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I'm off to Washington on business in about two months, and am wondering (aside from the usualy sightseeing, smithsonian etc) what fun stuff there is to do there? I've done the tourist stuff before but want to branch out. Are there any local haunts that are worth a look? Any secret beltway bars that could help me bump into pundits and politicians? I'll be staying with friends in Georgetown - what's doing over that way?
Have you really done "all" of the tourist stuff? One of the best things about DC is that with the exception of a few private museums, all of them here are free, and there are quite a few worth your while if you haven't visited them. The Smithsonian just reopened the National Portrait Gallery and Museum of American Art after being closed for renovation, and there is the new National Museum of the American Indian, and Udvar-Hazy Air and Space annex out at Dulles, and the National Gallery always has interesting visiting collections. I've never been to the International Spy museum, (fee required) but people who have say it's really good.
As far as bumping into politicos, it happens all over town. I've parked in the same garage used by Wolf Blitzer (really short, by the way), and stood behind Barney Frank waiting to order a sandwich at the Breadline.
Georgetown is full of decent restaurants, but the college crowd can get a bit overbearing at times. You want to see power brokers, you need to do lunch at their favorite restaurants around the White House, on Capitol Hill and downtown....
DC is full of neighborhoods with action, such as Adams Morgan, U street corridor, and even downtown around the Verizon Center.
Check out the Washingtonian Magazine web site. It might give you some good ideas.
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