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How to Do D.C. With Your Political Animal Kid

Buff Strickland Washington DC

Photo: Buff Strickland

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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Themes: Family

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

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    Sofitel Washington D.C. Lafayette Square

    In some way, every Sofitel is a Parisian hotel, and despite the inescapable fact of its location in downtown Washington, the Lafayette is no except

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    Market Lunch

    Located in Capitol Hill’s Eastern Market, Market Lunch is famous for its Blue Buck pancakes, a combination of blueberry and buckwheat that is only

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    Charlie Palmer Steakhouse

    Close enough to the Capitol to qualify as a third house of Congress, the streamlined, modern halls of this temple to red meat resonate daily with t

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    National Archives

    Pieces of paper, no matter how famous, aren’t quite as fun to look at as other sights in the neighborhood. Still, seeing the original Declaration o

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    White House

    To take a guided tour of the most iconic political building in the Western world, you’ll need to make arrangements well in advance—by submitting a

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    The Capitol

    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 th

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