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Iconic Attraction

Exotic vacations are must, but it’s August already and we still haven’t done any hometown sightseeing. With summer quickly slipping away, we asked five of our favorite local notables for their recommendations on where they head during a staycation.

National Museum of Natural History

Daisuke Utagawa, co-owner, Daikaya
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Visit the FDR Memorial to “enjoy a nice stroll that has the feel of a park and unfolds by telling a story. I like memorials where you don’t just go and sit, but that are more interactive.”

Anastasia Dellaccio, owner, Dolci Gelati
National Museum of Natural History
“I have two young kids, and, when it comes to museums, this is their favorite. We go back again and again, and always catch something new every time. Afterward, if it’s nice outside, we grab a picnic on the National Mall and then ride the carousel.”

Peggy Loar, interim director and president, Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
Second floor of the Corcoran Gallery
“I look down into the large open atrium and observe this maze of activity—from art performances to cafe dining to visitors and school groups embarking on their museum experience. It just epitomizes what museums and culture are all about.”

Angela B. Pan, landscape photographer
Washington Monument
“The Washington Monument’s scaffolding may be distracting to some, but that doesn’t take away from the larger-than-life impression it gives you.”

Kitt Vidnovic, senior concierge, Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
“It’s amazing to walk around the beautiful gardens, ending at the cafe. Lounging in the shade, sipping red wine or tea, nibbling on finger sandwiches and miniature pastries is truly heavenly!”