Bob's Washington, D.C. Guide

Must-see Washington, D.C. sights

National Building Museum - F Street between 4th and 5th Streets NW. Formerly the Civil War Pension building. Get close and look at the frieze surrounding the building. Notice the quality of the brickwork. Inside are the three biggest rooms in the city. An inaugural ball is held in each one, concurrently, on inauguration night.

Old Supreme Court Chamber - basement of the Capitol Building. The most beautiful room in the city.

Phillips Collection - 1600 21st Street NW. An outstanding art collection housed in the former home of the collector. All museums should be like this one.

American History Museum - on the Mall. One fascinating exhibit after another. You will be amazed. The flag that flew over Fort McHenry is housed here. Don’t miss it. It is huge and inspiring.

Lincoln Memorial - on the Mall.

Vietnam Memorial - near the Lincoln Memorial This might not mean to you what it does to those of us who lost our friends in this war, but there is no more moving tribute that could be paid to them.

National Portrait Gallery - 8th and F Street NW. See the room with the official portrait of all the presidents. Some of them look like they are going to start talking to you, while others are a keen character study.

Willard Hotel - 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. You don’t have to go in. Read the plaques attached to the exterior for a history lesson.

Then see whatever else you want to see, but do not miss the first two. Really. Don't miss them.


Washington, D.C. restaurants

I have been to these places and can vouch for them.

Pizzeria Paradiso - 2029 P Street NW. Oven-baked pizza.

Pesce - 2016 P Street NW. Seafood.

Georgia Brown’s - 950 15th Street NW. Southern. Don’t miss this one.

Cashin’s Eat Place - 1819 Columbia Road NW. In Adams-Morgan, D.C.’s Greenwich Village.

Jaleo - 480 7th Street NW. Tapas.

Filomena Ristorante - 1063 Wisconsin Avenue, Georgetown. Italian. Don’t miss this one. Heads of state dine here.

Kinkead’s - 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Seafood.

The Dubliner - 4 F Street NW. Irish pub. Loud, lots of fun.

Vidalia - 1990 M St NW. Just plain fine dining. Named after the onion, which they do fabulous things with.