Visiting Washington, D.C., can feel like the school trip from hell: No matter who you are, no matter what you're interested in, you're... more » stuck with the same obligatory sights. We say, table that notion!
The city is more varied than guidebooks let on, and a whole lot more fun—especially if, like most residents, you have a clear-cut agenda. Travel + Leisure has taken the liberty of dividing families into four special interest groups—political animals, diplomats and spies, history geeks, and artists and aesthetes—and mapped out lots of activities for each. You can even eat and sleep staying true to character. So skip the forced march, the civics-teacher gulag. Take your cue from your family's temperament, then take on the town—your way.
Diplomats and spies background check:
You hunger for foreign intrigue. Your idea of the perfect snack is a bowl of Vietnamese pho. You've seen "The Bourne Identity"—29 times.
Ambassadors, world bankers, U.N. officials and secret agents live in a world of embassy fabulousness in D.C., and hundreds of thousands of immigrants have created mini Vietnams, El Salvadors, Indias and West Africas. Their worlds can be yours.
This tour references Travel + Leisure's article titled "How to Do D.C." by David Plotz. less «