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.
History buff background check:
You have a lifetime subscription to American Heritage magazine. You're much more up on the American Revolution than on "American Idol." Your cats' names are Grant and Lee.
Washington—site of two presidential assassinations and 217 years of congressional machinations—is your paradise. Your big challenge: resisting the urge to read every sign and see every exhibit. less «