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 www.nmai.si.edu
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. www.americanhistory.si.edu
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 national Fossil Hall is now closed for renovations until 2019 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 www.mnh.si.edu
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story. Metro: Gallery Place, Chinatown - Exit Galleries (Red, Yellow and Green lines) Eighth and F Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 633-8300 Open: Daily 11:30AM-7PM (Closed Dec. 25), Free www.npg.si.edu
NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM
The museum explores America’s postal history from colonial times to the present. Visitors learn how mail has been transported, emphasize the importance of letters, and spotlight the creation and wondrous diversity of postage stamps. The collection contains prestigious U. S. and international postal issues and specialized collections, archival postal documents and three-
dimensional objects that trace the evolution of the postal services. A Smithsonian Institution, the museum is located conviently in the old Post Office building next to Union Station.
World War II Memorial
METRO: Red Line to Union Station 2 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Washington, D.C. 20001 (202) 633-5543 OPEN: Seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except December 25. Admission is free. www.postalmuseum.si.edu
NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL
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 to the north and south represent the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. The 56 pillars represent the U.S. States, territories, and D.C. at the time of the war. Freedom Walk has a field of 4,000 sculptured gold starts, each representing the death of 100 Americans in the war (400,000). Dedicated on May 29, 2004. Metro: Smithsonian Metro, (Blue/Orange lines) 17th St. between Constitution Ave. and Independence Ave. NW, Washington, DC (800) 639-4992 Open: Daily - Free. www.wwiimemorial.com
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 MemorialPenn 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 www.newseum.org
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,
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Museums & Attractions 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. www.phillipscollection.org
THE RENWICK GALLERY OF THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM
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 www.americanart.si.edu/renwick
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: Fall-Winter Hours: Sun-Mon, 10AM-6PM; TuesThurs, 12PM-6PM; Fri-Sat; 10AM-6PM (last tickets sold at 6 PM) Admission: Adults: $22.26; Children 4-12 S16.96 -3 and under free. www.DCPresidentsGallery.com
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 www.americanart.si.edu
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SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL PARK
The National Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals of nearly 400 different species, including giant pandas, Asian elephants, tigers, lions, birds, reptiles and much more. The best known residents are the giant pandas, Tian Tian and Mei Xiang. The Zoo welcomes more than 2 million visitors a year, free of charge. Some popular highlights include seven lion cubs, born last fall; the Asia Trail exhibit, which includes red pandas, clouded leopards, fishing cats and otters; the invertebrate house, with an 11:00 a.m. daily octopus feeding; and Amazonia, the 15,000 square-foot rain forest habitat with Amazon river fish and dozens of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. A 163-acre urban oasis, the Zoo is located in Rock Creek Park. There are 30 animal demonstrations that take place every day. For the first time at the Reptile Discovery Center (opens at 10AM daily) impressed tortoises will be exhibited. Metro: Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan Station (Red line) - 3 block walk or take L2/L3 bus. Or, Cleveland Park Station (Red Line) 3 block walk or take L1/L2 bus. If driving parking maximum $22 per day. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202) 633-4888 Open: Daily. Grounds: Apr. – Oct. 6AM-8PM.; Nov. – Mar. 6AM-6PM. Exhibit Buildings: 10AM. Closed December 25. Admission: Free www.nationalzoo.si.edu
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
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. Metro: Capitol South (Blue/Orange lines) 1st and Maryland Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 479-3211 Open: Mon. – Fri. 9AM-4:30PM www.supremecourtus.gov
THE TEXTILE MUSEUM
The museum is devoted to the handmade textile arts. It’s mission it to expand public knowledge and appreciation—locally, nationally, and internationally—of the artistic merits and cultural importance of the world’s textiles. METRO: Dupont Circle- Q Street (Red Line) exit 2320 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202) 667-0441 OPEN: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. through October 13, 2013. Closed federal holidays and December 24. Beginning October 14, 2013, The Textile Museum Shop will be open Fridays to Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Textile Museum will be closed to visitors Mondays through Thursdays as it prepares to reopen in 2014 at the George Washington University. Admission: $8 suggested donation www.textilemuseum.org
THOMAS JEFFERSON MEMORIAL
Beneath the marble rotunda, the 19-foot statue of the third U.S. president is surrounded by passages from the Declaration of Independence and other famous Jefferson writings. Metro: Smithsonian Metro (Orange/Blue lines) 1500 Maine Ave. SW, Washington, DC (202) 426-6841 Open: Daily 8 AM-12AM
UNITED STATES CAPITOL
The United States Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. It houses the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Since its opening in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended and restored. Today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government. If you wish to tour The Capitol, you’ll need to plan ahead. Reservations are required. Passes may be booked in advance online at www. visitthecapitol.gov, through the offices of your Senators 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) East Capitol St. at First St., Washington, DC 20515 (grounds) Closest parking garage Union Station; (202) 225-6827 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 www.visitthecapitol.gov or www.aoc.gov
UNITED STATES CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER
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 www.visitthecapitol.gov.
