Hotel at a Glance: Courtyard Capitol Hill/Navy Yard
Set about a mile from the National Mall, this hotel is a convenient home base for exploring DC’s museums and monuments. A Metro station across the street provides easy access to the mall, as well as downtown and other neighborhoods.
- What to eat: dishes like shrimp pot stickers and roasted-vegetable penne at the hotel’s restaurant
- It’s always warm at the indoor pool and hot tub.
- Coffee and cocktails: The bar pours Starbucks drinks along with wine and beer.
- Staying in shape: The fitness center is open 24 hours.
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.