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15 things to do & see in Washington DC
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January 20, 2009

The lucky few with tickets to next week's historical inauguration will want to soak up D.C.'s cultural and social scenes. A few may even throw in a massage. From must-see memorials to afternoon tea, the following represents the best of D C's tourist attractions.


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Citonelle, Latham Hotel

This Michel Richard-helmed spot has been getting worldwide kudos, along with two 2007 James Beard awards.

Inn at Little Washington

You'll pay hundreds to dine at this famous restaurant and country inn.


Smithsonian American Art Museum

Among the museum's pieces are some 2,000 works of art by African-American artists, the largest collection of its kind.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The museum aims to teach and inspire reflection, as well as preserve the memories of those who suffered.

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

The collection here spans more than 10,000 years of native heritage.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

The nation's second-most visited museum includes iconic artifacts like the original Wright brothers' 1903 Flyer.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

The National Mall's Museum of Natural History holds more than 125 million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D C

This Smithsonian affiliate's highlights range from Leonardo da Vinci's [Images] "Ginevra de' Benci" to Andrew Goldsworthy's sculpture "Roof," designed specifically for the site.

Arlington National Cemetery

The grounds include the R.E. Lee Memorial, the residence of the Civil War general; the famous Tomb of the Unkowns; JFK's gravesite; and the mast of the USS Maine.

National World War II Memorial

Situated on D C's National Mall, the WWII memorial features a semicircle of pillars (representing the U.S. states of 1945) flanked by arches adorned with eagles and wreathes.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The V-shaped black granite wall is inscribed with the names of the war's casualties and features a bronze statue, The Three Soldiers.

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Located in West Potomac Park, south of the National Mall, the Korean War Veterans Memorial consists of 19 statues depicting a platoon of servicemen on patrol, a wall inscribed with the nations that contributed troops to the war, and a granite-lined "Pool of Remembrance."


Ching Ching Cha Tea

This authentic Chinese tea room in D.C.'s Georgetown neighborhood offers 70 teas, traditional service and a serene setting.

The Body Politic Packages Mandarin Oriental Hotel Spa

Those who'd like a bit of pampering pre- or post-partying, might consider the $525 Liberal or Conservative spa package on the Body Politic menu here.


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