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Washington, D.C. Tour: Capitol Hill

Stately government buildings, politicos, and boisterous bars are permanent fixtures in D.C.’s famed neighborhood.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 4.4 miles
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Overview :  Capitol Hill is true to its name: The neighborhood contains the U.S. Capitol Building and sits on a raised piece of land originally... more »

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Points of Interest

The nine justices known to D.C. locals as “The Supremes” hold court—literally—in this Neoclassical palace across from the Capitol. When they’re hearing oral argument (October–April, with breaks), public seating is a fascinating opportunity to listen in on debates, from the picayune to the philosophical, that can and do change the course of... More

Dining and drinking are second to VIP people-watching at this Hill institution, which opened in 1960 during the Kennedy vs. Nixon battle for the White House. (Both men were regulars.) Legislators often pop by for a break (and a steak). If you blink and miss a sighting, peruse the photos of lawmakers and famous patrons papering the walls.

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3. Sewall-Belmont House and Museum

The fifth and final national headquarters of the National Woman’s Party traces the group’s fight for gender equality and the right to vote. The museum’s 250-plus artifacts, including Susan B. Anthony’s desk and suffrage banners, give voice to the NWP’s members and supporters whose protests, picketing, and occasional arrests resulted in the 19th... More

The ghost of Shakespeare rules this world-class house of research and learning, established in 1932. Sculptures of his iconic characters adorn the Elizabethan Garden, and bas-reliefs of dramatic scenes enliven the northern exterior wall. Puck, in statue form, frolics above a fountain facing the Capitol. Inside, you’ll find more of the Bard,... More

The 149-room hotel brings the luck and love of the Irish to Capitol Hill. The property is owned by an Irishman and shares the name of the famous park in Dublin. Waterford crystal sparkles in a display behind the front desk. The adjoining Dubliner restaurant and bar features Guinness and live music nightly, and sates guests who call room service... More

The Tuesday-Sunday public market has been in continuous operation since 1873, despite a 2007 fire. The food vendors have since returned to the South Hall, where they sell all the fixings for a picnic a deux or a dinner party for 20. In addition, on weekends, the outdoor area transforms into a bazaar with arts and crafts, farm-fresh produce and a... More

Every surface is covered in kitchen equipment and accoutrements both practical (tea kettles and mugs) and fanciful (cookie cutters shaped like 49 states, plus the District; sorry Hawaii). For help behind the stove, check out the 400-strong collection of cookbooks or sign up for a class that teaches such essentials as basic knife skills, sauces and... More

8. The Fridge

Tucked in a graffiti-splashed space, the multi-disciple venue spotlights underground and experimental art, film and music. Shows like “Dissociative” by Scotch!, a San Antonio public artist, and Louder Than a Bomb, a documentary about Chicago high school poetry slam teams, are the norm.

Address:
516 1/2 Eighth St. SE, Rear Alley
Washington, D.C.,... More

9. Montmartre

The French restaurant serves the best-of bistro cuisine: braised rabbit leg, calf liver, cassoulet, and hanger steak. Dine inside on Gallic country-style wooden tables or outdoors a la Paris cafe.

Address:
327 Seventh St. SE
Washington, D.C., 20003
United States

Phone:
(202) 544-1244