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Washington, D.C. Tour: Foggy Bottom

Government agencies, cultural centers, and a major university shape this area known to work and play equally as hard.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 3.7 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  Foggy Bottom has come a long way since its early years as a working-class neighborhood thick with factories and tenement housing.... more »

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Points of Interest

Opened in September 1971, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts serves as a memorial to the former president and is dedicated to fulfilling his commitment to the arts by hosting various musical, theatrical, and cultural programs each year. Through the Arts for Everyone program, the venue offers 400 free programs a year, but the center... More

Green to the extreme, this 21st-century approximation of a farmhouse just blocks from the White House features menus printed on recycled paper and award-winning CORE architecture. Beloved for comfort-food favorites like its Southern pan-fried chicken, Founding Fathers serves an organic American menu in a multi-level space dramatically accented by ... More

3. Arts Club of Washington

The Arts Club, established in 1916, exhibits contemporary artworks in its headquarters, the former home of President James Monroe. The group also maintains a busy calendar of free activities, such as play readings and Friday concerts.

Address:
2017 I St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20006
United States

Phone:
(202) 331-7282

Three times a weekday, the U.S. State Department runs free tours of the tastefully decorated chambers used to welcome visiting foreign dignitaries. The prestigious rooms display a fine art collection comprising early American paintings, furniture, decorative arts and historical artifacts, such as a silver coffeepot made by Paul Revere and owned by... More

5. AIA Store

The American Institute of Architects bookstore mixes the academic with the whimsical. Tomes on famous architects and movements share shelf space with such clever baubles as a Lego set of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, a deck of cards that resembles a mixed tape cassette, and a tissue box shaped like a house.

Address:
1735 New York Ave. NW
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The department’s Indian Craft Shop has been representing Native American artists since 1938, showcasing an array of traditional works by 60 tribes. Among the pieces: stone animal fetish carvings by the Zuni Pueblo, Navajo rugs and sand paintings, Santa Clara Pueblo pottery, and sculptures of Alaskan critters by the Yupik and Inupiat.

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The all-suites hotel on a quiet street touts such special touches as full-size kitchens, coffee grinders and Potomac River views. The 125-room property also offers the on-site restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center; free WiFi; and complimentary bike rental, so guests can sightsee by two-wheeler.

Address:
924 25th St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20037
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Don’t be deceived by the name or the counter service. The hipster eatery elevates the classic American trio with creative toppings (buttermilk blue cheese, onion straws, pickled jalapeños), craft brews and fancy flavored milkshakes and the more grown-up Shaketails, which are spiked with liquor.

Address:
2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
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