My wife and I will be in Washington DC for the first time, Oct. 16-20 inclusive. We're staying at The Willard on Pennsylvania Ave. and are hoping to walk to most of the places we'd like to see/visit, during the day at least.
We intend to do all the expected tourist/historical stuff-- Smithsonian, Holocaust Museum, Vietnam Memorial, walk the Mall, etc. We've got a few things reserved-- National Gallery of Art, night tour of monuments-- but have a lot of unscheduled time. We're thinking of a trip to Arlington National Cemetery, but will book that closer to a date when we know what the weather will be like.
Any suggestions for day or evening activities or places of interest that anyone would recommend? Any local secrets that you know of?
Also, we haven't booked any restaurants yet, so looking for recommendations for these as well (we like pretty much all kinds of food). If anyone would like to meet up with us for a meal, that would be great also. My wife has taught me how to use a knife and fork, so I'm actually OK now in most nice restaurants. Plus, I'm prepared to tell lies for your entertainment pleasure and learned long ago how to avoid discussing politics.
Our one disappointment is that we can't go on a White House tour, as these have to be arranged by our Canadian embassy which no longer provides this service. As least we'll be able to walk past it a few times.