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  • Shop at Eastern Market: Capitol Hill is home to more than government buildings; it's a community of old town houses, antiques shops, and the veritable institution Eastern Market. Here, the locals barter and shop every Saturday and Sunday for fresh produce, baked goods, and flea-market bargains. Blueberry pancakes at the Market Lunch counter is an absolute must.
  • Pub- and Club-It in D.C.'s Hot Spots: Join Washington's footloose and fancy-free any night of the week, but especially Thursday through Saturday, along U Street between 9th and 16th streets; in Adams Morgan; and in the Penn Quarter.
  • Go for a Jog on the National Mall: Lace up your running shoes and race down the Mall at your own pace, admiring famous sites as you go. Your fellow runners will be buff military staff from the Pentagon, speed-walking members of Congress, and downtown workers doing their best to stave off the telltale pencil pusher's paunch. It's about 2 miles from the foot of the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial.
  • Take Tea at the Top of Washington National Cathedral: Join a certain segment of Washington society (mostly women friends and moms and daughters) for tea and a tour. Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at 1:30pm you can tour the world's sixth-largest cathedral, then indulge in tea, scones, and lemon tarts served on the seventh floor of the West Tower (Pilgrim Observation Gallery), whose arched windows overlook the city and beyond to Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.