There’s no place quite like Washington, D.C. Whether you prefer to spend your day exploring neighborhoods, monuments or museums, D.C. has it all. Check out this 24-hour itinerary and see just a snapshot of what the nation’s capital has to offer.

Lincoln’s Waffle Shop
504 10th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 638-4008
www.lincolnswaffleshop.com

Start off with the most important meal of the day at Lincoln’s Waffle Shop. Named after our 16th president, the cozy restaurant features an old-fashioned, U-shaped countertop, great customer service and delicious home-style breakfasts. Menu items include the breakfast special with your choice of waffles or French toast plus two eggs and your choice of meat and the ham and cheese omelet with toast. Lincoln’s Waffle Shop also serves pancakes, sandwiches, salads, burgers and subs.

Smithsonian
1000 Jefferson Drive S.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 633-1000
www.si.edu

What better way to spend 24 hours in Washington DC than at the Smithsonian museums? Start off at the Air and Space Museum and learn about spacecraft, missiles and other flight-related artifacts. Then, make your way to the Natural History Museum where you will find the Hope Diamond among other artifacts from early human civilization. Other museums in the Smithsonian family include the African Art Museum, American History Museum, American Indian Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Portrait Gallery.

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Hamilton’s Bar and Grill
233 2nd St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 347-6555
www.hamiltonsdc.com

All that walking around the Smithsonian museums is definitely going to make you hungry. Make a lunchtime pit stop at Hamilton’s Bar and Grill. Start off with a plate of fried cheese curds, buffalo chicken dip or tater pie, which features a mountain of tater tots smothered in chili, cheddar cheese and jalapeños. Then, order a delicious sandwich, wrap, burger or salad for your meal. Hamilton’s Bar and Grill has 10 beers on tap plus bottles and cans, including DC’s own The Public by DC Brau.

District Chophouse
509 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-3434
www.districtchophouse.com

Whether you continue to explore the Smithsonian museums or choose to see what else is happening around town, chances are you’re going to be hungry for dinner. The District Chophouse is a classic American steakhouse providing delicious meals at an affordable price and with the friendliest service. Start off with the crab cake appetizer, then order a top sirloin, porterhouse or salt-crusted slow roasted prime rib. Add a lobster tail or jumbo shrimp to make your meal extra flavorful. The District Chophouse also offers salads and sandwiches. Happy hour specials include handcrafted beers for $3.25 and $5 wines.

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POV Lounge
515 15th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 661-2400
www.wwashingtondc.com

To see Washington DC from a different point of view, head over to the POV Lounge. Located atop the W Hotel, the rooftop terrace features a 365-degree panoramic view of the District. Admire many popular attractions, including the Washington Monument and the White House, while you sip signature cocktails and nibble on tasty treats. Appetizers include Tandoori chicken skewers, crispy mussels and locally sourced charcuterie and cheese. Night time events include album release parties, burlesque shows, DJ and dancing and fashion events.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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