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 www.usbg.gov
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 www.nps.gov/vive
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 www.nps.gov/wamo
WHITE HOUSE/WHITE HOUSE VISITOR CENTER
NOTE: As of press time, White House tours have been eliminated as the result of Sequester.
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) White House: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 15th and 17th Sts. Washington, DC Visitor Center: 1450 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004 (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. vAdmission: Free www.nps.gov/whhow
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Di n i n g The Price reflects the estimated price of a dinner for one with one drink and tip. Lunch usually costs 25% less.
$$ = $30 and under
$$$ = $31 to $50
$$$$ = $50 and over
Washington, D.C. 701
Penn Quarter | American | $$$ Located just steps away from the White House, 701 is a modern American restaurant with exquisite food framed by an elegant decor. Try their popular pre-theater prix-fixe menu for $32 per person before a show 5:30-6:45p.m or light fare in the lounge for those tight on time. 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (202) 393-0701 www.701restaurant.com
Decanter at St. Regis Downtown | French | $$$
With the talents of Executive Chef Rondier, Alain Ducasse’s fresh and contemporary concept in the opulent St. Regis hotel, radiates casual elegance. The restaurant is ranked No. 6 on Washingtonian Magazine’s list of 100 Very Best Restaurants; it’s one of DC’s most romantic restaurants. The Macarons are a must try! 923 16th St., NW (202) 509-8000 www.Adour-WashingtonDC.com
Bibiana Osteria Enoteca Downtown | Italian | $$$
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 www.bibianadc.com
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Penn Quarter | Cuban | $$$ Taste the Old Havana with a menu inspired by the cuisines of various Latin regions and their expansive rum menu, with more than 75 premium varieties. Try one of their 15 mojitos, made with fresh sugar cane juice. Inside looks like a movie set with a streetscape of ornate carved wood replicated from vintage photographs. 801 Ninth St., NW (202) 408-1600 www.cubalibrerestaurant.com
District Chophouse & Brewery
Downtown | American | $$$ 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 www.chophouse.com
Ella’s Wood-Fired Pizza Penn Quarter | Pizza | $$
Considered one of the best pizza places in the city, this is a popular restaurant features traditional, Neapolitan-style, thin crust pizza baked in a blistering-hot, wood-fired pizza oven. Enjoy happy hour seven days a week with $5 personal pizzas and $3.50 sangrias.
where savory cuts of meat and old world traditions are celebrated. Enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet and the ‘Passadores’ or meat waiters offering table side service of ‘rodizio’ such as, beef, pork, lamb, or chicken. It truly is a one-a-kind experience!
a glass of superb sangria or chose from a fine selection of Spanish wines.
