What’s Doing in Washington, D.C.

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The Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial

You would be hard-pressed to find someone in the world who wouldn’t recognize the next building – the White House. Home to the president of the United States, the White House may well be the centerpiece of any visit to the District of Columbia.

The United States Capitol (home to Congress and often referred to as Capitol Hill), is at the eastern end of the Mall and is the epicenter of Washington, D.C. as well as the junction of the city’s four quadrants.

Located around the corner from the Capitol is the United States Botanic Garden. The historic greenhouse includes 28,944 square feet (2,688 square meters) of varied habitat systems, such as the Orchid House, Rare and Endangered Plants, Jungle, Desert, Hawaii, and Southern Exposure.

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill

Farther north of Capitol Hill is the National Zoological Park, one of the oldest zoos in the country.   As a part of the Smithsonian, the zoo offers free admission, and one of its biggest attractions, the giant panda, gave birth to a cub last month.

In the city’s DuPont Circle neighborhood, one can find the Phillips Collection, which was founded in 1921 by Duncan Phillips, an art collector whose grandfather was a pioneer in the steel industry in Pittsburgh.  Modern artists such as Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pierre-Auguste-Renoir, and Mark Rothko have some of their greatest works showcased there.

WHERE TO EAT

Burger lovers and truffle aficionados should check out Duke’s Grocery in East Dupont. The restaurant uses white truffle in many dishes, among them the delicious burger with white truffle, white truffle mac and cheese, cheesy toast with white truffle, and the alba burrata.

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