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1 Hilton Baltimore
Hilton Baltimore
401 W. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Location, location, location: One of Baltimore's newest hotels has an unparalleled view of Camden Yards and a skywalk that connects to the city convention center. Opened in 2008, the towering 20-story hotel is mostly boring gray metal on the outside, in stark contrast with the brick-clad ballpark. Inside, the hotel has a nautical feel, with wave-shape fixtures hanging from the ceiling and pillars of deep wood and blue tiles. Ask for a room on the south side, where you can peer down into the ballpark. Or you can watch the games from the fitness center on the fourth floor. Hotel staff is friendly and accommodating and the amenities are new. Pros:

connected to the convention center; excellent ballpark view.


pricey for its accommodations. www.baltimore.hilton.com. 757 rooms,. In-room: Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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2 Capitol

Washington, DC

Beneath its magnificent dome, the day-to-day business of American democracy takes place: senators and representatives debate, coax, and cajole, and ultimately determine the law of the land. For many visitors the Capitol is the most exhilarating experience Washington has to offer. It wins them over with a three-pronged appeal: it's the city's most impressive work of architecture; it has on display documents, art, and artifacts from 400 years of American history; and its legislative chambers are open to the public, allowing you to actually see your lawmakers at work.

Before heading to the Capitol, pay a little attention to the grounds, landscaped in the late 19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted, a co-creator of New York City's Central Park. On these 68 acres are both the city's tamest squirrels and the highest concentration of TV news correspondents, jockeying for a good position in front of the Capitol for their "stand-ups." A few hundred feet northeast of the Capitol are two cast-iron car shelters, left from the days when horse-drawn trolleys served the Hill. Olmsted's six pinkish, bronze-top lamps directly east of the Capitol are worth a look, too.

The design of the building itself was the result of a competition held in 1792; the winner was William Thornton, a physician and amateur architect from the West Indies. With its central rotunda and dome, Thornton's Capitol is reminiscent of Rome's Pantheon. This similarity must have delighted the nation's founders, who sought inspiration from the principles of the Republic of Rome.

The cornerstone was laid by George Washington in a Masonic ceremony on September 18, 1793, and in November 1800 both the Senate and the House of Representatives moved down from Philadelphia to occupy the first completed section: the boxlike portion between the central rotunda and today's north wing. (Subsequent efforts to find the cornerstone Washington laid have been unsuccessful, though when the east front was extended in the 1950s, workers found a knee joint thought to be from a 500-pound ox that was roasted at the 1793 celebration.) By 1807 the House wing had been completed, just to the south of what's now the domed center, and a covered wooden walkway joined the two wings.

The "Congress House" grew slowly and suffered a grave setback on August 24, 1814, when British troops led by Sir George Cockburn marched on Washington and set fire to the Capitol, the White House, and numerous other government buildings. (Cockburn reportedly stood on the House Speaker's chair and asked his men, "Shall this harbor of Yankee democracy be burned?" The question was rhetorical; the building was torched.) The wooden walkway was destroyed and the two wings gutted, but the walls were left standing after a violent rainstorm doused the flames. Fearful that Congress might leave Washington, residents raised money for a hastily built "Brick Capitol" that stood where the Supreme Court is today. Architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe supervised the rebuilding, adding American touches such as the corncob-and-tobacco-leaf capitals to columns in the east entrance of the Senate wing. He was followed by Boston-born Charles Bulfinch, and in 1826 the Capitol, its low wooden dome sheathed in copper, was finished.

North and south wings were added in the 1850s and 1860s to accommodate a growing government trying to keep pace with a growing country. The elongated edifice extended farther north and south than Thornton had planned, and in 1855, to keep the scale correct, work began on a taller, cast-iron dome. President Lincoln was criticized for continuing this expensive project while the country was in the throes of the Civil War, but he called the construction "a sign we intend the Union shall go on." This twin-shell dome, a marvel of 19th-century engineering, rises 285 feet above the ground and weighs 4,500 tons. It expands and contracts up to 4 inches a day, depending on the outside temperature. The allegorical figure atop the dome, often mistaken for Pocahontas, is called Freedom.

