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Top Choice Church in Upper Northwest DC

Washington National Cathedral

This Gothic cathedral, as dramatic as its European counterparts, blends both the spiritual and the profane in its architectural treasures. The stained-glass windows are stunning (check out the 'Space Window' with an…
Top Choice Landmark in Capitol Hill & South DC

Capitol

Since 1800, this is where the legislative branch of American government – ie Congress – has met to write the country's laws. The lower House of Representatives (435 members) and upper Senate (100) meet respectively …
Top Choice Landmark in White House Area & Foggy Bottom

White House

The White House has survived both fire (the Brits torched it in 1814) and insults (Jefferson groused that it was 'big enough for two emperors, one Pope and the grand Lama'). Tours must be arranged in advance. Americ…
Top Choice Museum in Capitol Hill & South DC

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

For a deep understanding of the Holocaust – its victims, perpetrators and bystanders – this harrowing museum is a must-see. The main exhibit gives visitors the identity card of a single Holocaust victim, whose story…
Top Choice American in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Ben’s Chili Bowl

Ben’s is a DC institution. The main stock in trade is half-smokes, DC’s meatier, smokier version of the hot dog, usually slathered in mustard, onions and the namesake chili. For nearly 60 years presidents, rock star…
Top Choice Performing Arts in White House Area & Foggy Bottom

Kennedy Center

Sprawled on 17 acres along the Potomac River, the magnificent Kennedy Center hosts a staggering array of performances – more than 2000 each year among its multiple venues including the Concert Hall (home to the Nati…
Top Choice Museum in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Reynolds Center for American Art & Portraiture

If you only visit one art museum in DC, make it the Reynolds Center, which combines the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum. There is, simply put, no better collection of American art in the world …
Top Choice Library in Capitol Hill & South DC

Library of Congress

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 …
Top Choice Pizza in Upper Northwest DC

Comet Ping Pong

Proving that DC is more than a city of suits and corporate offices, Comet Ping Pong offers a fun and festive counterpoint to the marble city, with its ping pong tables, industrial chic interior and delicious thin-cr…
Top Choice Museum in White House Area & Foggy Bottom

Corcoran Gallery of Art

DC's oldest art museum has always been terrific, but it had a tough time standing up to the free, federal competition around the block. In mid-2014 it gave up and let the National Gallery of Art take possession. The…