Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Washington

Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:02am EDT
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By Tabassum Zakaria

WASHINGTON (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to explore Washington DC? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors make the most of the city where American history surrounds you.


6 p.m. - The rooftop bar of downtown's W Hotel has unmatched views and offers a different angle for gazing at some of the most famous buildings and monuments: the White House, Treasury Department, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.

7 p.m. - Try the Old Ebbitt Grill for a flavor of a gathering place for political insiders in traditional dark wood with velvet booths. The seafood and steak restaurant established in 1856 boasts that it was a favorite of Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding and Theodore Roosevelt.

8:30 p.m. - Cross the street and take a walk around the corner to look at the White House up close. Peek through the fence at the farthest end and to the right you will see a line of television cameras on "pebble beach" where correspondents do their stand-ups. Facing you is the "West Wing" where top White House officials have their offices.

9 p.m. - Jump in a cab for a ride down Constitution Avenue and up Independence Avenue to see the monuments at night. You can also walk from the White House to the Washington Monument and then past the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial.

9:30 p.m. - For the edgy, there's the U Street Corridor, Duke Ellington's old neighborhood, where you'll find clubs, bars and restaurants including late-night hangout Ben's Chili Bowl where French President Nicolas Sarkozy has tried the famous half-smoke. The newer Busboys and Poets is quite popular.

The 9:30 Club and the Black Cat, the city's two most popular music venues, are here along with Velvet Lounge and DC9. Listen for the echoes of Jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Dizzy Gillespie who once performed in this neighborhood.   Continued...

<p>A tourist is reflected in water as he takes pictures on Capitol Hill, August 25, 2009. REUTERS/Jim Young</p>