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Inauguration Countdown

50 days of fun facts, deals, activities and more leading up to the 57th Presidential Inauguration.


Washington, DC is presidential central in the weeks leading up to Inauguration on Monday, Jan. 21 and we’ve got all sorts of non-partisan entertainment for you in the next 50 days. Check back here every day and on our Facebook page for inauguration-themed activities, special deals and patriotic fun facts.


50. For Inauguration 2013, the Newseum is offering a special party package for $100 per person from their prime location on Pennsylvania Avenue. It includes a live feed of the swearing-in ceremony on their 40 by 22 foot high-definition media screen, a welcome kit with commemorative merchandise and access to the museum. Most importantly, it will be warm inside! Visit newseum.org or call 888-639-7386 for more info.

49. The First Family won’t be the only ones celebrating in style for Inauguration. Many area hotels are offering over-the-top Inauguration packages so you can get presidential. Try this one from the Capitol Hill Hotel, featuring a suite stocked with Veuve Clicquot, a professional photo shoot, a private tour of the National Archives, an on-call chef from Equinox, a wardrobe stylist, hair and makeup team and much more! Please call the hotel directly with serious inquiries.

48. The Obamas will live in the White House for another four years but did you know you can tour 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue too? Learn how to sign up for this one-of-a-kind tour here.

47. Charlie Palmer Steak DC is also counting down to Inauguration with their special “Capitol Countdown” menu from Chef Jeffery Russell. Each week, he’ll showcase some favorite dishes from past presidents, such as Lyndon B. Johnson’s Texas Heart of Filet Mignon, George Herbert Walker Bush’s New England Lobster Dinner and Bill Clinton’s Chicken Fried Steak.

46. Historic Ford's Theatre gives visitors a glimpse into the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. The 16th President and the 44th President intersected in 2009 when Ford’s Theatre hosted the Obama's for a special presentation. Actor David Selby (who has played Lincoln) presented President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with an illuminated manuscript of the Gettysburg Address at the Ford’s Theatre Reopening Celebration, Feb 11, 2009.

45. The Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. is offering a hotel package that will let you celebrate Inauguration in style! Stay at the luxury hotel for 3 nights of political pageantry and take advantage of all the perks. Find more information here.

44. Washington, DC's White House-adjacent neighborhood Penn Quarter has so much to explore. From the International Spy Museum to raucous bars and restaurants, it's definitely worth checking out.

43. The President and Vice President will take the oath of office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building, but did you know visitors can also take a guided tour of the famous building?

42. The First Family has the White House but you could be The Fairmont Washington, D.C.'s “First Family.” The luxury hotel’s Presidential Detail Package includes four nights in the Presidential Suite, transportation in a series 7 BMW, a $5,000 SAKS Fifth Avenue shopping spree, in-room hair from Georgetown’s Roche Hair Design, a midnight buffet for you and 20 of your closest friends, a security detail that includes protection for your “First Dog” (pictured) and much, much more!

41. Boutique hotel brand Kimpton is offering the Ba‘Rock’ Star treatment with special Inauguration-themed packages at their 11 DC and Virginia hotels. Book this awesome add-on package for perks like in-room hair styling service, professional makeup application, spa services and gourmet snacks. Check out Kimpton’s local hotels here.

40. Old Ebbitt Grill in downtown Washington, DC has been a favorite of American presidents since 1856. Grant, Cleveland, Harding and Theodore Roosevelt all counted it among their favorite restaurants. And today, with its proximity to the White House, it remains popular among politicos and tourists alike.

39. There are still hotel rooms available in DC during Inauguration weekend. Check out this list for more details and book your room today!

38. Take a look back at the very first president at Mount Vernon’s exhibition, “Acts of Congress” which features George Washington’s personal copy of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and other legislation passed by the first session of Congress, complete with his personal annotations. The book made headlines this summer when it broke world records for an American historical document at auction. The exhibit will be on view through Feb. 18, 2013, George Washington’s birthday.

37. 555: That’s how many gallons of chili DC landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl served during Inauguration week in 2009.

36. Washington, DC has more presidential monuments than any other city. Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR and the list goes on. Which one is your favorite?

35. Have you booked your hotel yet? Many DC hotels are offering fantasy packages if you want to celebrate Inauguration in style. The Fairfax at Embassy Row, a hotel that has hosted many a president, is offering the Historical Inauguration Package, which includes ultra-exclusive private tours, a 6-course Inaugural dinner at 2100 Prime and a DC-themed welcome bag in your room.

34. The Inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009 had the largest attendance of any event in the history of Washington, DC.

33. Tudor Place, which is usually closed in January, opens its doors Inauguration weekend for special tours. The beautiful historic home with presidential roots as far back as George Washington has an impressive collection of heirlooms and archives that traces Washington, DC history.

32. Metro is offering commemorative Inauguration farecards! Order them here.

31. Did you know? Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inauguration was the warmest on record at 55 degrees. Four years later, he logged the coldest on record with 7 degrees.