1101 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (202) 347-4668 www.fogodechao.com
Penn Quarter | Alexandria Arlington | Spanish | $$
Founding Farmers - DC
Foggy Bottom | American | $$ Founding Farmers offers a fresh Farm-to-Table American menu in a modern and eco-friendly setting. Dishes are made from scratch, inspired by the heartland with sustainably farmed products, with locally sourced items and in-season vegetables and fruits whenever possible. As the Greenest Restaurant in DC, Founding Farmers is a Certified Green Restaurant, a first for a Washington, DC, restaurant. 1924 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (202) 822-8783 www.WeAreFoundingFarmers.com
Hard Rock Café
Penn Quarter | American | $$ 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 www.hardrock.com/washington
901 F St., NW (202) 638-3434 www.ellaspizza.com
Fogo de Chao
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
Penn Quarter | Brazilian | $$$ Meat lovers rejoice at this Brazilian Steakhouse
Penn Quarter | Crystal City | Arlington | Spanish | $$$
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 www.latascausa.com
Penn Quarter | Pizza | $$ Known for its brick oven pizza and incredible mini-sliders, Matchbox offers American food in a modern setting. This restaurant includes a full bar, complete with a good beer and wine selection. Call ahead for reservations – it’s a popular place. Now with locations at 1901 14th St., NW and on Capitol Hill. 1901 145h St., NW (202) 289-4441 www.matchboxdc.com
Oya Restaurant & Lounge Penn Quarter | Eurasian | $$
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 www.oyadc.com June – July, 2014 Dc Metro
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Spectacular Seafood Creole & Cajun Specialities
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3804 Mt. Vernon Ave. Alexandria
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808 KING ST. ALEXANDRIA, VA
Simple Elegance, Exceptional Food
“European & Californian cuisine consistently hits the high notes.” Joan Horwitt,Mid Atlantic Magazine
One of Alexandria’s Best kept secrets... Nestled in the West End, this elegant but unpretentious neighborhood restaurant is where the locals dine. Ample free parking. Reservations are suggested. All major credit cards accepted.
Fabulous Seafood Menu - Waterfront Dining Private Parties & Receptions - Experienced Event Planner Live Entertainment Friday & Saturday Nights
4231 Duke Street • Alexandria, VA
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Located on the Historic Occoquan River 201 Mill Street, Occoquan, Virginia 22125
Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
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 4:30-6:30 p.m. or enjoy half-price wine.
Penn Quarter | Mexican | $$
401 7th St., NW (202) 628-1005 www.oyamel.com
Penn Quarter | Indian | $$$
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. Now with a new location in West End, 1190 New Hampshire Ave., NW. 633 D St., NW (202) 637-1222 www.rasikarestaurant.com
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 www.lovethebeer.com/rfd.html
Penn Quarter | Mexican | $$$
Offering high-end Mexican food, enjoy freshlymade guacamole mixed table-side and wash it all down with a refreshing margarita. Sip sangria, premium tequila or chose a glass from their expansive wine list while enjoying the festive, stylish and comfortable ambiance. 575 7th St. NW (202) 783-5522 www.rosamexicano.com
Penn Quarter | Mediterranean | $$$
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 www.zaytinya.com
Georgetown | American | $$$$
Situated in an elegant two-story Federal townhouse, 1789 is the perfect spot to dine during the cold winter months with its festive holiday décor. In the main dining room, table #14 has the best view of the elegant historic fireplace. 1226 36th St., NW (202) 965-1789 www.1789restaurant.com
Georgetown | Asian Fusion | $$
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 www.bangkokjoes.com
Georgetown | Italian | $$$ Cafe Milano offers upscale Italian cuisine, topnotch service, and a place “to be seen” with any of the Hollywood celebs who frequent the area. Choose from their extensive wine list featuring vino from many Italian regions. 3251 Prospects St., NW (202) 333-6183 www.cafemilano.net
Georgetown | Italian | $$
Georgetown | American | $$ Established in 1933, the renowned tavern is one of Washington D.C.’s most historic family-owned enterprises. For 75 years, Martin’s Tavern has been a must-visit corner stone in historic Georgetown for everyone from sitting Presidents and media icons, to city residents and worldly travelers. 1264 Wisconsin Ave., NW (202) 333-7370 www.martins-tavern.com
Georgetown | Mediterranean | $$
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 www.neyla.com
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 www.oldglorybbq.com
Georgetown | Pizza | $$
1063 31st St. NW (202) 337-4444 www.ilcanaledc.com
Celebrating its 21st anniversary, Pizzeria Paradiso offers hot Neapolitan pies made from a woodburning oven centered in the main dining room. Ask to sit downstairs during colder weather and warm up by the wonderfully cozy cellar complete with fireplace. Their impressive beer list includes more than a dozen on tap and more than 200 bottles. 3282 M St., NW (202) 337-1245 www.eatyourpizza.com
Serving authentic Italian cuisine and the best thin crust gourmet pizza in DC, cooked in a wood-fired oven imported from Naples. This is where Italians go to eat Italian. Tucked away near the C&O Canal in the heart of Georgetown.
