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Things to do in U.S.

Paddle or sail the Potomac in a canoe, single or double kayak, rowing shell or Sunfish rented by the hour or the day. Go left and float by Watergate, the Kennedy Center and the Arlington Memorial Bridge; turn right for a snapshot of Georgetown’s convivial waterfront.

Thanks to its gentle currents, the beach is a popular and lively spot, especially on weekends. For seclusion, head to the gorgeous white-yellow sands of Long Boat Key.

Set in the former 1916 Andrew Carnegie Library in Idaho Falls, the museum’s diverse collection includes everything from dinosaur bones and ancient Egyptian artifacts to a Louis and Clark exhibit, chronicling the explorers’ time with the native Shoshone people in Idaho.

Hollywood goes hipster at this carefully curated retail complex.

In this glossy, tranquil shop, lift the lids from dozens of canisters to sniff the teas within. The staff enthusiastically describes everything from delicate oolong to smoky black teas; they’ll also steep tasting samples.

This complex has it all—over 50 dealers under a single roof selling everything from antique high chairs to Oriental rugs.

Founded on the principle of supporting local farmers and artisans, the Chicago French Market houses a collection of vendors selling anything from olive oil soap to grass-fed beef. Shop for artisanal goods and grab a snack at one of the several prepared-food purveyors.

The fun house of decor, open for more than 30 years, sells vintage pieces and architectural parts salvaged from residences, many in the District.

Since the tiny shop’s designs started showing up in photos of starlets and rockers a decade ago, the neighborhood’s secret is out but still worth a visit. Here you’ll find great dresses that are feminine without being girly, and well-structured without being stiff.

Several distinguished stages make up the Loop’s theater district. Goodman, Chicago’s oldest and largest nonprofit theater, has entertained locals and visitors for more than 80 years. Catch a production in Goodman’s landmark building. Check the website for upcoming performances.

The 36-year-old performing arts center embraces Latin American culture with bilingual programs held in the Tivoli Theater, an ornate movie palace built in 1924.

Follow the ranger on a National Park tour that goes beyond the surface of the monuments and memorials.