Visiting Washington, D.C., can feel like the school trip from hell: No matter who you are, no matter what you're interested in, you're... more » stuck with the same obligatory sights. We say, table that notion!
The city is more varied than guidebooks let on, and a whole lot more fun—especially if, like most residents, you have a clear-cut agenda. We've taken the liberty of dividing families into four special interest groups—political animals, diplomats and spies, history geeks, and artists and aesthetes—and mapped out a weekend's worth of activities for each. You can even eat and sleep staying true to character. So skip the forced march, the civics-teacher gulag. Take your cue from your family's temperament, then take on the town—your way.
Political animals background check:
Must-see TV in your house: Senate coverage on C-Span.
Newspaper you can't do without: Roll Call.
Your son's dream date: Wonkette.
It’s your lucky day! Here’s your chance to observe our nation’s leaders in their natural habitat—schmoozing, preening, pretending to remember your name.
This tour references the Travel + Leisure article titled "How to Do D.C." by David Plotz. less «