Georgetown | American | $$ 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.
Georgetown | Seafood | $$$
Enjoy a gorgeous sunset at Sequoia situated on the waterfront overlooking the Potomac River. Enjoy fresh seafood while taking in the stunning riverfront view through the large glass paneled walls. 3000 K St., NW (202) 994-4200 www.arkrestaurants.com/sequoia_dc.html
3218 M St., NW (202) 333-3450 www.j-pauls.capitalrestaurants.com
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Di n i n g The Tombs
Georgetown | American | $$
Unlike its fancy schmancy sibling, 1789, the Tombs,
Sunday located inBrunch the basement beneath, is an outright 10:30 amhang - 3:00 college out.pm The menu offers reasonably
priced bar and grill fare, such as burgers and fries; however their fried green tomato BLT sandwich Sunday Dinner 4pm - 10 pm is a favorite. It’s a cool place to people watch and meet some local youngins. New 1226 Wine 36th St.,Bar NW (202) 337-6668 Enoteca www.tombs.com Monday - Closed
Monday - Thursday 11am - 10pm Friday - Saturday 11am - 11pm
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9020 Lorton Station Blvd Suite E 571.642.0605 Lorton, VA 22079
571-642-0605 Voted “Best Brunch in Northern Virginia” Sunday Brunch 10:30am - 3:00 pm
Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm Sunday Dinner 4pm - 10pm
Tuesday - Thursday 5pm - 10pm
Friday - Saturday 5pm - 12am Sunday 5pm - 10 pm www.paneevino-ristorante.com
Old Town| Asian | $$
Don’t let the modest exterior fool you. This PanAsian bistro offers freshly prepared dishes from Thailand, China, and Malaysia — all for a reasonable price. Sushi lovers will love their “Fire Roll”. 809 King Street (703) 836-1515 www.abristro.com
Old Town | French | $$$
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 www.bastillerestaurant.com
BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier/ Tasting Room Old Town | Belgian/French | $$$
Na m e d the Be One of st I t a l ian Menu si Wa s h n t h e ington Area
The Best Mimosa Sunday Brunch in Northern VA
Lunch Buffet Available Monday - Saturday
Separate, Supervised Children’s Dining Room
Fine Authentic Italian Dinner Served Nightly
Live Entertainment 6124 Franconia Rd. Springfield, VA
Within minutes of Springfield and Alexandria Hotels
Private Party Rooms and Full Catering for Corporate Meetings and All Special Events
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Located inside the sophisticated Lorien hotel, just a few blocks from the King Street Metro, the award winning chef Robert Wiedmaier offers his mouthwatering Belgian-French fare in an elegant dining atmosphere. Stop in between 5-6:30 p.m. daily for steamed mussels and a glass of wine for just $15.00. 1600 King Street (703) 894-3440 www.braborestaurant.com
Old Town | American | $$
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 www.gadsbystavernrestaurant.com
Old Town | French | $$$
For more than twenty years, La Bergerie has offered guests classic French cuisine in a romantic and elegant ambiance. Diners revel in their signature light and fluffy soufflés, steak and frites, and exceptional wine list. For a more modest price point try their prix-fixe dinner menu. 218 N. Lee Street (703) 683-1007 www.labergerie.com
Old Town | American | $$$$
Enjoy a dinner cruise aboard the Nina’s Dandy with an unparalleled view of DC’s majestic monuments and beautiful Potomac River. With two climate controlled boats in the fleet, visitors can opt for a lunch or dinner cruise, as well as a champagne brunch each Sunday. Departs from the Old Town waterfront dock at Zero Prince Street. (703) 683-6076 www.dandydinnerboat.com
Old Town | Spanish | $$