30. Did you know? The first inaugural ball was held in 1809 for James Madison’s Inauguration. Bill Clinton holds the record for the most inaugural balls with 14 in 1993.

29. Want to dine like the First Family? Check out these restaurants that have been given the Presidential seal of approval.

28. An early Christmas present! Start planning our your trip to DC for Inauguration.

27. Merry Christmas and Happy Inauguration!

26. Make your New Year's resolution to celebrate Inauguration in DC! Find out the latest at www.washington.org/inauguration.

25. Only 25 days until the next Presidential Inauguration and there are great hotel deals still to be had!

24. Did you know Woodrow Wilson is the only president to have his Presidential Library and Museum in Washington, DC? Visit while you're in town for Inauguration!

23. In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the National Archives will display the original document on Dec. 30-Jan. 1.

22. The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian opens its newest exhibit “A Century Ago: They Came as Sovereign Leaders” on Jan. 15. The Inauguration-themed exhibit focuses on President Theodore Roosevelt's 1905 inaugural parade and the six great chiefs who participated in the parade.

21. The 57th Presidential Inauguration falls on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, only the second time in inaugural history that this has happened.

20. Is your New Year’s Resolution to celebrate the Presidential Inauguration in DC? Get details at www.washington.org/inauguration.

19. If you’ve got $2.7 million to spare, you and 300 of your closest friends can spend Inauguration at the JW Marriott Washington, DC. The luxury hotel is offering a fantasy package that lets you custom-tailor the weekend, complete with an Inaugural parade viewing gallery. Looking for something a bit more affordable? Check out hotels still available here.

18. Dine like the Presidents! Lincoln Restaurant DC is offering a special tasting menu Jan. 18-21 inspired by presidential favorites, including Clinton Corn Flake Baked Fried Chicken (pictured) and Roosevelt Rabbit Sheperd’s Pie.

17. The Jefferson, Washington, DC is presidential all year round. Its restaurant Plume, voted DC’s best fine dining restaurant by Zagat, features a menu inspired by its namesake’s kitchen gardens at Monticello.

16. The Presidents Gallery by Madame Tussauds Washington DC will host a special Kids’ Inauguration Day on Saturday, Jan. 19 with family friendly events and interactive activities.

15. Some would say DC has a lot of skeletons in its closet. Sign up with Washington DC Ghost Tours and find out some secrets for yourself, including where former First Lady Dolly Madison has been spotted haunting.

14. Are you traveling to Washington, DC for Inauguration? Join us TOMORROW from noon-1 p.m. (EST) for a live Facebook chat about all things Inauguration. Our DC experts will be on hand to answer your questions about viewing the swearing-in, seeing the parade, attending Inaugural balls and more!

13. Thank you for participating on our Inauguration chat on Facebook! Don't forget to join us again on Jan. 15 from noon-1p.m. (EST) as we answer more questions and give you all of the details on the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

12. Washington, DC’s National Portrait Gallery is the only place outside the White House where you can view an official portrait of every single U.S. president.

11. If you’ve been to DC you’ve likely seen the Lincoln Memorial, but have you visited President Lincoln's Cottage? The historic home served as Lincoln’s secondary residence during much of his presidency. In fact, it is said he drafted the Emancipation Proclamation here. Today, the newly restored house is open for public tours.

10. Only 10 days left until the Presidential Inauguration! It’s not too late to book a hotel and celebrate with us in Washington, DC!

9. Did you know? Thomas Jefferson was the first president to be inaugrated at the U.S. Capitol in 1801. He also walked to and from his swearing-in ceremony, unlike his predecessors who arrived by carriage.

8. How can you have a positively presidential experience in DC? Check out some ideas here

7. Are you traveling to Washington, DC for Inauguration? Join us TOMORROW from noon-1 p.m. (EST) for a live Facebook chat about all things Inauguration. Our DC experts will be on hand to answer your questions about viewing the swearing-in, seeing the parade, attending Inaugural balls and more!

6. In town for Inauguration this weekend and looking to serve in honor of MLK Day? Points of Light will be hosting a Unite America in Service Event on Saturday, Jan. 19 at DC Armory. 100,000 care kits will be filled for U.S. Service Members, Wounded Warriors, Veterans and First Responders.

5. Looking for a last minute hotel for Inauguration? Believe it or not, a few are still available!

4. The President’s picture is in the news every day, but some of the more candid shots don’t make it to print. The Newseum is currently hosting the exhibit “The Eyes of History 2012: White House News Photographers Association” through March 29, showing some of the best photography from the year that was.

3. Just three more days until the Inauguration day and festivities are already in full swing. Find out what’s happening this weekend here on washington.org/inauguration.

2. In town for the Inauguration? Tell us your weekend plans on our Facebook page!

1. Inauguration Day is almost here! Check out all the hot happenings here on washington.org/inauguration.

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