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Washington DC: All Shut Down and Somewhere to Go

Don't let the political antics on Capitol Hill spoil your fun!  While Congress battles it out over the budget during the first government shutdown in seventeen years, many favorite attractions - from the Smithsonian to the Pandas at the National Zoo - are closed.  But the nation's capital is hardly at a stalemate!   Here's our guide to enjoying your time in DC while the Senators sweat. From art and theater to hikes and great drink specials, you just may be sad when it's all over. 
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201 Bar

This chic, modern tavern is always a hot spot for drinks, food and private events. While the government is on hiatus, take advantage of their $4 mystery beers and $15 growler specials.

Granville Moore's

Belgian ales, mussels, and $1 Stella until the government reopens.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords: Bookstore and Cafe

Members of Congress pay double at Kramerbooks, a DC institution and Gogobot favorite. Everyone else gets happy hour specials till close.

Georgetown University

Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is the perfect spot to absorb some academic inspiration, duck into a chapel for a little peace and quiet, or catch a show at the Davis Performing Arts Center.

Ford's Theatre

Catch the evening performance at historic Ford's Theatre, the site of Lincoln's assassination - although the theater will close during the day, the show must go on at night, even in the midst of a government crisis.

Great Falls National Park

Ready to get away from government shutdown mania? While Great Falls National Park is officially closed, you can still hike the nearly five mile Billy Goat Trail. To access it, park by Old Angler's Inn and wander up the tow path. You're guaranteed to butt fewer horns than Congress....

Tidal Basin

What better way to absorb some DC atmosphere than picnicking at the Tidal Basin? Take in the view of the Jefferson Memorial as you munch.

Dupont Circle

Congress can't close down lively Dupont Circle, one of DC's most vibrant neighborhoods. Named for the big traffic circle at its center, come here for hip bars and restaurants.

Exorcist Stairs

As you wander through Georgetown, don't forget to stop at the Exorcist stairs, sure to send chills up your spine even after all these years.

Phillips Collection

Forget the Smithsonian. The Phillips houses one of the country's largest modern art collections - including works from Klee, Paul C├ęzanne, Edgar Degas, Winslow Homer, Henri Matisse, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, and Vincent van Gogh. And since the collection is in private...