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 TuesdayThursday evenings; live Spanish bands Friday and Saturday nights. 710 King Street (703) 836-4000 www.lastapas.us
Old Town| French | $$$
Celebrating almost 30 years, this charming and intimate French country restaurant offers traditional fare and excellent service. The prix-fixe daily specials are a steal. Enjoy house specialties such as Bouillabaisse, Salmon in crust, Rack of Lamb, Beef Wellington and Soft Shell Crabs with an extended French wine list. 127 N. Washington Street (703) 548-4661 www.lerefugealexandria.com
Delray | American | $$ Don’t let the interior fool you. This family-friendly 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 www.rtsrestaurant.net
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 www.stelmoscoffeepub.com
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Di n i n g T.J. Stone’s Grill House & Tap Room
North Old Town | American | $$
A new star on the Old Town restaurant scene, this spot - poplar with both locals and guests of North Alexandria’s nearby hotels - celebrates American cuisine in the cozy settings of restaurant (Grill) or bar (Tap Room). Enjoy a wide range of delicious comfort foods and an outstanding selection of beers and wine by the warmth of the wood-burning fireplace in the Grill or under the glow of multiple HD flat screen TVs in the lively Tap Room, a sports paradise able to satisfy every fan’s deepest desire! 608 Montgomery Street (703) 548-1004 www.tjstones.com
Taverna Cretekou Old Town | Greek | $$
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 www.tavernacretekou.com
Warehouse Bar & Grill
Wine’ next door). Also, enjoy live local musicians upstairs in the Majestic lounge.
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.
2000 Mount Vernon Ave. (703) 549-5051 www.eveningstarcafe.net
214 King Street (703) 683-6868 www.warehousebarandgrill.com
West End Alexandria | American | $$$
Old Town | American/Seafood | $$
Old Town | American/Seafood | $$$
Located just 1 block from the Potomac riverfront, the Wharf has offered fresh traditional style seafood since 1971. Think meat and potatoes, but seafood. Enjoy whole Maine lobster, She Crab soup, local and soft shell crabs. 119 King Street (703) 836-2836 www.wharfrestaurant.com
Finn & Porter
Located inside the Mark Center Hilton hotel, their menu offers fresh seafood (the FINNs) and dry aged Prime Grade beef (think PORTER house). Check out their 5-foot-long iced crustacean bar with a wide selection of fresh shellfish. Enjoy their vibrant happy hour from 5-7 p.m. weekdays with specials like $5 appetizers, $4 Wine, and $3 Drafts. 5000 Seminary Road (703) 379-2346 www.finnandporter.com
West End Alexandria | Caribbean | $$
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
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 www.mangomikes.com
Taverna Cretekou Nationally Recognized • Festive Atmosphere
Award-winning French and Basque cuisine La Bergerie is renowned for its charming atmosphere and Old World setting. Among the house specialties are lobster bisque, fresh foie gras, Dover sole, venison chops and dessert soufflés.
Celebrating our 40th year!
Zagat rated. Featured in DiRõNA since 1997. Extensive wine list that has won Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Private rooms for any occasion. Business Casual Attire. Reservations Recommended. Validated Garage Parking.
www.LaBergerie.com 218 North Lee Street, Old Town Alexandria
Daily Lunch Buffet - 11:30am to 2:30pm | Dinner - 5pm to 10pm Saturday - 12pm to 10:30pm | Sunday Brunch - 11pm to 3pm Sunday Dinner - 5pm to 9:30pm
818 King Street, Old Town Alexandria, VA (p) 703.548.8688 (w) www.TavernaCretekou.com
Providing memorable dining experiences for over 30 years.
