With its neoclassical government buildings and broad avenues, Washington, D.C., looks its part as America's capital. Majestic monuments and memorials pay tribute to notable leaders and great achievements, and merit a visit. But D.C. also lives firmly in the present, and not just politically; new restaurants and bars continually emerge, upping the hipness factor in neighborhoods from Capitol Hill to U Street. Fun museums and tree-shaded parks make it a terrific place for families. You may come for the official sites, but you'll remember D.C.'s local flavor, too.
- Cherry Blossoms For a few weeks in spring, D.C. is awash in glorious pink blooms.
- The White House 1600 Pennsylvania may be the best-known address in the U.S.
- Memorials The lives of soldiers, presidents, and political figures are commemorated.
- Museums For every taste—whether you like spies, airplanes, history, or art.
- Globe-trotting Cuisine Diverse cultures support restaurants with authentic flavors.
- The Mall Ground zero for museums, picnics, festivals, and performances.