Capitol Hill Travel Guide
The ghost of Shakespeare rules this world-class house of research and learning, established in 1932. Sculptures of his iconic characters adorn the Elizabethan Garden, and bas-reliefs of dramatic scenes enliven the northern exterior wall.
The Tuesday-Sunday public market has been in continuous operation since 1873, despite a 2007 fire. The food vendors have since returned to the South Hall, where they sell all the fixings for a picnic a deux or a dinner party for 20.
Tucked in a graffiti-splashed space, the multi-disciple venue spotlights underground and experimental art, film and music.
The fifth and final national headquarters of the National Woman’s Party traces the group’s fight for gender equality and the right to vote. The museum’s 250-plus artifacts, including Susan B.
After a long day of plotting, scheming, and formulating policy, harried Hillies head to this 40-year-old traditional Irish pub to take the edge off.
The nine justices known to D.C. locals as “The Supremes” hold court—literally—in this Neoclassical palace across from the Capitol.
A free exhibition that’s unfairly overlooked is The Library of Congress. Created by an act of Congress in 1800, this often-overlooked Washington landmark occupies a resplendent 1897 building connected by tunnel to the Capitol building.
Sure, the giant white dome of the Capitol is the symbol of representative democracy, but it also makes for a great (and free) tour. You'll learn the rich history of the building and see the ornate grandeur inside, in striking contrast to the Neoclassical restraint of its exterior.
This mini rock club and bar once singularly known as The Red and The Black is now part of the unusual H Street mega-complex, the Red Palace.
In a city known for grand edifices and soaring public spaces, Washington's Union Station holds its own.
Commemorate your trip to the nation’s capital with gifts and gags ranging from the partisan to the patriotic: caps with logos from Air Force One and the CIA, presidential golf balls, even rolls of presidential seal-emblazoned toilet paper.
The Bi-Partisan Tour Company offers a unique, environmentally-friendly way to tour the nation’s capitol. Visitors to the area can take an informative, narrated tour of the District in one of the company’s open-air, electric roadsters.