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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.
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.
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 www.publichousenationalharbar.com
West End Alexandria | American | $$
642 S. Pickett Street (703) 751-8900 www.nicksnightclub.com
West End Alexandria | American | $$
This popular neighborhood restaurant has been in business nearly 30 years. They boast an incredible menu at bargain prices. Voted “Best Ribs in Northern Virginia”, be sure to check their daily specials. 5239 Duke Street (703) 751-9266 www.shootermcgees.com
West End Alexandria | Italian | $$
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 www.temporestaurant.com
National Harbor | Italian | $$
125 National Plaza (301) 839-1811 www.fiorellaspizzeriaecaffe.com
National Harbor | American| $$
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.
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 www.rosamexicano.com
National Harbor | Asian Fusion | $$$
188 Waterfront St. (301) 839-3788 www.gracesrestaurant.com
McCormick and Schmick’s National Harbor | Seafood| $$$
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 www.mccormickandschmicks.com
National Harbor | Mexican| $$$
Fairfax County Alto Plaza
Centreville | Latin American | $$
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 www.altoplaza.net
National Harbor | Italian | $$$$
This Italian-themed steakhouse feels as historic as the Times Square original it was modeled after, but with gorgeous views of the Potomac River. Enjoy the plentiful antipasto bar with dozens of choices and their Prohibition style cocktails served in a tea cups. 149 Waterfront St. (301) 839-1445 bond45.com
National Harbor | American | $$
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 www.cadillacranchgroup.com
National Harbor | American | $$
Not your typical fast-food joint. Elevation is a quick and casual restaurant with a vision for fresh food that is better for you and for the environment by offering 100% organic, grass-fed, free range beef burgers. 108 Waterford St. (301) 749-4014 www.elevationburger.com
Open seven days a week, preparing the freshest, authentic Italian cuisine for you. Fairfax Blvd. June – July, 2014 Dc Metro
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Mon Ami Gabi
If you like Italian food then you’ll love the huge menu, vast wine list, pleasant atmosphere and great friendly service complete with authentic Italian accents at this quaint family-owned restaurant. 10403 Main St. (703) 293-2367 www.bellissimorestaurant.com
Located in the bustling Reston Town Center, Mon Ami Gabi is a Classic French Bistro offering crepes, quiches, steaks and fresh seafood. French wines are served by the glass or the bottle from our rolling wine cart.
Located in the bustling Reston Town Center, this family-friendly neighborhood favorite is dedicated to providing the finest quality, sustainable seafood available, all in a casual fine dining experience.
Fairfax | Italian | $$$
McLean | Italian | $$
Celebrating 20 years, enjoy high quality light and contemporary Italian fare at this authentic trattoria at reasonable prices. Opt for one of their numerous daily specials and revel in their excellent friendly service by their Italian-speaking waiters. 6671 Old Dominion Dr. (703) 442-7360 www.cafeoggi.com
Tysons Corner-McLean | DC | Contemporary American | $$$
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 www.chefgeoff.com
Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
Tysons Corner | Brazilian | $$$
An experience like no other! Enjoy their unique style of “Rodizio” service where Gauchos bring a rotation of a variety of beef, pork, chicken and fish directly to your table. The expansive salad bar offers over 30 items to accompany your meal. 8010 Towers Crescent Dr. (703) 639-3080 www.chimasteakhouse.com
El Paso Mexican Restaurant Springfield | Mexican| $$
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 www.elpasomexicanrestaurants.com
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Reston | French | $$
11950 Democracy Dr. (703) 707-0233 www.monamigabi.com
Vienna | Greek/Mediterranean | $$
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 nostosrestaurant.com
McLean | Mediterranean | $$$
Glamorous and grown-up, this stylish Mediterranean spot in Tysons Corner boasts “generous”, “varied” tapas selections, well suited to “share with friends” at the “chic”, “hopping” bars backed by “awesome” staff – or there’s a full menu for a “cozy dinner for two”; “nice” servers, upscale prices and an “interesting” red-and-white color scheme rule. A pasta menu unsurpassed! Zagat rated Pinnacle Towers South 1753 Pinnacle Dr. (703) 748-1919 www.panacherestaurant.com
Pane E Vino
Lorton | Italian | $$
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 Bar-Enoteca next door. 9020 Lorton Station Blvd. www.paneevino-ristorante.com
Reston | Seafood | $$$
11960 Democracy Dr. (703) 230-3474 www.passionfishreston.com
Ruth’s Chris Steak House Fairfax | American/Steak | $$$$
This well-known steakhouse serves the finest USDA Prime beef available. Enjoy a hot, juicy and delicious steak in a warm, inviting atmosphere and Ruth’s Chris’ genuine hospitality. 4100 Monument Corner Dr. (703) 266-1004 www.ruthschris.com/Steak-House/ 3503/Fairfax
Ristorante Bonaroti Vienna | Italian | $$$
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 www.bonarotirestaurant.com
Herndon | Mediterranean | $$
