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.
Art lovers background check:
You are: More interested in the pursuit of beauty than in the pursuit of power. Prouder of the kids’ graffiti than of their report cards. Planning to get "The Da Vinci Code"—because you think it's an art book.
Fortunately, the federal government's Hoover-like ability to vacuum up treasures has turned D.C. into an art mecca.
This tour references the Travel + Leisure article titled "How to Do D.C.," by David Plotz. less «