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48 Hours in . . . Washington, D.C.

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Day 1

  • 9:30 A.M.: Start your day with an inspiring visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, a 30-foot sculpture that pays homage to the life and accomplishments of the civil rights leader. Less than a 15-minute walk away is the National Mall, where MLK gave his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. (
  • 10:30 A.M.: On weekends, arrive early for brunch at Lupo Verde, where rustic charm—exposed brick walls, beams and a gorgeous wood-and-marble bar—complements divine Italian dishes including assorted antipasti, housemade pasta and semifreddi. (
  • 1 P.M.: Take a 10-minute walk over to the African American Civil War Memorial & Museum, where you can search for ancestors who may have fought in the historic conflict, or just take in the mesmerizing photographs and documents that bring a turbulent past to life. (
  • 3 P.M.: Another museum today? Yes, indeed. At the International Spy Museum, you can check out the fabulous stylings of Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains, including Grace Jones’ May Day, hear from real-life former spies about their own “Bond moments” or pocket a few of the incredible gadgets and accessories in the popular store. (
  • 5 P.M.: Nap time? Not before the complimentary daily wine hour at Kimpton Hotel Monaco, which also offers guests in-room yoga mats for private workouts and a standing invitation to explore the city on a biking excursion led by its own GM. (

Day 2

  • 9 A.M.: It’s always busy at the original Busboys and Poets on 14th Street, and for good reason. An organic menu offers breakfast and brunch that includes vegan dishes; local and regional artists have vibrant pieces exhibited; and in the evening, you can catch an open mic or authors doing readings of new releases. (
  • 12 P.M.: Take a break from the summer heat with a visit to the National Building Museum’s cool summer installation ICEBERGS, which pulls from the ongoing global climate change to create a world of glacial ice fields where you can walk through “underwater” grottoes and caves. (
  • 4 P.M.: Pick up an order of clam chowder or stand by for a fresh portion of steamed, well-seasoned blue crab legs or shrimp at the 211-year-old open-air Maine Avenue Fish Market, currently part of a larger waterfront redo that will include retail stores, multiple restaurants and hotels. (
  • 7 P.M.: Stroll Adams Morgan’s central 18th Street strip for a sampling of the diverse neighborhood’s offerings. Pick up rare collectibles at Idle Time Books, then stop by Bukom Café for live West African and Caribbean music. (;
  • 8:30 P.M.: The iconic Smithsonian Institution encompasses 19 museums and galleries as well as the National Zoo. On July 1, the phenomenal Air and Space Museum will host a 40th-anniversary all-night interactive celebration. (



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