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You're in the heart of Washington, D.C. when you stay at The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. Here are the five best things to do nearby:
1. Tour the National Mall. Home to the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Capitol building and other monuments and memorials, the National Mall is located just a few blocks from the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel. You can take a taxi there, take the nearby Metro stops at Farragut West and Farragut North to the Smithsonian or Union Station stops or walk or bike there. It's also a great running route, and a favorite of Washingtonians. The concierge desk will show you how to get there.
2. Visit the Smithsonian. The museums of the Smithsonian are also on and around the Mall — and they are free. A favorite is the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, where you can walk through the history of America's wars, visit a hall devoted to the presidents and see a gunship used in the War of 1812. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is also inside.
3. Listen to jazz at the Smithsonian sculpture garden. If it's a Friday in the spring or summer, visit the Smithsonian's sculpture garden, located right along the Mall next to the American Art Museum, for a happy hour jazz performance. You'll join hundreds of D.C. professionals picnicking and sipping wine on the garden's grounds as a rotating group of musicians plays this free concert.
4. See the National Cherry Blossom Festival. During the spring the Mall blooms during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a century-old D.C. tradition that runs from late March through much of April. In 1912, Japan presented the United States with a gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees, which remain a national treasure as they bathe the National Mall in pale pink for several weeks and signal the arrival of spring in the capital. Washington teems with throngs of tourists and international visitors during this time, and there are daily art and culture events throughout the city during the festival, which runs from late March through most of April each year. The blossoms often open before the festival does and often don't last through its finish, so arrive early in the month to see them in full bloom.
5. Tour the White House. With the President living so close to the Washington D.C. hotel, you'd be remiss if you didn't tour his home. White House tours must be booked in advance — visit its website (whitehouse.gov) to learn more and to schedule a tour.