Library of Congress
The three buildings of the Library of Congress house more than 158 million items, enough to sate any bibliophile. There are more than just books among its vast collection: You’ll also find sheet music, film, rare literature and other resources. Take a guided tour of the world’s largest library to find out more about its beautiful architecture and rotating exhibitions.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Prepare to be impressed: the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Catholic church in the country, and this title is well-earned. Built in a Neo-Byzantine style, it features a large dome that is decorated both on the inside and the outside, enormous vaulted archways, dozens of interior chapels and many works of art.
National Gallery of Art
A massive art museum with a huge collection of masterpieces, the National Gallery of Art is always popular among tourists for its easy accessibility and free entry. Its permanent collection includes important artists such as Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Matisse and Pollock, while a rotating exhibition of art exposes visitors to a wide range of historically significant pieces.
Old Ebbitt Grill
Founded in 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill lives up to its name — it’s the city’s oldest restaurant and bar. Stop in between sightseeing destinations (it’s right by the White House) and tuck into traditional American platters such as lump crab cakes, glazed meatloaf and pumpkin French toast. Happy hour gets you half-priced oysters at the bar.
Located in Penn Quarter, Rasika is hugely popular for its modern Indian cuisine. Among its numerous awards, Rasika has the honor of making diners salivate over an unexpected dish: fried spinach. Known as Palak Chaat, these crispy baby spinach leaves mixed with a sweet yogurt and chutney never fail to enchant the taste buds.
A sprawling restaurant in Foggy Bottom, Founding Farmers serves up tasty American fare with customer favorites that are too many to list: crispy chicken and waffles, honeyed skillet cornbread, an incredible red velvet cake plus a handful of substantial vegan entrees. Top it all off with a cocktail containing Founding Fathers’ own whisky or gin!
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Featuring celebrated groups such as the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet and more, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is the premier place to get your performing arts fix. Seven different venues give you plenty of options and genres to choose from!
This low-key bar takes after speakeasies of the Prohibition era, with an unadorned black door leading to an unpretentious space serving top-notch mixed drinks. A strict no-standing policy means you won’t be fighting for elbow room at the bar. Sit back and take in the ambience, but be sure you make a reservation beforehand.
Noticeable by the giant, red-haired mural on the side of the building, Madam’s Organ is beloved for having live music every day of the week, covering everything from blues to salsa to bluegrass. The name is a play on words of the name of the surrounding neighborhood, Adams Morgan, and demonstrates the bar’s eclectic, diverse and fun-loving clientele.