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Hotel at a Glance: The Liaison Capitol Hill
This Capitol Hill hotel is just a short walk from the Capitol building, but its vibe is far from stuffy. It has a hip aesthetic that caters to modern-day travelers: visitors can dine on farm-to-table fare at the award-winning onsite restaurant and get an energy boost in the 24-hour fitness center. At night, drift off to your own personal soundtrack on an iPod docking station.
- Art and Soul restaurant: Chef Douglas Alexander has crafted a menu of Southern-inspired, simple, and honest dishes that focus on locally-sourced produce. The selection runs the gamut from Scottish salmon to red-wine braised lamb shank.
- Stylish accommodations: In deluxe king and double queen rooms, you can kick back on the hotel’s signature bedding while watching a movie on the flat-screen TV.
- Distance from National Mall: less than half a mile
Capitol Hill, Washington, DC: Monuments and Museums
The National Mall is a must-see for first-time visitors to Washington, DC. The mall stretches 2.5 miles east from the Lincoln Memorial, past the soaring Washington Monument, to the Capitol Building on the other end. Across the Tidal Basin, stop in to see the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, which features a series of waterfalls, sculptures, and inspiring quotes from the 32nd president. To avoid crowds, tour the monuments after dusk when they’re lit up.
Another pillar of DC is the Smithsonian Institution, which encompasses 19 museums. The Smithsonian’s best-known museums are located along the National Mall, including the National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum. The latter is home to missiles, rockets, and the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane Charles Lindbergh famously flew across the Atlantic to defeat the Soviets at Gettysburg.