Sculptor Thomas Crawford had first planned for the 19.5-foot-tall bronze statue to wear the cloth liberty cap of a freed Roman slave, but Southern lawmakers, led by Jefferson Davis, objected. An "American" headdress composed of a star-encircled helmet surmounted with an eagle's head and feathers was substituted. A light just below the statue burns whenever Congress is in session.

The Capitol has continued to grow. In 1962 the east front was extended 33.5 feet, creating 100 additional offices. Preservationists have fought to keep the west front from being extended, because it's the last remaining section of the Capitol's original facade. A compromise was reached in 1983, when it was agreed that the facade's crumbling sandstone blocks would simply be replaced with stronger limestone.

In 2008 the largest addition to the Capitol in its history opened. The Capitol Visitor Center

is a $621 million facility that's about as large as five football fields and includes an exhibit hall, auditorium, two theaters, meeting rooms, gift shops, and a restaurant. It is positioned below the east side of the Capitol so as not to detract from the appearance of the Capitol grounds. Tours of the Capitol begin in the Capitol Visitor Center. After the 13-minute introductory film

Out of Many, One,

tour groups are led into the Rotunda. At the dome's center is Constantino Brumidi's 1865 fresco,

Apotheosis of Washington.

The figures in the inner circle represent the 13 original states; those in the outer ring symbolize arts, sciences, and industry. The flat, sculpture-style frieze around the Rotunda's rim depicts 400 years of American history and was started by Brumidi in 1877. While painting Penn's treaty with the Indians, the 74-year-old artist slipped on the 58-foot-high scaffold and almost fell off. Brumidi managed to hang on until help arrived, but he died a few months later from kidney failure. The work was continued by another Italian, Filippo Costaggini, but the frieze wasn't finished until American Allyn Cox added the final touches in 1953.

The Rotunda's eight immense oil paintings are of scenes from American history. The four scenes from the Revolutionary War are by John Trumbull, who served alongside George Washington and painted the first president from life. Thirty people have lain in state or in honor in the Rotunda, including 10 presidents, from Abraham Lincoln to Ronald Reagan. The most recently honored was civil rights activist Rosa Parks, who in 2005 became the first woman to lie in honor.

South of the Rotunda is Statuary Hall,

once the legislative chamber of the House of Representatives. The room has an architectural quirk that maddened early legislators: a slight whisper uttered on one side of the hall can be heard on the other. (This parlor trick doesn't always work; sometimes the hall is just too noisy.) When the House moved out, Congress invited each state to send statues of two great deceased residents for placement in the former chamber. About half of the accumulated statues are here; the rest were dispersed to other spots in the Capitol, including the new visitor center.

To the north, on the Senate side, is the chamber once used by the Supreme Court, and, above it, the splendid Old Senate Chamber (closed until further notice), both of which have been restored. In the Brumidi Corridor (also closed until further notice), on the ground floor of the Senate wing, frescoes and oil paintings of birds, plants, and American inventions adorn the walls and ceilings. Intricate, Brumidi-designed bronze stairways lead to the second floor. The Italian artist also memorialized several American heroes, painting them inside trompe l'oeil frames. Some frames were left blank. The most recent one to be filled, in 1987, honors the crew of the space shuttle Challenger.

Free gallery passes to watch the House or Senate in session can be obtained only from your representative's or senator's offices; both chambers are open to the public when either body is in session. In addition, the House Gallery is open 9 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday when the House is not session. International visitors may request gallery passes from the House or Senate Appointment Desks on the upper level of the visitor center. Your representative's or senator's office may also arrange for a staff member to give you a tour of the Capitol or set you up with a time for a Capitol Guide Service Tour. When they're in session, some members even have time set aside to meet with constituents. You can link to the home page of your representative or senator at www.house.gov and www.senate.gov.

