Apart from the USA’s most famous resident in the White House – Washington DC has a lot to offer. This week’s Travel Weekly tells us more:
Few places pack in more history and culture per square mile than Washington DC. Visitors can gaze at the sky-piercing Washington Monument and snap selfies with Abe at the Lincoln Memorial., both within the National Mall. The grassy strip is also home to the Capitol Building, the White House and Smithsonian Museums, so crammed with unmissable exhibits that tickets often allow a return visit the next day.
The newest addition is the hugely popular Museum of African American History and Culture, which transports visitors through US history from an African-American perspective. The bold bronze building just celebrated its first birthday, yet the free tickets continue to sell out months in advance.
Beyond the monuments, the capital has a growing reputation for fabulous food and hip nightlife. The city got its first Michelin guide in 2016, and boasts a thriving food-truck scene that is not to be missed.
Washington DC hotels and where to stay
A cluster of new hotels reflects this dynamic spirit. Opening in late 2017, The Line brings 220 modern rooms and James Beard – recognised chefs to a former church in Adams Morgan. Stylish budget hotel The Pod opened this summer in the vibrant Penn Quarter. Its underground Crimson Whisky Bar and rooftop bar will appeal to savvy travellers looking for style without the price tag.
October 2017 saw the birth of an entire new neighbourhood on a mile-long stretch of shoreline. The Wharf is reviving the waterfront with public piers, a distillery, restaurants, The Anthem entertainment complex and four Capital Bikeshare stations. A trio of hotels – America’s first Canopy by Hilton, a Hyatt House and the Intercontinental Washington DC – completes the exciting project.
Just over an hour from Washington DC is Baltimore, which offers a day trip option or a gateway to the Capital Region through its international airport.
Must-visits include the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore Hotel on Fell’s Point Recreation Pier and the Sagamore Spirit Distillery, while The Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail is a new initiative that kicked off this month.
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