Feast on authentic flavors from Turkey and the Mediterranean at Herndon’s newest restaurant. The friendly staff will make you realize why Turkish people are considered to be one of the most hospitable people in the world. 13029 Worldgate Dr. (571) 323-3330 www.turcuisine.com
Fairfax | Italian | $$$
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 www.villamozartrestaurant.com
Guide America’s Historic Main Streets
Alexandria, Virginia 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 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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Neighborhoods Waterfront – Alexandria
Alexandria Attractions 1
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, 703-746-4200
134 North Royal Street 703-746-4242
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
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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 TuesdaySaturday, 1-5 Sunday & Monday. Last tour at 4:15.
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.
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.
607 Oronoco Street, 703-548-8454
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., 10-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Donation Accepted. 201 S. Washington Street, 703-746-4994
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, 703-746-3852
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
220 N. Washington Street. 703-746-4554
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
Once an actual torpedo factory, this jewel of Old Town Alexandria’s historic waterfront is now a premier art center attracting more than 500,000 visitors a year. Browse 6 public galleries and engage with more than 165 artists in open studios. Also home to The Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. Free. Hours: 10am-6pm daily, Thursdays until 9pm. 105 North Union Street, 703-838-4565
Alexandria Black History Museum
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. Donations Accepted. 902 Wythe Street, 703-746-4356
Fort Ward 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. 703-746-4848
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, www.mountvernon.org
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
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Iwo Jima Marine Corps War Memorial – 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.
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 offers high fashion stores, outdoor bars, and restaurants with ring-side views of local boat and crew races.
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.
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 University, founded as a Jesuit private university in 1789. The campus encompasses over 100 acres, accommodating student residences, athletic facilities and the medical school. 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.
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Gunston Hall – 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. 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. June – July, 2014 Dc Metro
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.
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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. www.nationalharbor.com
D i n i n g Penn Quarter – Chinatown
Newseum – Penn Quarter
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 neigh- borhood 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 and Michele Obama figures 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 Shake Shack to critical acclaimed dining experiences like Zaytinya, Carmine’s District Chop House, Jaleo and Rosa Mexicana. 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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Shopping at Its Best
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
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.
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.
Clarendon 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
Eastern Market 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
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.
Old Town Alexandria 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.
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 www.shopfairoaksmall.com
Georgetown 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
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Shopping Potomac Mills Outlet Mall
Reston Town Center
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
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 www.restontowncenter.com
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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
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
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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 www.shoptysons.com
Potomac West Interiors and Antique Gallery
Ka Lei Pua
Tysons Corner Center
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, Monday- Saturday 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 www.potomaccraftsmengallery.com
Torpedo Factory Art Center One of the world’s premier art centers – 165 artists in 82 studios, 2 workshops, and 6 galleries! Engage with artists at work in open studios with an opportunity to commission pieces and purchase the finest original paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fiber art and more. Open daily 10am-6pm (Thursdays until 9pm). Free admission. 105 North Union Street (703) 838-4565 www.torpedofactory.org
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