The 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.
Hotel · Kalorama · 2118 Wyoming Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
The 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.
Hotel · Northwest Washington · 1739 N St. NW (btwn 17th & 18th St. NW), Washington, D.C.
The 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.
Government Building · Northwest Washington · 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW (btwn 15th St NW & 17th St NW), Washington, D.C.
The 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.
American Restaurant · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 675 15th St NW (at G St NW), Washington, D.C.
The 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.
Monument / Landmark · Federal Triangle · 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW (at 12th St NW), Washington, D.C.
The 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.
New American Restaurant · Southwest Employment Area · 1330 Maryland Ave SW (at 12th St SW), Washington, D.C.
The 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.
Monument / Landmark · Southwest Washington · 900 Ohio Dr SW (at Basin Dr SW), Washington, D.C.
The 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.