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DC Itinerary: 3 Days of Arts & Culture

National Gallery of Art

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Turn pages of books from Thomas Jefferson's library at the Library of Congress
  • Have a different kind of nightcap: a limo tour of the monuments by moonlight
  • Shop the FRESHFARM Market near Dupont Circle for organic produce

Day 1

Morning

Hop on Old Town Trolley or an Open Top Sightseeing double-decker bus to get the lay of the land. Make sure to stop to tour the National Cathedral, including the Bishop’s Garden.

Afternoon

Explore the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials, rare books, manuscripts and works of art at Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill. Then take part in gallery talks and turn the pages of books from Jefferson’s library at the Library of Congress.

Evening

For dinner in Dupont Circle, try stylish Restaurant Nora, the first certified organic restaurant in the country (and where Michelle Obama has celebrated her birthday).

Day 2

Morning

Start your morning at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, the grand estate of Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. Take a docent-led tour of dazzling collections of Russian Imperial artifacts and French decorative art. Take a turn through 13 acres of formal gardens and stop for lunch in the café.

Afternoon

Make your way to The Kreeger Museum, a hidden gem tucked away on Foxhall Road among mansions near the Embassy of France. Surrounded by beautiful grounds, the former residence houses a stunning personal art collection, including works by Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Miro and Calder.

Evening

Treat yourself to a chef’s table seating at must-try restaurants like CityZen or Zaytinya. Cap off the evening with a private sedan or limo tour of the monuments by moonlight.

Day 3

Morning

Hit the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market just west of Dupont Circle for organic fruit, vegetables, cheese, meats, bread and even gelato. Samples are deliciously tempting – pick up a pint of creamy, dreamy chocolate milk from Clear Springs Creamery.

Afternoon

Just a few steps away is The Phillips Collection, America's first museum of modern art, featuring a permanent collection from revered artists such as Renoir and Rothko, Bonnard and O'Keeffe, van Gogh and Diebenkorn.

Evening

For an evening out, catch a show at the venerable Kennedy Center, an outdoor performance at Wolf Trap or a sophisticated classic from Shakespeare Theatre Company.