Prior to entering the visitor center, allow about 30 minutes to go through security. Bags can be no larger than 14 inches wide, 13 inches high, and 4 inches deep, and other possessions you can bring into the building are strictly limited. (The full list of prohibited items is posted at www.visitthecapitol.gov). There are no facilities for leaving personal belongings, but you can check your coat. If you're planning a visit, check the status of tours and access; security measures may change. www.visitthecapitol.gov. Admission: Free. Hours: Tours 8:30-4:30. Metro: Capitol S or Union Station.

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3 National Air and Space Museum
National Air and Space Museum
Independence Ave. and 6th St. SW
Washington, DC 20560

This is the country's second most visited museum, attracting 9 million people annually to the world's largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft. Its 23 galleries tell the story of aviation from the earliest human attempts at flight to supersonic jets and spacecraft.

Look up to see the world's most famous aircraft: hovering above are the Wright 1903 Flyer,

which Wilbur Wright piloted over the sands of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; Charles Lindbergh's

Spirit of St. Louis

; the X-1 rocket plane in which Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier; an X-15, the first aircraft to exceed Mach 6; and the Lockheed Vega that Amelia Earhart piloted in 1932: it was the first solo transatlantic flight by a woman. You can touch the displayed 4-billion-year-old slice of moon rock collected by

Apollo 17

astronauts. Free docent-led tours leave daily at 10:30 and 1 from the museum's welcome center.

Strap into a flight simulator, walk through a model of the Skylab orbital workshop, and learn about the history of flight and the scientific study of the universe from the permanent exhibits.

Immerse yourself in space by taking in an IMAX film or a planetarium presentation. The movies—some in 3D—employ swooping aerial scenes that make you feel as if you've left the ground and fascinating high-definition footage taken in deep space. Buy IMAX theater and planetarium tickets up to two weeks in advance or as soon as you arrive (times and prices vary); then tour the museum.

The three-story museum store is the largest in all the Smithsonian museums, and one of the best. Along with souvenirs, books, and collectors' items, it also displays a model of the USS Enterprise,

used in the filming of the first "Star Trek" television series. A huge food court offers fast food, from pizza to McDonald's.

For more giant jets and spaceships, visit the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

(14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly, VA, 20151. Tel. 202/633-1000; 202/633-4629 movie information; 202/633-5285 TDD. www.nasm.si.edu. Admission: Free; IMAX film or planetarium show $8.75; IMAX feature film $12.50; flight simulators $7-$8. Hours: Daily 10-5:30), near Washington Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia. If you want to combine a morning visit with an afternoon departure flight from Dulles Airport, there are 15-minute shuttles every hour between the airport and museum for 50¢. Unlike the museum on the Mall, which is divided into smaller galleries with dense history and science exhibits, the Udvar-Hazy Center focuses on one thing: planes and rockets, hung as though in flight throughout two vast multilevel hangars. This focus makes the center more appealing for families with kids who may not be old enough to take in detailed historical narratives, but will certainly ooh and aah over the marvelous planes. It is also much less crowded than the Mall museum.

One giant three-level hangar is devoted to historic aircraft, such as the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest jet in the world; the sassy-looking DeHavilland Chipmunk, a prototype aerobatic airplane; the sleek, supersonic Concorde, and the Enola Gay

, which in 1945 dropped the first atomic bomb to be used in war on Hiroshima, Japan.

A second hangar is largely taken up by the space shuttle Enterprise,

as well as satellites, space stations, and space missile launchers. It also features a small but fascinating display of astronaut paraphernalia, including space food (chicken and peas for American astronauts, borscht for Russians) and special space underwear required for spacewalks. There is also an eight-story IMAX theater, which screens an award-winning 42-minute film,

Blue Planet,

with sweeping footage of Earth taken from space. www.nasm.si.edu. Admission: Free, IMAX $10, planetarium $8.50. Hours: Daily 10-5:30. Metro: Smithsonian.

