At the National Museum of American History visitors read John F. Kennedy's State of the Union Address.
We vote for breakfast at the Old Ebbitt Grill on 15th Street NW. Considered the oldest saloon in Washington, the Ebbitt is frequented by everyone from politicians to truck drivers. Adventuresome diners should try the bagel topped with smoked salmon ($9.95).
It's now time to visit the National Museum of African Art, where you'll find four levels of works from across the massive continent. Make sure you stop at the gift store to take home a carved gourd wall hanging ($7.50) or myrhh bead necklaces ($15).
To see the First Ladies' inaugural gown collection, go to the National Museum of American History. They also managed to snag the kitchen of master chef Julia Child. View everything from the peanut butter on the counter to her black skillets.
Afterward, trek next door to the National Museum of Natural History. Some of the world's best natural exhibits, including the largest mounted elephant in the world and the legendary Hope Diamond, shine here. When hunger strikes, head to the museum's world-class cafeteria.
Children love the National Air and Space Museum, and for good reason. Kids can touch a 4 billion-year-old piece of moon rock from the Apollo 17 mission. Amelia Earhart's tomato red plane also remains a favorite.
For dinner, visit Rosemary's Thyme Bistro, a Mediterranean eatery on 18th and S Streets. Grilled seafood and specialty pizzas make this place a favorite spot. Spinach lovers will enjoy the spinach ravioli ($9.95).
Step out for a night on the town at the Kennedy Center for some fantastic entertainment. On most weekends you'll hear the melodious sounds of the National Symphony Orchestra. For tickets call 1-800-444-1324, or visit www.kennedy-center.org.