Things to do in NW Washingon
A 163-acre reserve carved out of Rock Creek Park, the Smithsonian's zoological arm is a long-standing family favorite, where creatures from aardvarks to zebras go about their business in what are mostly generous outdoor enclosures.
Half of the artists represented by Nevin Kelly Gallery live in Poland, the rest are in D.C.: a delightful hybrid of old-world skillfulness and new-world dash.
Priding itself on its well-read staff and inside-the-Beltway speakers, this bookstore dating to 1984 makes its home in a nondescript neighborhood north of the Van Ness metro.
Swanky martini bar
Designated a national house of prayer by Congress, this neogothic Episcopal cathedral is the sixth largest church in the world. Construction began in 1907 during the Teddy Roosevelt administration and was completed in 1990 during the presidency of George H.W. Bush.