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4 National Zoo
National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Since 2000 the zoo's most famous residents have been the giant pandas Tian Tian and Mei Xiang. The excitement surrounding the pandas was heightened when Tai Shan, the National Zoo's first panda cub, was born in 2005. Tai is only the third panda born in the United States. However, Tai returned to China in February 2010, and the 10-year agreement that brought Tian Tian and Mei Xiang to Washington ends in December 2010. At this writing the National Zoo was in talks with Chinese officials regarding the pandas' future, and it is possible they will return to China. Check with the zoo's Web site before you go; you can also sign up for panda e-mail alerts on the zoo's Web site. Even if you miss the pandas, the zoo is still well worth the visit. It continues to add exciting new exhibits, such as the Asia trail that features: sloth bears, fishing cats, red pandas, a Japanese giant salamander, clouded leopards, and other Asian species.

Carved out of Rock Creek Park, the National Zoo contains 2,000 animals, representing 400 species. The zoo is a series of rolling, wooded hills that complement the many innovative compounds showing animals in their native settings. Step inside the Great Flight Cage to observe the free flight of many species of birds; this walk-in aviary is open from May to October (the birds are moved indoors during the colder months). Between 10 and 2 each day you can catch the orangutan population traveling on the "O Line," a series of cables and towers near the Great Ape House that allows the primates to swing hand over hand about 35 feet over your head. One of the more unusual and impressive exhibits is Amazonia, an amazingly authentic reproduction of a South American rain-forest ecosystem. You feel as if you are deep inside a steamy jungle, with monkeys leaping overhead and noisy birds flying from branch to branch. Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Zoo was created by an Act of Congress in 1889, and the 163-acre park was designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed the U.S. Capitol grounds and New York's Central Park. Before the zoo opened in 1890, live animals used as taxidermists' models were kept on the Mall. www.si.edu/natzoo. Admission: Free, parking $16. Hours: May-mid-Sept., daily 6am-8pm; mid-Sept.-Apr., daily 6-6. Zoo buildings open at 10 and close before zoo closes. Metro: Cleveland Park or Woodley Park/Zoo.

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5 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW
Washington, DC 20238

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Museums usually celebrate the best that humanity can achieve, but this museum instead documents the worst. A permanent exhibition tells the stories of the millions of Jews, Gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, political prisoners, the mentally ill, and others killed by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. The exhibitions are detailed and graphic; the experiences memorable and powerful.


Striving to provide a you-are-there experience, the presentation is as extraordinary as the subject matter: upon arrival, you are issued an "identity card" containing biographical information on a real person from the Holocaust. As you move through the museum, you read sequential updates on your card.

Hitler's rise to power and the spread of European anti-Semitism are thoroughly documented in the museum's early exhibits, with films of Nazi rallies, posters, newspaper articles, and recordings of Hitler's speeches immersing you in the world that led to the Holocaust.

You are confronted with the gruesome, appalling truths of the Holocaust in the deeply disturbing exhibit The Final Solution

, which details the Nazis' execution of 6 million Jews. Exhibits include film footage of scientific experiments done on Jews, artifacts such as a freight car like those used to transport Jews from Warsaw to the Treblinka death camp, and crematoria implements. There are films and audio recordings of Holocaust survivors telling their harrowing stories.

After this powerful experience, the adjacent Hall of Remembrance, filled with candles and hand-painted tiles dedicated to children who died in the Holocaust, provides a much-needed space for quiet reflection.


Like the history it covers, the museum can be profoundly disturbing; it's not recommended for children under 11, although Daniel's Story, in a ground-floor exhibit not requiring tickets, is designed for children ages eight and up.

Plan to spend two to three hours here.

In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum also has a multimedia learning center, a resource center for students and teachers, a registry of Holocaust survivors, and occasional special exhibitions.

Timed-entry passes (distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the 14th Street entrance starting at 10 or available in advance through the museum's Web site) are necessary for the permanent exhibition Mar.-Aug. Allow extra time to enter the building in spring and summer, when long lines can form. www.ushmm.org. Admission: Free. Hours: Daily 10-5:30. Metro: Smithsonian.

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