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Cultural Family Trip to D.C.

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Visiting Washington, D.C., can feel like the school trip from hell: no matter who you are, no matter what you’re interested in, you’re stuck with the same obligatory sights. We say, Table that notion! The city is more varied than guidebooks let on, and a whole lot more fun—especially if, like most residents, you have a clear-cut agenda.

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Inspired by: How to Do DC |T+L Family — by David Plotz, Published Feb. 2007

Hotels (1)

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    Hotel Monaco, DC

    Construction on this property was completed in 1866 by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument; before it was a hotel, it originally ope

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Restaurants (3)

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    Capital Q

    Owner Nick Fontana, a native Texan, opened Capital Q with the goal of creating an authentic Texas barbecue joint, complete with cafeteria-style ord

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    Chinatown Express

    Although its name and appearance call to mind the standard Chinese takeout joint in Anytown, USA, Chinatown Express, located on the same block as t

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    Love Café

    An offshoot of the popular District franchise, Cakelove, Love Café is a casual gathering spot serving coffee, sweets, and light meals. The café, li

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    Dean & DeLuca

    Located in bustling, upscale Georgetown, Dean & Deluca specializes in fine foods and California wines along with kitchenware. The store occupies a

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    National Museum of the American Indian

    Opened in 2004, the National Museum of the American Indian, part of the Smithsonian Institute, is located on the National Mall just across from the

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    Georgetown University

    The nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university was established in 1789 on a hill overlooking the Potomac and the village of Georgetown. The fla

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    National Gallery of Art

    The two architecturally opposed buildings that make up this museum jointly contain one of the world’s most extraordinary art collections. The domed

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    Phillips Collection

    The city's first museum of modern art is its richest, with a fine collection of paintings from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries showcased in the

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