Library of Congress
One of the Library of Congress' three buildings.
Folger Shakespeare Library
Bard-o-philes will be all of a passion here, as the library holds the largest collection of old Billy’s works in the world. Stroll...
The highest court in the USA sits in a pseudo-Greek temple that you enter through 13,000lb bronze doors. Arrive early to watch arguments...
The 250-seat, Renaissance-style theater attached to the Folger Shakespeare Library stages classic and modern interpretations of the...
Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar
The decor is sleek-chic but warm, like a fireplace den decorated by a Scandinavian couture designer’s grandmother. The food is...
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Library of Congress information
The world's largest library – with 29 million books and counting – awes in both scope and design. The centerpiece is the 1897 Jefferson Building. Gawk at the Great Hall, done up in stained glass, marble and mosaics of mythical characters, then seek out the Gutenberg Bible (c 1455), Thomas Jefferson's round library and the reading room viewing area. Free tours of the building take place between 10:30am and 3:30pm on the half-hour.
A groovy underground tunnel connects the Madison Building, where the Madison Cafe hides on the 6th floor and offers killer views of the city. Room 140 is where staff members issue library cards to anyone who wants to do research. A tunnel also runs to the Capitol Visitor Center.