Washington, DC – Insider’s Guide

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Get the inside scoop on DC’s hottest attractions and learn how to navigate Washington like a native.

    Female Speaker: Whether you are visiting for the historic landmarks, delicious food or just to relax, here is some inside advice to help you get more out of your trip to the nation's capital.

    Peter Earnest: Try and get some familiarity with what is here. Just sketching out a little agenda for yourself would be a big help.

    Female Speaker: If a tour of the White House or the Capitol Building is on your agenda, you will need to obtain tickets in advance through your Congressman or Senator. Capitol tours can also be booked online but be aware that tour schedules fill up quickly. Many other popular attractions that require tickets allow visitors to pre-reserve for a small fee.

    For a great view, it's hard to beat the steps of the Lincoln Memorial but for an even better vantage point, you will want to get higher. The Washington monument is a great choice at over 500 feet as is the Old Post Office Tower of Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Across the river, the Netherlands Carillon near the EOG Memorial provides an iconic perspective. Other great choices include the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Anacostia and the roof top terraces of the W Hotel and the Kennedy Center.

    If noteworthy cuisine is what you see, you will find a number of restaurants with celebrity chefs at the home including Chef Jos Andrs a, host of PBS's Made in Spain and James Beard Award Winner Michel Richard of Cintronelle. Billy Martin: The dining scene in Washington has changes with the influx of many premiere chefs, you have plenty of choices now.

    Female Speaker: For Presidential Picks Bin's Chilly Ben's Chili Bowl on the U Street Corridor is a favorite of President Obama. While George W. Bush gave his seal of approval to Cleveland Park Cactus Cantina. Other culinary surprises can be found where they are least expected. Try the Specialty Entrees at the National Gallery of Art or hard to find Native American selections at the Mitsitam Caf nestled inside the National Museum of the American Indian.

    Richard Hetzler: The Native Americans really had a lot of different spices that they would use. That's why we are using a lot those worn off ingredients that most people don't know about or don't know that much about and cook with it, so it's kind of cool!

    Female Speaker: If live performances are in your sites, the 930 Club on V Street, Georgetown's Blues Alley and H Street's Rock and Roll Hotel are all premier live music venues. For top notch theatre, consider Arena Stage where the focus is on American productions or look to the many other local theaters like Wooly Mammoth for world premiers and a little edgier productions. For the budget conscious, the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage offers free nightly performances on a first come first serve basis.

    If your sightseeing time is short, consider a guided tour on two wheels. Check out the motorized segway tours offered by Capital Segway or the variety of cycling tours offered by operators like Bike and Roll.

    If culinary delights are more your style, D.

    C. Metro Food Tours specializes in foody themed walking tours that highlight local cuisine.

    Jeff Swedarsky: We want to give people emerging into each neighborhood. The places that actually have absolutely the most culture, usually the best food, the most real just neighborhood at a time. Female Speaker: For biking and hiking surrounded by history, locals frequent the C & O Canal whose trails trace the banks of the Potomac River into Maryland and beyond or the 18 mile long Mount Vernon Trail, which follows the Potomac shoreline from Theodore Roosevelt Island to George Washington's estate located at Mount Vernon.

    Whatever your interest, with a little advanced planning and these insider tips, your trip to Washington D.

    C. can be everything you hope for and more.