InterContinental The Willard Washington D.c. is one of 36 hours in...Washington DC.

1. InterContinental The Willard Washington D.c.

9.0
Hotel · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 1401 Pennsylvania Ave Nw (at 14th St), Washington, D.C.

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Special treat: The Willard InterContinental (washington.intercontinental.com) has hosted Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens, Martin Luther King and David Lloyd George. Rooms from $259/£172.

The Normandy Hotel is one of 36 hours in...Washington DC.

2. The Normandy Hotel

7.4
Hotel · Kalorama · 2118 Wyoming Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Mid-range: The Normandy (doylecollection.com) is known for its warm service and prime location in the Embassy Row of Dupont Circle, a minute’s walk from the Phillips Collection. Rooms from £85.

Tabard Inn is one of 36 hours in...Washington DC.

3. Tabard Inn

8.9
Hotel · Northwest Washington · 1739 N St. NW (btwn 17th & 18th St. NW), Washington, D.C.

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: On a budget: The Tabard Inn (001 202 785 1277; tabardinn.com) is in a quiet corner of the vibrant Dupont Circle area. Its 40 rooms offer DC’s quintessential boutique experience. Rooms from £80.

The White House is one of 36 hours in...Washington DC.

4. The White House

9.4
Government Building · Northwest Washington · 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW (btwn 15th St NW & 17th St NW), Washington, D.C.

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Hop on the Metro to Farragut West and follow Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. You may be lucky enough to see the President’s helicopter or the family dog, Bo, being take for his morning walk.

Old Ebbitt Grill is one of 36 hours in...Washington DC.

5. Old Ebbitt Grill

9.2
American Restaurant · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 675 15th St NW (at G St NW), Washington, D.C.

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: For dinner, call ahead for reservations at Old Ebbitt Grill (001 202 347 4800). It's one of the city’s landmark restaurants and a favourite of former presidents including Theodore Roosevelt.

Old Post Office Pavilion is one of 36 hours in...Washington DC.

6. Old Post Office Pavilion

6.5
Monument / Landmark · Federal Triangle · 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW (at 12th St NW), Washington, D.C.

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: 9am: Start the day with a trip to Old Post Office Pavilion’s 315-ft Clock Tower for an unparalleled 360-degree look at DC and its famous sites, including the Washington Monument and Capitol Building.

Francis Scott Key Bridge is one of 36 hours in...Washington DC.

7. Francis Scott Key Bridge

Bridge · Georgetown · Key Bridge, Washington, D.C.

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: The adventurous should take to the Potomac River in a rented kayak or paddleboard at Jack’s Boathouse by the Key Bridge (3500 K Street; 001 202 337 9642; guided tour £29).

United States Botanic Garden is one of 36 hours in...Washington DC.

8. United States Botanic Garden

9.0
Botanical Garden · Southwest Washington · 100 Maryland Ave SW (Independence Ave), Washington, D.C.

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: 3pm: Slow things down with a walk through the United States Botanic Gardens. Free tours last 45 minutes and take visitors through the Conservatory. Nearest Metro stop: Federal Center.

CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC is one of 36 hours in...Washington DC.

9. CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

New American Restaurant · Southwest Employment Area · 1330 Maryland Ave SW (at 12th St SW), Washington, D.C.

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: 6pm: Get an early dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s CityZen restaurant (001 202 787 6148), serving top-notch modern American cuisine with local ingredients. Call for reservations. Best by cab.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is one of 36 hours in...Washington DC.

10. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

9.6
Performing Arts Venue · Northwest Washington · 2700 F St NW (at New Hampshire Ave.), Washington, D.C.

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: 7pm: Hop back in a taxi and head to the John F Kennedy Center (kennedy-center.org/index.cfm) for drama, opera or music. Don’t miss the breezy roof deck overlooking the Potomac River.

Jack Rose Dining Saloon is one of 36 hours in...Washington DC.

11. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

8.8
Whisky Bar · Adams Morgan · 2007 18th St NW, Washington, D.C.

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: 10pm: Hail a taxi to DC’s diverse Adams Morgan neighbourhood for a drink at the Jack Rose Dining Saloon (18th Street; 001 202 588 7388).

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is one of 36 hours in...Washington DC.

12. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

9.2
Monument / Landmark · Southwest Washington · 900 Ohio Dr SW (at Basin Dr SW), Washington, D.C.

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Stroll round the water’s edge taking in the monuments and memorials. The FDR Memorial is a must-see. Alternatively, rent a paddleboat (tidalbasinpaddleboats.com) or do a Potomac River cruise.

Dinosaurs/Hall of Paleobiology Exhibit is one of 36 hours in...Washington DC.

13. Dinosaurs/Hall of Paleobiology Exhibit

8.2
Science Museum · Northwest Washington · Lenfant Plz SW (at National Museum of Natural History), Washington, D.C.

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (001 202 633 2214) or the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (001 202 633 1000; free) are children’s favourites.

Newseum is one of 36 hours in...Washington DC.

14. Newseum

9.4
Museum · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW (at 6th St NW), Washington, D.C.

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Or jump on the metro to the Archives stop and see the widely acclaimed Newseum (newseum.org; £14 adult/ £8 child) – a stunning interactive world of news and information.