Hotel at a Glance: The Liaison Capitol Hill DC
High up on the rooftop of this Capitol Hill hotel, you can splash in a pool or sip craft cocktails in the heart of Washington, DC. The hotel is just a short walk from the Capitol building, but its vibe is far from stuffy. It has a hip aesthetic that caters to modern-day travelers: visitors can dine on farm-to-table fare at the award-winning onsite restaurant and recharge with a complimentary yoga class on the roof. At night, pick a pillow from the hotel’s Dream Pillow Menu before drifting off to your own personal soundtrack on an iPod docking station.
- Art and Soul restaurant: Celebrity Chef Art Smith has crafted a menu of Southern-inspired dishes that focus on locally-sourced cuisine. The selection runs the gamut from Maryland rockfish to buttermilk-brined free-range chicken.
- Stylish accommodations: In deluxe king and double queen rooms, you can kick back on the hotel’s signature bedding while watching a movie on the flat-screen TV.
- Borrow a bike from the hotel to take a self-guided tour of the city.
- Distance from National Mall: less than half a mile
Capitol Hill, Washington, DC: Monuments and Museums
Located a 10-minute walk from the Liaison Capitol Hill DC, 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 in total. 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.
When you’ve had your fill of iconic monuments and museums, check out the city’s trendy neighborhoods northwest of the mall, such as Dupont Circle. Here, some of DC’s best restaurants and clubs butt up next to foreign embassies housed in historical mansions. On the weekend, you’ll find nightlife along Connecticut Avenue and in the Adams Morgan neighborhood as crowds flood in and out of Latin lounges, karaoke dives, and high-end clubs.