Last but not least comes the Supreme Court on your third day, and then you’re off to a different part of town altogether. Start: Metro on the Blue Line to the Capitol South stop to reach Capitol Hill.
12 Supreme Court
You may be shocked to know that the U.S. Constitution specifies neither an age nor an education level nor even a citizenship requirement for a person to become a Supreme Court justice. No, all that is required is that the president nominates the person and that the Senate confirms the nomination. Attend a Supreme Court argument, or at the very least, a docent lecture, and be further amazed.
Continue north on First St. (closed to car traffic but not pedestrians), crossing Constitution Avenue and continuing about 1/2 mile, to reach:
13 Union Station
Notable for its Beaux Arts architecture, Union Station is also a historic landmark, having hosted inaugural balls and presidential receptions for all sorts of royalty. And it’s a shopping mall, let’s not forget, so if you want to pick up some corny mementoes (Commander in Chief aprons?) from America! this would be the place. Washingtonians mostly look on Union Station as a transportation hub, however, because subway and commuter trains, buses, taxis, rental cars, and bike rental companies all operate here. And that’s why you’re here, too, to be transported.
Catch Metro’s Red Line going in the direction of Shady Grove or Grosvenor and exit at Dupont Circle, on the 19th Street, or north side, of the Circle, to find this favorite pizzeria:
14 Pizzeria Paradiso
These pies are a cut above, cooked in an oak-burning oven and topped with your choice of nearly 50 toppings.
Walk across Massachusetts Avenue to reach the:
15 Phillips Collection
Tour this charming museum to view French, American, and post-Impressionist art, as well as modernist art, housed in an 1897 mansion and its modern wings. Always keep an eye out for favorites, like Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party, numerous Bonnards, the gallery devoted to Mark Rothko’s bold artworks, and on display from time to time, Night Baseball, a painting executed by founder Duncan Phillips’s wife, Marjorie Phillips.
16 Embassy Row & Dupont Circle
Stop in shops along Connecticut Avenue, and then follow side streets to discover boutiques, little art galleries, and quaint, century-old town houses. If you look carefully, you’ll start to notice that some of these buildings are actually embassies or historic homes. The most awesome embassies lie on Massachusetts Avenue, west of Dupont Circle. Flags and plaques clearly identify them. Turn onto S Street NW and look for no. 2340 to see where President Woodrow Wilson lived after he left the White House. The Woodrow Wilson House is worth touring if you have time. Few embassies are open to the public; those that are limit their hours. For an in-depth tour of Dupont Circle and Embassy Row, take the self-guided walking tour outlined in chapter 10.
Walk, if you feel up to it, or take a taxi to the Kennedy Center.
17 Kennedy Center
Head to the Kennedy Center for the 6pm nightly free concert in the Grand Foyer (part of the center’s Millennium Stage program). At concert’s end, proceed through the glass doors to the terrace overlooking Rock Creek Parkway and the Potomac River, and enjoy the view.
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